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January 2002Lotus use Bilstein for supply of the S2 shock absorbers resulting in Koni halting manufacture of both the standard and sports shocks absorbers for the Elise S1. However the Koni (UK) still ask Koni to make them up in batches as required, since there is still a market for these parts. Standard shocks are £84 inc VAT each front and rear and LSS shocks are £160 inc VAT each front and rear.
OverviewThe Lotus Elise has double wishbones with single coil springs over monotube dampers all round. It also had Lotus patented uprights of extruded aluminium, made by Alusuisse but in the sports and later standard models these were replaced by conventional steel uprights to improve operational lifetime. The ride height of Elises seems to vary by a noticable amount. The ride height is adjustable to a certain degree. The Elise Sport 190 has competition springs and dampers which are fully adjustable and lower the cars ride height by 50mm from standard.
The front damper design was changed recently, as were the front and rear springs and new damper mounting brackets (to accomodate the bigger spring). These new springs raised the ride height sligthly and are softer than the old springs. New rubber anti-roll bar mountings were also recently introduced and these also make the suspension softer.
NoisesOn early models the suspension was noisy. Lotus have been reluctant to admit to the problems but have made new dampers and springs available to owners that have complained enough (see the problems section). The latest cars seem are much quieter in comparison. There are three main causes of suspension noise:
UpgradesThere are lots of suspension upgrades for the Elise and the following list is in order of perceived performance based on comments and reviews from lots of owners:
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