Want to buy some sport suspension but alwready with my 17" alloys the ride is pretty bumpy....
how worse will it get with sport suspension...and won't I ruin the front end of the car on those damm speed bumps??
Hi Sergio. If you lower your 147 30mm, I think there will be a big difference on speed bumps etc. But with stiffer springs, if the front doesn't touch at first, it won't touch afterwards either because of a firmer ride. The Selespeed here in Norway at least, is 20mm lower than the 1.6, think that goes for other countries too. Mine is 30mm lower than yours, and I'm doing fine, though I have to take it easy on the speed bumps anyway... [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
Does your one have that too G? Mine has a piece of soft plasic underneath the front spoiler, which I'm thinking is put there to sort of warn you, as it's probably MUCH cheaper than a spoiler if it should break or fall off. Is this what you have on yours?
This is a hard pvc sheet used to protect the engine on standard and lower suspension cars. The engine sits extremely low on 147 and 156 in particular. On earlier models a less sturdy guard was used. You can now see it drooping under the engine in most cars as they approach you.
Without it the engine would keep getting whacked over speed bumps.
Who invented these bloody things? [img]smilies/mad.gif[/img]
Kendr, nope, that's not the one. This is on is sort ot stapled underneath the spoiler and is vertical, about 5cm's I think. The one you're talking about is behind there. I've seen pictures of 147's frmo other countries that don't have the part I'm talking about, the one you mention I would think would be on all models?
The problem i have is that the piece of plastic i have under the front spoiler is already gone..
It are those F***ING speed bump and if you go just a little bit fast on it you will ruin the front spoiler.I did not buy an Alfa to go F***ING slow *&^%@#!@#$...
Hehe, good luck. Get springs that are stiffer, but not lower than 25mm or 30mm lower than original, that's my advice. But with a 147 or 156 you have to take it easy on speedbumps no matter what you do. If you want to drive fast over speed bumps I think you'll have to wait for the Alfa SUV... [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
I had the same problem with speedbumps. The front end always hit the ground, I soon figured out that it was this rubber thing that was hitting the groun, so I asked my dealer to take it off and now I never hit the ground. My bumper only hits the ground when I am parking the car too close to a high curb. Hope this helps.
The whole idea as far as I see with the plastic thingie is to jsut give you a warning, because of you look under your 147 (or 156) on the front right side, there is a cover which protects the engine, which I've heard several Alfa 156/147 oweners have destroyed... And which is prob. much more expensive than the plastic thingie to replace. So I think I'll keep mine, it's taken quite a beating so far, but it stands up to most speedbumps it seems!