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post 4th October 2018 18:24
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 4th October 2018 12:28) *
good effort;

is that two nuts off each strut..?

How do you mean 'induction heater'..?


It heats by induction therefore no flame...

Those pinch bolts can be evil. On my Spider I had to drill two of them out (seeing as I donít have an induction heater thing)... not fun at all...

Stevie - Iíve got a spare brand new pinch bolt plus nut if you want it.

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post 4th October 2018 21:29
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 4th October 2018 12:28) *
good effort;

is that two nuts off each strut..?

How do you mean 'induction heater'..?



Yes, on the T spark only two nuts/bolts at base, think there's three on the boxers.


https://youtu.be/bC3d1BsJWfU

This isn't the same make as mine, but you get the idea.
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post 5th October 2018 08:31
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good heavens

I've got to tell you; my mouth was literally open watching that; I've never seen anything like that before.

Thanks for that link-

everyday is a schoolday!
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post 5th October 2018 10:01
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 4th October 2018 19:24) *
It heats by induction therefore no flame...

Those pinch bolts can be evil. On my Spider I had to drill two of them out (seeing as I donít have an induction heater thing)... not fun at all...

Stevie - Iíve got a spare brand new pinch bolt plus nut if you want it.



Thanks for the offer, I'm planning on just putting originals back on, with q bit of threadlock, I'm sure Alfa were just being over cautious, hope so anyway coolio.gif
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post 5th October 2018 16:22
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My lowering springs ready for duty.
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post 5th October 2018 17:07
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Ok, so one top nut wouldn't loosen whilst still bolted into car, so I've blasted it to red hot with my £200 Chinese induction heater, then rattle gun to loosen, then twizzled off easy with shock kit wrench. Whole thing like taking candy from a baby.
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post 7th October 2018 22:11
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Got the rears done, with spacers.
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post 8th October 2018 07:51
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QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 7th October 2018 23:11) *
Got the rears done, with spacers.


Nice work - did you need to get your induction heater on those disc retaining screws?

I'll be interested to hear how it handles on the new suspension. Why did you chose that particular spring/damper combo - have you used them before?
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with spacers??!!

What happens next, Stevie..??


I must say: I'd never have thought of jacking it there- that's ace...

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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 8th October 2018 09:06) *
with spacers??!!

What happens next, Stevie..??
I must say: I'd never have thought of jacking it there- that's ace...


Well I noticed both my wishbone ball joint seals are split, so I've ordered two new wishbones, might as well replace the whole lot, as I want it to handle well.

Then this Thursday, she's going to Alfa Tecnico, to get a cam belt, it's long past the time recommended (not miles but years), then new properly sized , decent brand tyres.

New pads and discs, I wanted to do them at same time as suspension , but delay in receipt of top mounts, means I have postponed (gotta be on the road for Thursday's visit to Alfa tecnico).


And an exhaust
http://shop.alfisti.net/Tuning-Styling/Alf...tml?language=en

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post 8th October 2018 12:33
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Well,

I've never heard of Alfa Tecnico-

but they seem to be the real thing...
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post 14th October 2018 10:09
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Top mounts had small welded on nuts, which couldn't stand the recommended torque, ended up having to nylon nut the underside, and lowered to 30nm on the other side.
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Cambelt, water pump and new thermostat fitted today at Alfa Technico.
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post 15th October 2018 22:59
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That lowered stance looks great!

How much of a difference has it made to the car's handling?
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post 16th October 2018 05:52
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 15th October 2018 23:59) *
That lowered stance looks great!

How much of a difference has it made to the car's handling?



Thanks, yesterday was only the 2nd time I drove the car, and I've been mostly driving like I was on my test, as I was worried about cam belt snapping.

I did drive to high speeds on 1st drive (home) and noticed her shaking , which is part of the reason I decided to change everything, so still brake discs and new tyres (+wheel balance!) to go, I didn't drive as fast yesterday to test if shake had gone, but she felt reactive, like a fighter jet to my inputs.

So I will put her through her paces gradually , do a bit of spirited driving as it says in the manual and report back.
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like a fighter jet!

That's the steering; I've never driven another car like it..


good effort- it's a new car now, Stevie; but is it a keeper??
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 16th October 2018 09:52) *
like a fighter jet!

That's the steering; I've never driven another car like it..
good effort- it's a new car now, Stevie; but is it a keeper??



She's a keeper, at least for 2 or 3 years.

I replaced number plates , I always think old ones lower the tone, but I've kept the old as they were alfa dealer original plates.
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New tyres and wheel alignment day. Looking forward to speedometer being more correct (currently 50mm tyres rather than correct 55mm).

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great stuff-

you mean; when you got it; it had 50mm-section tyres all round??
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post 26th October 2018 11:11
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 26th October 2018 10:28) *
great stuff-

you mean; when you got it; it had 50mm-section tyres all round??



Yes, should be 55mm? Good tyres depth but cheap brand tyres , now have kuhmo (mid tier brand) HS51's

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