Been umm-ing and ahh-ing over what mods to get once the other car was sold. Well, it went this weekend and there's now a wadge of cash burning a hole in the bank account
First up is a no-brainer: full cambelt service at Alfa Technico. The car's only done 24k miles, but it's now 6 years old so it's more than due.
I'm also considering getting a Q2 diff fitted at the same time. Lots of folk have said how it transforms the handling, which is a good thing. However, what I could do with having clarification on is exactly how
it transforms the handling, ie in what respect? The biggest gripe I have at the moment is the car getting upset if I pile on the power with more than a few degrees of lock on the steering, which I assume is good old torque steer. If anyone would care to enlighten me on how a Q2 diff will change how the car behaves and under what circumstances that would be great
I also need a new exhaust. The original is starting to fall to bits after the crap winter we've just had and I fancy something a bit more... antisocial
I have a long and proud history of stupid noisy cars and I've been smitten with this Youtube video
for some time. I want my car to sound pretty much the same, so I'm looking to get the following from Alfisti.net:
Ragazzon Stainless Steel Central Silencer - small
Ragazzon Stainless Steel Duplex Rear Pipe 2x70 DTM
So, some questions before I fork out seven hundred-odd quid on some bits of bent pipe:
How reliable is Alfisti.net for deliveries, customer communication, not dicking you around etc? Having read too many reports about Gazella letting people down I don't fancy risking it with them, but ordering from Germany has the potential for equal amounts of being messed around...
The alternative the the Ragazzon system is to get a custom stainless system made. There are a couple of places nearby that have been recommended and this will probably be a cheaper option. Problem with that is getting the exact sound I want (ie, that Youtube clip). I've never had a full custom system made before so I don't know what's possible.
The Duplex Exhaust Covers look like a cheaper alternative to buying an Autodelta rear apron
. I have a good trustworthy bodyshop nearby to fit them but if anyone has tried them I'd be grateful for some feedback.
Brakes and suspension will be next, but they'll have to wait a while longer...