<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Stef:
<strong>Well, this is a topic I can sink my teeth into. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
I have had so many comments about the rear doors being hidden. It is a great conversation point, but so is the nose styling and the Selespeed, not to mention Alfa build quality.
To me the 5-door is a little more classic in its 3/4 view.
But the disadvantage of the 5 door is that there are NO side skirts available. If you check all the websites that sell bodykits, inevitably all examples are on the 3-door.
In response to MikeD's point, I agree with you on the car being too high, but only on the cars with 15" & 16" alloys. Once you have 17" Supersport alloys, they tend to fill the guard really well, and they give the car a very muscular look from side & behind. (I must remember to send you some pics...e-mail?)
I am still amused at the Service Manager of Alfa not approving the Eibach spring lowering kit for my car. He claims that the VDC computer needs to be reprogrammed, to compensate for the lower ride height. Does anyone know if they do this in UK?
Thanks <IMG SRC="smilies/krakrani.gif" border="0"></strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hello!
Q: why are there no sideskirts for the 5 door??
ANS: There are, and IMO one of the BEST full bodykit for the 147 5 door is the one from MS-DESIGN... the front bumper CHIN is quite similar to the GTA, the sideskirts MUST be fitted properly wit improvised braces to give the curve look from the sides and the rear bumper is oso very nice!! couple this with the TWIN DTM exhausts and roof spoiler voila!! One thing abt the MS-DESIGN is that it makes ur car look more road hugging and aggresive... and the MS-DESIGN kit has understated styling VS cadamuro which is a bit more "out-there", or Jap import rice-boy feel...
Q: Eibach lowering springs..
ANS: i got me selespeed wit the lowering springs from MS-DESIGN also... and it works wonders for the looks and handling... BUT ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING IMO is that YOU SHOULD NEVER INSTALL LOWERING SPRINGS WITHOUT CHANGING THE STOCK DAMPERS TO THE APPROPRIATE STIFFER AND SHORTER TRAVEL DAMPERS; e.g: BILSTEIN DAMPER SPRINTS + EIBACH LOWERING SPRINGs.
if u decide to use lowered springs without changing the dampers, it will KILL UR STOCK DAMPERS IN DOUBLE QUICK TIME... unless IF u can gaurantee tat u travel only on SMOOTH ROADS!! Reasons for this is simple, lowered springs wit stock dampers = weight of ur entire car + loads will constantly DEPRESS ur stock dampers since it was meant to work wit higher springs.. every bump u hit will depress it further to its limits (bottom out) every chance it gets.. tats wat im experiencing wit me car now... it looks great and runs superbly, but the my stock dampers are already in need of change in just 6 months...
so be forewarned! its a good option to lower ur car, but if ure gonna do it...GET THE WORKS with THE LOT!