Yous guys are real funny........................ not
I have bought 156 struts so i will let yous know how i get on.
Yet another Alfa thing
Wish me luck as i would never find a left hand screwdriver, i was sent for a long stand took me ages and i got no where
Yeah, I needed an extra stand for my clutch job recently - needed one under the engine but only for one night while the gearbox was off - looked for a one-night stand (I know you can get them) but didn't find one.
Just to reiterate - for the Spider (not GTV)...
- the struts for the bootlid are near-vertical so you have very little leverage against them. Therefore, they must not be too strong.
- weak old 156 bonnet struts (only just capable of holding the bonnet up) are ideal for the Spider bootlid. They fit perfectly. You would not want new 156 bonnet struts (too strong).
- regassed standard struts or new struts are probably too strong for the Spider, but will fit (just) on a 156. The end fittings are slightly bulky and only just sit flat enough.
- on phase-2 Spiders, the boot light has a push switch separate from the struts.
- you only want the struts to be strong enough to keep the Spider bootlid up. Forget about having the lid raise by itself, because if you have that, it hits the end stops noisily and is hard work to close. Easy to dent it.
- on my current Spider, I'm leaving the struts as they are (weak). My Spider's bonnet struts will get re-gassed though, as it only just feels like it will stay up.