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I'll try not to go over things likely to have been previously discussed but make a couple of worthwhile points, hopefully.

In general, coilovers are more focused and firmer but have the advantage of off the shelf different rated springs.

Springs tend to be focused for TS front weight. The possible exception is the 7.8 coil GTA front springs. Check out the GTA forum to get a better idea.

Alfa wheels are heavy. 16" Teledials are over 9.5kg and the 17" GTA wheels are in the region of 11kg depending on design. Light weight wheels help the suspension do its intended task rather than fighting gyroscopic effects of the wheels. High unsprung inertia gets transmitted into the cabin which is another reason front ride quality can be poor.

I don't see an advantage with adjustable length ARB links. Once the front is lowered, the lower wishbones and ARB links are tilted up towards their ends. There is no room too lengthen the ARB links due to proximity of wishbone. In any case, that idea is for very low ride height.

Firm damping is beneficial to ride quality (moreso on front) but only up to a point. Adjustable damping tends to adjust only rebound damping. Too much rebound damping can jack the suspension down in certain situations so go with care.

Why not contact Leda & HBE which have paired up these days. Rhoddy Harvey Bailey should know. I think the best ride height is 360mm front and 365mm rear (length between wheel center and wheel arch). Not as low as off the shelf sports stuff, 10mm lower than Veloce but the springs must be strong enough to resist bottoming. In any case the SW doesn't have any replacement stuff tailored to it.
 

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Very concise description and advice by @Hugh Myles. 25mm drop from standard is probably bang on the 10mm from Veloce/360mmF, 365mmR ride height I mentioned earlier.

Although some springs are becoming hard to get, someone could do what I did with my JTS Veloce springs which was to send them to Springcoil in Sheffield for testing so that future copies are obtainable. There are a couple of specialists who still have certain Veloce, GTA, SW springs but stocks are dwindling and as Hugh stated, some are just not available anymore.
 
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