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Styling tips needed

Recently bought a 156 TS Veloce (2001) and am looking for some tips to 'refresh' the looks of the car.

Any tips (lights, grill, etc)?
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There isn't much you can do to improve the 156 IMO, especially one with a Veloce kit.

Maybe some white/smoked side repeaters depending on your cars colour, and the GTA headlight modification.
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Where is the best/cheapest place to look?
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You could colour code the bumper strips and possibly door mirrors. Some people like to put little chrome strips across the front grille..whatever you like.
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This is probably a "personal preference" thing but i hated the black plastic door pins in my Lusso spec 156. I've just bought a set of chromed ones and much prefer them cos they match the finish of the interior handles. Call me Mr Fussy by all means!

You might also want to replace the wheel bolts (which have probably gone rusty) with a set of Zinc finish ones. You can get them from Priracing for about 18 quid the set (16 needed). Then you might also want to replace the locking bolts if they're like the ones on mine, which are looking a bit manky!

Also, retro-fit flat wipers look a bit more modern and certainly work better.

Only minor things I know, but there's not much wrong with the 156 in the first place, styling wise!
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I bought Wheel nut covers (you can get blk or silver) the ones fitted to vauxhalls, the look much better than rusty nuts.

Clear or smoked side repeaters,
GTA'd headlights,
Some people like to paint there brake calipers,
Really good clean and polish goes well,
A new Alfa badge on the front to freshen it up,
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powdercoat the wheels .. Grey/anthracite/charcoal
black grill
coilover kit / lower the car
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Can you post some pics of your car now?


I actually thing the 156 should have crystal side repeaters and the chrome strips on the grille as mentioned before, but the best styling mod there is also improves the handling too, that is, lowering the car on Koni FSDs and Eibach Pro springs. Plus a low level boot spoiler.
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Only picture I have is here:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3603/...61acc6.jpg?v=0

Where can you buy the chrome strips and door pins?
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As Smaky said - get some pics of your car up.

They look lovely sat 30mm lower on some nice Alfa 17"s

Worth thinking about is GTA headlights and maybe a GTA replica bumper?

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...7/CIMG0022.jpg

Serpents on the wings and sideskirts if you haven't already got them: ?

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...7/CIMG0007.jpg
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Oh, and some clear side repeaters, your car is absolutely crying out for them!
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Green serpents look good on a red car.

I wouldn't personally go for a low level zender style spoiler, I would either keep it un-spoliered or go for a big wing.

Lowering would make it look good too, but make sure you uprate the dampers as well as fitting lowering springs otherwise it will ride and handle badly.
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What retailers would you recommend for Alfa parts. I've only managed to buy this so far!!

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eBay, larkspeed.com
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Before you spend money on styling...


When did it last have it's cam belt and tensioners replaced?
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The car came with detailed history, 1 owner with 38K miles, cam was changed at 31K. The previous owner seemed to have sorted all the problems when/if they happened.
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The car came with detailed history, 1 owner with 38K miles, cam was changed at 31K. The previous owner seemed to have sorted all the problems when/if they happened.
That's good news.


Right then, apart from fitting clear side repeaters and 'GTAing' the headlights I'd leave the styling alone and concentrate on getting it to handle and stop properly.
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I was looking at the minimal look. I'll most likely get the side repeaters, flat windscreen wipers, the chrome strips for the front grille and some chrome door pins.

One final question in respect of the chrome strips - where can you get them from. All I can find is self adhesive chrome tape - is there a specific item I can buy?
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What Roswell said.

The self adhesive chrome tape is what you need, it sticks fine. I had them on my old JTD for over a year, they didn't come off even in winter.
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I was looking at the minimal look. I'll most likely get the side repeaters, flat windscreen wipers, the chrome strips for the front grille and some chrome door pins.

One final question in respect of the chrome strips - where can you get them from. All I can find is self adhesive chrome tape - is there a specific item I can buy?
Good idea mate, I think you can 'review' the car again after these mods and see how you feel.
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The car came with detailed history, 1 owner with 38K miles, cam was changed at 31K. The previous owner seemed to have sorted all the problems when/if they happened.
How long ago was that though?


Plus most 156s are going through the midlife crisis now needing serious suspension work.
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Cambelt was changed in 2008.
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I've GTA'd the headlights, removed the front fogs + chrome strips, painted the grill, removed the grill bars and replaced it with mesh:

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i have crystal side repeaters and cloverleaf badges on mineand i got new badges all round to freshen the car up and some wheel nut covers
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What retailers would you recommend for Alfa parts. I've only managed to buy this so far!!

http://www.classicalfa.com/shop/imag...entkeyring.gif
Classic Alfa are for the older models ... for the 156 I'd look at:

EB Spares
Shop4Parts
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Autodelta
Alfisti
Novitec

.... loads more ... try Googling!
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