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DeanB

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  1. Really really nice that is mate congratulations. ???
  2. So yesterday I took off the wheels, diffuser, toe links and toe link brackets. All by myself! Today Gaz from Spitfire popped by with some outer bearings and collets and I fitted them, albeit under Gaz's supervision. Did someone say Gaz was a nice guy? Not 'arf! The car is now back together but could do with the geo re setting. Good news in the end, although I am cross with myself for forgetting, at the age of 47, that if you buy cheap you buy twice A quick update on this. I took your advice and contacted Gaz at Spitfire who was, as people have said, very helpful. He reckons the collet design on my kit may not be ideal and could contribute to another failure even if I use the correct spec and quality bolts (he uses 10.9). As this is only an issue at the hub end of the link he has agreed to supply me with a pair of his (top spec!) outer rod ends (bearings) which are necessary to accept his collets which he will also supply along with nuts and bolts for inner and outers, both sides. Hopefully that should get me back on track safely. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your advice and a big thanks to Gaz at Spitfire ☺
  3. A quick update on this. I took your advice and contacted Gaz at Spitfire who was, as people have said, very helpful. He reckons the collet design on my kit may not be ideal and could contribute to another failure even if I use the correct spec and quality bolts (he uses 10.9). As this is only an issue at the hub end of the link he has agreed to supply me with a pair of his (top spec!) outer rod ends (bearings) which are necessary to accept his collets which he will also supply along with nuts and bolts for inner and outers, both sides. Hopefully that should get me back on track safely. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your advice and a big thanks to Gaz at Spitfire ☺
  4. Erm ..... No it's gone
  5. Thanks Gaz :-) Pm sent
  6. Martin I daren't email Spitfire. They will say, with some justification, that I should have bought one of their kits! And I will feel like a cock.
  7. Martin what bolts do you use?
  8. Lol will do mate, ta. :-)
  9. Thanks guys. I'm thinking careful inspection of the rod ends on a regular basis to check they are free is very important. I also think changing the bolts annually is a good idea as it isn't a big job. I can have it done as part of a service. Dobbo it would be good to know what bolts Spitfire recommend and use if you can find out?
  10. I managed about 15 laps at the Lotus on Track track day at Blyton on Saturday before a bolt in my rear suspension snapped. Luckily, there was very little collateral damage but it could have been horrible. The bolt was the one that holds the toe link to the hub carrier. It was supplied with a supposedly uprated toe link kit, which has a rose joint instead of a ball joint. I only bought the kit and had it fitted last January, and it has probably only done 1500 miles, give or take, with two and a bit track days (it has toyo 888s and Nitrons so grips a fair bit more than standard). So I rang the suppliers who said they have had this problem before on perhaps two kits a year, and their analysis of the snapped bolts suggested they had been over - torqued. I thought two failures a year sounds like a worryingly high number. I don't think the bolt was over torqued. So I rang Mike Flounders my old mate from Tollbar Racing for his opinion. His first question was what strength are the bolts? I told him 8.8 as the suppliers of the kit say they are the optimum, and that higher tensile bolts are too brittle. Mike was adamant this was nonsense and said he would not consider it safe to use anything other than 12.9 strength. He did say the higher tensile bolts are more brittle but they are nevertheless still a lot stronger in this application. Incidentally Jody told me he has seen a lot of failures with bzp (bright zinc plated) bolts (which these were) and he wonders if the plating process can damage them. I have decided to get some black 12.9s and replace the inner and outer bolts on both sides given that Mike has built countless racing cars and knows his stuff. I was wondering though what mloc thought of the whole thing? What bolts are other people using? Thanks in advance guys
  11. I was at Gav's (Unit 4 in Burton) yesterday and he told me he had fitted a set of these for a customer recently and was really impressed with how the car rode. His view is they are a very good road option and he has driven literally hundreds of Eliges over the years.
  12. Shipwreck! Lol
  13. Try Bilstein themselves - they have a place that rebuilds their dampers in Leicestershire somewhere
  14. Having a ride in a few as Jonathan says is a great idea. If you came on one of our Sunday morning breakfast runs there is bound to be a few you can try. I will happily take you out in mine to show you the NSS.
  15. Will there has been a recent thread on this - I think Chris Lawless started it. My view is stick with the Billies. They offer what the Lotus ride and handling engineers thought was optimal in terms of spring rates and damping (within the limits of a mass produced damper's capabilities) and are very good. I loved my Billies on the road and miss them now I have Nitron Street Series fitted but I do do track days now and the NSS are unquestionably better on circuits. One thing I would add - most 15 year old Elises will benefit from a suspension refresh. New wishbone bushes, ball joints etc at the same time as new dampers and springs will probably feel night and day better. If money were no object by the way three way Ohlins with the same or slightly stiffer spring rates could be amazing if you knew how to set them up and could be arsed to have them serviced every couple of years. Hope that helps.