Gear Change S2 260S

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Gear Change S2 260S

Post by TJS » Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:49 pm

I am still not convinced the gear change quality on my 2010 260 S is as good as it should be. With 7k miles (and a new clutch) on the clock it still feels very tight and at times downright petulant !

So ... time to investigate changing the gearbox oil from factory gloop to something more slippery, Redline MTL ?, engine mount inserts ? expert adjustment of the cables, or replace with upgraded cables ?, if so which ones. Which order or combination of solutions would you recommend?... or should I just bite the bullet and do the lot. Recommendations for an experienced garage to do the work (plus a service) in the North Bucks area would also be appreciated. I assume a Lotus dealer will only stick with the factory specs and parts.


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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by ad_S » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:44 pm

Im my old S2 I used Redline MT90 which made a difference. I managed to snap a selector cable which was replace like for like and had a bit of fettling, but there is a motor sports version available. When I got the 260 upgrade installed I got them to put new engine mount inserts in which made a difference on the gear change but also increased the vibration when stationary but not to the point of being shaken to death. ... -s2-toyota

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by johnfishcurtis » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:37 pm

I fitted Redline MT90 and noticed a difference, then engine mounts and this improved it to a more precise shift. Got to be worth £100 and 3hrs time well spent.

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by 6970K » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:38 pm

My old 260S had same fluid and engine mounts as Adrian's and change was much better than when standard.

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by hoobahole » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:25 pm

Fitting better fluid (I used Motul) should also provide improved protection for the reportedly sensitive syncros. It's certainly not going to make it worse.

I also fitted the Elise Shop gearbox inserts and whilst I didn't notice any change in the shift (mine's always felt okay) the power delivery was marginally improved. I'd go win the poly versions if I did it again.

Both of the above were on my list of to-dos before I'd even collected the car.


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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by AdamK » Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:34 am

I've just invested in some new gear cables from seriouslylotus. My standard cables have an unbelievable amount of play these days and when hot don't like to change down gears due to flexing instead of just pushing the gear home. I'm looking forward to using the new cables, hopefully it'll be a nice improvement.

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by evo_ufo » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:38 pm

Part of the issue can be flexing in the gear stick mechanism itself. I tend to rest my left leg against it when driving and it's shocking how much it moves. Sector111 have a number of solutions including a complete new shifter, but I'm pretty sure I can 'reverse' engineer something myself or as we say in my trade 'hack'.

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by ade » Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:51 pm

Simple bolt and a spacer helps with the flex in the mount of the gear shift, it is obvious when you have it apart what you have to do.

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by TJS » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:45 am

Many thanks for the feedback, it's useful.

A change of gearbox oil to Redline MTL was already on the agenda and is a DIY task. Stiff gear changes from stone cold are acceptable and expected in most manual boxes irrespective of brand, however, changing down gears when hot, especially after a long motorway drive isn't. I will investigate replacement cables. Flex in the gearstick mechanism isn't something I have noticed and inserts for the mountings may provide marginal benefits.

I may give Brooke Kensington a call

Thanks again

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Re: Gear Change S2 260S

Post by seriouslylotus » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:21 am

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