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Hi All, (sorry if it's on the threads b4 but can't find anything)Has anyone noticed the the ride heights on the rear of the 159 ti are different? the passenger side is about 1cm lower I have noticed and went to see a chap near me who also has a ti and his is the same! when shown he had not noticed until I pointed it out, he has had the car for 2 years! and was very puzzled to find out after this amount of owernship. Any ideas? regards,Paul :confused:
 

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Can't say I've noticed any differences.

Fuel tank on one side perhaps:confused: Car not on a level surface?
 

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Nope,its true. My TI sits 12mm lower in the arch at the rear than the front...
Fuel tank is 1/3 full.
Odd.

Never noticed it!:eek:
 

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I've just installed my KW coilovers today (at some tuning garage, I don't trust the dealer anymore) and the mechanic found something really disturbing: one of top mounting plates was facing the other way round. that mounting plate isn't flat, so that might be it.
anyway, if that's the culprit alfa has a serious problem with their QC.
 

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been a few days now, the suspension has settled now and the difference is even more visible now as the ride height is significantly lower.
payed a visit to the dealer and checked the two 159s that they have in the showroom and they all have 1-2cm differences.
after lots of checking, measuring and phone calls to different 'gurus' they could only tell me that it's prolly a 'feature' to compensate the roads gradient (towards left side on mainland europe for the water to drain) and it's most likely something that alfa engineers came up with.
if this is the case, uk cars should all be lower on the left side.
obviously i cant buy this explanation so i'm asking for your opinion guys.

nothing wrong with the way car handles - even before with the stock suspension - it's straight on the road and corners exactly the same, but as i told you, the difference is quite visible now and that's something that really bothers me.
also, i've been constantly measuring it for the past days as i started with the gas tank full - now it's almost empty - and it has nothing to do with. i even removed the spare tire and the tool kit.
 

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Correct, my ti's right rear side is lower then left and this can be observed by inserting your finger between tyre and mudguard.
In UK left side should be lower then. Is it?
 

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Hi toshy, Thanks for your post, thought it strange! My ti is going into the dealers next week and I will point out your findings on the top plates being reversed. I have found that the left rear(passenger) tyre is wearing more and as yet I am unsure if it is due to this. I have never heard of setting the ride hights at different levels as you can't tell where the car is going to be driven and also how heavy the driver/passenger weights are going to be. When I used to be a test driver this was never done it was always equal so will push to get it sorted. Regards, Paul
 

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Paul, unfortunately i was a bit overexcited about the new suspension (and more over it was set to an extremely low setting) to double check at that point if the standard shock absorber was the culprit - it isn't :( with the kw coilovers i have now and plates mounted properly the car is still a bit higher on one side.

one more thing, before going to panic about this, make sure your car is on a perfect level surface as even a small gradient can influence that pretty much
 

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Hi toshy,ecebd, mmmmm, When the car was at the dealers we had it in the forcourt and it was higher on the drivers side BUT there was an incline to "tip" the car over to the drivers side and I assured them on a flat surface there was a difference. We will see what they come up with over the week as the dash is being removed to sort out a creak when the heater is on after a long journey it is as if the clocks are moving? Hopefully we will try the mito but will probably end up with a fiat panda or such like! will let you know the findings, Paul :confused:
 

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It is definately lower on the left rear. However when left standind still for 4 days or so it is the same, i even swapped rhe suspension from the RHR and it made no difference at all. It must be heavier on the LHS.
 

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hi chaps

did anyone get to the bottom of different levels at the rear suspension?

I would assume the only way to eliminate this is to buy coilovers and adjust each one to get the same height (tyre to arch) the same.

Anyone have a final answer?

Cheers
 

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I don't think anything was found. I've the same issue, although now that I think about it, they have leveled out a bit so the difference isn't as pronounced. I asked my local specialist to have a look and they couldn't find anything.
 

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Had some time to weigh my car, using a caravan weight measure thingy.

These are my results of my 2.4 TI with 3/4 fuel and with me in the driver's seat (~80KG):

Front left: 565KG
Rear left: 400KG
Total left side : 965KG

Front right: 510KG
Rear right: 345KG
Total right side: 855KG

Total weight: 1820KG
 

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Hi all,
I have posted this data in the discussion about TI suspension upgrade but I think it might be helpful here as well.
As I had my shocks tested on MAHA tester, my car (LHD '07 2.4 JTDm Q4 TI saloon with fuel tank half-filled) has been on scales.
So results are 1037 kg front (542 kg left/495 kg right) and 697 kg rear (401 kg left/296 kg right).
So yes, difference in weight is quite significant. Which explains why I also have about 1 cm of difference in rear suspension height.
 
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