Lotus Elan

1970 elan front toe-in

PostPost by: lotusposition » Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:26 pm

Hello

Can anyone please advise me the correct toe-in for a standard Elan...in minutes, to conform to the dimensions used in modern computerised equipment at my tyre dealer ?

Many thanks,
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PostPost by: prezoom » Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:54 am

My manual shows 1/16" (.0625) - 3/16" (.1875) of toe in. Those numbers on my Dunlop Gauge equate to about 16 to 48 minutes of angle. Hope this helps.
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PostPost by: lotusposition » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:33 am

Many thanks for that, Rob.
Do you know if that is per side or is it 16-48 minutes of angle overall?

A well known Lotus dealer told me that it was 16 minutes overall but then, later on, another source said it should be 16 minutes per side making 32 minutes overall.
I had my tyre dealer set it at 16 minutes overall...do you think this is acceptable and that I should leave it as is, or have it reset to 32 minutes overall?

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PostPost by: Chancer » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:36 pm

My guess is that it is overall, in the 70's the only tracking Tools available were the dunlop optical guages (I am the proud owner of a set) 4 Wheel alignment with individual toe in angles for each Wheel had not yet appeared on the scene.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:00 pm

Generally, the listed amounts are for overall. Try using the middle of the two distances. A 1/8" toe should have the car tracking just fine.
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