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156 V6 Suspension

Hi, I'm going to have a few pounds to spare in the next few weeks and was thinking of upgrading the suspension on my 2000 156 V6. It's starting to feel a bit too woolly. I have had the car 3yrs and as far as i know its had no new parts or upgrades in the past. I was wondering if there are any cheap(ish) shocks you could recommend and any decent springs that do not lower? I live in Edinburgh and there are far too many speed bumps and cobbled roads to start dropping the ride height! Is it worth fitting the polybush kits available (Touring & Performance)? I know thats a bunch of questions to answer but if you have any recent experience, i would be grateful to hear it.
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Re: 156 V6 Suspension

There are no better springs that don't lower the car.. However, if you look at some that offer a -30mm change, bear in mind thats based on the original rideheight, your Veloce SP3 is 20mm lower as it is, plus the springs might have sagged a few mm..

So fitting some "lowering" springs might not actually lower your car by much, but they will be nicely stiffer. Add to the equation some Koni adjustable shocks, or in fact any shocks that aren't made out of the chocolate that Alfa used () and you could significantly improve handling and not negatively affect ride quality.

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Thanks Pud, good point about the springs, i have looked for 'sports' springs that don't lower but they don't exist as far as i can see. Maybe worth considering the -30mm drop you suggest, i'll see whats available.
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Re: 156 V6 Suspension

You could always keep the same springs but upgrade the dampers. On my V6 156 I found the ride to be on the firm side of ok which is about right as far as I am concerned, but it was under damped, especially on undulating roads, so for me a damper upgrade would have been perfect.
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Thanks Pud, good point about the springs, i have looked for 'sports' springs that don't lower but they don't exist as far as i can see. Maybe worth considering the -30mm drop you suggest, i'll see whats available.
No, they don't exist unfortunatley.. I'm sure there would be plenty of people who want Veloce rideheight but added stiffness. If you got enough people together for a bulk buy I'm sure you could get a specialist engineering company to make some up at a decent price, same length as Veloce springs but 20% stiffer would do nicely I reckon..

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You could always keep the same springs but upgrade the dampers. On my V6 156 I found the ride to be on the firm side of ok which is about right as far as I am concerned, but it was under damped, especially on undulating roads, so for me a damper upgrade would have been perfect.
Definitely worth thinking about just doing the dampers alone if the springs are in good condition (they probably are). Koni FSDs have a good write up..
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Re: 156 V6 Suspension

I think Autodelta are the only company that do -25mm springs but the majority are -30mm or -40mm.
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You could always keep the same springs but upgrade the dampers. On my V6 156 I found the ride to be on the firm side of ok which is about right as far as I am concerned, but it was under damped, especially on undulating roads, so for me a damper upgrade would have been perfect.
It's probably what i'll end up doing, i have the same problem with undulating roads at speed...sometimes gets a bit hairy! I've had a few 156 TS as courtesy cars in the past but never experienced the same problem, i guess its the extra weight of the V6 engine.

I'll check the price of the Autodelta items Pascs but from what i've seen in the past their stuff is normally way overpriced for my budget.
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Re: 156 V6 Suspension

Yes Autodelta stuff is expensive. There were a pair of 6 month old Bilstein performance front dampers on ebay last week for £60 which didnt sell so it is possible to uprate without going overboard on cost.

I have Sport Pack springs and Bilstein dampers on my V6 and it has transformed the handling - I would like a slightly harder front sprint but the current ride quality is very acceptable
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