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What front calipers belong on an S3

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:04 am

I'm into rebuilding my front calipers on 5727 and find that one is a 16P and the other is a 16PB. The
SS brake line is also routed in a dangerous way, ie, rubbing on the lower part of the upper arm.

So, is a 16X caliper correct? And can someone post a pic or two showing how the flex brake line
is supposed to run?
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:11 am

The 16p or 16pb calipers are for the +2 Elan. Many owners like me have fitted 16p or 16pb to baby Elans to improve the front brakes. Of course that includes fitting the +2 brake disks also.
Imho it's a good improvement and you can run the car without a brake servo.
The difference between the 16p and the 16pb are the pistons and seals. Also one caliper the 16pb may have metric threads for the brake pipe connection :wink:
So it seems you have improved brakes on your S3 :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: paddy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:50 am

The type 14 caliper was standard on all Elans (excepting the S1). There are two variants, according to the position of the hose attachment: one is concentric with the inboard piston, whereas the other is at the top of the caliper (ie next to the top mounting bolt); other than the hose position the fit is the same. I don't know which type is correct for your car. The position obviously also affects the hose route. With the centre position you can see the route here: http://images.lotuselan.net/lel/21518/0/P1010168.JPG

I can't find a good picture of the alternative position.

To re-fit these instead of the existing type 16, you'll need to get the smaller original discs and caliper brackets.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:01 am

I fitted the 16 type to my Sprint and i'm well pleased. I have keep the original 14 type to stay with the car.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:13 am

Thanks guys! I'll either find one 16P or 16PB to match the other and will probably figure out a banjo fitting
type arrangement for the lines. The center entry type 14 with a banjo looks proper, however going back
to a type 14 will still mean a change in rotors /discs and maybe spindles and mounts.
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