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Damage to prongeron

Postby danbrown100 » Thu 09.06.2016, 16:06

I was poking around under the car for the first time and noticed that the prongeron was pretty dented (presumably people ignoring the do not jack here stickers!)

Here's a photo:
Lotus underside - small.jpg


Should I be concerned? Is there anything I need to consider doing to repair (or replace? :bonk: ) it? Or just live with it...

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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby Artaban » Thu 09.06.2016, 17:12

Mine was very similar and the car drove OK so it didn't seem to upset the suspension geometry. However I did replace it for an unmarked one which I got from Apollo when I rebuilt the suspension and then had the geometry set up properly. I don't know if a bent prongeron can upset the suspension geometry but someone on here may be able to tell you. That would be my only concern.

However if its driving fine I wouldn't worry too much and just keep an eye open on ebay for another as Apollo sells ones in good condition every now and again. If you do replace it then take Mr Pinks advice and stick on labels, arrows and fluorescent paint pointing to where the jacking points are which is a bit more helpful to a mechanic than a general don't jack here sign.
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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby danbrown100 » Thu 09.06.2016, 18:53

Thanks Andy,

Can you tell me who Apollo are? Do they sell direct or through ebay?

Just out of interest, how big a job is replacing the Prongeron in terms of time and money?

My car drives very nicely, so it will probably stay as it is unless something changes!

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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby Artaban » Thu 09.06.2016, 19:01

He has one for sale at the moment. Anything I've bought from him has been exactly as described so if he says it isn't damaged then it won't be.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ELAN-M1 ... SwKfVXI5Oj
I had mine blasted and powder coated before putting it on; about £35 from memory.
It simply unbolts so very straightforward. A garage could do it in 5-10mins easily.

I may be wrong but I think he gives a bit of a discount to LEC members. Worth asking.

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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Thu 09.06.2016, 19:10

Apollo996 is a private UK Car breaker.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ELAN-M1 ... 1593630184?

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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby Simon_P » Fri 10.06.2016, 18:38

Jacking only causes small local dents which are reasonably easy to knock out - That is large denting front to back. I'm guessing it drove over something - Replace.
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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby danbrown100 » Fri 10.06.2016, 18:43

Thanks Simon... will do!

I thought it was worth asking the opinion of LEC... :clap:

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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby Rambo » Sat 11.06.2016, 23:02

Artaban wrote:He has one for sale at the moment. Anything I've bought from him has been exactly as described so if he says it isn't damaged then it won't be.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ELAN-M1 ... SwKfVXI5Oj
I had mine blasted and powder coated before putting it on; about £35 from memory.
It simply unbolts so very straightforward. A garage could do it in 5-10mins easily.

I may be wrong but I think he gives a bit of a discount to LEC members. Worth asking.

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I think it's 20 or 30% LEC discount ??
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Re: Damage to prongeron

Postby Giniw » Sun 12.06.2016, 13:49

Oo
Good to know, I didn't know that, althought I am not dure I think I ordered something from him in the past :shock:
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