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My baby had a fight with a brick wall, theres two versions doing the rounds....

.....well there was this Porche Carrera and a Ferrari California both alongside me at the traffic lights and as they turned green I was gone leaving them both coughing on Alfa fumes when.....

and the other story where some **** (ie me) forgot to put the handbrake on in my driveway and the Spider went for a drive on its own crashing through my closed wrought iron gates crossing the road and felling a brick wall opposite my house.

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last pic shows where it should sit when not doing its 'nightrider kit' thing
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My mate recons it should be 5 points on the licence and a 4k fine for damaging an Alfa grill
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Oh dear! Not good! Glad it put up a good fight though!

This end just topped the pressure up on the tires, always seem to be really sensitive to the temperature, always get a big drop in pressure when the temp does the same


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I nearly crashed it today after a dumb driver made a sudden lane switch right in front of me! Even in terrible weather the electronics worked fine and i managed to pull out of the imminent disaster. Was the 1st time in 13 years driving and over 400k miles whit various vehicles that i've felt this way, had to stop and get out of the car for a 5 mike breather... There's no safer place to be on the road in bad weather than a 159.
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Parked my 159 up for 4 weeks, while I head off to work.
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Spent a couple of hours with the team at Autolusso trying out their new custom mapping service. After we piggybacked the ECU to get the existing map data so we could tweak it for the new turbo, we made some small adjustments to the map to give about 20% more power and sort the overboost values for the new larger turbo.

Instant results much more power and drivability even though it was already mapped.

This is just stage 1 of the process with Autolusso and new their new service offering. Stage 2 involves some more hardware changes to the car followed by a hub dyno session

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Spent a couple of hours with the team at Autolusso trying out their new custom mapping service. After we piggybacked the ECU to get the existing map data so we could tweak it for the new turbo, we made some small adjustments to the map to give about 20% more power and sort the overboost values for the new larger turbo.

Instant results much more power and drivability even though it was already mapped.

This is just stage 1 of the process with Autolusso and new their new service offering. Stage 2 involves some more hardware changes to the car followed by a hub dyno session

Great service always.
Didn't realise you'd upgraded the turbo , I bet that was financially painfull So does that mean the AHM map isn't there now ? How will Ned's 20% more grunt affect your next mot ?
My latest Adie map was fine on the mot but another 20% sounds borderline at least.
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Didn't realise you'd upgraded the turbo , I bet that was financially painfull So does that mean the AHM map isn't there now ? How will Ned's 20% more grunt affect your next mot ?
My latest Adie map was fine on the mot but another 20% sounds borderline at least.
Its all about air/fuel ratio's Rob

I have no additional smoke with +20% more power / boost and we are planning on going for around 1.8-2.0 bar boost with a new fuelling map but that requires a set of rollers to get it right without turning her into a smoke stack.

The new GTB2056 Hybrid turbo combined with the de-swirled inlet has allowed a far greater degree of air though so extra boost is easy to get now. Once the FMIC is fitted and most likely W/M too, the final mapping will be pretty mad.

AHM's map was quite mild once we looked at it, so immediate gains were easy. The mildness of the mapping would have been a reflection of the weaker KKK turbo and general airflow ability of the engine, so we were able to +20% across the board without any issues.
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Popped her into the body shop for a look at the front end damage, waiting for an operation date now.
Had the "ah its an Alfa, might take a while to get the parts" story.
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My baby had a fight with a brick wall, theres two versions doing the rounds....

.....well there was this Porche Carrera and a Ferrari California both alongside me at the traffic lights and as they turned green I was gone leaving them both coughing on Alfa fumes when.....

and the other story where some **** (ie me) forgot to put the handbrake on in my driveway and the Spider went for a drive on its own crashing through my closed wrought iron gates crossing the road and felling a brick wall opposite my house.

Ollocks with a capital B
You were lucky the damage wasn't far far worse with it crossing the road of its own accord .
Does it need new body panels? It'll be far cheaper sourcing them yourself from a written-off car if it does.
I got a new boot lid from a breaker's yard earlier in the year after a concrete roof tile bounced off it .
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Washed my bella and changed a blown sidelight today. Was a bit daunted when I lifted the bonnet and saw how tightly packed the light fixtures were in the engine bay, but I braved it and managed it with the help of a torch and my lippy mirror! Quite pleased with myself!

Also nipped along to CM Garage in East Kilbride (Alfa specialist indie garage) and discussed getting my timing belt, water pump, DPF hollow out and remap done.......its gonna be an expense month next month!

Oh and started my Christmas shopping.

Quite a productive day for me today

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Thumbs Up Bitten the bullet.

After many long hours researching and far too much time on Autotrader - I've taken the plunge.

A 10 Plate 159 2.0Jtd 170 in Ti spec, Alfa Red.

Now handed the Alfa Mito QV keys over to the wife.

Im a happy man so far!
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After many long hours researching and far too much time on Autotrader - I've taken the plunge.

A 10 Plate 159 2.0Jtd 170 in Ti spec, Alfa Red.

Now handed the Alfa Mito QV keys over to the wife.

Im a happy man so far!
Welcome Evoxer - and congratulations on your new bella.
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You were lucky the damage wasn't far far worse with it crossing the road of its own accord .
Does it need new body panels? It'll be far cheaper sourcing them yourself from a written-off car if it does.
I got a new boot lid from a breaker's yard earlier in the year after a concrete roof tile bounced off it .
It's an insurance job as there's a good 500 to a grands worth worth of damage to the wall and them I'm guessing at least a grands worth on the car. I have a 200 excess so it's an insurance job.
Had it not been for the wall I would have had the car sorted myself.
The bonus is that the front badge had the standard Alfa bubbling and that's getting replaced and the metal grills were needing a paint job anyway.
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"The bonus is that the front badge had the standard Alfa bubbling and that's getting replaced and the metal grills were needing a paint job anyway"

Every cloud eh.

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It's an insurance job as there's a good 500 to a grands worth worth of damage to the wall and them I'm guessing at least a grands worth on the car. I have a 200 excess so it's an insurance job.
Had it not been for the wall I would have had the car sorted myself.
The bonus is that the front badge had the standard Alfa bubbling and that's getting replaced and the metal grills were needing a paint job anyway.
Thought it'd probably be an insurance job. It takes very little for costs to get silly.
Hope you get it back on the road soon .

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"The bonus is that the front badge had the standard Alfa bubbling and that's getting replaced and the metal grills were needing a paint job anyway"

Every cloud eh.
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Just about to leave North Wales to go to Houghton Regis to see Bed at autolusso and have the dreaded swirl flaps taken out... They are leaking and sticking.

What differences will I notice afterwards???
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Just about to leave North Wales to go to Houghton Regis to see Bed at autolusso and have the dreaded swirl flaps taken out... They are leaking and sticking.

What differences will I notice afterwards???
Hey Alfadisiac! Good to hear your going for the plunge! Please let us know how you get on with your 2.4.

Had mine de-flapped a few months ago - much quicker turbo pressure build up, much better fuel economy/power, much less smoke under heavy acceleration and on startup.

Still very very happy with this mod!!

Before getting it done I'd read a few comments about it possibly causing more smoke when idling and a rough idle, but I have not experienced any of these negative issues - Mine is 1.9JTDM with standard factory map (for the moment).

Interested to hear other peoples experiences that have had it done.
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Just about to leave North Wales to go to Houghton Regis to see Bed at autolusso and have the dreaded swirl flaps taken out... They are leaking and sticking.

What differences will I notice afterwards???
And here it is being worked on

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And here it is being worked on

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Only the best...
Owned the car 14 months and little cut corners and cost cutting from the previous owner have been found by the guys at Autolusso. Full confidence they will be sorted "properly".
Looking forward to the drive home along the A roads a bit closer to home...
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Only the best...
Owned the car 14 months and little cut corners and cost cutting from the previous owner have been found by the guys at Autolusso. Full confidence they will be sorted "properly".
Looking forward to the drive home along the A roads a bit closer to home...
Yer like the universal Tipex timing tool used last time the belt was done

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Yer like the universal Tipex timing tool used last time the belt was done

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Haha brilliant! Artful Bodger has been at it I think...
Nothing in history saying belt has ever been done before though
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