Okay, I've sorted my suspension cheaply.
I decide on e new Monroe gas struts. They came as Monroe Originals part number 16598 (for my 16v or other non turbo 4cyls) and were painted grey as the Gas Matics used to be. Anyway, I got lowering springs. Saw a set of Activ springs on ebay and just couldn't let the chance go past.
Trouble was they were a minimun £25 and for a Lancia Dedra. I thought, 'no chance anyone else will bid for Dedra springs' so I got em for £25! Said that to the guys at the last AROC meeting and was asked "Do you have a Dedra?" I replied "No, I've got a 155"
Fit like a glove and lower the front by 15mm and 10mm rear. Obviously the widebody 16v is 15mm lower anyway, so I would only expect 25mm lowering anyway. I think they will drop another 5mm or so as I measured this immediately after the suspension was settled with the new springs.
The ride is a bit worse as there are now more bumps on the road- or so it seems. Yeh, it's firmer, but not objectionably so. The 155 is firm anyway so it wasn't exactly a shock. It's much better than a lot of kit that laddies use (we also did a Calibra 60mm yesterday- 60mm Spax springs and Gmax dampers- result is hard and bouncy- nasty but parts were supplied).
I just hope that my better half Maryann doesn't object too much. Anyway, so far it seems to be a fairly well matched set up (Activ springs, front Monroe struts and rear Bilstein dampers). Incidentally, the Bilstein dampers are a bit different to the Bilsteins of old. When I fitted them a few months ago, the ride was improved and the handling was improved. Recent Bilsteins do provide a very good ride to the point that the driver may not notice the difference until the car is thrown about! I would recommend them any day- very high quality also.