Lotus Elan

Rear shocks elan s3

PostPost by: Dieschelan » Thu Sep 14, 2023 4:32 pm

Hi

I have a problem with my rear dampers. I’m installing my rear shock absorbes but I can’t tighten the upper washer. I have rebuild my old konis and bought secondhand rear uprights. Are the dampers too long? Are my Konis incorrect..

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PostPost by: reds4se » Thu Sep 14, 2023 6:23 pm

There should be a gap of 1 to 4mm when the collar is tightened according to the koni instructions i have seen .
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PostPost by: ill_will » Thu Sep 14, 2023 6:35 pm

Hi Diego,

Is the gap symmetric side to side?
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PostPost by: Dieschelan » Thu Sep 14, 2023 6:57 pm

ill_will wrote:Hi Diego,

Is the gap symmetric side to side?


Yes is symmetric!
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PostPost by: reds4se » Thu Sep 14, 2023 7:13 pm

This is how mine looked before disassembly.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Sep 19, 2023 10:12 pm

The fixing nuts vary between manufacturers because the dampers vary in size, but those supplied should be correct unless your housing is shorter than normal.

The type you need has a tube with the securing thread on the outside that fits between damper and the tube with a large washer welded on the top to press on the top of the damper. This washer has flats on its edges, or be hexagonal/octagonal to tighten it up. Here's one without a strut in the tube.

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Shorter dampers just have a threaded collar to hold them down with slots on the top to tighten them.
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