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Good work!

Interested to know, did you have smokey start-ups beforehand and is there a change?
Thats a double edged sword question TBH.

As I've stated before I had major swirl flap leakage issues. So I bit the bullet and swopped the intake manifold for a new shiny one with the modded swirl lap bushes while I was doing the FMIC mod.

As you can see even running W/M injection which had cleaned out the the intake manifold quite a lot it was still quite clogged up.

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I had disconnected and sealed up the swirl flap bushes with silicone sealer, but ****ed up and sealed them up in the closed position. DOH !

So yes I was suffering all sorts of issues. But with the new manifold and FMIC there is not any sign of any smoke at all, starts first time every time I've tried, and theres no smoke on starting or full throttle from low revs in any gear.

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Hub dyno'd at well over 500lbft at the wheels ! and that's limited.
Thats over 750 Nm for you figure fiddlers

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Interesting, cheers for the photos. Do you think it might be possible to split the intake manifold in situ for a clean out?
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Interesting, cheers for the photos. Do you think it might be possible to split the intake manifold in situ for a clean out?
Its may be possible to split it in situ but its really not worth it. By the time you have removed all the stuff bolted to the back of the manifold just to get to the bolts that hold it together you have only about 8 pins left to remove the manifold completely.
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Ok, cheers. Added to the 'To Do' list.
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Going to fetch my 159 Tbi from the dealership in one hour - lowered with eibach springs.
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Going to fetch my 159 Tbi from the dealership in one hour - lowered with eibach springs.
woop woop!

just springs or shocks too?
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Given mine a full valet, wash and Aqua-Wax in the vain hope that it will appreciate it and stop misbehaving!
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woop woop!

just springs or shocks too?
Just springs. Mech told me the eibachs work well together with the original shocks. My 1st testdrive confirms it allthough there is snow everywhere so it was no spirited drive.

I hated how high it rides. I was ok with the rest. If i wanna go around bends quick i take my Gtv anyways.

I'm very happy how it looks now. I am considering getting Ti skirts to round it off though (there was no decent Ti Tbi's available).

Edit: Oh and i just switched the blue and me nav from italian to german. I imported the car from Torino/Italy wich meant it spoke it's proper language. While that was quite fitting it also was quite irritating considering that i did not understand where the hell she wanted me to go.

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Just changed the front and rear Alfa badge logos. I purchased them through eBay at Italy and fit absolutely perfect. Both for about 30 euro.
Just remove the old ones, clean rests of adhesive and stick the new ones on. Exactly the same as factory ones, in fact I believe they are original.

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Updated suspension, Koni and Eibach, new front brake pads, new battery and rear wiper arm fitted but ran out of time to fit new handbrake cable! Pennyless now
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Updated suspension, Koni and Eibach, new front brake pads, new battery and rear wiper arm fitted but ran out of time to fit new handbrake cable! Pennyless now

You finally decided which you were going for then, don't forget your 4 wheel alignment when you found some more pennies under your seat.
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Updated suspension, Koni and Eibach, new front brake pads, new battery and rear wiper arm fitted but ran out of time to fit new handbrake cable! Pennyless now
Hoping you're gonna give us some feedback on the Koni/Eibach set-up in the suspension thread! I am still favouring Bilstein/Eibach (B12) at the minute, but could be swayed!
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Changed the front lower grilles to stop the FMIC mod being quite so obvious

Before

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After

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Well worth the lacerated thumbs and time spent in my opinion. Its that little more steathy again no body is ready for a sleeper.

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[QUOTE=Thoemse;5204780]Just springs. Mech told me the eibachs work well together with the original shocks. My 1st testdrive confirms it allthough there is snow everywhere so it was no spirited drive.

I hated how high it rides. I was ok with the rest. If i wanna go around bends quick i take my Gtv anyways.

I'm very happy how it looks now. I am considering getting Ti skirts to round it off though (there was no decent Ti Tbi's available).

Got any photo's? - I've got the same car and agree that it sits too high so would like to see how it looks thanks.
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Had a go squirting some Wynns EGR3 intake cleaner through the system. Think I might have just used some expensive WD40 judging by the smell...
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Reset the self learnt parameters to see if it helps with warning light issues. Put the other glow plug relay back on and after a bit of fiddling got it to work from the actuator test page in FiatEcuScan.

So I now have an Alfa with no warning lights on. I also seem to have a girlfriend that isn't bat**** crazy. I need to find out if I'm actually awake, or have perhaps robbed someone elses life
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Spent all morning giving my Bella a good long shake down on the local "B" roads in the sunny weather after fitting the new intake manifold and FMIC conversion.

Ohh how I grinned

My Bella is a different car, she's so eager and just wants to stretch her legs at the slightest provocation. There are now some very suprised and annoyed higher performance car owners.

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squeezed a couple more horses out of her through much additive and general maintenance!

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And yes, I know its all software calculated so not exactly a dyno run, but it makes me feel all warm and fluffy inside.
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So I now have an Alfa with no warning lights on....
Well, briefly I did anyway. Poo!

Glow plug warning is back. Might be able to fix this with two simple parts - petrol & match.
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