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So how much of a drop in ride height are you seeking, and what sort of height does your Pro S kit sit happily at?
Not looking to drop her anymore. just to be able to comfortably drive at the height she is at now? The Eibachs are fine at roughly 4 more coller rotations, which is a tad too high for me personally. I like the tyre to be ever so slightly level with the arch. Really not knocking the Eibachs they are absolute quality. But i need a shock body adjustable unit to run my height comfortably.

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Not looking to drop her anymore. just to be able to comfortably drive at the height she is at now? The Eibachs are fine at roughly 4 more coller rotations, which is a tad too high for me personally. I like the tyre to be ever so slightly level with the arch. Really not knocking the Eibachs they are absolute quality. But i need a shock body adjustable unit to run my height comfortably.

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I must admit they do look rather smart when hunkered down like that, I quite fancy a modest drop myself... Gotta sort the essentials first though!

Do you have any trouble with alignment/wear running that low? I'd imagine dropping that far has got your camber all shonkey....
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I must admit they do look rather smart when hunkered down like that, I quite fancy a modest drop myself... Gotta sort the essentials first though!

Do you have any trouble with alignment/wear running that low? I'd imagine dropping that far has got your camber all shonkey....
Absolutely non at all. I get her aligned frequently though. The GT look stunning lowered.. And they handle like a dream too on quality suspension.

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As of late i have adjusted my GT's Eibach pro S units to a height i am happy with. The car looks stunning on her oem cloverleaf alloys. Stance is important to me, really important as is dynamics and handling. Some would say finding a balance in dynamics and stance is a contradiction in terms. So i just have to find a solution.I presently have enough clearance for speed bumps, underground car parks etc. Still have to be mindful but all is realistic.
Not so reasonable is my present front ride comfort. In no way the fault of the units themselves. I have simply gone out of the units efficiency level .I have not enough damper stroke due to the the lower ride height. You could also contest that if they were able to be adjusted to that height, then surely they should still be able to function properly. Well not so.
So i had to go away and have a think? And there seems to be an answer for my personal coilover situation and dilemma.
So a few days ago i was enlightened by the news of body adjustable coilovers. Big difference being that these units do not get stiffer or loose damper stroke when lowered. Keeping perfectly comfortable. As the spring pressure is unaltered when the car is lowered , unlike the conventional Eibach's, KW's, Bilstein's etc.
At this point i have to say the Eibach's are a quality product, and at the right ride height, a little under oem are perfectly acceptable comfort wise as i already found out. I also in hindsight did a similar thing with my Bilstein B16 coils on my qs, the bilsteins sadly were even worse out of their comfort zone when lowered. Plain and simple these types of units are not designed to be overly lowered. The manufacturers will never say that as they don't want this fact to deter potential buyers. You live and learn.
So the plan is to replace my Eibach pro S kit with a BC RS ultra low body adjustable kit with 32 settings of comfort/rebound. Importantly at the height my car is now, i will have a compliant ride with no compromise to comfort and damper stroke. Also with more damping i will have less wear to my precious wishbones. Hopefully happy days. Just need to find a buyer for my Eibach kit.

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So at Autolusso today having some work done. New set of lower front wishbones are going on. Plus my powdercoated rear bars with poly bushes. Plus performance friction brake pads.

And finally the suspension. We are going to be fitting the kit springs to my front coilovers, as at the lower height my car is at, the Autolusso spring is actually preventing damper stroke. Normally on a moderately lowered car these springs are excellent preventing a slight bouncing effect. But on my fairly lowered Gt the shorter kit spring will be fine and allow more adjustment on the collar meaning i will have more damper stroke which i am lacking badly at the moment. The car hitting its bump stops too early. My fault for being a little lower than average.

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So you're not going for the BC RS Ultra Low kit just yet then?

Darn.. Was hoping to have your Pro S kit off of you for pennies
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So quite a day at Autolusso. Exhausted after long drive but really happy with the car. The new front kit springs in my Eibach coils have transformed the front ride control and quality by at least 60%. I was not expecting this but it truly has. Again no ones fault the different spring Autolusso stocks is for a different ride height application. But for the height my car is it works very very effectively.
Also newly powdercoated, poly bushed rear tie bars. Lovely not to have creaking suspension with new lower front wishbones. New uprated brake pads by performance friction. Really unbelievable stopping power. Things are really coming together now.
The car is twice the machine i bought from Veloces in London. Great drive home. Not much to do now, she is nearly done. Just the Wizard exhaust system to go on soon, and WMI.
There has been high's and very lows..That's alfa ownership, not made easy by pushing the performance envelope. Just want to simply enjoy my car now and what it has become. I think weighing up the finances etc its probably my last project of this kind i will ever do in my lifetime. I always wanted to build my ultimate GT and im getting there. I am really glad with where i am at. I pray the car behaves itself and gives me reliable service from now on. No more creaking wishbones for a while please. I have replaced the whole of the chassis..lol.

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Hi Guys

Well its been a little while since i updated my thread. Fitted a few little accoutrements this weekend i ordered from Italy a while ago.

At present on a bigger scale i am waiting for my lovely wizard exhaust system to be built. Also ordered an EVAC SCAVENGER VALVE. Basically an inlet valve that will attach to the front part of my exhaust system, to redirect all the crappy stuff that at present goes into my turbo and IC pipes. The catch can gets a fair bit but not all so this will be a welcome addition. Big thanks to Jay who pioneered this on his mighty 159 2.4 JTD.

Also have WMI on the agenda, I had to cancel my appointment due to an unexpected work commitment a few weeks ago.

Really enjoying my GT at the moment. I dare not tempt fate, but she has never been as solid and present and correct. No creaks groans, just solid power day after day. The suspension is simply awesome now with the kit front springs installed. And proper alignment done. I wish Alfa ownership was always like this.;-)

Also am planning a trip to conquer the whole of the route Napoleon in October to visit my mum down on the french south coast. Hoping to do a little vid of that. Pray the exhaust is fitted for that trip!

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Nice, are those ally or stainless?
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looking good mate....

I love it when a plan comes together..
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Busy little night in the batcave doing some engine work to the GT. Let me ask you a question? Do you lay awake at night worrying about how much ganky black gunk your engine's crankcase breather system is spluttering on your precious, carefully engineered, state of the art, precision machined hybrid turbo's impeller wheel?
No didnt think so..lol. Well in my ocd world i do i am afraid.
I was sitting on the flight yesterday from visiting family amidst screaming rug rats, and i came up with a cunning plan. Which today i executed.
A while ago i bought a 19mm blanking plug for my GT's TIP. I also had one spare mini catch tank, piping and a K&N breather filter. So started to make a few sketches of how i would reroute the breather fumes and gunk out of my Turbo's way. Sometimes things don't work out how you think they will, but today i think they did.
I cleaned the TIP, blocked the inlet hole with my alu plug. Redirected the hose, adding more length, and also added a second catch tank o the system, which finally ended up connected to the new K&N breather filter discreetly and strategically placed down below above the wheel well shroud hopefully where the breather fumes can escape, without being caught in the down draught of my cars cabin airflow system.
To be honest it wasn't exactly rocket science, more a matter of using what i had in my car things box stash.

This solution will do for now. As the master plan is to use the newly acquired "Evap scavenger valve" that will be incorporated into the front part of my wizard stainless exhaust system when it is built. But for now i can rest easy knowing no more crap is getting blown onto my precious turbo or gunking up my FMIC and induction pipe work. Happy days.

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I must have bucket loads of 'black gunk on the impeller' ....whats the issue?
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I must have bucket loads of 'black gunk on the impeller' ....whats the issue?
Slows down the effectiveness and speed efficiency and speed of the turbo impeller blades..The blades are finely cut to move as much air as quickly as possible. More so on the new hybrid. You should have seen the state of the turbo original turbo we took off the car. Diesel engines are worse in this fact than petrol. And i plan on keeping my car for years to come, so longevity and ultimate efficiency is important to me.

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Let me know how it goes, ran mine from 1 catch tank to a small filter, but was giving clouds of smoke when sat at traffic lights, didn't bother me too much but the Mrs complained so I had to revert to feeding back into the air inlet for the sake of my peace and quite!
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Let me know how it goes, ran mine from 1 catch tank to a small filter, but was giving clouds of smoke when sat at traffic lights, didn't bother me too much but the Mrs complained so I had to revert to feeding back into the air inlet for the sake of my peace and quite!
"Funny you should say that Paul"..

So had a faultless drive down to heathrow for my work flight. The car felt really nice, strong power and quick spool up. Don't know if this was down to my imagination, or the fact there is now less buffeting in the turbo hose, due to the crankcase venting to air. On the m4 everything was ok, no fumes in the cabin i could detect. Was only when i slowed down to park at the airline company car park i noticed the unmistakable smell of crankcase fumes. Opened the bonnet, and as you say Paul, smoke billowing out of my large k&n filter. Did not dirty the engine bay so was pleased. I was quite taken by the actual flow pressure the crankcase emits when the engine is hot after a blast down the m4.

As this is a short term fix, knowing once the front part of my wizard exhaust is built i will incorporate the Evap scavenger valve, which i 100% convinced is the definitive solution. I may move my filter lower into the back of my engine bay, so the fumes are as away from the cars cabin airflow as possible.

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This has been a great thread. I am actually looking for my next replacement for my GT, the only car I can think of is a 335d coupe. I know I'm going to get slapped, but they are rather awesome.

The GT, I just can't seem to let go. It's a bullit proof car, mpg is good, comfortabl, large and once remaped really quick.
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This has been a great thread. I am actually looking for my next replacement for my GT, the only car I can think of is a 335d coupe. I know I'm going to get slapped, but they are rather awesome.

The GT, I just can't seem to let go. It's a bullit proof car, mpg is good, comfortabl, large and once remaped really quick.
Try a 330d manual.. I drove a mate's new 335d home for him on my trade insurance when he bought it, I wasn't overly impressed. Very much a one-trick pony. His previous 330d manual I much preferred (a 184bhp 5-speed E46 remapped to approx 220bhp). If you could find a later E46 with the 6speed and 204bhp or an E90/E92 330d with 230bhp I think that would be a better compromise. 335d is auto only and IMO it spoils it as a true drivers car. Not a patch on the DSG in my wife's Mk5 Golf GT TDI.
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So little update on my new breather setup. drove home after my work flight home this morning. Same journey, blast down the m4. And "much much" less breather smoke through the filter, when in standstill traffic and slower speeds?? No fumes in the cabin? So either the smoke was the remainder of the traces of oil residue in the pipework being burnt off?

The car felt awesome on the drive home. Still makes me giggle the way she shifts on the motorway in 4th and 5th with the hybrid turbo. 4th gear all the way to the redline and lovely quick smooth fast shift to 5th hardly if any jet lag at all, and she really guns it. Worlds apart from the standard setup. Bloody love this car.

New developments involve plans for a new steering wheel covering in top quality alcantara, with red stitching, red marker. Cannot wait. Also have put my name down for the Mtech short shifter development. Have to say i think this will be the icing on the cake. I count my blessings with my car as the gearbox is simply excellent, so direct and smooth. My old 2004 GT 's gearbox was awful, and had a heavy clutch action, which ruined the fluidity of the drive .. My clover has such a nice lightweight clutch action with the JTD performance uprated clutch and new master cylinder.

Another little development is i sold my recently aquired Alfa jet fin multispokes. To a good pal of mine. I have been offered a dream lovely set of lightweight Italian wheels from a good petrol head friend of mine, who has kindly given them to me for a blinding price. I feel blessed to have good friends. Once they have been refurbished will look immense. Also make a lovely contrast to my gorgeous clover alloys when the mood takes me, and for shows etc.

Dan assures me the wizard system should be built very soon, cannot wait for that. As i am planning a trip across france with the girlfriend in the GT in October. Taking in the full extent of the Route Napoleon. Would be nice to have some somewhat more elevated fruity exhaust sounds, in those long french acoustical mountain road tunnels.

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Taking in the full extent of the Route Napoleon. Would be nice to have some somewhat more elevated fruity exhaust sounds, in those long french acoustical mountain road tunnels.

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You're still driving a diesel right?

I take it you mean fruity like flatulence in that case
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I take it you mean fruity like flatulence in that case
I know it's easy to mock, but the sound can be slightly improved. It will never be a busso "i am fully aware of this". But she will be more characterful within reason. And i will be happy with that.

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I know it's easy to mock, but the sound can be slightly improved. It will never be a busso "i am fully aware of this". But she will be more characterful within reason. And i will be happy with that.

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I think anyone that knows you on here of Alfabook knows how much you're putting in to this build, it's impressive to say the least... My mocking comes from a place of envy!

I'm waiting on a precat delete dowpipe from Dan, and just put my name down as interested in the 6-speed short shifter kit too! A fair way to go yet mind!
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I know it's easy to mock, but the sound can be slightly improved. It will never be a busso "i am fully aware of this". But she will be more characterful within reason. And i will be happy with that.

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Have to say I am happy with the sound from mine, so they can be made to sound pleasing (except at tickover)

Like you say it's never going to rival a Busso but I still had fun in Italy booting it through the tunnels with the windows down
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Little blast down to Devon today and back, she didn't break a sweat, simply awesome. Had some fun on the little twisty back lanes..Bloody love this coupe. Also ordered my short shift from Mtec. Look forward to fitting that.

Picture of my slightly dirty GT in sunny Axminster today..

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