Lotus Elan

Bronze steering column bushes

PostPost by: Orangerover » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:14 pm

Bought a couple of replacement bushes for the column on my Elan sprint and as I pushed the inner column through the bush the plastic sleeve came away- not good .
The original bushes are different to what is now supplied and they have a lip in the rubber to stop the plastic sleeve migrating-
Replacement ones have a pip on the plastic sleeve but it is brittle .
Made two new ones in bronze and secured them with dome head Allen bolts through the existing rubber pip holes.
Not tried it on the road yet but it feels nice - with no play - bit like the lotus seven.
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PostPost by: dgym » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:03 pm

I was just wondering about something like this the other day as I saw how much my inner shaft moves having only just replaced the bushes.

It seems that Rimmer Bros has an "uprated version" of the bush. Not sure if that would be any good or what it's made of.

I'm very interested in your results.
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PostPost by: Orangerover » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:11 pm

Hi .
My rubber bushes were bought from paul matty , can only think an updated bush would be stiffer .
Should have the Elan on the road in a couple of weeks - my only concern would be vibration through the steering wheel but I'll just have to try it .
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PostPost by: Craven » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:47 pm

Hi,
Have used these, solid PTFE , I think, search for uprated Triumph steering column bush.
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PostPost by: Orangerover » Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:57 pm

They look like a better job - may be more difficult to fit but would have gave them a go if they had been to hand.

The bronze bush is easily fitted and removed as the rubber isn't there to get a hold on the column
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:41 am

...did you go solid rack mounts and solid steering UJ as well Neilson?

Jon

PS: after seeing your tick over I'm having a trip to Bogg Bros before I jump into fuel injection with both feet :)
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PostPost by: Orangerover » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:47 am

No Jon - just the bushes out of necessity!
Does your engine have std cams ?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:51 am

jono wrote:...did you go solid rack mounts and solid steering UJ as well Neilson?

Jon

PS: after seeing your tick over I'm having a trip to Bogg Bros before I jump into fuel injection with both feet :)


Did you say Bogg Brothers? Say hello to Dave and Pete for me :D
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:38 am

Neilson,

The car has a slightly lumpy tickover (QED 360 cams timed on verniers) which I don't mind - like in fact. The carbs are however very rich at idle with a slight stumble on take up and there are no air bleed screws so I think a lot can be done. They're not properly balanced choke to choke so I think Boggies will be able to make some big improvements.

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PostPost by: jono » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:40 am

Mazzini,

I gather your experience was good - that looks like a man cave from heaven :D

Never been but heard very good stuff about them.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:57 am

Dear Jono,

Dave is eighty-two years old, he's been tuning cars for more than fifty years and is a pleasure to talk to.

You can't go wrong with Bogg Brothers.

Cheerio,

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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:52 pm

dgym,

I think we all have the same problem with new column bushes being slack. I did not want to risk possibly creating vibration with solid bushes, so had my column hard chrome plated, and then ground to fit the bush.

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