Random Customer Testimonials – What they said about elantrikbits CVDS Conversion.
Finally, last week end, I could go for a long drive and the feel of the elan is fantastic. My brother said: The elan feels like a modern car! No one will say it is from 1966!! Really, your drive shafts are really good. They transform the driving of the car. They are not only fantastic as a mechanical component, but they are also beautiful to look at. They are also very easy to fit, and all was done in a couple of hours.
All the best.
This is just a quick note to let you know that I fitted the drive shafts the weekend before last, and have now done about 100 miles with them. I'm really impressed, they add greatly to the driving experience and detract nothing.
They were very simple to fit; I had no trouble at all. The only notes I would make on your instructions would be to use a strap to keep the spring compressed so that the shaft can be fitted while horizontal, with minimal angulation. Also, to release the handbrake rod before the A frame! I finished the installation by giving each joint 5 strokes of Red Line CV grease.
Hopefully, this is enough. I'll check the tightness of everything after another couple of hundred miles. There doesn't seem to be any way to get a torque wrench on the nuts (or Allen bolts), so I guess it's just a matter of making sure everything it as tight as possible with a regular spanner.
Compared to changing Rotoflexs, which I last did over 30 years ago and still remember what a miserable experience it was, the CV shafts were a wonderful surprise. It's hard to imagine why anybody would continue to use Rotoflexs.
The biggest problem was to get the car jacked up high enough to work on. I've only had the car a year and never had to do anything at the rear, aside from inspections, for which I used a couple of small ramps. Building a solid beam to fit across the entire car just in front of the rear wheels proved to be the best solution.
Anyway, many thanks. They're a great improvement on the elan.
Dear Mr. Croucher.
Thank you very much. My mechanic says that your kit is the best in the market followed by Spyder´s.
Thank you again.
I thought you might like to know how the CV drive shafts are performing now that I have some mileage with them. They certainly have transformed the driving experience of my Plus 2, and smooth gear changes are now easily made. Unlike the ones fitted to my car when I bought it, your drive shafts show no tendency to “bind,” even when the suspension is at full droop, which shows the benefit of using quality components. They also look the part with a nice finish to the machine work; pity they have to be hidden under the car! I can certainly recommend them to any Elan owner who needs to upgrade the driveline on his car.
After having consulted with Col regarding the manufacture and materials used in his drive shafts, I installed them into my 1964 S2 Élan around one year ago. On receiving them, I was very impressed by the quality, finish and details, such as the dust caps, grease points and high tensile bolts. After fitting, I have found them to perform very well, being very positive in use compared to the rubber donuts and eliminating surge particularly on take-off. As my "donuts" were getting quite old, I now don't have a fear of a dangerous failure. I would recommend the drive shafts to any one considering them for their Elan, particularly if they use their car in a spirited fashion!- Nick Livanes. Sydney NSW Australia.
I hope that you keep producing the quality product that you do. You and your firm have been a pleasure to deal with even if you are on the other side of the globe. If you want a test pilot for anything new you're developing, I'd be happy to road test it.
Thanks again for a fantastic product.
"I have used the solid CV joint drive shaft conversion on my Elan S4 and Plus 2 for many years. The Plus 2 has covered about 40,000 miles of every day road use, and the elan has done about 15000 miles of race use with the conversion with absolutely no problems. From a strength, reliability, cost and ease of maintenance & drive ability view point the double CV joint conversion is far superior to the original donuts and other designs I have seen using universal joints or CV's in a combination with donuts".- Rohan Hodges. Melbourne Australia.
We finished our elan restoration, we have travelled 7000 miles (11265.41KMS). We are very satisfied with the CV Drive Shaft which you sold us. We gave your address and phone number to a friend who has elan too, who is very interested in your parts.
Hi there Col, Yes fitted the new CVDS to my +2, nice and easy to fit, nicely made. Have done 250kms with them in the car. Has made the back end have more feel to it, there was no problem when the car was on full drop, turned over nicely. Very happy with the new parts and the fitting of them. Many thanks for your help.- Wayne Barrett NZ
I have received and installed CV axles, and the elan is a much better car.
I've just installed a CV kit from Croucher Engineering Aust (elantrikbits) and am absolutely delighted with the result - so much tighter, there's no binding of the CVs and the+2 drives so much smoother with better gear changes and a more robust feel overall. I'll keep the Roto flexs and shafts but, if anyone is wondering whether the CVs are worth it, you are unlikely to look back.
(Many thanks for your help Col)
Col, Ready to purchase a set of CV ' for my "66 Elan coupe, which by the way, I purchased in 1965 & took delivery of 26 Jan 1966.
Col, They arrived this morning! They are works of art so rather than mount them on the Elan I'm displaying them among my other works of art in the den. Thanks & again, they are really works of art.
-Col, Hello again. The CV's went in "like Flynn" & now the 2 other Elan friends wish they had selected yours vice the "others" Funny first drive feeling, far better than donuts.
I made it, thanks to your drive shafts, to the all British Day which was held at the Uraidla Oval in the Adelaide Hills. Having now fitted them, I have to say I'm not sorry the not so old rotoflex coupling let go, as the car is now transformed. I'm delighted with the way it is running and today it was very well received. It is great fun to drive.
Thanks for your assistance.