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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:52 am 
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As the title indicates, i was wondering if there is much of a difference between the suspension setups between the EF and the EL XR8. I know with the 6 cylinder non Tickford models there was a noticeably different feel between them, but i don't know about the differences with Tickford models, or the 8 cylinder variants...

I am going to be purchasing an EF or EL XR8 in the coming months, is the EL really worth looking for and paying extra over an EF? Obviously a series II EL is preferable but i'm not overly fussed with factory power output. If i wanted to go as fast as i could with the money i have, i'd buy a boxcar and supercharge it. Actually that sounds quite tempting.... shame about the damn handbrake location! And the ugly interior.

What am i thinking? Boxcar? WTF??? *slaps self

So yeah, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:54 am 
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afaik, suspension on the front is exactly the same between ef and el. All tickford model comes with urethane bushing in the front, and firmer shocks - thats why it feels more solid.

only difference is the rear diff has the watts link a little lower to help lower the centre of gravity. So there would be marginal improvement there.


and also i reckon the EL xr8 looks sh it hot compared to the ef. But thats my opinion...
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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:26 am 
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There are quite a few differences in the suspension between the 2 models. Nothing that you would really see or notice externally.

I remember reading an article where a Tickford engineer said something like "the EF handling is the best we can do. It doesnt get much better. The aim with the EL is to save a tenths of a second or a second off a lap time compared to an EF".

So it got a different design and stiffer lower front control arm bush, urethane castor bushes, a longer and lower mounting urethane bushed upper rear control arm, revised shocks and springs plus all the other watts link, etc, etc EL changes.

If I had the money, I'd be looking EL. Better engines, better interior/seat design, better looking front end and better suspension.
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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:54 am 
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I think Big Kev is selling his car for around 9k. Cheap for that price. Nice looking car too.

 

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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:00 am 
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Heres some info on the suspension changes from EF to EL.

http://trueblueford.com/ELsuspension_changes.html

And some info for all the models in the EL range to compare Gli and Xr's

http://www.trueblueford.com/index2.html
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Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:25 am 
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Absolute champions!

Thank you very much for help :)

edit:
shnoza wrote:
I think Big Kev is selling his car for around 9k. Cheap for that price. Nice looking car too.


Yes i agree it's a schmiko example, however one of the main reasons for selling what i currently have is because i'm bored of having gears changed for me :P

 

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