Lotus Elan

Spring length

PostPost by: TurbineHeli » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:54 pm

A search failed to turn up an answer to my question so, I seem to remember that the driver side spring lengths are about .5" longer than passenger side to allow for driver weight. Is this correct or a figment of my imagination?
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:40 pm

A good idea , but I would think a figment of your imagination ,

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:43 pm

I thinks that's incorrect.
The workshop manual does refer to longer front springs being available to increase the front ride height for certain markets - maybe that's what you are thinking about ? They were 0.67" longer than standard and to be fitted as a pair. Possibly the headlamps were too low to meet legal requirements in certain countries.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:56 pm

I think you are partially correct. If I remember correctly I read a magazine article in the 1960's that said the early Lotus Cortina competition cars had this feature.

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