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Suspension help for 2002 Esprit
Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:42 AM
Is my alignment off?
Are the Dunlop tires garbage, maybe should upgrade to Michelin or Bridgestone?
Upgrade to the Lotus damper program shocks and set to lower ride height?
Upgrade to the Final Edition shocks and springs, but I have heard these are the same as the upgraded dampers, with a bit more adjustability?
Took my wife for a ride, and the car scares her at speeds over 80mph, where my 360 Spider, and my 996 GT2 make her feel more secure at high speeds.
Any help would be appreciated.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:46 AM
Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:41 AM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:27 PM
Tires, dampers, springs, bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends etc all need to be checked and replaced if necessary. And then a complete comprehensive alignment needs to be done for camber, caster and toe in the front along with camber and toe in the rear.
Doing a proper alignment on an Esprit is fairly complicated and time consuming and should be done by an experienced Lotus tech. It will take the better part of a day if anything besides the front toe needs to be adjusted and expect to spend several hundred dollars.
If you are still on the original dampers, bushings and tires, I would expect those need to be replaced at the least.
Don't rule out problems in the rear setup either as that can cause issues in the front as well.
One of our local guys with a 2002 like yours brought his car to my shop recently complaining of the same symptoms as you. Upon initial inspection we determined that both front dampers were leaking, several bushings had the shoulders worn off and the lower ball joint on one side needed replacing. He's ordering all new parts along with the Bilstein damper and Eibach spring setup for all 4 corners.
Edited by lotus4s, 28 November 2011 - 02:28 PM.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:10 PM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:53 PM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:07 PM
I went with some toe-out to cure understeer and make the car turn better, but it does make it more lively in the braking zones. You may want to choose a toe setting closer to the 0deg end of the Esprit specification.
For the V8 FRONT
Camber - 0.25”; f 0.25” (- O”15’; f 15’)
within 0.2” (0’12’) side to side
Castor + 3.2”; +/- 0.2” (+ 3°12’; +/- 12’)
within 0.2” (0°12’) side to side
Toe 1.5 mm toe out overall; +/- 0.5 mm
(0.2° toe out overall; +/- 0.07”)
(0°12’ toe out overall; +/- 4’)
For the V8 REAR
Camber - 1.5”; +/- 0.25” (- 1°30’; +/- 15’)
within 0.2° (0°12’) side to side
1.0 mm toe in each side; - 0, + 0.3 mm
(0.13” toe in each side; - 0, + 0.04”)
(0°8’ toe in each side; - 0, + 2’)
within 0.2 mm (0.1°)(0°4’) side to side
Vulcan Grey 89SE
Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:24 PM
Any recommendations on a better front sway bar, such as the Sport 350 or another brand, let me know.
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