Lotus Elan

Steering Wheels

PostPost by: pereirac » Fri May 10, 2019 9:29 pm

Looking for a steering wheel? Just found these guys from a link of Facebook. Their prices also look a lot better than Ebay ones, http://jacobengineering.co.uk/index.php/steering-wheels-2/

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Thu May 16, 2019 5:43 pm

I have bought my steering wheel from these chaps.

It is a perfect replica of the 26R model.

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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Thu May 16, 2019 6:17 pm

I will be putting one in my 26R!
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PostPost by: zog » Fri May 17, 2019 11:37 am

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri May 17, 2019 12:12 pm

I purchased my s/wheel from Jacob Engineering.

I'm fairly sure the TTR is different. There are two sizes and it is available from JE with a standard or quick release hub.

I'm pleased with mine (the larger of the two sizes).

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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Fri May 17, 2019 2:49 pm

Do you know what size yours is?
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat May 18, 2019 2:32 pm

zog wrote:Is it the same one as sold by TTR?

https://www.tonythompsonracing.co.uk/pa ... -in-black/


No it's not. This one is to original specification, whilst I believe that the TTR one is beefed up.
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PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Sat May 18, 2019 3:32 pm

Mark, from JacobEngineering, mentioned that the standard size is 14”. Not sure about his other size(s).
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Sat May 18, 2019 4:37 pm

I have just measured mine and it is 14". I chose this size (13" also available in the same design) as this is the size of wheel that I had on my MGB racer. The quality is very good and I would recommend it. I chose this as I felt that the silly sums being asked for the original steering wheel were totally unwarranted. I also opted for the period badge at the same time.

It has not yet been installed on my car as it is still in a thousand pieces...

I have no affiliation to Mark but I must say that I am impressed by the different engineering activites that his firm gets up to.

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PostPost by: 661 » Sat May 18, 2019 8:01 pm

Elanintheforest wrote:
zog wrote:Is it the same one as sold by TTR?

https://www.tonythompsonracing.co.uk/pa ... -in-black/


No it's not. This one is to original specification, whilst I believe that the TTR one is beefed up.


This is my understanding too. Having felt the TTR version it certainly feels like the grip is thicker, which I like.
Personally, for my race car, I've gone with a MOMO!!
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sat May 18, 2019 8:51 pm

I suppose Mommo makes sense for hardcore racing. I am building a car to the exact spec of an original car so I will use the Jacob engineering one!
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PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Sun May 19, 2019 4:37 am

Frogelan wrote:I have just measured mine and it is 14". I chose this size (13" also available in the same design) as this is the size of wheel that I had on my MGB racer. The quality is very good and I would recommend it. I chose this as I felt that the silly sums being asked for the original steering wheel were totally unwarranted. I also opted for the period badge at the same time.

It has not yet been installed on my car as it is still in a thousand pieces...

I have no affiliation to Mark but I must say that I am impressed by the different engineering activites that his firm gets up to.

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Do you know whether Mark's badge is an original OEM "Lucas" badge or a reproduction? I believe his is offering at GBP 85, while other vendors (repros) are less than GBP 50. Thanks.
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Sun May 19, 2019 2:39 pm

I have no details on the badge / horn button, but it is a quality part and worth the extra investment!

I have measured the rim and it has a diametre of 25mm (an inch for our US cousins).

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I hope this helps. Personally I like a thin and fairly large steering wheel. It helps to give light steering and the proportions are important to the historic personality of the car.

I'm always saddened by the tatty interiors of many race Elans !
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun May 19, 2019 3:24 pm

I was at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble yesterday looking for parts. Out of some 1500 stalls I found only two items for any type of Lotus:

  • A Lotus bonnet badge, reproduction, with later font for the LOTUS lettering for £25
  • A reproduction Elan "Colin Chapman signature" Elan 14 inch steering wheel for £399

I looked closely at the wheel, it is a good repro, matching the one I have in my Plus 2 (sadly not a signature wheel but otherwise identical). Considering how much these go for on "a certain on line marketplace" I thought £399 wasn't so bad. The only thing about it I didn't like was the weight. It was easily twice as heavy as my wheel.
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PostPost by: Craven » Sun May 19, 2019 3:47 pm

TTR wheel does not have one of the seven hub fixing holes at 12 o’clock but at 6 o’clock
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