The Lotus Cars Community banner

21 - 31 of 31 Posts
Joined
·
451 Posts
I thought I read some class rules that penalized for changing the OE size bolt here. That would be the only reason I would might hesitate on a something I could not reverse safety wise. I still went with the BOE solution.

Regarding the OE “fix”... While I have not heard of a failed link with the brace, I have heard of them still getting lose. Also not a fan of the fix being a simple rod connecting the two bolts and not bracing against anything else.
But it does attach to the subframe... View attachment sb_2005_04_lightweight.pdf
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
669 Posts
But it does attach to the subframe... View attachment 1177970
Just an FYI, that 2005 kit is not the same as the toe link brace that came stock on the later year Eliges (including my '08 Exige S240); that later year OE brace doesn't include the center bracket that attaches the brace to the subframe.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
669 Posts
Another point regarding some of the aftermarket toe links, including the Inokinetic and BOE kits: I recommend adding boots or seals to protect the otherwise exposed Heim joints from dirt and grime (see Seals-It rod end boots and seals). With or without boots or seals, the toe links should be inspected regularly to make sure the rod ends still articulate freely. A seized (or sticky) Heim joint (rod end) will greatly increase the stress on the bolts and on the link itself.

HTH, -Ed
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,044 Posts
You should look at using Nord Locks on the bolts. Since installing these, I have never had one of these bolt come loose.

Later,
Eldon
 
Joined
·
451 Posts

·
Spitfire Engineering
Joined
·
1 Posts
First of all, there is no need to upgrade the toe links - there is nothing wrong with them. The problem is the inner toe link bolt tend to fail. Lotus designed a brace that connect the two bolts and put them both into double shear instead of single shear and bending - effectively doubling the strength of the bolt. The aftermarket sale of toe links with a fix for the inner bolts is a waste of money if the wishbones aren't upgraded at the same time. If you have no intentions of upgrading your wishbones, there is no need to upgrade the toe links. Those also add weight.
Not quite sure where the data comes from for these comments?
There is no inner toe link bolt, the threaded spigot is part of the ball joint and they fail at both the inner and outer locations though more usually the inner due to the angle. Even more relevant is that it is not this section that usually fails, it's the threaded section which supports the toe link that fails or the housing pops off of the ball.

Nothing to do with the wishbones whatsoever.

:)
 
Joined
·
451 Posts
Not quite sure where the data comes from for these comments?
There is no inner toe link bolt, the threaded spigot is part of the ball joint and they fail at both the inner and outer locations though more usually the inner due to the angle. Even more relevant is that it is not this section that usually fails, it's the threaded section which supports the toe link that fails or the housing pops off of the ball.

Nothing to do with the wishbones whatsoever.

:)
I agree...there is nothing wrong with the wishbones. That was not my intent to imply that there is anything wrong with the wishbones. I'll try to be clearer in the future. Thanks for the clarification.

Do I still need to provide data if I we have the same opinion? :)
 
21 - 31 of 31 Posts
Top