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Hey Guys, sorry to be asking yet another question. :eek:

Anyway, hopefully picking up my 156 GTA on weds. Have been reading the fantastic buyers guide, and there is a lot of talk about the diff, and this Q2 replacement diff. :confused:

From what I read, there is little or no warning for the standard unit failing (am I missing something?)....but the improved unit is so cheap to buy.....is it worth changing as a matter of course, or just upon failure of the original?

Any thoughts from the experts gratefully received...:thumbs:

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Hi James

I have have had a Q2 done about a couple of months ago and can highly reccommend it. You dont get any warning about the standard one failing but lots of people have this problem. IMO, its worth doing just for piece of mind and the improved handling and traction is just a very nice bonus. It will save you alot of hassle and expense in the long run so do it, do it, do it! When I got mine back, I took my mate for a burn without telling him that I had it done and he noticed and said " what the hell have you done its like its on rails" I just laughed:lol:
 

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Where abouts are you anyway?
 

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Thats great then thanks for that, will get one on order as soon as poss! What sort of cost would I be looking at all in to get it fitted....certainly sounds well worth it!! :thumbs: :cool:

Oh yeah, I am in Macclesfield, Cheshire....the car is in Mangoletsi.

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The problem is if you wait for it to fail, it is likely it will mean you need a new gearbox. I ummed and erred about it but am glad I did, it totally transforms the car. It is worth getting the anti-roll bar checked at the same time, the bushes wear out and it is cheaper to get both the anti rollbar sorted and a Q2 at the same time than to have them done seperately.
 

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The problem is if you wait for it to fail, it is likely it will mean you need a new gearbox. I ummed and erred about it but am glad I did, it totally transforms the car. It is worth getting the anti-roll bar checked at the same time, the bushes wear out and it is cheaper to get both the anti rollbar sorted and a Q2 at the same time than to have them done seperately.

Ahh right, this was my initial concern! Will be ordering one/getting the job done asap then! And thanks for the tip about the ARB too!
Cheers Eddie!!!

:D This truly is the friendliest car forum I have come across!!!!
 

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mine has just been fitted with a Q2 and a new clutch, new shock mounts and a new engine top mount.... can't wait to get her on the road now....

I listened to all the other GTA drivers who highly recommend it and followed suit, so go ahead Semky...

Cheers :)
 

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Thanks Stephen, I am convinced that its the way to go now:) ...have been looking around for prices etc....alfaworkshop (long way away from me) say £480 all in....sounds very reasonable to me.....
Anyone have any good experiences with alfa specialists in the manchester/cheshire area?
Will be asking Mangoletsi for a quote when I get there on tuesday.

I know its a different question, but any ideas how much I am looking at for a clutch change on one of these cars?
Cheers again guys!!!
 

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Thanks Stephen, I am convinced that its the way to go now:) ...have been looking around for prices etc....alfaworkshop (long way away from me) say £480 all in....sounds very reasonable to me.....
Anyone have any good experiences with alfa specialists in the manchester/cheshire area?
Will be asking Mangoletsi for a quote when I get there on tuesday.

I know its a different question, but any ideas how much I am looking at for a clutch change on one of these cars?
Cheers again guys!!!
As Eddie said it is well worth taking a look at the anti role bar and other suspension parts when doing the Q2 diff upgrade as they all have to be dismantled when doing the job and there is no point putting back worn out parts.

Don’t go out and buy the diff your self and expect to fit it your self it is a bit more involved than that.

You ask about Alfaworkshop, they are very good and we at Autolusso have also fitted a lot of these Q2 diff’s with excellent results and many happy customers:D

If you are thinking about getting the clutch done at the same time it does cut down the labour time again if you combine the jobs but to do the diff you don’t have to remove the gearbox from the engine as you do when changing the clutch.

As for getting Mangoletsi to do a Q2 the last time I heard they were quoting about £1,300 but then they are main stealers

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Yowser, 1300 quids....not going to them then for the diff....oh and I have no intention of having a crack at it myself:eek: not with my tool selection and lack of garage!!:lol:

The clutch on this one doesnt appear to be going (from the test drive anyway) but its handy to know how much if it does go pop.

Ned, you are in dunstable is that right? I have no affinity to alfaworkshop, just their website came up on a search....think you are closer though...off the M1 near Luton-ish?

Cheers very much for all the help and advice!!
 

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Yeah Ned's pretty near Luton. I went there from York for my diff fitment, 380 mile round trip :lol:

Worth it, worth it, and thrice worth it :D
 
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