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I need help deciding on which Nitron coilovers I should get.
I did some research on lotustalk and people suggest the 46mm Nitron singles, but sector111 told me the normal Nitron single with softer spring setup will be a better fit for me.
I have a NA 06 Lotus Elise, this is my weekend car. I go to track about 6x per year and autoX 8x per year.

What are the pros and cons? I know the 46mm race pro is $600 more.
 

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The 46mm shocks are sturdier, have less travel, and their spring rate is the same as the hardest option for the singles at S111. If you're not building a dedicated track car, and don't have aero, I'd go with the nitron singles with the soft springs. That's exactly what I have in my car, and it works great with slicks and no aero. It's also comfy on the street. I don't know about auto-X though, as I don't do that. (keep in mind that the Soft springs are much harder than LSS and more than double the stock suspension).

Save yourself $600 :)
 

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The 46mm shocks are sturdier, have less travel, and their spring rate is the same as the hardest option for the singles at S111. If you're not building a dedicated track car, and don't have aero, I'd go with the nitron singles with the soft springs. That's exactly what I have in my car, and it works great with slicks and no aero. It's also comfy on the street. I don't know about auto-X though, as I don't do that. (keep in mind that the Soft springs are much harder than LSS and more than double the stock suspension).

Save yourself $600 :)
I totally agree. I have the Nitron singles also.
 

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Get the best -- 46mm singles are superior to the standard Nitron 1-ways.
 

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I'm thinking about these for my 05 Elise which currently has the non-LSS suspension.

How livable are each of the two options on the street? I drive my car to/from the track and occasionally commute in it.
 

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So what did you get?

Thanks Marcinr for the info!
Like you I am looking to buy some replacement shocks for my 05 elise that I drive less and less on the road and more and more (up to 10 week ends a year) on the track at DE events.

I am thinking about going the nitron singles way as well. Anything else (although prob better in the lab conditions of racing or just in the factory lab) seems overkill.

For analogy I played ice hockey for 20+ years... at some point I could tell the difference in stiffness between 2 sticks of the same make / model... I stopped playing and a few years later I could not feel a difference between carbon or wood sticks...

I am a baby driver... I have a feeling nitron single are going to bring noticeable difference vs stock and that anything after that I will not be able to feel or even extract any additional benefit for the extra $.

So what did you end up getting? satisfied? :shrug:
 

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I ended up buying a set of 2-11 spec Ohlins, got a really good deal that I cannot say no to.

I think it all depends on your application for the Nitron. If you plan on taking your Elise to the track, I would get the 46mm Nitron. My local shops also recommend the 46mm Nitron.

If you are just doing street driving, I think the normal Nitron will be more than enough for you.
 
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