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Got the back end modified by a golf gti on Saturday afternoon at a set of traffic lights
( just bad enough for bumper off repaint )
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Nightmare, hope you get it sorted ok.
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Picked her up with the new Bilstein B12 Pro kit installed big grins all round! shame the roads are so greasy! will wait until the weather is better before I go for a proper run out!
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Nightmare, hope you get it sorted ok.
Cheers.

Bit worrying as guy doing repair said "are you sure you want it repainting" !!!!!
He either doesnt trust the quality of his own work !!!
Or cant see the crazy paving, chips and scratch's.
Are all us alfa owners a bit ocd when it comes to finish and detail, or are others blind .
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To some people cars are just an expense they are stuck with, others own Alfas...

Since it's payday, splashed out on a new thermostat and some Nightbreaker headlight bulbs. Also booked in for 2 new tyres this afternoon.
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Hi Pete McK
Ref tyres, are you aware of our Trade site, www.tyrefactors.com open to AO Club Members?
You can check the prices (delivered, but ex VAT, as its Trade - wholesdale).
You might be able to save some cash.
And just in case, I have posted (this morning) a group deal on Acceleras
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Cheers, will do!

Had all four wheels off to strip and clean the brakes. The pins on the front Brembos are a bugger, as documented elsewhere!

Found both inboard front pads were seized into the calipers. Had to take the drivers side one off to prise the pad out

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driven it trough half a tank of diesel! 600 kms done already! Fuel efficiency came at 6.5 l per 100 kms!!! Very nice. it even sounds tuned now! Got to get it trough such a training more often!
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Getting the remap/DPF/EGR done at McLennan's on Friday! Most excited!
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Cheers, will do!

Had all four wheels off to strip and clean the brakes. The pins on the front Brembos are a bugger, as documented elsewhere!

Found both inboard front pads were seized into the calipers. Had to take the drivers side one off to prise the pad out

I need to do mine soon Have you any tips for getting the pins out? I have read its probably easier to cut them in half with a dremel and buy new before you start as they're difficult to get out. Any advice would be appreciated
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Had Brembos on the 159 LE. And my advice on getting the pins out to change pads? Let John as SimplyAlfas do it! Did mine and was the best 75 I've ever spent.

He had to take one of the calipers off, then broke a brake pipe and had to replace it.
Wasn't happy when I picked the car up! I was though.
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driven it trough half a tank of diesel! 600 kms done already! Fuel efficiency came at 6.5 l per 100 kms!!! Very nice. it even sounds tuned now! Got to get it trough such a training more often!
43.6mpg to those of us working in imperial, about the same as I get!
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I need to do mine soon Have you any tips for getting the pins out? I have read its probably easier to cut them in half with a dremel and buy new before you start as they're difficult to get out. Any advice would be appreciated
I started with gentle tapping with a hammer but that quickly proved pointless. I used a mild steel drift held in a pair of mole grips and a small mash hammer to shock them out. The mole grips help cushion the shock into your hand if you hold the drift. Once moving I used a parallel punch to drive them all the way through.
There is a coat of copper slip on both ends of the pin now, hopefully helping future removal.

If doing them again I'd squirt both ends of the pins with a penetrating oil the day before, being careful not to get it on the pads or disc.

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Make something idiot proof and someone will only go and build a better idiot...
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A bit like the undertray , spinning around in their holes , several of them but all went back in with loads of copper grease .
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A bit like the undertray , spinning around in their holes , several of them but all went back in with loads of copper grease .
I've had to leave my undertray off. Serviced her on the weekend and found several bolts wouldn't come out! Had to literally rip the undertray off! Lol
Will sort out when I get time and it's a bit warmer!
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New thermostat and coolant, now running bob on 90'c
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New thermostat and coolant, now running bob on 90'c
He's called Bob !?
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It's better than what it has been called of late!
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Driven it trough a unespected snow storm, practically was the first to go trough some roads. Amazing how the 159 progresses trough. It is very confortable and steady to drive in though conditions, brakes work fine, engine pulls properly, climate control maintains efficiency. I'm still a fan of my 159.

P.s: feel glad i decided to keep the winter tyres on for a couple more weeks...
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Had mine cleaned today too by "Element Autocare".
Was done on sat with some "hell shine" wax to finish. Just a quick snow and QD to bring the shine back...ImageUploadedByTapatalk1362075330.977569.jpg
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Added some ZX1 Extralube to the oil system.
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Got some blemishes touched in, looking lovely

Black Breras look the mutts when clean and shiny

Also looked up what options I have and the nutter who specced it spent at least 4K on options... Almost 2K of that being the seats I didn't include the panoramic roof and blind as I don't know how much that was as an option on MY2008 cars onwards.
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Gave her a clean and shine myself today, lovely weather too !
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