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Front brakepads for 1997 Elan

Hi, I have great problems finding replacement brake pads for my Elan! It's not Lotus and not Kia Carens🤔 Says Hankuk on them, I'm thankfull for good ideas😊 see photos. Regards Chr

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Hi, I have great problems finding replacement brake pads for my Elan! It's not Lotus and not Kia Carens🤔 Says Hankuk on them, I'm thankfull for good ideas😊 see photos. Regards Chr
Hi,

Looking at your photos, it confirms that your Elan did not get the factory brake upgrade, which was a larger diameter rotor and larger pads for increased friction surface - the original brakes were way undersized for this sports car.
https://www.autopartswarehouse.com/s...dot-04660.html

The upgraded brakes take the same pads as the Carens, but the original brakes like yours use the same pad as the 2001-2002 Kia Rio base model and some Mazda vehicles also used them.

When I get home I'll post more detail, but in the meantime you can search online stores for 2001-2002 Kia Rio pads.

See the attached photos - one is of the parts that made up the brake upgrade and the other shows the difference in size.





https://www.ebay.com/itm/D466-FRONT-...%7CModel%3ARio
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Thank you so much👍😊!!
It's also same as Mazda 323 ordered them and they will arrive tomorrow.
Regarding convertion kit - I will try new pads first and convert if it's hopeless👌
My trackday car is an other Frankenstein - a TVR Griffith so this will be a nice roadster for the gf😀
Have an issue with a not so nice rattle sound from mechanics - comes with throttle/revs and disappears once I leave the accelerator and just drive steady 5th. Hope for driveshaft bearing or wheel bearings.. Sounds better while lefthand turns, so hopefully my gearbox is okay🤞
I'm going to have her on a lift stand on friday and take a closer look and giving her a service with new oil on engine and gearbox. Guess the amount of metal in the gear oil will give me a clue as aswell🙈

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Hi, I have great problems finding replacement brake pads for my Elan! It's not Lotus and not Kia Carens🤔 Says Hankuk on them, I'm thankfull for good ideas😊 see photos. Regards Chr
Hi,

Looking at your photos, it confirms that your Elan did not get the factory brake upgrade, which was a larger diameter rotor and larger pads for increased friction surface - the original brakes were way undersized for this sports car.
https://www.autopartswarehouse.com/s...dot-04660.html

The upgraded brakes take the same pads as the Carens, but the original brakes like yours use the same pad as the 2001-2002 Kia Rio base model and some Mazda vehicles also used them.

When I get home I'll post more detail, but in the meantime you can search online stores for 2001-2002 Kia Rio pads.

See the attached photos - one is of the parts that made up the brake upgrade and the other shows the difference in size.





https://www.ebay.com/itm/D466-FRONT-...%7CModel%3ARio
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BTW, the Kia part number for your front pads is 0K50A-33-28Z

The brake upgrade consists of :
1) Hubs
2) Rotors
3) Calipers
4) Proportioning Valves - to change response of rear brakes
5) More rigid anti-roll bar
6) Assorted brake lines
7) Soft rear pads

I wouldn't go that route, rather go to a brake specialist and have them match something up for you, but if you'd like the Kia part numbers for all those let me know.

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Thanks again, I am much obliged and glad to have found THE Kia Elan oracle😊👍
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Thanks again, I am much obliged and glad to have found THE Kia Elan oracle😊👍
You're welcome.

Another upgrade that I received the free parts for is a stronger front frame, which I never installed - in Korea there were a few that developed cracks (possibly rough terrain related) and the factory installed the new frame.

I kept a check on mine and would have gone to the major work to install it, but never found any sign of cracks.

Also, the engine mounting is poor - the engine torque rotation is excessive and some add a damper which is what I did, and some just add another rubber engine mount on the front of the engine in place of the silly limiting device attached to the exhaust manifold.
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Good to know - I will check out how mine are, probably none of the upgrades ste done. Curious to find out about the noise first, thats pri one now🤞
Also the lock/handle for my glovebox is broken, do you have any idea of the kind?
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Also the lock/handle for my glovebox is broken, do you have any idea of the kind?

Here's a video of a Lotus one - this is one of the parts that's the same as Lotus.

I'll search for a step by step tutorial that I've seen in the past on one of the Korean sites.

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Perfect, thanks again👌👌👌👌
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Your pop-up headlamp motors will most likely need to be rebuilt - these are quite common electric window motors.

http://lush.kr/zeroboard/view.php?id...2e204f51eac6b0

https://m.blog.naver.com/r0kk4ng/20193975780

Lotus Elan Central ? View topic - Headlight motor repair




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