<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Stori:
<strong>Are Greek roads that good that you can afford to lower your suspenion.
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">No they are not
But each time I see her, she is begging: lower me master, lower me
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Stef:
Don't wait for 147 Ti....Get your 147 fitted with lowering springs (preferably Eibach) and if money allows get new dampers to match.
Having upgraded quite a few features in my 147, I can honestly say that the Suspension Modification has been the best money I have spent on this car so far. And all this was recommended by my Alfa Service Manager too. What a cool guy.
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Stef, if I do any modification, I wanna do it right. Thats one more reasons I choosed 17" selespeeds, there are no 7J17 alloys with 40.5 offset out there, to match with the 147 body style. About the suspension, the car corners over rough roads with speeds greater than 160km/h. Imo any suspension not tested by AR will not do that. Simply for cost reasons.
Almost all aftermarket springs give more than 3cm lowering. I dont wanna lower it than much, even if it will look superb. I want to drive my car with pleasure too, except staring at it. I know handling will improve, and the feeling at cornering will be awsome ( I had a lowered Pug 106 and I know wink ) but I dont want to sacrifice high speed safe cornering and comfort just for the looks. I consider the factory suspension quite sofisticated, even if it gives body roll, it gets the job done, it sticks you to the road at all speeds. I m sure you will start shooting at me about the high speed cornering, epsecially those who lowered your bellas, but answer me one question ( i ve said that before but I ll keep saying it):
It happened to me when I was overtaking another car with almost 180km/h, on a two-line road, cornering at the limits, feeling the wheels barely wanting to start slidind, and havind some body roll, I suddenly saw in front a huge bump, I mean real huge one. I instantly tried to correct my line, turned a bit to the inside of the corner and then straighten the steering wheel as much as possible, to pass the bump like I was in a straight line, and I almost did that, then corrected my line again to follow the cornering line. I couldnt believe that my bella stucked on the road. When I saw the bump, since I was already too close to the limits, I was sure that it will get me off the road. But my calmness and some italian mechanic, saved my arse. Yes, i tried to pass it as in a straight line, but there wasnt enough room and time for that, and I only eliminated the angle. I strongly doubt it if I had a 3.5cm lowering springs that they could absorb that huge road unevenness at that speed. It would land me off. Please, I 'd be happy to hear opposite opinions on this.
I believe if AR offers a lowered suspension for the TI, this will be 1.5 - 2cm lowering, improving the looks but maintaining some comfort too. I like that.
And another thing, the interior feels that it will start dismantling if the suspension becomes stiff. Any feedback on this?
One mod I could consider, is something like this
but I m not sure if you can adjust the height at 2cm for example, and if you can, i m not sure that the ride will not be quite stiff. I think all these adjustable suspensions start from 3.5cm up to 6cm lowering.
Sorry for the huge post