AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
The suspension part is almost hassle free. It's almost a bolt on job. The reason I keep typing almost, is the fact the 16v front engine mount sits lower than the ordinary 8 valvers. Which means that the 16v longitudinal links are a tad shorter, so you need to replace the front transverse member aswell. You have to make up some sort of adapterplate to fit the 8 valver to the 16 valve transverse member. It'll be worth the hassle though. 16 valve cars doesnt lift their nose as high on acceleration as other boxer fitted Alfa's, thanks to the altered geometry.
As for the gearbox. It's possible yes. But the 16V has higher gear ratio's not suitable for the "somewhat underpowered" 1300 versions.
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