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GTA FSD's fitted to 2.5 V6...finally!

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I know it's been mentioned before that the GTA specific Koni FSD's can be fitted to non GTA 156's but I haven't found anyone who has actually done it. Well I've now done it myself. I bought the GTA FSD's for £400 (before the price increase) and fitted them this weekend to my 2.5 Veloce keeping the standard springs.

The results: Well they fitted fine, no change to ride height or anything like that. Ride comfort is better, it's no Rolls Royce but it no longer feels like the suspension has exploded when hitting a pothole. Handling has improved although it is early days yet, I haven't driven that far.

All in all, well chuffed. Does anyone want a set of 2.5V6 Veloce dampers, only done 60K miles????
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My 156 2.5 is running on GTA Shocks and weitec springs...
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Re: GTA FSD's fitted to 2.5 V6...finally!

I've got GTA FSD's and Eibach springs on mine. Great handling now - love it.

Apparantly there is a valve on the GTA rear(I think rear anyway) shocks. Anyone spotted it or know what it's for?

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I have the GTA FSD's and eibach springs on mine. They supposedly say adjustable (the backs) but I doubt it. Didnt see any valve either mind you, but then I didnt do the fitting! The eibachs really make a difference I reckon.
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Got them on mine (well, the fronts anyway.. )


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Apparantly there is a valve on the GTA rear(I think rear anyway) shocks. Anyone spotted it or know what it's for?
Its the rear shocks that are supposedly different, different by having a slightly different sized valves within the shock absorber. There is nothing to see on the outside of the casing, for sure.
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I think where I've done it differently is in keeping the original springs. But as I said they still fit and work fine. I wonder if I would notice any difference if I had bought the 'correct' 2.5 v6 FSD's. Probably not, apart from my wallet being £80 lighter.
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I think where I've done it differently is in keeping the original springs. But as I said they still fit and work fine. I wonder if I would notice any difference if I had bought the 'correct' 2.5 v6 FSD's. Probably not, apart from my wallet being £80 lighter.
Well considering the front shocks are exactly the same part whether you get the 1.6/1.8/2.0/1.9/2.4/2.5 FSDs or the 3.2 FSDs, I too doubt it would have made all that much difference. I'll say it again, whats the difference between the rear end of a GTA and the rear end of a standard 156 that requires a change to the design of the shock absorber, but it is seen as absolutely fine for the same front shock absorbers to be fitted to the 1.6 TS as the 3.2 GTA..

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Re: GTA FSD's fitted to 2.5 V6...finally!

Yeah that seems odd to have the same dampers on the front for all engine weights.

I have to strip my rear FSD's again as I didnt have any dust covers for them when I fitted them. I had Bilsteins on the rear and they have 1" wide piston compared to 1/2" piston on the FSD's and had their own dust covers.....only 2 hrs work so nothing major

I can imagine that the FSD's work very well with the standard Alfa springs
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Hi,

I know it's been mentioned before that the GTA specific Koni FSD's can be fitted to non GTA 156's but I haven't found anyone who has actually done it. Well I've now done it myself. I bought the GTA FSD's for £400 (before the price increase) and fitted them this weekend to my 2.5 Veloce keeping the standard springs.

The results: Well they fitted fine, no change to ride height or anything like that. Ride comfort is better, it's no Rolls Royce but it no longer feels like the suspension has exploded when hitting a pothole. Handling has improved although it is early days yet, I haven't driven that far.

All in all, well chuffed. Does anyone want a set of 2.5V6 Veloce dampers, only done 60K miles????
Glad to hear you enjoy the FSD.

I think any shock absorber with more than 40 k on its back will be fit for the bin.
 
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Mine have 106K on them and still feel as good as day 1, but it is a 146 and they had a far superior suspension setup anyway.
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Mine have 106K on them and still feel as good as day 1, but it is a 146 and they had a far superior suspension setup anyway.
Far superior set-up compared to what?
 
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Re: GTA FSD's fitted to 2.5 V6...finally!

What is so superior about McPherson strut in the front and trailing arm in the back?
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Re: GTA FSD's fitted to 2.5 V6...finally!

I just had a 146 as a "courtesy car", it had a 126k mi on it and I'm not saying the ride was bad, but it nearly killed me on a not so sharp corner at not so high speed, never had the back step out on me in a fwd car like that! I think 156's are a bit better designed....
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