Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Bigbaldybloke » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:13 am

I believe there should be the rubber bump stops on the shock shafts whichever make and model of shock you have, the only difference may be the size / shape of the rubber stops supplied with the dampers.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:00 am

After sleeping on it I can see no harm in removing the washer and fitting a spacer between the damper top and rubber , it would act like a adjustable platform altering the ride height .

If one had longer/stronger springs it might help..

If I had a degree in Trigonometry I could probably work out the ratio of thickness of spacer to the change in ride height....

Anyone ?

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:55 am

. . . if the wheelbase is 8 foot and the nose extension is about 3 feet past the front axle . . . if you drop the front suspension a half inch, the tip of the bumper would drop 1/2" plus 3/8 times 1/2", which would be . . . 1/2" + 3/16" = 11/16". :mrgreen:

Whatever . . . it's a start. The rest can be had in true hotrod fashion: take a torch to a couple turns of the front springs till they sack out enough :wink: :mrgreen:

Sorry . . . I don't have any other great ideas . . . ride height is time and money intensive. :shock:

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PostPost by: Concrete-crusher » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:19 am

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Picture before new springs fitted.
Here's a picture of my elan not a plus 2,but I think the design is the same. I fitted new springs and it sat high to start with , after I put some downward force on it for a few weeks it now sits just right.
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PostPost by: JR44 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:01 pm

Thanks guys for all your comments suggestions ill give it a bit longeron its wheels an put some miles on the car if no joy ill get some new spings and possibly adjustable shocks
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PostPost by: ianthomson72 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:37 pm

The workshop manual detailsl the following loadings before tightening up the wishbone nuts.

front seats 168 lbs
back seats 80lbs
boot 72lbs
fuel tank 50 lbs

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