Re: 156 ABS & dampers - opinions
Disabling the ABS system also disables the EBD system, I would not recommend this for road use.
Basically the EBD system does really actively modulate braking to the rear which would could otherwise cause a spin due to locked rears - especially under cornering.
The 156 doesn't have a mechanical brake bias like the 155, it is controlled by electronic intervention based on wheel slippage detected via the ABS sensors.
Disabling ABS on a 155 might be a less dangerous option than the 156.
To the original poster, what tyres do you have on your car and was it actually genuinbely slippy?
If its some muck like old Pirelli P6000's the thats probably the issue.
In the dry the ABS doesn't really come on on the 156 at all much, that I noticed anyway.
In slippy conditions sure it can come on, especially with cold tyres or frost.
However all you need to do (if experienced) is relax the brake pedal to below the ABS limit, and you get the same effect as not having ABS.
Its not an instincive reaction though, and if in any doubt keep the pedal pressed firmly in an ABS equpped car.
If you aren't able to do this you probably would just be locking your tyres anyway without ABS, and you really have almost zero braking with locked tyres in slipy conditions.
Have to say the GTA abs is much better calibrated than the standard 156.
I'm not a doctor - but I really do recommend braking later