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PostPost by: mjcvflem » Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:06 am

Hi, new to this board .Looking for any information in using modified driveshafts on my 1969 +2,Would like to convert it to two hardy-splicer units with a sliding drive shaft.I believe these were available at some point.Planning to build these unit from skratch and have already sourced some parts,any useful comments gratefully received.
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PostPost by: brian wilson » Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:49 am

The best solid drive shafts in my view are sold by THE ELAN FACTORY in Melbourne, Australia.

Try contacting them [email protected]

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:05 am

Have a look under "things in common" on this forum and go to "non rotoflex rear end" there was a recent discussion on this subject.
Some people prefer a CV set up and some the hardy-spicer type, I am busy making up a couple of sets using the CV system but thats my personal choice and I am not recomending either.
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PostPost by: ElandaMan » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:01 am

Hi Guy and welcome. I have owned my +2 S130 for about a year now. It has still not turned a wheel so I cant vouch for either type of shaft but....I am half way thru the cv conversion. I chose this type due to easy access for parts. In quick summary I have cobbled together info from various listers with again another mod. I was also sent drawings for the adaptor plates which made milling very painless. I am led to believe that cv are more flexible for a road car {no locking sliding spline} easier to maintain and renew. Which means cheaper. Price from specialists ?450 ish or make em yourself ?100-150. I have copies of various emails and specs as used by Elan people. Just let me know if you want a look. Good Luck Del
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PostPost by: tdafforn » Tue Dec 16, 2003 8:23 pm

I've just bought the hardy-spicer sliding spline solution from tony thompson and will be fitting them in the next month. The UJs are standard from a transit van prop shaft, so easy to get hold of. The splines are teflon coated to reduce lockup under power. Made the choice to have these compared to CVs for a number of reasons, but in the end I think the choice is a personal one. Firstly the sliding splines are accredited for historic race/rally, second I can handle UJs (had them on my spitfire), and thirdly I had heard a number of stories of the aluminium adapter plates shifting/distorting under torque loading leading to loosening of the plate. I can send you some pictures of the axles if you like, they cost me 375 pounds + VAT.
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