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Nothing to exciting but just fitted LED side lights and number plate lights. Just need to change spot lights for LED's and get twin angel eyes fitted.
She's going into the garage on Thursday for some work. New steering rack, handbrake cables, small hole in o/s/f drive shaft gaitor, tiny leak from gearbox end casing and finally manifold heat shield bolts have snapped. Incidentally if anyone needs a top garage in the Northwich area, check out Lawton Motors. Nigel who owns it, used to work for Mango's and funnily enough left because he didn't agree with their level of customer service or quality of work. He drives (or used to) a 147 GTA. Top bloke and really knows his Alfas.
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Managed to button her up late last night, after my 2 day long job list of cleaning the induction system, rustproofing the bay, removing and replacing the airbox with a new piece non maf side after a hole was found. Reconnecting a steering boot. And fitting my short shifter i received from M-tech. Also managed to rust proof and totally clean the battery tray basket bracket, which i removed to fit the new short shift bracket. So everything looks brand new. Also replaced the actuator breather hose which had been fouling on the turbo and looked singed. So i used a piece of silicone tubing i had left from my last car project, and wrapped it in heat protection sheath. I ended up positioning it away from the turbo this time. So all fine and dandy.
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Fitted the short shifter, agree with Damien that it does make the change quite notchy although the travel is reduced, not sure its by the 30% they claim though.
Will give it a week and decide if it's going to stay on or not.
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Fitted the short shifter, agree with Damien that it does make the change quite notchy although the travel is reduced, not sure its by the 30% they claim though.
Will give it a week and decide if it's going to stay on or not.
Is it in any way adjustable?
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Is it in any way adjustable?
Nope, just a milled lump of aluminium that in effect places the ball joint closer to the selector mechanism... Shortens the lever throw, but is completely fixed.
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Is it in any way adjustable?
As Ed says it's a fixed bracket the only adjustability is the rod arm length. I changed the angle of my ball joint as it sat to far to the left. There is a small bolt at the end of the socket arm you undo then you can adjust the length and angle of the ball socket at the end of the rod.

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As Ed says it's a fixed bracket the only adjustability is the rod arm length. I changed the angle of my ball joint as it sat to far to the left. There is a small bolt at the end of the socket arm you undo then you can adjust the length and angle of the ball socket at the end of the rod.

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Been out for a proper test drive with it yet?

I've shuffled cars about on the driveway today, and it feels much better when in motion rather that shifting about whilst stationary.. Gonna give it a proper test tomorrow on the way in to work!
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is it possible to cut the gear lever and make it shorter in height? It does stick up quite high compared to newer cars.
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is it possible to cut the gear lever and make it shorter in height? It does stick up quite high compared to newer cars.
Might have trouble with the reverse lock mechanism.. But if you figure that out, no reason why not!
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not done much this week but gave it a good clean inside and out today after a trip to Hastings in the rain yesterday. A good going over with Autoglym Super Resin Polish and then the High Gloss finish to seal it. Nice and shiny now!
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Been out for a proper test drive with it yet?

I've shuffled cars about on the driveway today, and it feels much better when in motion rather that shifting about whilst stationary.. Gonna give it a proper test tomorrow on the way in to work!
OK well took mine out for a blat tonight, does feel much better in use than it does sitting on the driveway, once you get used to it that is.

It doesn't feel as 'clonky' as I first thought but you do need to be a bit more precise when going for the gears, probably just used to the lazy changes before.

As long as the better half doesn't complain about it think I'll be keeping it on.
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Upper wishbones on the 156 fitted yesterday. would recommend the TRW wishbones. They claim to be an 'upgraded design'. I know they're a common fault and have replaced them on previous 156's. I must say they seem alot more solid, they're a bit heavier than the ones that were on there. i guess time will tell

Also new track rod ends and wheel alignment, all in all its a big difference. next weekend its cambelt
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OK well took mine out for a blat tonight, does feel much better in use than it does sitting on the driveway, once you get used to it that is.

It doesn't feel as 'clonky' as I first thought but you do need to be a bit more precise when going for the gears, probably just used to the lazy changes before.

As long as the better half doesn't complain about it think I'll be keeping it on.
Great to hear Paul... I am looking forward to getting used to mine. I put some grease on he moving mechanism part under the rubber boot. Still not been out since i finished this weeks work to mine.

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Great to hear Paul... I am looking forward to getting used to mine. I put some grease on he moving mechanism part under the rubber boot. Still not been out since i finished this weeks work to mine.

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After my drive to work, I'm in agreement with Paul...

Change is definitely heavier/harder than it used to be, but the notchiness goes away whilst driving... Easier to miss a gear too now, so be careful about where you're putting your stick! When you get it right though, slips into place with a lovely little snick!

Definitely a shorter throw, feels pretty significant to me...

Will take some getting used to, but I think I like it!
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is it possible to cut the gear lever and make it shorter in height? It does stick up quite high compared to newer cars.
I did this around 10yrs ago with my 156 V6. I was a bit of, ok a massive bodger back then so I just cut the shaft down then did the same with the lift-up reverse bit by cutting the same amount out of the middle of it. I then just super glued it back together with a bit of selotape round it lol.

It worked ok, but if I did it again I'd like to think I'd make a better job of it as it never felt that secure afterwards and I was always apprehensive when going from 5th to 6th as the reverse lock mechanism would sometimes come apart!
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Right had some time for a proper drive and another fiddle with the new short shifter and definitive thought.
I lubed all the moving parts of the gear mechanism around the bracket and as mentioned earlier i changed the angle of the ball socket on the rod as it sat skew whiff on the new ball joint, so that done all sits straight and equal, and all is much better than before, and even sat in the car now without motion, gears are easily selected.
So out on the road.
She has been up in the air a few days now as i've managed to do a few jobs these past few days after having a few rare leave days from work. So tonight was the first blast out for a while. Went out to my favorite bit of testing ground where i live. Part small roundabouts part bypass where i could warm her up properly then give her a blat.
Right....bloody fantastic The short shifter is a game changer. The shortened time to change gear is monumental to the progress i can make now. Hooking up shifts between gears, with the hybrid turbo still on boost, its really given the whole driving experience another dimension. This will be so beneficial on track. I am over the bloody moon right now. The gearchange reach in oem, is let's be honest hilarious compared to modern german performance car short shift boxes. This has absolutely brought it in line with those competitors. It feels slightly more notchy because you are simply at the point of gearchange select now, before you had to experience gearstick motion before selecting the gear. But after that once you are used to it, took me 10 minutes, its second nature snicking the gears in. Happy days and thank you M-tech.

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is it possible to cut the gear lever and make it shorter in height? It does stick up quite high compared to newer cars.
There is a thread about doing just that.
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...t-shifter.html (GT JTDm, short shifter?)
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Today my GT passed it's MOT with an advisory on a front tyre and top arm Bush is a little worn.

Full service done too with the boys from Alfa tech in Huddersfield.

Also fitted the lower turbo. Hose from Autolusso and the whistle, whine and sucking noise has gone. Brilliant.
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Looking at the MOT certificate I have covered near enough 10,000 miles in the last year, a quarter of that on holiday in France in the summer. Worked out how much I had spent on fuel at 24 mpg and wished I hadn't....... It's worth it though
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Tomorrow it's time to change the grille badge from my GT.

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Ordered the parts for the 72k service from Shop4Parts yesterday (filters all round, aux belt and associated tensioners etc.), ust got a message that they'll be delivered by 13:04 today.... Less than 24 hours after ordering, on a Saturday too....

Can't fault S4P and DPD! Now just gotta pop out to the Post Office and pick up my new tub of Fusso Soft99 and I won't see the GF all weekend
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Upper wishbones on the 156 fitted yesterday. would recommend the TRW wishbones. They claim to be an 'upgraded design'. I know they're a common fault and have replaced them on previous 156's. I must say they seem alot more solid, they're a bit heavier than the ones that were on there. i guess time will tell

Also new track rod ends and wheel alignment, all in all its a big difference. next weekend its cambelt
TRWs you say? Mine needs to go in for lower wishbones and track end rods. When they say they're an 'upgraded design' does that mean they're more hardwearing? How about cost, are they much more than the standard ones?

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Washed and waxed with my new tub of Fusso Soft99 - VERY nice wax to use! Easy on, easy off, use very little of it (one tub will last years!), and a very nice shiny finish!!

H2Go'd the windscreen too, as there was a frost this morning! Fingers crossed that'll be the end of scraping for the year!

Also changed my Pollen/Cabin air filters as they were last done 24k ago... Well the old ones came out looking marginally dirtier than the new ones going in... Certainly didn't need changing! But by the time I had folded and bent myself into the footwell I wasn't backing out... Wont be touching those filters for at least 24 months I think....
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