To GTB or not to
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Join Date: Nov 2007
I think your car does not have DPF... This is probably just standard catalytic converter. But to be sure, you can check inside the engine bay. Right after the turbo there is another catalytic converter on the downpipe (pre-cat) and there should be a probe sticking out of the aluminium protection. That is lambda probe. Only cars without DPF have this probe.
Forget about K&N... use standard paper air filter, it is more good enough for well over 200BHP. You can try installing 16V style air-box snorkel. Your car is sucking air from behind the radiator in the engine bay. 16V cars have a special snorkel, that sucks air from the gap between the bumper and hood. It is probably the best mod you can do to improve air induction on a 8V.
I also suggest you to forget about SKN. I had terrible experience with them (although in Slovenia at their representative). Me and my fried choose to make a remap of our Alfa's there, both JTD 16V. Both smoked badly after a remap. We both went back 2 times each, and they were unable to fix this. I then found another solution (somebody on this forums offered to fix that "tune" for free), but my friend went there for the third time, and they managed to "fix it" but the car was very low on power after that.
A few months after that I also heard a few similar stories involving Alfa's and SKN. All cars smoked terribly after remaps, but their owners were smart enough to go back and demanded the money back.
Now when I learned to do my own remaps I also fixed my friends car. From what I saw on the firends car the SKN remap was probably worse than simple 20€ tuning box from ebay. Unfortunately I never saw the SKN remap file from my car, because it was fixed before I learned to remap, but I guess it couldn't be much different.
I don't know if situation improved in the last year and a half, but I would suggest finding somebody else. There a bunch of good tuners out there who can do proper remaps...
I hear that they are good with VAG and BMW, but they surely have problems finding ways around Alfa's ECUs.