I had been looking forward to the next and hopefully last bit of major work on my GT Blackline JTDM for a couple of months, and early yesterday morning got on the A31 down to Bournmouth from Guildford, excited, and as always with an Alfa a little worried about what other things may come up during the process!
the list of works for the day...
Bilstien B12 suspension
upper and lower wishbones
new (used) steering rack.
so I arrived at around 8ish and Loz, Paul, and Joe got to work straight away, as usual I needed all the work done in one day..
for once my Alfa didn't throw a single toy out of the pram and the work went smoothly, although I think there was a ''steering rack incident'' that involved an aluminium thread, that rendered the first rack offered up useless..luckily Loz had a second that went in smoothly with no trouble, happy days..!
around 4pm all the work was done and the car went off to be tracked. (laser alignment has been advised and will be done this week)
so now the fun bit, how does she go..?
well i'm happy to say the car is transformed!, the new lower suspension (around 25mm) has the stance looking spot on, the handling is so much more precise and the steering tight and responsive. My GT is now the car I always suspected it could be and should have been from the factory, no more clunking either and with luck I have a well sorted GT that will require only the usual stuff for a good while. (fingers crossed)
The advice from autolusso has been spot on at every point along the way with my build and i'm extremely happy with the end result, the only things needed now are cosmetic (new badges and centre caps) and waxoyling which will be done when I go down for the MOT in August.
The big revelation though was the de-cat down pipe....no Lag now and I mean none! linear acceleration when you plan the right foot from 2nd all the way to 6th, married to the suspension work its just awesome!
I recently had a swirl flap delete at Autolusso in Houghton Regis and noticed after the work was done that there was sometimes black smoke if I caught the car ''just'' in the wrong gear didn't happen before and the car was a bit more willing to pull in lower revs in any given gear.
after some thought and research I concluded that the swirl flaps do indeed have a positive effect on the combustion at lower revs and because my car had been re-mapped it was just slightly over fueling,(nothing serious just a little change in driving style required)
I still think the swirl flap delete is a must and i'm very glad I had it done (thanks Ned) but have also come to the conclusion that if the car is mapped a de-cat down pipe will free up the turbo to spool earlier and effectively counteract the slight loss in combustion efficiency at lower revs.
I suspected it would sort things and after my run back down the A31 last nightI I can confirm without doubt this is the case.
so in total a list of work done, all at AL south apart from the swirl flaps ,done at AL Houghton Regis
RE-map and egr delete
stage one clutch and new flywheel
upper and lower wishbones
de-cat down pipe
new steering rack
so a very big thanks to all at autolusso south for some great work, done quickly, properly, with a smile and at a very good price! and a very nice bacon roll thrown in for good measure at the start of the day and a drink and hangout at the old thatch pub at the end...a thoroughly enjoyable and productive day with a brilliant outcome.
once again i'm happy to say I can heartily recommend AL for all of your Alfa needs..
I will see you all again in August for the MOT,new badges and Waxoyl
p.s I may need to upgrade the brakes now!