Thanks for the heads up Gazza, i will keep that in mind !
And many thanks 156Melb - you really dont have different models there ?? Like the Turismo (basic) Lusso (Luxury) and the Veloce is the daddy... sport ! lol
Really appreciate the time taken for the links, i cant thank you enough !! I will start pricing almost right away, got a bit of a squeak on my front right suspension so figured its worth a rebuild while its all off
Maybe it will be a Christmas present from me, for me
It's a pleasure
All the JTS 156's, from 2003 were sold here with all options included..(pretty much) - there was a sports suspension pack as an option, but there was no designation for it.. such as 'Veloce' - So another way to put is, they only imported the Lusso to Australia. and they called it the 'JTS'.
As far as I understand, the factory sports kit comprised of lowered springs by Eibach (20mm) and standard dampers. I believe they are a Marone colour.
The Eibach Pro Kit (Bright Red) is a better choice (probably cheaper) and 30mm lowering.. I have those springs but still with factory standard dampers.. and whilst the car is a significant improvement from standard, the dampers are over worked. Based on a drive i had recently in a car with Bilstein, and other comments here and on other forums, the Bilstein's or Koni's are the way to go.
Alternatively, you could look at the Eiback Sport line (Black spring) but that's a 50mm drop, and you'd definitely need shorter dampers.... Very hard setup.
There are other spring options outside of Eibach, but I wouldn't bother with them. Eibach are a top quality manufacture, and their springs suit the Alfa like a greenie up a tree - they just work together perfectly.
In my case, I've chosen to fit the Bilstein B8's as they have a shorter stroke than the B6 and as such would suit a lower spring.. Some say it has the same valve rates, others say its stiffer.. I'll take the risk
- As I've said before, you could equally plonk the B6's in a pro kit set up.. most do.
It's a good idea to replace the suspension components, bear in mind that the front ARB is a big job as they have to drop the front sub frame to access it.