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How much would you guys in the know say it should cost to have new shocks and springs fitted to a 147 by a garage if I've already got the parts myself?

The reason I'm asking is I've just bought koni FSDs and Eibach prokit springs for mine and was planning on fitting them myself (having changed the suspension on several other cars before without problems) but as I seem to be finding a lot, what was a simple job on other cars is a right pain in the a*se on an alfa!

I had a look at it yesterday and I can't get the ball joints off the front without a big chance of splitting the rubbers and if I'm going to end up needing a load of new wishbones by tearing the rubbers I might as well pay to get the whole lot done by a professional.

My only problem is I live in the very north of the highlands and finding a nice little alfa specialist indie to do the work or even an alfa dealer isn't possible for me so I'm going to have to get the work done by one of the local garages if I don't do it myself.
 

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I've found the cost can vary depending on the age of the car. Newer cars tend to be less work/less hours labour. The bolts/attachments etc. on cars a few years old can be a pain to remove as they get well 'bonded' through use and take more time. :)
 

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:lol: I did the same as you ... expect to pay about £200-£300 ish (although that is based upon surrey prices) ... alternatively you could send IainFm a PM as he's up in your area and I believe his currency is beer :thumbs:
 

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If you dont have any problems with the bolts then its about a 4 hour job all together, its fairly straight forward. Depends what problems the garage encounter when getting the mounting bolts out, I've done it 3 times myself but here there is no corrosion so its not a problem. In Scotland could well be a different story, I'm from Aberdeen so I know the weather up there :(
 

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if you search for 'hansthebear' he did a series of pictures when he changed to the same kit on his 156gta.

Where in the highlands are you?
 

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The car is 3 years old and there is a touch of surface corrosion on the bolts but nothing seems solid, I've had most the bolts off and out on one side already without too much grief, just the ball joints that I cant shift at all.
 

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The car is 3 years old and there is a touch of surface corrosion on the bolts but nothing seems solid, I've had most the bolts off and out on one side already without too much grief, just the ball joints that I cant shift at all.
Have you got a heavy duty ball joint splitter???
 

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Yeah, I've got a fork ball joint splitter I just don't think I can get in at the top wishbone without splitting the rubber (or hammering very close to the front wing) and you don't seem to be able to buy rubbers separately to replace for the alfa without buying the complete wishbones which seems a bit costly.

I'm right up in on the north coast in Caithness, 05GT.

Here's a pic of my new (to me) alloys, I think they really suit the car, very happy with them (thanks very much to the forum member 'bampot' who I bought them off at the weekend:thumbs:.)
 

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If you're talking about the front wishbone you don't need to take it out to get the front suspension out ... just undo the top bolts holding the dampers on and they drop out leaving the wishbones in place ...


... that's how it is for a 156 anyway ...
 

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I used one of those scissor type ball joint splitters that has a bolt on it which you screw down and the lower arm pushes up on the ball joint bolt - seems to work ok but sometimes does need an extra whack with a hammer

edit: haha .................same type as 156Chris has shown
 

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Theres a guy on ebay selling ball joint rubbers just search for:
Alfa Romeo ball joint track rod end dust boot x 8

I bought some off him last year and they are still going strong on my lower and upper wishbones.

Edit: I have the same laser ball joint splitter, though it needed modifying with an angle grinder to fit round the lower wishbone.
 

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If you're talking about the front wishbone you don't need to take it out to get the front suspension out ... just undo the top bolts holding the dampers on and they drop out leaving the wishbones in place ...


... that's how it is for a 156 anyway ...
You need to undo the top wishbone balljoint in order to get the suspension low enough to get the damper out of the fork thing

No need to touch the lower ball joint
 

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Theres a guy on ebay selling ball joint rubbers just search for:
Alfa Romeo ball joint track rod end dust boot x 8

I bought some off him last year and they are still going strong on my lower and upper wishbones.
Thats interesting............so the ones he sells fit the standard ball joints, might buy a set :thumbs:
 

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The original question was.... how much will it cost?

I read on another forum a girl quoted £150 by a backstreet garage. He had the car for a week. Had major issues with each corner..... final bill. £900 labour.

If you get a price from a garage, especially one who is not familiar with Alfa's, bear in mind it'll probably take them longer than they quote for.... and you pay the bill.
 

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Thats interesting............so the ones he sells fit the standard ball joints, might buy a set :thumbs:
The only issue I had was that where a few of them had been cut out of the mould the rubber was damaged. But they only cost £8 and I used them on 2 wishbones and a track rod end so I was more than happy to get a few duff ones since it saved me £100 on new parts.
 

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I'm right up in on the north coast in Caithness, 05GT.


Not much garages up there right enough. My sister lives in Achfary so I know the area.

Fantastic roads and beaches along the north coast. I had a brilliant trip up there on the back of my mates Honda 750 years ago - Sorry I seem to have gone off topic!
 

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My god what a battle this car is.

I went back out after reading some of your advice and finally got the ball joint after managing to buy a set of scissor splitters and I've got the front done and new koni/eibachs on.

Now I'm stuck on the back on the long bottom bolt that just wont shift at all.

It really better be worth it, I'm losing the will to live.
 
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