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I like that, mine too is scratched and worn looking now. Did the old one come off easy? I have tried whilst sat in the driving seat to just unscrew it (that's how they used to be in the 70's/80's ) but it looks like there is more to it than that, is there?
Mine was threaded, two handed grip and twist to the left, it is on there really tight. I have read that it makes a difference if you have the full on metal coated plastic one or the leather one, I believe that the leather one is stuck on.
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Picked up the GT from A for Alfa in Aylesbury.

Had a new cam belt and water pump, a new clutch, new upper and lower wishbones and drop links, new GTA arb, new pads and a bleed of the system, oil change, and reversing light and sensors fixed.

It's like a new car.

I would thoroughly recommend Paul at A for Alfa, his work is excellent and he's very competitive on his labour rates as well.

I then went and put two new Michelin PS3's on.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a remap done today, so will have to look at getting one done local.

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Ouch that sounds like an expensive hit. Still serviceable items all done for at least three years I'd hope.
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Picked up the GT from A for Alfa in Aylesbury.

Had a new cam belt and water pump, a new clutch, new upper and lower wishbones and drop links, new GTA arb, new pads and a bleed of the system, oil change, and reversing light and sensors fixed.

It's like a new car.

I would thoroughly recommend Paul at A for Alfa, his work is excellent and he's very competitive on his labour rates as well.

I then went and put two new Michelin PS3's on.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a remap done today, so will have to look at getting one done local.

The GT is marvellous!
Exactly the same jobs done on mine apart from ARB

Has the GTA arb made much difference

I was wondering about sticking the GTA one on mine .
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Passed the MOT today.
Tomorrow coilovers and a service.
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Exactly the same jobs done on mine apart from ARB

Has the GTA arb made much difference

I was wondering about sticking the GTA one on mine .
It has made a difference, not massive but you do notice it turns in keaner (if that's a word!).
Apparently the rear makes a massive difference. So next time something needs doing I'll get Paul to fit one for me.
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Exactly the same jobs done on mine apart from ARB

Has the GTA arb made much difference

I was wondering about sticking the GTA one on mine .
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Ouch that sounds like an expensive hit. Still serviceable items all done for at least three years I'd hope.
Wasn't cheap, but as you say, should be good for another three years. All wear and tear items.
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It has made a difference, not massive but you do notice it turns in keaner (if that's a word!).
Apparently the rear makes a massive difference. So next time something needs doing I'll get Paul to fit one for me.
Having taken her out for a spin this morning, I'm going to amend what I said before.

With the combination of new wishbones, droplinks, GTA ARB, and new Michelin PS3's the car is awesome! turn in is soo sharp now.

Will get the rear done asap I think. Never knew the GT could handle so well!
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I'll have to price one up , need new rubbers on the front too .
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Might have to invest in some PS3's and the GTA ARB for the rear.

Went out again this afternoon and had the rear sliding all over the place!

I'm now taking bends 10-15 mph quicker than I had before. Then the tail slides!
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Lift off oversteer?
should really get the rear arb to match to avoid that. But its surprising because normally stiffer front arb mean understeer is increased. Although overall corner grip should improve.

Probably why you are getting oversteer once you let off throttle that induces oversteer at the rear.
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Lift off oversteer?
should really get the rear arb to match to avoid that. But its surprising because normally stiffer front arb mean understeer is increased. Although overall corner grip should improve.

Probably why you are getting oversteer once you let off throttle that induces oversteer at the rear.
Not even lift off oversteer! The front grips like sick on a pavement!
With the new PS3's and the new wishbones and ARB the grip is immense. The rears are Kuhmo's which were on the car when I bought it last year. And I've done 15k since I've had it!

Next month I think two more PS3's and the rear ARB.
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An eibach kit is less than 300 from Alfisti. That makes a phenomenal difference. Double again what the GTA ARB does on the non GTA's.
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An eibach kit is less than 300 from Alfisti. That makes a phenomenal difference. Double again what the GTA ARB does on the non GTA's.
Front and back ARBs right?

I know the front ARB is a pig to replace, but how about the rear? Doable on a driveway with some stands?
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Front and back ARBs right?

I know the front ARB is a pig to replace, but how about the rear? Doable on a driveway with some stands?
Yup front and back. Rear is doable yourself quite easily. Nothing like the front!
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Yup front and back. Rear is doable yourself quite easily. Nothing like the front!
Righto - that's going on the to-do list
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Mine measures - 1.5 on front camber and - 2 on rear camber on both sides!
I have -130' on the front left. I think that side had a knock some time in the past. I'm not sure about how to go about fixing it or whether it's even worth it. I do get some inside tyre wear. Both the rears are around -110' but the tyre wear seems to be uniform.

I think it's possible to get far too anal about such things.
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I have -130' on the front left. I think that side had a knock some time in the past. I'm not sure about how to go about fixing it or whether it's even worth it. I do get some inside tyre wear. Both the rears are around -110' but the tyre wear seems to be uniform.

I think it's possible to get far too anal about such things.
Only worrying about the rear as getting excessive tyre wear and at 100 a corner they aren't cheap, especially if it's cheaper to fix the problem.
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Only worrying about the rear as getting excessive tyre wear and at 100 a corner they aren't cheap, especially if it's cheaper to fix the problem.
Just so we're clear, I didn't mean to say you were getting anal about it! What I meant to say is that I have an 11 year-old car and, although I'd love it to be perfect, it's not going to happen. Sorry if that didn't come across originally.
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Just so we're clear, I didn't mean to say you were getting anal about it! What I meant to say is that I have an 11 year-old car and, although I'd love it to be perfect, it's not going to happen. Sorry if that didn't come across originally.
I knew what you meant lol not aiming for perfection just want less tyre wear.
Driving me nuts now though as got new tyres because last ones were really loud due to uneven wear, all its done is quieten the tyres so I can hear the knackered wheel bearing I didn't know I had lol.
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