Re: front springs
I was considering changing the springs and dampers on my 156 myself ... until I looked into it (I've got a DTE manual bought from fleabay), and there's definitely more to it than working on ... say a ford ... I decided to get my mechanic to fit them, he charged about 4 hours to change front and rear (although he said it took him longer than that because some of the bolts were rusty and just wouldn't shift).
Obviously he has the car high up so it's easier to work on ... he said doing them yourself with standard jacks is a right pain ...
... I'm not saying don't do it because there is something fulfilling about doing the work yourself, and obviously I don't know how competent you are (I used to do all all servicing etc on my cars when they were cars ... not electronic gizzmos!!!) but when I was looking into changing mine I budgeted a whole weekend (with the hope of doing it in a day).
... I decided however that my weekends were too precious and decided to pay instead ...
Alfa 156 10v 2.4 JTD + AHM fitted Koni FSDs, Eibach Pro Kit Springs,
AHM 200+BHP remap, Q2, 8C Alloys, GTA lights, Leather Interior...
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AMD Athlon X2 5050e Socket AM2 45W CPU,
K8061 D/A converter, M4 ATX PS, 60Gb SSD, Garmin x20 GPS