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Cambelt and water pump done at Bauer Millets for a very reasonable fee .
Same for me today but done by Gus at Alfatune, oh and top passenger side wishbone replaced too, I'm now knock free
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Am very tempted to fit these myself as I have a bush that needs replacing. Be great to hear how well it all go's and how difficult it is to get them set up once there in.

Keep us updated please.



also did you get them from autolusso? or elsewhere?
Bought direct from Alfisti.net and they are the same ones that were developed in conjunction with Autolusso, that can now be bought from any Powerflex distributor. I am doing this to fix a worn bush also, so will let you know how I get on. My local indie has a full Hunter Alignment rig so will be able to do a very accurate 4 wheel alignment and set them up perfectly.
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Finally, stored it! If i dont manage to sell the thing in two months i'm starting to sell it bit by bit.

I'm movinh to a hilly location whit no tarmac paved roads whatsoever and went back to use the family's old parejo/montero wich was rusting away in a sheed for 2 years now and, guess what: At 330k kms (200k miles)
New battery, refilled whit diesel and some 2 stroke oil, turned the key and it started at first bang, few minutes ticking over an of i went, had to cross a small bog and perform a litlle bit of fording but the remains of the super swampers helped a lot. Then toke it to re-enlist and to perform the mandatory MOT around here, man those 165 samurais are still in there... I'm sorry, i just couldn't handle being on the edge, always waiting for the next breakdown or strange sound coming from the 159! I guess i'll be back, so, thank you all for being there! if you ever came to my corner of the world, let me know and we'll have some beers.

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All the best ruby...

Got mine MOTd today. No advisories with no DPF... Happy happy happy...
Worry free until next April...
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Put some Inlet Cleaning fluid through the plenum via the rear bank oil vapour tube (just downstream of the butterfly on the front on the v6 plenum).
The inlet tube was very dirty with oil mist gunge.
Result smoother running when cold and a displayed 26.5mpg on a short 12 mile journey (from cold)
Hi, keen to know what cleaner you used and a bit more detail as to how exactly you added the cleaner ? (engine running ?etc etc)
Mine was at an indie for service had plugs done whilst in and they had commented that inlets etc were a bit oil'y, so keen to try your cleaning method.
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Picked up my 159 from JJBs in York. She's had new front suspension arms fitted and the boot struts have been replaced (so it opens without hitting the rear window now). Nice tidy job by Johhny and Jim! She runs so much better now than when I bought her .
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Upgraded the dipped beam to 55w 5000k hids, from 35w 6000k.
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Upgraded the dipped beam to 55w 5000k hids, from 35w 6000k.
What are you doing with the old set? I want to change mine from 35w 8000k to 6000k. 8k were way too blue for my liking but the eBay colour scale was saying 8k were brilliant white with a very slight blue tint...
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? I want to change mine from 35w 8000k to 6000k. 8k were way too blue for my liking but the eBay colour scale was saying 8k were brilliant white with a very slight blue tint...
You can get replacement 6000k bulbs for 8 on the bay, good to loose the police car look though!
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You can get replacement 6000k bulbs for 8 on the bay, good to loose the police car look though!
Are the connections the same on all HID ballasts??? If so, great...
Plus, if they are, is it the bulb or ballast that is 35w or 55w... If bulb then ill go for 55w...
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Are the connections the same on all HID ballasts??? If so, great...
Plus, if they are, is it the bulb or ballast that is 35w or 55w... If bulb then ill go for 55w...
Chucking my lamps over to a mate.

The connections are the same, but it is both the lamp and the ballast that are 55w, for them to both run to their full potential you will need to run 55w lamps with a 55w ballast.

My HIDS were off of hidsdirect.com they have a warranty and are always of high quality, they also do replacement lamps or ballast.
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The images appear to be for the same connections (whether 35 or 55w). However, the bulbs appear to be marked as either 35 or 55w. So suggest it is both the bulb and ballast that are set to the wattage, still plenty about though

I have to admit I changed from 6000k to 5000k as I still felt the 6000k was too blue for me, with greens really appearing almost black (a lot of manufacuturers seem to fit 4300k HID bulbs, whilst Halogen are 2300k and daylight is 4300k) (big debate in this thread: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...b-colours.html )

Some 6000k bulbs for you:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2Pcs-Car-R...item3f1e685fd8

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I may bite the bullet and buy a 55w set. I have a friend who will take the 8k off my hands...
So you think the 6k are still blue??? Never knew much about HID when I bought mine, hence why I got 8k... I was going off a colour temp chart but it was a bit miss leading...
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6k are still blue, I'd personally go for 5k.
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Tonight I fixed the driver's side low beam headlight that wasn't working on the 2008 2.4 JTDM Sportwagon. Surprisingly a loose spade connector caused the terminal on the globe to get hot and corroded and melted the insulation on the spade. I cleaned it up and squeezed the spade to make it tighter and the light works again. I had the same problem on my daughter's 1981 GTV, but that car is a hell of lot older than the 159. Why do people think the bulbs are hard to get at? It was easy peasey. The GTV is harder than that.

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Same for me today but done by Gus at Alfatune, oh and top passenger side wishbone replaced too, I'm now knock free
I'd normally have used Gus myself but it was a decent price and a lot more convenient for me as they're literally 5 minutes from where I work.
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I'd normally have used Gus myself but it was a decent price and a lot more convenient for me as they're literally 5 minutes from where I work.
It's about 5 mins from where I work too

I work in Ardwick and live in Radcliffe, the crappy Manchester commute knackers fuel economy, I managed 50mpg down to Leicester and back today but only average 36mpg on the Manchester commute!
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Did a 560 mile round trip to Barrow in the lakes and back. All was going well until some prat in an L200 with a yellow light on top took offence time overtaking him on a short duel carriageway and spent the next 5 miles trying to ram me off the road. Idiot.
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What was your MPG then?
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42 ish. Whole trip in "W" mode with a psychology audio book on
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