Drove her over to Jonny today for post hibernation love.
New outer CV joints this time, the old Rover items or wherever Lotus got them off, lol. An engine mount, a VTEC solenoid, a dodgy IACV (normal after lying up over winter), new tyres all round, MoT, etc.
Spring is near!
Turns out when you're in a Lotus and sit at the lights with the revs hunting because of the dodgy IACV, well then people just think you're being a t**t
Been a while, was having too much fun last year just enjoying driving about in my wee Princess Didn't make a single trackday but she did spend more time greenlaning down grassy muddy fields and rocky rutted tracks than most Range Rovers, lol. Slick tyres and 100mm ground clearance - no bother, she loves that stuff, never stuck
Sunny week coming up and bored silly in house arrest so got her out in the driveway to set up the suspension properly. Put new fancy racy hubs on last year and never got round to resetting the suspension, so about time!
First up, picked up a wee laser gauge to avoid getting the ruddy strings out, lol. Actually works really well, although the car is too low so got her up on the breeze blocks. They also make it easy to make sure the car is level, shimmed with a bit of wood down the passenger side. And obviously make access much easier too, as well as being easier to lift onto stands later. Finally loaded up the turnip simulator, he probably drives better than me, lol This last step is essential - driver weight in makes a difference in ride height of around 10mm down that side. That's 10% and knocks out toe, camber, and corner weights.
Next, also picked up a wee digital level gauge. So much easier to use than the old plum string, lol. And finally got the corner weight gauge out, that's always fun.
Decided to tackle the corner weights today. They were well out, unsurprisingly. This a serious CDO process, lol. Measure all corners; get the wheels off and make minute adjustments to ride height at each corner; get the wheels back on; measure all corners; repeat.
Goal is to achieve even weight distribution front/rear each side, and side to side over each axle. On this car the target is 50/50 side to side, and 40/60 front to rear as that is the natural distribution of the car. With that all done, check the all important cross weights which should be the same on both diagonals. That is the final proof you got it spot on.
It is necessary to adjust all corners at the same time as every individual adjustment affects all corners. The adjustments are tiny - the goal is not to change the ride height but to get the car perfectly level at a given load (driver in here). The Nitrons on this car have a dozen or so notches running around the height adjuster ring. Adjustments of about three notches at a time is all you want here.
Only took five rounds of that today, lol, got within 1% all round
Not bad for a turnip! Next up, a small tweak to front toe; reset the cambers; reset the bump steer. Should keep me busy the rest of the week, lol.
Lol, it's a pain but so worth it on these car. You can really feel the difference. Good news is you'll only have to do it again if you change something in the suspension that affects ride height. So not something that's needed often.
Basically a couple of hours lugging wheels instead of slaving at the gym
Ah, ok. It's just that with the road miles I do in this car all over the UK I'd be worried about getting hassle with non-standard plates... The English and Welsh can be really fussy... I've been pulled over in England for the plates being "too dirty", lol...