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... new Tomason TN1, 8.5J19 rims

because of Brembo brake calipers at front, had to add also distancers (10 mm each side) and special longer, bolt pattern's diameter adaptation bolts

what do you think?
Those are best non-Ti alloys I've seen so far. I think they work well because the 159 only loves 10 spoke alloys.
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Those are best non-Ti alloys I've seen so far. I think they work well because the 159 only loves 10 spoke alloys.
and they got to be be 19''!
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and they got to be be 19''!
for a long time I was bothered what I am missing on my 159s



and then noticed that it is regarding the rims

Always likes rims which have concave profile to show bit of sportiness

TN1's have this concave section

but they have also partially that "spider legs" profile which means they look even better

though, one must be careful when parking next to sidewalks in order not to scratch them (one bit of the spider leg profile is getting out of plane of the wheel a bit, but that is general problems with all 939s whose hubs are so much out that big positive ET numbers are required)

am thinking of finding ET40 version of the same rims. to try to see if they fit with the Brembo brakes. if do, than would be able to install 255 mm wide tires

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Wash and wax polished the SW...red Alfas in sunshine look great!;0)
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Hoovered, washed, waxed the wheels, grill and lights, rain-off on the windows and tire gel, only to pick up half a Stanley blade in the tire the next day 40 miles from home, doesnt look so mean rocking a space saver!

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few more pics

yesterday made few more pics
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Mine is shouting for an oil change - is that something i can do for myself?
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Gave it a nice clean to the polish - should always be in tip-top condition
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Figured out my recent extra smoke when applying full preasure to the right foot (although it did shock the RS4 avant behind me ) was largely due to a slight (joke) swirl flap leak!

Swirl Flap Leak - YouTube

I'm forever blowing bubbles springs to mind!

That will be a chunk of unexpected change to find then.
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yesterday made few more pics
Yeeeeees!
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Took a drive to see a client up in Bodmin, loved cruising along the A30. Saw another 159 (in black) owner, had a little wave and an approving nod. The car is now filthy from all the cornish back roads, looks like a clean will be in order tonight
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Yeeeeees!
man she looks nice now

though, must try to install the ET40 version of TN1

if it works, have opportunity to install the 255/35R19

and that would be awesome, both in curves and speed starts

well: homework for after holidays
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Fitted a brand new EGR and cleaned the MAP sensor. Goodbye rough idle at 800 rpm and (possibly) the hesitation at 1800 rpm. Need a few more test drives to confirm. So far so good.
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Fitted K&N panel filter...
Breath spider, breath...
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Figured out my recent extra smoke when applying full preasure to the right foot (although it did shock the RS4 avant behind me ) was largely due to a slight (joke) swirl flap leak!

Swirl Flap Leak - YouTube

I'm forever blowing bubbles springs to mind!

That will be a chunk of unexpected change to find then.
That doesn't look too good....
How much washing up liquid and water did you use??? Could do with checking mine as I get a good puff of black when I hit the loud pedal...
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How much washing up liquid and water did you use???
Not that much unfortunately. The flap closest the throttle body is leaking the worst (#5?) with the next worst being the opposite end (#1). #2, #3 & #4 are all leaking a little too so its very much in need of some attention. I was originally going to leave it but in the last 1500 miles or so its gone from no external signs of leaking to a wet dirty, oily mess around the flaps so my fear is if I leave it to long the flaps may let go inside and then its a whole world of pain. I have another 750 miles to do before its due in so hoping it should hold, or I might just steel the misses Countryman if I can bear the painful performance

Its booked in next week for a new manifold with blanked (welded) swirls and new belts & pumps etc at the same time (108K on the clock now) last did the belt at 70K so its a little early, but no so much its worth not taking advantage of the shared labour.


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Big downer on the swirl flaps, think I'll check mine out. Any smell at all? I suppose at least you've done a fair few miles after the last cambelt service, be a major downer if the flaps had gone down within a few thousand miles of the belts being done.
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Not that much unfortunately. The flap closest the throttle body is leaking the worst (#5?) with the next worst being the opposite end (#1). #2, #3 & #4 are all leaking a little too so its very much in need of some attention. I was originally going to leave it but in the last 1500 miles or so its gone from no external signs of leaking to a wet dirty, oily mess around the flaps so my fear is if I leave it to long the flaps may let go inside and then its a whole world of pain. I have another 750 miles to do before its due in so hoping it should hold, or I might just steel the misses Countryman if I can bear the painful performance

Its booked in next week for a new manifold with blanked (welded) swirls and new belts & pumps etc at the same time (108K on the clock now) last did the belt at 70K so its a little early, but no so much its worth not taking advantage of the shared labour.
Where are you getting the modified inlet from???
Will blanking the swirls have any effect on performance? I understand they open up at higher revs and allow more air into the cylinders. With it blanked will it not sort of suffocate the engine???
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Where are you getting the modified inlet from???
Will blanking the swirls have any effect on performance? I understand they open up at higher revs and allow more air into the cylinders. With it blanked will it not sort of suffocate the engine???
AutoLusso has a package deal on the whole job, speak to Ned.

Its the opposite of what you are thinking AlfaD, When they are blanked, the flap is removed so its ability to close is no more. i.e its permanently open with no restrictions. The swirl flaps are used to create turbulence in the airflow at low RPM to allow for a cleaner burn. In other words its another Tree Saving device like the EGR & DPF. Some argue it increases torque in the lower rev range but I fail to see how it does this at any useful RPM as any restrictions in the air flow would only reduce the effect of the turbo.
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AutoLusso has a package deal on the whole job, speak to Ned.

Its the opposite of what you are thinking AlfaD, When they are blanked, the flap is removed so its ability to close is no more. i.e its permanently open with no restrictions. The swirl flaps are used to create turbulence in the airflow at low RPM to allow for a cleaner burn. In other words its another Tree Saving device like the EGR & DPF. Some argue it increases torque in the lower rev range but I fail to see how it does this at any useful RPM as any restrictions in the air flow would only reduce the effect of the turbo.

Cheers Jaba...
I'll give him a ring and see about postage. I'll do the swap myself over a weekend.
But I do need to pay him a visit to get polybushed...

Will check my swirls after work to see if they need work done yet. If not then I'll leave them for a while. Get holibobs to Abu Dhabi out of the way..
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Discovered some cracks in one of the rear lamps, the inner one with the fog light. No idea where that has come from, wasn't there when I bought the car last month and the car hasnt been hit or smacked with anything that I am aware of, its never left anywhere where that could happen and there is no other damage on the car, so I suspect it has occured from closing the boot lid 4 times a day when transporting the dog. Replacement quote from AW is 99.89.

So today I have mostly frowned at it.

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AutoLusso has a package deal on the whole job, speak to Ned.

Its the opposite of what you are thinking AlfaD, When they are blanked, the flap is removed so its ability to close is no more. i.e its permanently open with no restrictions. The swirl flaps are used to create turbulence in the airflow at low RPM to allow for a cleaner burn. In other words its another Tree Saving device like the EGR & DPF. Some argue it increases torque in the lower rev range but I fail to see how it does this at any useful RPM as any restrictions in the air flow would only reduce the effect of the turbo.
Done the soapy water test.
From left to right
No leak
No leak
No leak
Slight weep
Leak (not as bad as yours though)

She started to run slightly lumpy when I did the leaking one.
Do you mind me asking what he's charging for the MF and fitting???
I may do a one hit when I go for polybushes
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It's 750 including the cam belt and water pump etc, so petty good value considering a cam belt service alone is 350-450 and a new inlet is 400+
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Attended to some of the stone chips too & worn paint on the leading bottom edge of the front wings & bottom of the back part of the sills, below the paint protection.
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