Well,fantastic service from partsworld-uk.com
. They asked me on Thurs afternoon when i'd like the redelivery. I told them Friday, but doubted they could do it in time, so Monday would be ok. Hey presto! Friday morning the exhaust arrived - and I have fitted them today. So, fitting is reasonably straightforward, of course you do need a bit of brute force and WD40 for the fittings. I got away with jacking up just the nearside rear, which gave me plenty of room to get to the silencers, as well as two other mounting rubbers back down the chassis, which I disconnected to give a bit of flexibility. Like most things Alfa, it pays to have small hands and-or long fingers
, particularly when refitting the outboard silencer rubber mounts - a thin smear of grease on those helps a great deal when refitting. Another tip is to put a rag or similar over the tailpipes of both the old and new silencers - if you don't, then you will almost certainly damage the paintwork in the exhaust apertures. The new silencers fit like a glove
. So - the big question - has it cured the hesitation and flat spots? As i've only done a 20mile road test so far, my answer is a tentative yes. Pulling away from standstill is no longer embarrassing and throttle response is greatly improved. I even found on a motorway section, when acellerating from @ 3k in 6th, I could stay in 6th, whereas before, I needed to drop down a cog. I'm not sure yet if this will prove to be the total solution, as i'm a fussy git in these matters
, hence still have a remap in the back of my mind. But, like Ghosty Dog, I shall put some miles down, before making that decision. As far as the exhaust note is concerned, i'd say it sounds a little better than standard, but not the difference I was expecting, having read somewhere that the Prodrive silencers make the Brera sound like a Ferrari - they are a long way short of that particular mark. Do I think they were money well spent? At the price I paid, they certainly are, but I would'nt pay the retail price of just under £1100 for them! I bought them from partsworld via Ebay and they were great to do business with.