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Fitted some Dynomat to the boot floor and spare wheel well, to reduce some of the noise.
Changed the clutch and brake pedals for standard rubber items as the Momo alloy ones were dangerously worn out (foot slipped off the clutch pedal several times with wet shoes)
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Spotted a split vacuum hose while having a nose around under the bonnet today. Now going to see if I can do a temporary fix while I wait for the new hose to arrive.
Finally got around to fitting both of the silicone vacuum pipes that attach to the boost solenoid. I will replace the section that goes to the actual turbo next time the undertray is off. It looks and feels as if it's been replaced at some point in time.

I also unplugged all of the injector connectors, gave them a clean up and plugged them back on.

Had a text from DPD that my goodies from Squadra Sportiva should arrive tomorrow.
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Had a text from DPD that my goodies from Squadra Sportiva should arrive tomorrow.
Big box from Squadra Sportiva delivered today, not had a chance to open it up yet so will have to wait until tomorrow to check out the goodies.
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Parted with it. Delivered to it's new owner today. Since I placed the advert, it's cost us 2k to get the gearbox sorted

Autolusso have been brilliant in sorting out someone else's mess so a BIG thankyou to them

So, a day of sadness mixed with relief as the last 8 years have been a true rollercoaster ride that only Alfa can give you.

The replacement car is due any time now. A lovley GT86. A brilliant car to drive with a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty and free servicing for three years.

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Fitted some Dynomat to the boot floor and spare wheel well, to reduce some of the noise.
Changed the clutch and brake pedals for standard rubber items as the Momo alloy ones were dangerously worn out (foot slipped off the clutch pedal several times with wet shoes)
Fitted a ton of 'Silent Coat' 4mm in my GT this week. Floor pan, boot area/lid and bonnet. Big improvement and well worth the effort and cost. Next job - really want to improve the ride quality. Don't want to change 18's for 17's and don't want to lower. I've been recommended to fit Koni FSD's to stock springs - noticeable improvement apparently. Any thoughts - bearing in mind that I'm happy with handling and just want a touch more comfort?

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Big box from Squadra Sportiva delivered today, not had a chance to open it up yet so will have to wait until tomorrow to check out the goodies.
What was in the said box from Squadra Sportiva I hear you ask.

The box contained a set of Eibach ARB's, Meyle HD ARB drop links, Wiechers strut brace, braided steel brake hoses, four genuine AR wheel centre caps and some stickers. It's almost like

Now just need to get the wagon booked in to have the ARB's, drop links and brake hoses fitted as well as a new DMF and clutch.

I think that i can manage the strut brace, centre caps and stickers myself.

i dont think that I have ever spent this much money on a car in one hit

Can't wait to get the DMF sorted as the clatter is really starting to me off.

The only upside with the noisy DMF is that the missus will not drive the car
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Back in April bought an 06 facelift 156, 20v (175bhp) diese to replace my 10v. Good car, fsh dealer stamps, 54000 miles, one lady owner, cruise, rear park etc. Dealer was a BMW specialist so wanted to get rid of car got 200 knocked of price, service, new aux belt tensioner included in deal.
Since then I have transferred by Koni golds and Eibach springs over from the 10v; had a stainless exhaust fitted from the down pipes back
(replaces cat with plain pipe that can be replaced with cat for MOT), 3 inch tubing, noise increase kept to a minimum - still sounds good though. Had the intercooler uprated and moved to the front (lost the fog lamps). The turbo has been replaced with the 159 210bhp version and then remapped - wow, fantastic difference - need to put it on a rolling road to get actual bhp but feels like it is pullong more than 230 brake and I have no idea on torque but pulls like a train.
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Fitted a ton of 'Silent Coat' 4mm in my GT this week. Floor pan, boot area/lid and bonnet. Big improvement and well worth the effort and cost.

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Yeah I used 2mm silent coat, great stuff but weighs a ton! Gonna do the doors at some point too.
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Removed the front bumper for an inspection, found only two brackets that are rusty (one on each side of the wheel arch) all looks very good. Took the opportunity to silicon grease the top hat bearings and ball joints all good with no wear, tidied the battery tray up a bit too.
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Popped in to Loz yesterday at AL... New genuine lower arms, and powerflexed uppers....

Immediate difference in steering feel, everything at the front feels super tight and responsive now!!

Absolutely top service from the guys again! 100% worth driving over to them.. Cannot recommend them high enough
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All the mentions of sound reduction recently makes me want to report the effect of putting molyslip in my gearbox a couple of weeks back. I hadn't considered my gearbox to be noisy (a slight zizz in third on overrun was all I've ever noticed) but the difference now is amazing it is FAR quieter. The gear changes are much nicer now as well -a lot slicker and smoother - gears are easier to find and never crunch it feels like a different gearbox.
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Fitted the strut brace to the wagon this afternoon. It was reasonably straight forward except that I had to slightly modify a plastic bracket on the near side strut top as the strut brace was hitting on it. The bracket was only plastic so did not take too much trim some of it away.

I took the wagon out for a short drive this evening and I would say the the turn in has improved a little. What is definitely improved is how the car rides over poorly surfaced roads, the front end now feels very solid.

I would say that from my short drive of about 20 miles that the strut base is very worth addition.
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I ordered some this morning as well from aliexpress - not the same seller though
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I liked them so much that I have ordered a pair too
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I liked them so much that I have ordered a pair too
At this rate, I should be on commision..
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Just ordered a precat delete downpipe from Wizard Exhausts!

That'll go on my parts shelf in the garage waiting for the next opportunity to get it fitted, probably at the next oil change interval... Eager to see what sort of difference it will make to the miles/smiles per gallon!
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Just ordered a precat delete downpipe from Wizard Exhausts!

That'll go on my parts shelf in the garage waiting for the next opportunity to get it fitted, probably at the next oil change interval... Eager to see what sort of difference it will make to the miles/smiles per gallon!
I'd be interested to know how you get on with that as I fancy one for my 2.4 20V.

I've got a few bits to get sorted then was thinking about the pre-cat delete, EGR delete and maybe a little map tweak at the same time
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I'd be interested to know how you get on with that as I fancy one for my 2.4 20V.

I've got a few bits to get sorted then was thinking about the pre-cat delete, EGR delete and maybe a little map tweak at the same time
Will try and take pics of the install and give some feedback on my findings!

Not sure how much the 2.4 exhaust system differs to the 1.9, but I'm sure Wizard could make you the part!
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Will try and take pics of the install and give some feedback on my findings!

Not sure how much the 2.4 exhaust system differs to the 1.9, but I'm sure Wizard could make you the part!
Pud has alreay mentioned that they can supply a suitable pipe for the 2.4.

The install is very easy on the 2.4, one clamp holds one end to the outlet of the turbo and three nuts hold the other end to a flange on the actual exhaust system.

I have had to take off the pre-cat to remove the oil filter, that's how I know its a simple job
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