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Posted: 20 June 2005 at 00:12 | IP Logged Quote BigJon

Could someone pls give me an idiot proof guide about lowerin my 156 2.0 2001. Do the springs just get replaced or do the dampners need 2 get replace too. A guy told me he would supply and fit for around £300, he said that it could only be lowered by 30mm as any more affects the "rake" or something like that, is he at it? i've put 17" on so how low could I go to keep the ride still ok! whats the best springs to get or do they all do the same job. I'm in glasgow if anyone can tell me a good place to go. Thanks for any help its appreciated.
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Posted: 20 June 2005 at 03:49 | IP Logged Quote Nayab

da tony b is the suspension specialist. Click on the sponsors link (Gazzella Racing) and have a look under suspension parts. The uprated kits are well over £300, plus you need to find somebody to fit them. My advice? You get what you pay for. I have no experience in lowering a car, but I know that £300 all in is way too little for anything better than the original set up.

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Posted: 20 June 2005 at 18:03 | IP Logged Quote hulkyboy

Is it a Veloce or a Lusso?
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Posted: 20 June 2005 at 18:18 | IP Logged Quote da tony b

que the suspension maestro>>>>>>

okay chap

if ya car is a sportpack model.its already lowered as much as ya wanna chance for uk roads

the eibach pro springs are slightly stiffer than sport pack..and a little lower on the rear end front is about the same ..you may see a 5mm drop at front over sportpack

if ya car is not sportpack...head directly to lowered springs(i speak from experiance)

to be honest on anything other than a 1-2 yr old car

you need to really consider new shocks(stock brand new aint worth a toss either)

look at eibach once again.as they really were designed to work with there springs.and supply too many race teams to mention..enough credit due

on the shock note ....theres more than a few owners that have praise for the 'eb spares' rhb shocks for uk roads..they are based on revalved bilstein shocks ....once again a top name

nayab is right ...you really do get what you pay for
expect to pay £600 alone for springs and shocks

i have seen to many people buy cheap £100 spring sets from apex and PI   and end up removing them again

the top two choices for suspension on here are
eibach pro shocks and springs

or

eb spares shocks with sportpack springs (made by eibach anyways)

koni have a few followers used with sportpack springs
(i myself didnt like the short lifespan of that brand)

other than that there are offerings from KW and such which is more track orietated..and unfriendly to british roads and weather

hope this helps

also note
over 20-30k miles and the 156 starts to suffer from wishbone(front) wear which realy can affect handling

and the rear suspension bushes ripping apart

i spent £1300 on my car for suspension solution when i first got it
this was replace all front wishbones new springs and shocks all the way round
and a rear end rebuild with poly bushes

the car is safe /stable and eats the twisty roads up with vigor!...i also have much less grounding issues than with stock suspension..and the ride is compliant enough to keep the females....and my nan happy

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Posted: 21 June 2005 at 00:26 | IP Logged Quote BigJon

My 156 is just a T-spark, not sportspack or anything. Thanks for your advice its much appreciated, given me something to look in to, cheers guys
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Posted: 21 June 2005 at 11:04 | IP Logged Quote Nayab

Well done to da tony b. Shall we put this in the technical faq if it ain't already there?

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Posted: 21 June 2005 at 11:11 | IP Logged Quote CJ Romeo

I cant be arsed reading Tonys big long post, but I'm sure its accurate.

Independent alfa specialist in Glasgow is the Shawlands motor company.

They have had some good press here, but to be honest, springs and dampers arent a specialist job on the 156.

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