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Still thinking of getting this done. Let me know how it feels. Where did you get it done?
Feels a lot better, no hesitation and just with commuting I'm noticing a difference in MPG as well!! Overall it was well worth the money!! I got it done via Advanced Tuning and the guy was from Altrincham and came to my work, took him about an hour.
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Took her into NJS for a new CV joint to stop the clunking on full lock and a new NSF upper wishbone cos of a knackered ball joint and knocking over bumps...already had the lower and OSF upper wishbones replaced in the last 6 months.

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Weather now warm enough for painting. Onto the start of the basecoat (Alfa Rosso) for my TI sideskirts as part of my fake TI project. Couldn't find a local painter so having to DIY with rattlecans but I'm sure it will be fine with enough prep...

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Brera is back in the Garage today. Clonking/rattle still not found. I am replacing the front shocks and the upper and lower suspension arm bushes with powerflex bushes. General opinion is that it can't be anything else causing this noise.
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Got her re-mapped. Haven't fully tested her out yet as I'm in work but will hopefully see the benefits when I leave for home!!
Oh" you will notice the difference, I am Positively wrapped with my re-map and you will be too.
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Oh" you will notice the difference, I am Positively wrapped with my re-map and you will be too.
Difference is incredible!! On a run the other night going to football I would usually do about 28MPG and I was knocking on 35-36MPG!! Plus the car is a lot more responsive and enjoyable to drive!!
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Just picked up the car and the clonking has gone Have ordered powerflex bushes but they won't arrive until May so it is going back for these to be fitted. Whilst it was there had an ECU remap. Have not tried it out yet. Going to the Spring Alfa Day on Sunday so I will see how it goes then
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Driven it.
Having commuted in the Rover all week, I rolled the Alfa out for today's 65 mile round trip. I had been wondering how come the 159 doesn't have a Sport mode on the auto box, like the Rover 75. But after a few miles of country A road I realised. Doh! It's in Sport mode anyway, and who needs a ''Dull' button?

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Not today but Friday, had the car remapped, amazing, so pleased, all that it should have been from the beginning.
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Not today but Friday, had the car remapped, amazing, so pleased, all that it should have been from the beginning.
Still deciding where to get my 2,2 done. Who did your remap.

My main problem is being based in South Wales, day out and few hundred miles to most remappers.

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Ran from south London to Whitby and back over the past few days. A combination of motorway and dodging tractors on single lane tracks in the North York Moors. Car ran great! Mind, I did more off-roading than I would have liked... 29.8 mpg over a full tank.

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Our ti Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM is in the workshop at the moment after it boiled for no obvious reason on Friday when my wife was taking her dad out to lunch in the hills. The RAA patrolman and I couldn't find any leaks and the fans were working, so we decided to get it towed to the mechanic. The water appeared to be circulating, but when the gauge said it was at 90 degrees the water in the bottle and hoses didn't feel hot. I am thinking it might be a faulty thermostat. We will find out in due course I guess.

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Our ti Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM is in the workshop at the moment after it boiled for no obvious reason on Friday when my wife was taking her dad out to lunch in the hills. The RAA patrolman and I couldn't find any leaks and the fans were working, so we decided to get it towed to the mechanic. The water appeared to be circulating, but when the gauge said it was at 90 degrees the water in the bottle and hoses didn't feel hot. I am thinking it might be a faulty thermostat. We will find out in due course I guess.
Mine did the same, warning signal came on, then into limp mode. Limped back to a sevo and cracked the water bottle and allowed the pressure to ease. Then topped her up, allowed her to cool and drove off as per normal, no problems since. Go figure
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Almost at work this morning, noticed it was performing a re-gen. So - turning away from work, hopped onto a bit of dual carriageway for a 6 mile detour. Looking forward to the drive home now with the feeling of freshly regenerated DPF. Anticipating a grin already!!
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Mine did the same, warning signal came on, then into limp mode. Limped back to a sevo and cracked the water bottle and allowed the pressure to ease. Then topped her up, allowed her to cool and drove off as per normal, no problems since. Go figure
It turned out to be a leaking bleeder valve on the heater on the firewall below the coolant bottle somewhere. My mechanic drilled and tapped it and fitted a replacement.
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Changed the engine oil and oil filter plus a new battery since the previous one decided to give up.
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Fitted new rear springs, worst bit was compressing the springs enough to get them in and out.... I also found the other spring had broken...

Fitted the fk shocks I had too, they were the same length give or take a couple of mm, not binned the old ones yet though.
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New EGR valve fitted and DPF forced regen and a clean.

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Fitted new rear springs, worst bit was compressing the springs enough to get them in and out....
It's pretty scary how much you have to compress them ey? Did you need to push down on the rear arm/hub and kind of lever the top mount out? I compressed mine as much as I dared then had to use some Irwin spreaders, one end against upper wheel arch, the other pushing the hub down and then a piece of wood and crow bar to prise the top mount out. Never again!

Anyway, I re lacquered the callipers, cleaned the discs up and sprayed them silver, so should be rust free for about a year.

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Fitted a new battery today

Following a complete flattening of the current battery ordered & fitted a new battery today: I had had some suspicions on old one, which was probably original in my 07 Spider. Having looked around but foolishly not checked here I have fitted an 096 Bosch S5008, being the highest rated of Bosch's recommended 3.
If it should be a 110 rather than an 096,. I wonder why Bosch (and anyone else you check) do not say so. But it is shorter battery than the Magnetti Marelli that I have taken out.
It's in now: I will see.
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It's pretty scary how much you have to compress them ey? Did you need to push down on the rear arm/hub and kind of lever the top mount out? I compressed mine as much as I dared then had to use some Irwin spreaders, one end against upper wheel arch, the other pushing the hub down and then a piece of wood and crow bar to prise the top mount out. Never again!

Anyway, I re lacquered the callipers, cleaned the discs up and sprayed them silver, so should be rust free for about a year.
Big bar and a lot of swearing, chopped the spring to get them out but getting them in.... What did you use on the discs?
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