Lotus Elan

New Wheels

PostPost by: NYK » Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:12 pm

Restoration nearing the end, 99% mechanically complete and interior starting to trickle back from the trimmer. Rolled her out and put the new wheels on which I think go well with the colour.
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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:27 pm

Very nice!
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PostPost by: alanr » Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:13 pm

Looks great!
What size are the wheels and tyres ?

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PostPost by: NYK » Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:33 pm

I went for 14” fitted with Yokohama Blue Earth175/70 R14. According the the wheel/tyre comparison charts these were the closest to original tyre in terms of diameter. That said they did look a bit bigger than the old ones I took off but that could have been because the old ones didn’t have much tread left.
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PostPost by: alanr » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:11 pm

Thanks for the info on the sizes you have gone for.
Does using these sizes cause any clearance issues at all ?

Thanks,

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PostPost by: NYK » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:30 pm

alanr wrote:Thanks for the info on the sizes you have gone for.
Does using these sizes cause any clearance issues at all ?

Thanks,

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Not obviously, but I have not looked at the wheel loaded/unloaded and on lock. I think other people have fitted 185s and have not reported issues.
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:48 pm

Does a same size spare fit in the boot correctly?
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PostPost by: NYK » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:43 pm

wotsisname wrote:Does a same size spare fit in the boot correctly?

Not sure
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PostPost by: TBG » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:22 pm

Why oh why not the original wheels......................Y
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PostPost by: NYK » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:38 pm

Well let me think........oh, I expect it’s because I preferred the ones I chose. The exterior colour is not a Lotus colour or yet will the contrasting green leather interior or walnut steering wheel be original but having spent 4 years restoring the car and an expected rebuild cost of about £30k I prefer to have the car as I like it and not be constrained by what Lotus did 50 years ago.
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:11 am

NYK wrote:
wotsisname wrote:Does a same size spare fit in the boot correctly?

Not sure


The original sizing is pretty close to the boot board when its fitted.. not an insurmountable problem.. but you might have to budget for a slightly smaller suitcase :wink:
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:43 am

Thanks for sharing your preferences.
I have reached, quite independantly, pretty much the same conclusion following a long rebuild and I am heartened to read of your decision with which, for various reasons, I agree completely.
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PostPost by: persiflage » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:23 pm

Looks good to me :D
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PostPost by: NYK » Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:09 pm

Thanks, new carpets in today and picked up some of the re-trimmed interior yesterday. Starting to look like a car now.
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