Thought I might as well add to this instead of starting a new thread.
My 2001 156 sw was getting a bit loose and jangly feeling underneath, particularly at low speeds around town. It felt a bit like when you get in a knackered minicab and you wonder whether you're going to make it or not.
Even though the car's not worth much, I'll probably be keeping it for at least another year so I thought I'd bite the bullet and get Autolusso to do their reasonably priced suspension rebuild. I wanted to do new shocks and springs but that would've got out of hand on cash and I needed a few other bits doing.
So it's got new upper wishbones, lower arms, drop links, hub bushes, hub nuts and they put me a 2nd hand GTA anti roll bar on.
I've always had anything that 'needed' doing on the car to keep it running done, but this rebuild is so worth it, it feels much tighter and maybe it's down to the GTA arb, but it doesn't feel like I've got a tonne of water being thrown from one side of the car to the other when i go into a corner.
I've still got the crashiness of the springs/dampers but it's not half as bad now, in fact the worst thing about getting it done is the boot cover can be heard squeeking away now. Gonna have to deal with that.
Am I wondering how good it would've been to have had new dampers and springs? Yep, but too much money for stuff that I'd want to put on.
I'm surprised how much the uprated ARB's have changed things and they're fairly priced second hand from Pud, would recommend this to any 156 owners.
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