suspension refresh

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suspension refresh

Post by Mcgee9t2 » Mon 12 Nov, 2018 12:03 pm

cars coming off road and im going to be doing a suspension refresh over winter. i have the following options (unless anybody knows of any others).

Elise Parts Suspension refresh kit - £616
Includes track rod ends, however, these were replaced last year. includes toe link rods, however, i have spit fire toe links, so both of them are surpluse to requirements/spares.

Seriously Lotus Suspension refresh kit - £449
Doesnt include Castor/Camber Shims, dont see any issues in sticking with the originals?
includes bolt kit.

own sourced refresh kit - £427
Powerflex ARB & Wishbone Bushes + Elise Parts Ball Joints (or another, if i can find ball joints of good quality cheeper).

really i guess the question is... do i need to replace castor / camber shims? if not i might aswell save money and use poweflex poly bushes and replace the ball joints, or use the SL kit dependant on how many bolts are siezed/snap.

If they are worth replacing then the EP kit is proberbly the best option.

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Re: suspension refresh

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Re: suspension refresh

Post by Mcgee9t2 » Mon 12 Nov, 2018 1:40 pm

cheers Nigel, was looking for the bushes on EP but couldn't find them.

option three would therefore be; bushes + ball joints £332 + ARB Bushes and drop links if required and bolts if required (probable).

Again, don't see any reason to replace camber/castor shims, unless anybody else does?, end of the day its just a plate of metal.... as such the kits are probably a wasted expense.

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Re: suspension refresh

Post by KD88 » Mon 12 Nov, 2018 6:34 pm

I've recently replaced my ARB to an adjustable one and simply used the existing bushes as they were in good order after 20 years. I did replace the drop links but they needed it. If you did that last year then I'd leave them be until it's needed.

Ps. I like dealing with EP providing their prices are competitive. Create an account and you get discounts, and they'll always give good advice.

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Re: suspension refresh

Post by Ricardo » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 8:37 pm

must get looking into this for mine...

I think its well due for some tinkering...

Its the cold garage I dont like the idea of - too big a space to try and heat up :(

When its warm in there the car is on the road as it were {doh}

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Re: suspension refresh

Post by Ricardo » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 8:39 pm

Nigel do those bushes need regular greasing or is it a fit and leave job like the oem ones?

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Re: suspension refresh

Post by KD88 » Fri 16 Nov, 2018 2:42 pm

Ricardo wrote:
Nigel do those bushes need regular greasing or is it a fit and leave job like the oem ones?
If you remember they were fitted just before the first scamper and we didn't know they should have been greased and they started squeaking. Greased when we came back and not been touched since.

Those in the link are uprated ones and have grooves to hold the grease better.

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