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Elan plus 2 wishbone and brake cover

PostPost by: Dieschelan » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:49 pm

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I have a question about the rear covers for the wishbones and the brakes. Ar? there really necesary? Has someone made an upgrade? Has the Baby Elan the same system?

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:38 pm

My car's splash guards have been off for years, though I personally only have 7 months of (non-rainy) driving on it.

Suspect more cars are without than with them. Perhaps someone with the splash guards could comment . . .
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PostPost by: prezoom » Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:07 am

One side on, one side off.............now what?
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:08 am

Well, that's obvious, Rob . . . tell us which side has better braking: with or without the splash guards???

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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:00 am

Dieschelan wrote:Hi
I have a question about the rear covers for the wishbones and the brakes. Ar? there really necesary? Has someone made an upgrade? Has the Baby Elan the same system?

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Are they really necessary? Most Plus 2's do not have them now, "Baby" elans never had them...
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PostPost by: Dieschelan » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:49 am

The wishbone cover is also not neccesary?I think the brake cover is not necessary but the wishbone cover? What is the function of the wishbone cover? Protect the suspension or is it an aerodynamic part of the car?
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PostPost by: prezoom » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:04 pm

I think I will go for the added unsprung lightness. Even though it will upset the car's balance, by shifting weight to the front. Can probably counter that by eating more deserts.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:10 pm

Dieschelan wrote:The wishbone cover is also not neccesary?I think the brake cover is not necessary but the wishbone cover? What is the function of the wishbone cover? Protect the suspension or is it an aerodynamic part of the car?


I was saying the wishbone covers are unnecessary, not the brake covers.

Possibly intended as an aerodynamic aid? But irritating when they get stones on top & rattle.... :roll:
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:19 pm

Thats why you fit two as a sandwich one on top, the other underneath..

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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:11 pm

john.p.clegg wrote:Thats why you fit two as a sandwich one on top, the other underneath..

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Not exactly adding lightness...
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:17 pm

16 gauge aluminium makes it so aerodynamic it flows through the air...

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PostPost by: patrics » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:19 pm

Hi,
I think the guards were fitted by lotus as a service fix for either snow ingress or maybe to stop dirt dropping down on to the caliper / handbrake linkage because of excessive wear - either way I don't think we need them now.

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PostPost by: dougal9887 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:50 am

Hi,
I've got these fitted but I'm fairly sure the wishbone panels are causing a rattle so intend to remove them but leave the brake shields in place.
I always wondered if these dirt shields were a (failed) attempt to increase the life of the inner wheel bearing?
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