Also I cannot find in my recent service manual and TSB download anything about going from 50nm to 60nm on the inner toe link torque.
This is as good as it gets:
SERVICE BULLETIN Model: Elise/Exige
Date: 03.08.06 2006/19
TITLE: Rear suspension toe-link torque check.
REASON: To introduce additional service check, and highlight importance for cars regularly subjected to
competition levels of cornering force.
ACTION: As stated in the owner's handbook Maintenance Record booklet (page 9) and Maintenance Schedule:
"The Lotus Elise and Exige are designed as road going sports cars. It is recognised that owners
may wish to use the car occasionally on closed circuit tracks to experience the car’s full range of
dynamic capabilities. However, use of the car in a competitive manner, including timed runs or
laps, is not endorsed by Lotus. This type of timed, competitive use will invalidate warranty and
require appropriate levels of expert vehicle preparation and servicing."
With the increasing use of Elise/Exige on track days and closed circuit events, the previous requirement
for the rear suspension toe-link inboard fixing to be torque checked only at the First After
Sales service, has been amended to a torque check at every service interval.
The hot dip galvanised coating used on the rear subframe can, on Toyota powertrain cars, result in
some initial 'settling-in' of the toe-link ball joint stud spanner flats with the channelled insert on the
subframe (ref. Service Bulletin 2004/09). This process will be accelerated if the car is subjected
to track type usage. The torque figure for the latest type fine thread (1.25mm pitch) ball joint stud
has also been increased from 50 to 60 Nm.
On Rover powertrain cars, no channelled insert was used on the subframe; the orientation of the
ball joint stud flats must manually be set horizontal to provide the maximum diameter for load distribution.
For recommended torque figures for the various ball joints which may be found, refer to
Service Bulletin 2003/11 Issue 4, but note that the latest type fine thread ball joint (A117D0090S)
is supplied as service replacement, with a revised torque of 60 Nm (unless using with early nonhardened
subframe; 45 Nm)
For committed or regular track use, Lotus recommends that all suspension fixings be checked
between sessions, and that the chassis rear brace kit LOTAC05377 (see Service Notes section
DH.5) is fitted to spread the load distribution across a wider base and to increase tolerance to
Please update your copies of the following publications with this revised information:
Maintenance Schedule LSL460a (non-USA Elise/Exige);
Maintenance Schedule LSL462 (USA Elise/Exige);
Maintenance Schedule LSL501 (supercharged Exige);
Service Notes manual A111T0327J, (S1) section DE;
Service Notes manual A117T0327J, (S2) section DG;
Service Notes manual A120T0327J, (111R/USA) section DH;
Service Bulletin 2003/11 Issue 4.