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Yes but the balljoint that the engine cover fastens onto is part of the throttle valve, so when you take the throttle body off off you lose the balljoint, then the plastic cover wont sit right as the back corner lifts up.

Have the delete pipe fitted to mine so made a solution for the cover.
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Yes but the balljoint that the engine cover fastens onto is part of the throttle valve, so when you take the throttle body off off you lose the balljoint, then the plastic cover wont sit right as the back corner lifts up.

Have the delete pipe fitted to mine so made a solution for the cover.
What do you need an engine cover for??? Under bonnet vanity

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Ned did you not get my email about having the cam cover powdercoated Alfa red..

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Yes but the balljoint that the engine cover fastens onto is part of the throttle valve, so when you take the throttle body off off you lose the balljoint, then the plastic cover wont sit right as the back corner lifts up.

Have the delete pipe fitted to mine so made a solution for the cover.
Thanks Paul i am with you now..

Lets have some pics of how to get around this dilemma eh. Where did you get your throttle flow pipe from JTD performance?

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As you probably well know, the cover does make it a little bit quieter and with a wiesel that is always a good thing...
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As you probably well know, the cover does make it a little bit quieter and with a wiesel that is always a good thing...
Mine is going to be louder soon after a visit from the Wizard..

True though Chris..Tickover is subdued by the quality Italian plastic..

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Thanks Paul i am with you now..

Lets have some pics of how to get around this dilemma eh. Where did you get your throttle flow pipe from JTD performance?


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Yes got mine form Joel as well, I will get a pic for you, its a pretty easy fix but saves the 'Vanity cover' from rubbing on the bonnet.


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As you probably well know, the cover does make it a little bit quieter and with a wiesel that is always a good thing...
Hey Massey Ferguson use diesel, and I always liked red tractors when I was a kid.....
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Mine is going to be louder soon after a visit from the Wizard..

True though Chris..Tickover is subdued by the quality Italian plastic..

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Will be ready for the weekend mate.
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Will be ready for the weekend mate.
Thanks Dan, thats just cheered me right up..

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So an interesting day working on the GT. For along time i have wanted to have a close inspection on the induction system. Especially after the recent redirection of crankcase breather fumes and condensation crud. I wanted to now clean the whole system. To be fair as i slowly took apart the FMIC pipes and turbo pipe, it was apparent things were slightly better than i imagined.

Still traces of oil crud but it was not terrible. The old turbo hose was slightly oil misted at the crank case breather entry point, like i expected. But not half as bad i thought it would be.

Then the good news, my precious hybrid turbo impeller was spotless. happy days. Totally cleaned each and every induction FMIC hose, used silicone cleaning spray to leave a lovely sheen to the inner Silicone pipework.
Then the difficult bit removal of the factory airbox. Not funny. It comes in two halves. connected at a dovetail hinge join. Hardly any space to remove it from below so ended up removing the maf to make it easier to manoeuvre the two halves eventually separating the hinge join and finding a hidden bolt location under the fuse box tray...Utter **** design. Infact the whole engine is so pernickety to work on.
So on removal of the airbox, i find a bloody great hole on the maf side of the box!! Gulp. So i was getting unfiltered air into the maf intake section. I have patched it up with Gaffer tape for now, but it needs sorting. And totally cleaned and inner polished both sides of the airbox internals. Proper OCD stuff here..
The maf seemed ok no real dirt build up etc.
Anyhow fitted Ned's new Turbo to maf hose fit like a wet seal in a wetsuit, so was well happy. Also due to the design will flow air much better than the ribbed original item.
I measure the space for the VTDA airbox and clearly it will fit but i will need a new turbo to maf hose..A lot shorter silicone hose at that.. Gona have to be a bespoke item. Or i just go for a nice K&N open filter. But i am not sure i want all the turbo chuffing and blowing noises. Too old for all that now will see..lol.
Tomorrow will have to take her out for a blast to check for leaks in the FMIC hoses, at least they are all lovely and clean internally now. Huge peace of mind.
Next on the list is to fit Joel's inlet manifold free flow intake elbow. Gets rid of the butterfly valve for much better flow. This needs looking into as the valve is pneumatically actuated, so i need to somehow block off the pipe?
A few other issues i have to chat to Alfa Sensei Ned about, but on the whole she is pretty healthy.

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Eibach pro S coilovers. Eibach ARB kit. Autolusso remap. JTD performance high flow downpipe. Bespoke spec Turbo Dynamics hybrid.JTD performance FMIC kit.JTD performance high flow downpipe. Autolusso de swirl flap mod.Autolusso Mocal oil cooler kit. Autolusso smf GTA clutch kit. GTA 330mm big brake kit.JTD perf inlet pipe.Wizard exhaust system. 19x8 OZ superleggera's.
"big thanks to Ned and the lads at Autolusso"
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Talk to Craig, he had the same sort of throttle body delete on his 10v last time I checked. Pretty sure the vacuum pipe was just removed or bunged.
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Hi Damian,


Good to see how you keep everything in excellent condition.


One note to fuel your OCD -Is that rust on that washer inside the airbox? I did supply a special made stainless ring with the FMIC kit.
It looks two normal steel washers are used in your case.
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Part deux of my time working on my GT this week. Tonight i removed the intake manifold butterfly valve, and replaced with the JTD performance high flow billet elbow pipe. Cheers Joel.. Took my time and properly cleaned the intake mouth and tract to a polished finish, so that the lovely new pipe would mate up to another clean flow conducive surface.
All went fine, blocked off the vacuum line to the butterfly valve, and then it was just a case of lining up my silicone hoses so that everything was sitting nicely. Everything cleaned to perfection.
I love little bespoke mods like this. Minor details that contribute to a better overall performance.
The one little challenge i did encounter was that on removal of the oem valve, i lost the metal skittle that fits into the engine cover to support it. So i had to fabricate my own bracket using the original skittle attachment. Took a little fiddling before i got it to the spot it was before, on the oem valve surround. Thanks to Paul for the illustration for the bracket on the intake. Will properly finish off the new bracket tomorrow, and give it a lick of black paint. "Oem plus baby" Alfa style.

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Managed to finish my new engine cover support bracket for the new intake elbow. Also fitted my freshly painted oil filter heat shield to match the manifold heat shield i did a while ago.

Drove her for the first time since the little mods and intake clean this week. She felt awesome. Boost transfer between shifts seemed so much more immediate, that that it was a slouch before by any means..

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So little sneak peek of my new Wizard rear section waiting for me at Autolusso tomorrow..

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Looking sexy mate, very interested to hear the results of that Wizard
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So little sneak peek of my new Wizard rear section waiting for me at Autolusso tomorrow..

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Sexy welds

Is that a full straight pipe out the back then, no cats/silencers anywhere?

I've got this little piece waiting for me to go on at the weekend!
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Cheers Guys.

And Dex me too mate...Never had a stainless performance exhaust on a Diesel before. Fingers crossed it really improves things. Going on Joel's 147 from JTD performance with full stainless system which sounds lovely, i am hoping for positive things tomorrow.

And Editor...Nice down pipe. The system being fitted tomorrow is the cat back section. I go to Oxford soon to have the front part designed. We just need to know how the rear non silencer part sounds first, and then we will incorporate the necessary silencer to the front if needs be.

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So just got home from my long drive down to Autolusso. Lovely sunny day so made the long drive very pleasant.

So my opinion on the exhaust being fitted? Its a lovely thing to behold in the GT rear exhaust aperture. And it is a lot lighter in weight than the oem rear sections. As the rear of my car has gone up an inch.

So how does it sound with no rear silencers? Honestly absolutely no different to oem. So there you go. Suppose i had to do this to find out. The engine still sounds like a crap 4 pot diesel. No change in tone or pitch even when on the move. Am i bit miffed yes. I did yearn for a slight bit of character?
Absolutely no one to blame but myself. This system sounds brilliant on a busso GT. So its just the jtd i am afraid. To be fair i am not shocked, i did not really know what to expect? But certainly not the fact it has no change from the std system. You live and learn i suppose. And i hope other people can learn from this. And save their very hard earned.

On a positive note Wayne gave my GT a little map tweak which i really noticed on the way home. Slightly more boost with the very capable hybrid. And she really flies. No real difference in the actual character in the power across the rev range, but the delivery just felt a lot stronger. I just love how this turbo allows the engine to pull like a freight train right up to the red line...Had a fantastic drive home this evening.

Big thanks to Autolusso as always for the excellent service. Nice to see you all.. And Ned your jokes are too believable..Use smiley faces in your emails..lol Thanks for taking the pics today in the workshop.


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I'm pretty surprised that removing that massive rear silencer hasn't substantially increased volume, but there you go the proof is in the pudding as they say. I think without the mid catalyst you will see significant increases in volume.
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Shame that Damien, my 2.4 sounds miles better with the Wizard back box replacements. I do t notice much at normal cruising inside the car, but give it some boot and yeah it's good.
Good to see you're comtinuing to be the Guinea Pig Guy, some you win, some you lose. Look on the bright side, you've lost more weight and you've got some good looking piles to look at when your under the car.
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Cheers guys

Yes i was astonished i didn't have a more deeper meaty sound? If anything i thought we would be playing tone down with the design of the front part of the system Dan. I wonder what we can do to increase the sound at all?

Yes Alex she looks awesome, no doubt about that..And the weight aspect does appeal to me.

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