suspension refresh

Lotus or "insert car brand here" general motoring chat.
Banter in subsection

suspension refresh

Postby 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.
User avatar
Mcgee9t2
Club Member
 
Posts: 361
Joined: Wed 14 Jan, 2015 6:58 am
Location: Darlington
Car Type: Lotus elise s2 111s
Car Colour: Colbalt Blue

Re: suspension refresh

Postby KD88 » Mon 12 Nov, 2018 12:43 pm

User avatar
KD88
Club Member
 
Posts: 884
Joined: Tue 07 Feb, 2012 8:04 pm

Re: suspension refresh

Postby 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.
User avatar
Mcgee9t2
Club Member
 
Posts: 361
Joined: Wed 14 Jan, 2015 6:58 am
Location: Darlington
Car Type: Lotus elise s2 111s
Car Colour: Colbalt Blue

Re: suspension refresh

Postby 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.
User avatar
KD88
Club Member
 
Posts: 884
Joined: Tue 07 Feb, 2012 8:04 pm

Re: suspension refresh

Postby 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}
User avatar
Ricardo
Admin
 
Posts: 7085
Joined: Wed 04 Aug, 2010 10:03 pm
Location: Newcastle
Car Type: Elise S2 Type 49
Car Colour: R-W-F
Mods: BOC!

Re: suspension refresh

Postby Ricardo » Wed 14 Nov, 2018 8:39 pm

KD88 wrote:https://www.eliseparts.com/products/show/70/1076/ertacetal-wishbone-bushes/

https://www.eliseparts.com/products/sho ... -bolt-set/

https://www.eliseparts.com/products/sho ... all-joint/

This should do unless you really need to replace the ARB


Nigel do those bushes need regular greasing or is it a fit and leave job like the oem ones?
User avatar
Ricardo
Admin
 
Posts: 7085
Joined: Wed 04 Aug, 2010 10:03 pm
Location: Newcastle
Car Type: Elise S2 Type 49
Car Colour: R-W-F
Mods: BOC!

Re: suspension refresh

Postby KD88 » Fri 16 Nov, 2018 2:42 pm

Ricardo wrote:
KD88 wrote:https://www.eliseparts.com/products/show/70/1076/ertacetal-wishbone-bushes/

https://www.eliseparts.com/products/sho ... -bolt-set/

https://www.eliseparts.com/products/sho ... all-joint/

This should do unless you really need to replace the ARB


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.
User avatar
KD88
Club Member
 
Posts: 884
Joined: Tue 07 Feb, 2012 8:04 pm


Return to General Car Chat and Banter

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

cron