Tires / Exhaust / Wheels Process

The Hunter Road Force balancer perfectly matches tires to the rim.

Tires:  Four modern replacements that mimicked the original tires precisely were added, and they were each Road Force balanced to perfectly match the wheels they were on. (The Hunter Road Force Touch diagnostic balancer made by Hunter Engineering Company was used).

Exhaust:  The Elan’s original headers and exhaust appear just fine and so they are still in the car.  One high-value add was made during assembly, which was welding the threaded boss to add a mounting sensor for an air/fuel ratio meter.  This allowed us to temporarily mount a MTX-L Digital Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge from Innovate Motorsporsts.  This gauge measures the all-important mixture of air to fuel and displays it on a gauge.  With the gauge showing the results mounted in the glove box, during the first 500 miles after the rebuild, we were able to ensure that the air/fuel mixture was perfect.  Then it was removed.

Wheels:  All five rims were cleaned, bead blasted to remove all muck and then powder coated.  The silver paint from the bumper was easily matched to the wheels.   All five rims are good.

Perfect Balance – equal weight to all four corners: After spring adjustments at each wheel (with a 200 lb. person sitting in the driver’s seat) we achieved a nearly perfect front/rear weight distribution. The corners were off only .01% for each corner.  Detailed readings below:

The team spent one afternoon corner balancing the car. This is sometimes referred to as “corner weighting,” “weight jacking,” or “scaling.” It involved adjusting the spring perches of the car to as close as possible to a balanced diagonal weight on all tires. Ideal would be to have 50% of the cars weight on the Left Front and Right Rear tires, and 50% on the Right Front and Left Rear.

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