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Got around to fitting my retrimmed interior handle today, happy man, it fits great looks good and even feels nicer when you grab it.
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Also finally got around to fitting my new Anthracite door handles, had them sitting waiting for a year now so thought I best get my bum into gear.Attachment 629946

absolutely love this! those grab handles are a real let down when they start peeling. this is an elegant and well executed solution.

what a fantastic job you have made of it ...

now to the anthracite handles, how did you do it, because I have decided to spay paint the front grille the same colour as my re-furbed wheels and then realised the door handles would stand out like a knob on a chicken..

I have just received my solvent based anthracite paint and was wondering if you painted them your self or did you just buy them like that...?


happy to go either route but I imagine the painting of the handles is the much cheaper way to go despite that taking them off fills me with dread after having to replace the drivers side once. it's a ''fiddlearsing job'' to quote my mucker Barry.


lovely job all round though, it's those little details that really elevate a car to the next level.

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You own a jts too lol.

Serviced mine today oil n filters.

Replaced sidelight bulb. And had to fit a new sump plug as I had to chisel old one off. Luckily I had already ordered a new one.

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Haha yeah, actually didnt even notice it was a bad engine until some expert told me!! I washed it yesterday and tomorrow I'll be ordering the master code so I can get the phone and sat nav working again
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absolutely love this! those grab handles are a real let down when they start peeling. this is an elegant and well executed solution.

what a fantastic job you have made of it ...

now to the anthracite handles, how did you do it, because I have decided to spay paint the front grille the same colour as my re-furbed wheels and then realised the door handles would stand out like a knob on a chicken..

I have just received my solvent based anthracite paint and was wondering if you painted them your self or did you just buy them like that...?


happy to go either route but I imagine the painting of the handles is the much cheaper way to go despite that taking them off fills me with dread after having to replace the drivers side once. it's a ''fiddlearsing job'' to quote my mucker Barry.


lovely job all round though, it's those little details that really elevate a car to the next level.
That was exactly the reason I wanted to colour code the handles as my grill, mirrors roof and wheels are all anthracite, and the handles did stick out.

I painted them myself, attacking them with wet and dry to get that chrome finish keyed properly, then used an etch primer then onto the base and top coat.

I got some paint used on alloy wheels as it's very durable then topped off with a couple of coats of clear.

I was a bit worried about the durability but I did a test on a Fiat 500 handle I bought in error, and once it was all finished I carried it around in my tool bag for a couple of weeks and it came out looking nearly as good as new so i reckon if it survived that then it will be ok in the wifes clumsy mitts.
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That was exactly the reason I wanted to colour code the handles as my grill, mirrors roof and wheels are all anthracite, and the handles did stick out.

I painted them myself, attacking them with wet and dry to get that chrome finish keyed properly, then used an etch primer then onto the base and top coat.

I got some paint used on alloy wheels as it's very durable then topped off with a couple of coats of clear.

I was a bit worried about the durability but I did a test on a Fiat 500 handle I bought in error, and once it was all finished I carried it around in my tool bag for a couple of weeks and it came out looking nearly as good as new so i reckon if it survived that then it will be ok in the wifes clumsy mitts.


right..breakers yard handles it is then!

added to which when I get the current ones off I can refurb them in the same colour and have spares ready to go on as and when.

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That was exactly the reason I wanted to colour code the handles as my grill, mirrors roof and wheels are all anthracite, and the handles did stick out.

I painted them myself, attacking them with wet and dry to get that chrome finish keyed properly, then used an etch primer then onto the base and top coat.
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As new ones cost anywhere from $160 - $250 each I might have a crack at painting mine as well then Would still love to see how you did those handles edraven, am going to keep pestering you lol. How on earth did you get them off the door card, for example, aren't they molded on?
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Just quick report - not expensive upgrade with 30 quid speakers and a good improvement over the standard ones. Can listen to music and actually hear the instruments and at the lower volumes which surprises me in a very good way. It's probably must be one the things all new owners should be advised to do together with antirust treatment and belt check
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Haha yeah, actually didnt even notice it was a bad engine until some expert told me!! I washed it yesterday and tomorrow I'll be ordering the master code so I can get the phone and sat nav working again
Funny that, i considered myself an Alfa enthusiast last week. Until some "expert" pointed out to me, if you have a diesel engine in your GT you can never be an enthusiast.

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That's funny, you were the one to kick off on "this thread" about it. Tell yourself that! FFS.

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Thanks Dan, had a look on the net for the v-band flange and best prices were on ebay although quite a lot were based in China! The company on ebay I bought it from was racingparts wholesale uk, although they seem to be a chinese company they ship from the UK and I got the flange in a couple of days. I have to say its a nice bit of kit and you get two flanges and the clamp. I didn't cut the flange from the turbo as the new flange was a good fit over the old one and both "v's" matched up so the clamp gives a good seal. It only cost £12.50 for the 2" one with free P&P which was a decent price compared so some of the other UK based suppliers.
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As new ones cost anywhere from $160 - $250 each I might have a crack at painting mine as well then Would still love to see how you did those handles edraven, am going to keep pestering you lol. How on earth did you get them off the door card, for example, aren't they molded on?
I assume you mean the interior handles?

They can easily be separated, the top bit is held on with a large spire clip/star washer type of fitting, you just ease the teeth back with a small screwdriver then tease it off, the lower bit is a sort of small plastic weld that will easily crack off, I used a hot glue gun to reattach it back on.

I will take some pics when I do the other side if you want more info.
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I will take some pics when I do the other side if you want more info.
Yes please, would like to try it as my handles have been mangled by previous owners or mechanics
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Im about to get my wheels refubished, just havent decided on the color yet.. Its either going to be anthracite or gold, I do think the anthracite color fits the car better but I also like the clasic look of a red alfa and gold wheels, couldnt find anyone else on here with a red gt and gold wheels so i decided to photshop some.. What do you guys think? Anthracite or gold, leaning more towards the first color option.. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...9b5918b814.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...e43f9b6ab2.jpg

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Anthracite is better. Gold wheels just remind me of an impreza.


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Anthracite all the way!

I think the gold would be a little bit too much for my taste.
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another one for anthracite here..


obviously!


gold wheels are just a bit ''JPS'' showing my age now!
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Annd got a MCSF..

02 sensor heater circuit, bank 2 sensor 2..

I think that means a lambda on the front bank?!
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Got the: climate control, windows, mirrors, boot lid and radio all working again by replacing a shot Body Control Module and the rest of the ECU set. It's taken a few weeks sorting out what to do. It's nice to be back in a civilised vehicle, with stuff that works, again.
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Got the: climate control, windows, mirrors, boot lid and radio all working again by replacing a shot Body Control Module and the rest of the ECU set. It's taken a few weeks sorting out what to do. It's nice to be back in a civilised vehicle, with stuff that works, again.
what year was the car? it's not unheard of for a BCM to fail but its unlucky, glad you got it sorted, i assume by ''rest of the ecu set'' you mean a proxy alignment after fitting the new BCM..?


either way really glad you resolved it as these things can be a real PITA to find and resolve and often costly as well..


it must be very nice to have all the mod cons back
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Could the BCM be the reason for my reverse parking sensors to go on the fritz? When I select reverse I just get a high pitched whistle for about ten seconds and no proximity warning, just a loud bang when I hit the car behind!
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