Although I thought I'd cleared the source of the car's janglyness, I just kept bugging me that it wasn't feeling 'together'. You know I always compare it to the rock solid GT I have and knowing that the 159 is supposed to be built like a tank, this looseness had to be fixable. The only parts I hadn't changed on the front suspension were the inner track/tie rods, I'd left them because there wasn't any play. Considering the price of them, it was stupid not replace when everything was off.
So yesterday I bought a pair of the rods and was going to diy it on the drive, but then thought I'd let the guy that was fitting my winter tyres stick them on. Unfortunately I didn't wiggle the new rod ball joints around, so I've no idea how much resistance they have, but the old ones, whilst there doesn't appear to be any play, the ball joint does move around very easily.
Bizarrely, considering no excess play, the result was the most measurable difference any of this suspension renew has made, just brought the whole set of components together, so I actually feel the dampers and springs working around me, rather than feeling janglyness through the steering wheel. I wanted to get the alignment changed, so after winter tyres fitted I drove off to alignment centre smiling away. I'm afraid I've now moved away from the Peter Cambridge alignment specs as there were a few characteristics I'd dint like, mainly tramlining on tyre tracked A roads, a tad scary. I've gone back to standard, but with -0.02' toe on the front. Perhaps the looseness wasn't helping with the PC alignment, I don't know.
So Chaps, before you go and spend your hard earned cash on dampers, springs and fitting, get yourself droplinks, track rod ends and inner track rods. Have it aligned and then re evaluate, it might be what you think is shot dampers, is more the steering components.
My Bilstein B4's feel really nice now, really comfortable and warming
, although I'm hankering after a bit less body roll, Christ Al, don't even start!! So what's best? B6, V2 or FSD'S haha