"Protecting your investment" with
Knockoff Spinner Tool Kits
Available for most 2 and 3 eared knockoff spinner nuts
Each Tool Kit will come with a high impact socket, a hard rubber wheel wedge and a burlap bag to keep everything organized with the car.
These spinners are unique only to the Elans.
ENGLISH SADDLE COW HIDE LEATHER is used and is tanned the old fashion way for durability.
Lotus spinner on a Panasports wheel.
Lotus Elan Sprint.
This three eared spinner is unique to the 60's Lotus Elans.
After 60+ years of using a hammer to beat spinners on, this new tool protects any metal to metal contact by using leather liners. You'll never have to beat on your spinners with a hammer. Just use a one inch socket and a breaker bar or by using a torque wrench, you'll know what torque was safely applied to secure your wheels.
Many have suggested to add a storaage bag to keep the tool and socket together with the car and more have said I need to offer a wheel block to keep the front wheels from spinning while removing or tightening spinners.
So I'm offering a complete knockoff spinner tool kit to include a knockoff tool, a new high impact socket, a wheel wedge and a burlap bag to store all parts with the car.
You can see how close the spinner is to the wheel. Hitting your spinners with a full hammer swing could easily chip your powder-coated wheels, mark your chrome spinners, glance off and hit a newly painted body.
The leather is from Old English Saddle Leather tanned the old fashion way for durability and can be easily replaced. The leather is pre-torque to set the leather into the shape of our lotus spinners. Now comes in black snd silver as an option.
Details on how simplicity works!
Just two pieces are used, a solid hex shaft is milled. The tool's shape is cut out of a steel plate and pressed into shape.
The 1" hex shaft is pressed through the steel plate and welded, so the weld is not the only thing holding it in place.
To protect from rust, it has been flash chrome protected. Over hanging leather and brass hardware prevents accidental contact, scratching the wheels
The leather protects all metal to metal contact.
Notice there is just enough space between the spinner and the metal portion of the tool, allowing the leather to cushion and protect the spinner without cutting the leather.
The tool tightens on the spinner as more torque is applied and pulls the spinner into the back of the leather protected tool.
The tool’s metal tips grip the spinner ears and cannot be pushed any closer to the wheel.
This tool is designed to perfectly fit the lotus Elan spinners.
Blocking the wheels will stop the wheel from spinning under torque.
The manufacturer's suggested method of securing spinners.
Its a guess of how much torque has been beat on the spinners. Trying to remove over tighten spinners, in this high risk method, seems to be one of the biggest complaints. With an occasional replacement of a lead hammer.
To get an Elan spinner on or off, place the knockoff tool on the spinner, making sure the tool is flat and even on the spinner's face before applying full force. Apply a little force at first and the tool will center itself evenly, then you can apply full force.
Attach my 1-inch socket, that is supplied with the tool, on the 1-inch hex shaft of the tool. Using a breaker bar or a torque wrench, place it at the 2:30 or the 10:30 position, for maximum torque leverage by using your weight in a downward action. If you are pulling or pushing on the breaker bar at odd angles, It would be harder to gauge the force to tighten the spinner safely.
Blocking the wheels, stops the wheel from spinning under torque. I have added a small hard rubber wheel wedge as part of the new wheel Kit.
Torque wrench settings
Lotus was the only car manufacturer, I could fine, that printed a torque setting for securing spinners. Early Lotus manuals showed 160 to 180 and later manuals showed 200 to 220 ft/lb of torque. I use 190 ft/lbs of torque on my Elan with no problems securing the wheels. Getting over torque wheels off can be a real chore.
TIPS, before you use the tool for the first time, know that your spinner MAY be way over tightened.
If they are frozen tight, loosen the spinner the old fashion way, with a hammer and a block of wood, After that, using the proper torque, your spinners can be removed without any problems with this knockoff tool.
I use a 22-inch, 25 to 250ft/lb, reversible, ratcheted action torque wrench. Even though a breaker bar worked fine, the ratcheted head of a torque wrench made it easier to stay in the maximum leverage angle without having to reposition the 1” socket. Hearing the click, you'll know your spinners are secured at the proper tightness.
Some torque wrenches only torque in one direction, even though they say it is reversible. I tested several by setting the torque at 50 lbs and tried it on both sides of the car, just to make sure I heard the click at 50 lbs.
The leather pads can take the torque and will last.
Greg Paris produced the Club Elite Newsletter and touched Lotus enthusiasts worldwide with Technical info, stories and events. seven years ago I had the honor of having him review my two eared tool for his Lotus Elite type 14. His story helped me focused on how important it was to know the proper torque had been applied. He later acquired a Lotus Elan coupe and used my three eared Elan tool. Here is a link to his article.
The new Elan Tool Kit will have an option to have black leather with stain-less hardware. The black leather shows less road grim.