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Post by architect7777 on Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:15 am

I took the easy way out, being fortunate to find a nicely finished Super Stalker for sale fairly close. I believe it is #87? I've owned Lotus cars for 39 years (currently own 5) and was excited to add the Stalker. It will be mainly road use with 3-6 AutoX / summer. I need allignment specifications to use as a starting point and greatly appreciate information / advice. Thanks in advance - Milt

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Re: New Owner - need help

Post by jtmineha on Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:59 pm

The alignment will depend a little on the tires.  We run the Bias-ply slicks like the Hoosiers and Avons for autocross.
We do Zero Toe front and back (you can play with a little toe out on the front if you'ld like, but I'd probably start at 0).
Camber in the front: -1.0 degrees
Camber Rear: 0 degrees

I just keep the same alignment for the street tires and haven't had any issues.

If you are running a radial tire or a street tire, you can probably dial that front camber in a bit to maybe -2.0 or -3.0 to get them to work a little better for autocross.
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Post by XL22 on Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:14 am

Another data point: I'm on R888's and zero toe & zero camber seems to work so far on the street & road course. With those settings, I get nice & even wear across the tire, but then again, I'm not too fast on the road courses yet. Once I really get the car moving, I imagine that camber will need to be more negative.

You could start with zero everywhere and then keep an eye on your tread wear pattern?

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Re: New Owner - need help

Post by architect7777 on Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:40 am

Thanks for your information / advice! Alignment tomorrow, so greatly appreciated. Currently sitting on Dunlop Direzza's.

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Post by Stalker Guru on Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:25 am

First thing you need to do is get rid of those tires. Even for street driving, these cars are so light you need a 200 treadware or less tire. A lot of us are driving on Toyo R888. They work well for track days and spirited driving, autocross demands the most out of a tire and you will probably want to get some slicks soon after. Go on out and try it, I am sorry to say but you will leave the event more likely frustrated on the dunlops more then anything. I personally feel its even a safety issue to not have a track tire for the street.

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Post by architect7777 on Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:41 am

Scott, They are aged out and going to go anyways. Thanks for the advice.

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