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Hi guys,

long time lurker, but new 147 owner. :) 1.9 8v, pre-facelift.

I have been reading around on what it takes to have a good handling 147. As the car did not cost all that much to me, I do not really want
to spend it's price again on suspension.. But I still would like to have a good handling car for a reasonable amount.

I live in Austria, so there are many-many amazing mountain roads here. I mainly use the car here, or on the highway going abroad a few times. Rarely in cities and such. The car is bone stock now. It does need however front lower control arms, and front uppers soon as well. I have read that it is not really worth it to use polyurethane bushes on the lowers, but it is a good idea to use them on the uppers (they are supposed to fit OEM and TRW arms, right?). Also they are supposed work well on the rears as well. Can anyone confirm?

As far as shocks and springs go: I have read mixed reviews on the TA technix coilovers, but seeing a few people's opinion they are not (that) bad, if you don't go too low. Or is it still wiser to get shocks and some 30-40mm lowering springs? The costs are not all that different.

Another thing: it is supposed to be an upgrade fitting GTA rear anti roll bars. Many people state this is a great upgrade over the stock, as it removes the tendecy of understeer out of the suspension.

Planning on fitting some 17" TI wheels, they are supposed to relatively light and 215/45 with some 200 treadwear tyres. The current ones are balloon spec (205/55r16 I think). Or I should just stick to the 16's any the 205/55's with a better compound? (the TI 17"s are supposed to be relatively light)

Do you guys know how much camber you gain with a lowering of 30-40mm? It seems the fronts does not have much camber on the standard height at the moment...

The engine power remains stock, but the brakes will be updated soon as well.

So thank you everyone for your help! :) I appreciate any input.
 

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1. buy coilovers - AP or KW

2. polyurethane on front upper wishbones,polyurethane on rear longitudinal arms,

3. new TRW front lower wishbones, new cross arms

4. if you can - buy the GTA rear ARB

5. remove the tin rear subframe and install an aluminum one (can be found on any 156, GT...)

when lowered you will get -2* to - 2*30" camber on front and aim to have 1*30" rear

get the 215/45/17 for summer

that is the proper way to go and it will drive fantastic
 

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Thanks a lot for the detailed response and for the hekp IgoRR! The above looks like a great setup.

I can start looking for parts now. :)

Thank you again and take care!
 

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That is really nice from you. :) It is easier for others now without the trial and error.

Thank you again, it was really helpful!
 

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1. buy coilovers - AP or KW

2. polyurethane on front upper wishbones,polyurethane on rear longitudinal arms,

3. new TRW front lower wishbones, new cross arms

4. if you can - buy the GTA rear ARB

5. remove the tin rear subframe and install an aluminum one (can be found on any 156, GT...)

when lowered you will get -2* to - 2*30" camber on front and aim to have 1*30" rear

get the 215/45/17 for summer

that is the proper way to go and it will drive fantastic
How much would this cost?
 
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