Alfa 33 Rear Suspension Question
Started to change the rear dampers the other day on my '85 33. It looks like the previous owner had a bit of fun putting things in upside down/the wrong way etc, so I'm trying to get it all back to how it should be. The bit I can't work out is the 'fork' that goes through the axle. The base of the shock bolts into this fork.
This fork can be inserted through the axle and rotated to almost any angle. As you can see from the photos, it can go so that the bolt goes East-West through it, or it can be put so that the bolt goes North-South through it (in relation to the car - North - front of car).
When i pulled it apart, it was positioned so that the bolt would go through from the front of the car to the back. When I checked the service manual, it looked like it was going east-west (90 degrees difference)
I'm a bit lost as to which way it is actually meant to go? I'm thinking that it goes east-west, since the axle rotates forward when the shocks are compressed. The only problem is that when i put them (the forks)( through the axle this way, the shocks tend to bow in a bit at the tops when i bolt them in - ie: the tops of the shocks are closer together then the bases.
It would be greatly appreciated if someone could just stick their head under their car for 30 seconds and tell me which way this fork is meant to go!