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Front lower and upper control arms....

PostPost by: Oasis1 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:01 pm

Wow, no wonder the guy who sold me my elan said it didnt drive particularity well. Pulling off the front end the lower and upper control arms are bent to hell and cracked around a few bolts. I need a new set for each side upper and lower..any recommendations out there for sources? Paul Matty appears to have a solid version that looks quite different form the ones coming off. Let me know any suggestions, Thx Jim
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:41 pm

Sue Miller has the non-tubular, original type of wishbones.

Looks like a full set (8) of front wishbones is ~$250 plus shipping from the UK to US.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:33 pm

Perhaps somebody who has done a "26R Conversion" can help you out...
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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:51 am

If the control arms are seriously bent, you will want to ensure the chassis isn't tweaked as well.
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PostPost by: SENC » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:53 am

That is a good price from Sue. At last check a full set from Bean was about $400.
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PostPost by: Oasis1 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:06 am

I am not familiar with Sue Miller? what is the company , are they in the states?
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:32 am

Sue Miller is in the UK. But don’t let that put you off. I have used all the suppliers (UK and US) and found that even with shipping the UK sources are more than competitive to the US suppliers even with shipping figured in. And shipping is fast and I am in California.

She has a lot of fans on this Forum.

Her catalog was posted by another member.

pharriso wrote:Please find a copy of Sue's new catalog for the Elan posted below:
SueMiller_ElanCatalog_Spring2018red.pdf


As as a special bonus, here is Sue's set of tip sheets for the Elan:
MickMiller_ElanTips2018red.pdf


Enjoy :D !


She runs a very personal business. Being in the US I use email. You may have to wait a few days for response as Sue runs the business by herself.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:13 am

With using original control arms there is less damage to the chassis if you have a knock
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:40 am

The links don't work in the message above start from here:
lotus-elan-f19/sue-miller-2018-elan-catalog-t41809.html
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:50 am

I might have a spare original set. What series is your car?
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:20 pm

Sue is alovely lady and very helpful, she is carrying on the business after her husbands death.

I bought front wishbones (control arms) from Sue a few years ago, and they were the wrong shape. I returned them to Sue and tried to explain to her what was wrong. Unfortunately I don't think she understood what I was trying to say. I hope that she is now having wishbones made correctly. I bought wishbones from Spyder engineering, they are made from tube, not channel, and as such are not original, but they were the correct size and shape. Brian Bucklands book has dimensional drawings for front wishbones.

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