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Erik L 07-09-2019 02:52 PM

Group Buy possible for Nitron Racing Suspension
 
I was wasting time over the long weekend looking at this suspension "kit" for the Esprit.

Lotus Esprit Suspension Nitron Racing Shocks USA

I dont have personal experience with Nitron but I have read they are quality stuff.

I sent an e-mail to sales joking that if they had a group buy for 50% off maybe I could afford the kit.

To my surprise they responded for 10 kits they would drop the price 20% and 15% for 5 kits.

That was more discount than I thought you would get on a group buy.

Thought I would throw it out there - I cant justify the price even with the discount at the moment but hopefully you can!

Vulcan Grey 07-09-2019 04:03 PM

Realize that for the earlier chassis cars, a 2.5" spring will not fit into the upper chassis spring cups. You'll need adapters like the ones I made.
I'm not sure when the chassis changed, I do know the 2.5" springs will fit in the V8 chassis

https://www.thelotusforums.com/forum...or-the-esprit/

BobWeber 07-09-2019 06:53 PM

Gulp!... $2,500 for a set of shocks and springs???

Erik L 07-09-2019 07:02 PM

Yeah the pic is just and example, I would hope they have a bespoke adapter for everything to fit?

I know for $2500 you can probably get Penske to put together a kit. Its a lot of $$ but I bet you would not be unhappy with the ride :-)

I hear the GAZ set up is nice for about half the $

sleekgt 07-09-2019 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BobWeber (Post 5962092)
Gulp!... $2,500 for a set of shocks and springs???

The official Lotus 'LOTAC' kit is (as of 07/09/19)
2284 Pounds Sterling or USD$2844.

This is for the shocks and springs that were tuned by Lotus for ~2005 (?) updates.

For $2500 Nitron, I personally would go for the LOTAC kit for a few hundred more - assuming that Lotus has a bit more tuning experience here for the Esprit >:)

But I've heard (2nd hand) that the GAZ solution is much more cost-effective.

My 87 Esprit had some unknown multi-color polyurethane bushing put in - not sure if the LOTAC kit would work well with it.

Vulcan Grey 07-10-2019 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Erik L (Post 5962098)
Yeah the pic is just and example, I would hope they have a bespoke adapter for everything to fit?

I know for $2500 you can probably get Penske to put together a kit. Its a lot of $$ but I bet you would not be unhappy with the ride :-)

I hear the GAZ set up is nice for about half the $

The kit was made for the V8. The adapters are not included for the chassis pre-S4s (not sure about S4).

I made mine, and gave a drawing to Jacques, which he tried to give to Nitron. Not sure if they ever agreed to provide those for the SE's.

redfox 07-14-2019 01:16 AM

Unfortunately, they didn't. To be honest, I explained everything to them and stating that a larger amount of interest could be generated, if they were a Little more complete for all Stevens cars, so that new owners/buyers shouldn't buy into a kit that needs Expert help to sort it out.
They weren't interested at all.
I find that sad.
But good on you Erik, to wake them up and get a straight offer. Would that be with receiving addresses all over the World?

The Lotac kit is a different beast being non-adjustable. I want adjustability. And rebuildability.
Nitron currently are suppliers to Lotus factory of suspension components.

I had the two aluminium cups made and anodised and ready to install, when I'll finally order the Nitron kit, but it's been delayed by me, as I had to direct my attention to my Corrado and my laverda. And we have invested in some home stuff in the meantime ;)

All the Lotac poly bushings are a bit harder than their rubber variants, but not track like ahrd. Meant to Work on a road car with the occasional track day. There are now gearbox bushings to suit, which I've ordered. Then that is under control.
I also ordered a nice new anodised aluminium pipe for between the fuel tanks, but dealing with small Companies who supply this is not alway easy and it's now been 4 months since ordering. Well, some day.

I mention this with bushings etc, because I see it as a whole system working together, not isolated parts.
The Bilstein/Eibach offering from Lotus is too soft for me, and way too expensive for what it is. And ride height is too high, even when correctly installed, and the lock ring being in the lower position (-10mm).

Flatter poly discs replacing rubber parts in suspension Towers are one way of doing things, which I will do. That should save me 10mm without altering the dampers/spings. Sport300 had something similar.

Kind regards,
Jacques


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