Re: [DML] Frame Flex?
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Re: [DML] Frame Flex?



I've been around Esprits for quite some time and I've had several of them
from different vintages apart.  I have never heard of this problem or fix
before.  

I doubt that bolting a plate around the shifter would have a 
"significant" effect on the strength of the frame.  The superstructure for
the shift mechanism itself will add some stiffness in that area and it's 
welded in place.  

--
Mike


-------------- Original message from Marc Levy <malevy_nj@xxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 


> A question for those of you who have done extensive 
> frame work.. 
> 
> I was speaking to a friend with an esprit. We were 
> talking about the similarities between it and the 
> DeLorean. 
> 
> He asked if the DeLoreans had the frame flex problem 
> near the shifter. He explained that on many of the 
> Esprit cars, they develop cracks in the frame around 
> the shifter cut out because the weakness in the area 
> allows the frame to flex. 
> 
> Lotus introduced a "fix" for this in the mid 90's in 
> the form of a thick plate that bolts around the 
> shifter cut out. He said it turns out to be a 
> performance enhancement because it significantly 
> stiffens the frame of the car. 
> 
> Anyone know about this? Has anyone noticed cracks in 
> the frame around the shifter? Would a similar "fix" be 
> an improvement on the DeLorean? 
> 
> 
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