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Which flavour of Bilstein do you have? I see everything from B6-B14 and I’m none the wiser. I’m not overly arsed about handling as it’s only a diseasel model
Bilstein B6 Sport + Eibach pro kit. I am pretty arsed about handling. It lowers the car a little bit and it is stiffer. So, not recommendable if you are attached to luxurious hoovering, like to attack speed bumps and forced to do long drives on bad roads.
 

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Hi Guys,

I am happy to be with you here. I am not sure if I am write on the right forum.

I have AR 156 GTS 2004 MY and now it needs an urgent repairing before the worst happens.
I live in Espoo, Finland. I hope someone here can suggest a good garage of affordable prices. I do not mind if they use a second hand spare parts.

Your immediate support is highly appreciated.



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Hi Guva, don't know anything about garages in Finland, sorry. I wonder if you might have more luck if you start a new thread though? "Looking for Alfa specialist in Finland", something like that? Probably someone here will know about the problem you're having if you also describe it.
 

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They look good. 😎
Are they a straight fit to the downpipes and where did you get them from?
From Totally Alfa, they are a straight fit yes. Cheaper than other off the shelf choices but possibly as they're a copy of someone else's design. My specialist says everyone is copying someone ultimately and laughed it off.

Adapting CF2 manifolds to fit might be quit a bit cheaper but if you're fitting manifolds I think one might as well do it properly since it's fairly major surgery.
 

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From Totally Alfa, they are a straight fit yes. Cheaper than other off the shelf choices but possibly as they're a copy of someone else's design. My specialist says everyone is copying someone ultimately and laughed it off.

Adapting CF2 manifolds to fit might be quit a bit cheaper but if you're fitting manifolds I think one might as well do it properly since it's fairly major surgery.
I thought they looked familiar I saw those on Facebook and wondered if there was much difference in the design. I’ve been told the CF2’s only have one lamba boss too. There is a really nice set of Zeuna Ausberg made oem 164 3.0 manifolds on eBay.

Talking of copies I contacted Harvey Bailey Engineering (HBE) and they said people copying there spec on the dampers priced them out of the market. Funnily enough the two places they mentioned to try don’t list them any more.

I did find a place in the Netherlands that custom spec Bilstein B8’s and wondering if they are also a copy, but no idea which Bilstein’s HBE used? 🤔
 

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I thought they looked familiar I saw those on Facebook and wondered if there was much difference in the design. I’ve been told the CF2’s only have one lamba boss too. There is a really nice set of Zeuna Ausberg made oem 164 3.0 manifolds on eBay.

Talking of copies I contacted Harvey Bailey Engineering (HBE) and they said people copying there spec on the dampers priced them out of the market. Funnily enough the two places they mentioned to try don’t list them any more.

I did find a place in the Netherlands that custom spec Bilstein B8’s and wondering if they are also a copy, but no idea which Bilstein’s HBE used? 🤔
Amusingly the box the manifolds came in was from EB Spares and they've just reshipped something they've had in stock. Would guess EB Spares made a load years ago and mine is one of the last ones. EB Spares don't seem to stock the manifold anymore.

I'm not going to discuss where the original manifold design might be from but there's some talk on here if one were to do a search. I can guess where the FB ones you've seen are from!!!

Reminds me of the Honda Civic MB6 I had years ago, there were eBay 4 branch stainless manifolds for £90 on eBay, someone had clearly grabbed a good design then just churned out loads to flood the market.
 

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Collected a rocker cover and plenum for the Busso over time. About £100 for the lot on eBay as I waited for the right ones to come along.

The plenum has been refurbished by the seller whereas the rocker cover is 100% brand new and never been on a car. It's a CF3 one which is my car so took a bit of time to source.

They don't look quite matching but the original look is something I want to keep rather than the Red respray that seems popular. Will have to get a pic of both together to see how different they look.

Planning to cover both in heat resistant lacquer and refresh the engine bolts when I put them on.
 

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Collected a rocker cover and plenum for the Busso over time. About £100 for the lot on eBay as I waited for the right ones to come along.

The plenum has been refurbished by the seller whereas the rocker cover is 100% brand new and never been on a car. It's a CF3 one which is my car so took a bit of time to source.

They don't look quite matching but the original look is something I want to keep rather than the Red respray that seems popular. Will have to get a pic of both together to see how different they look.

Planning to cover both in heat resistant lacquer and refresh the engine bolts when I put them on.
Love to see how this turns out, I've always liked the shiny ally look. Just a pig to keep it that way (y)
 

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Most of the refreshed Busso engine bays have had painted rocker covers of some description, usually red or black. Some guides I've seen say just spray them up then polish off the letters and numbers to bare metal.

I'm pretty OEM in terms of tastes so I'd like to keep the engine bay looking original.

Suppose there's no reason why I can't high temperature lacquer spray the original covers once completely clean to retain the look since the repainted ones all seem to be lacquered up too!
 

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Most of the refreshed Busso engine bays have had painted rocker covers of some description, usually red or black. Some guides I've seen say just spray them up then polish off the letters and numbers to bare metal.

I'm pretty OEM in terms of tastes so I'd like to keep the engine bay looking original.

Suppose there's no reason why I can't high temperature lacquer spray the original covers once completely clean to retain the look since the repainted ones all seem to be lacquered up too!
Fancy getting my next set anodised as the powder coated set i had done the orange powder coat has cracked and failed for some reason.. black has been fine
 

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Maybe it depends whether it's rocker or plenum? I assume the rocker gets far hotter than the plenum so the paint could crack under the heat... I really need to find my rocker cover and see how it cleans up next to the plenum I have as rocker is literally a brand new one that's sat in storage for years and never been treated.

Anyone replaced the bolts around the engine? There's a full set on eBay but it's fifty quit and every single engine cover bolt which isn't needed!
 

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Maybe it depends whether it's rocker or plenum? I assume the rocker gets far hotter than the plenum so the paint could crack under the heat... I really need to find my rocker cover and see how it cleans up next to the plenum I have as rocker is literally a brand new one that's sat in storage for years and never been treated.

Anyone replaced the bolts around the engine? There's a full set on eBay but it's fifty quit and every single engine cover bolt which isn't needed!
i guess though tow other items have also crazed badly the strut brace and the rear crossmember .... thought maybe the cross member was alloy and the rocker covers but the strut brace it steel and my brake calipers havent crazed so unsure really ..... loving anodised stuff currently..

yes the set on ebay was one we set up here on the forum and the company now sells them.. its a good buy as the most expensive bolts are the M7 x 1.0 @ 40mm 22 in total and cost nearly 50 quid a set if you can locate them so the others are a feebie really.. when we did a group buy i think they were 40 odd quid

but had to sell 20 sets to get the M7,s cheaper
 

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i guess though tow other items have also crazed badly the strut brace and the rear crossmember .... thought maybe the cross member was alloy and the rocker covers but the strut brace it steel and my brake calipers havent crazed so unsure really ..... loving anodised stuff currently..

yes the set on ebay was one we set up here on the forum and the company now sells them.. its a good buy as the most expensive bolts are the M7 x 1.0 @ 40mm 22 in total and cost nearly 50 quid a set if you can locate them so the others are a feebie really.. when we did a group buy i think they were 40 odd quid

but had to sell 20 sets to get the M7,s cheaper
This seller?

Alfa Romeo V6 Engine 98x Stainless Steel Allen Screw Kit DIN912 incl M7, washers | eBay

So basically I'm about to spend £55 as I'll never find a set of bolts for the Busso engine for that price and of the exact ones anywhere else for the money? :D

Alas my rocker and plenum are very different in appearance... The plenum has been apparently shot blasted and the letters repainted I imagine.

Shame to have to do it to a virgin rocker cover. Maybe I should actually do it to my original one then sell the untouched one on?

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This seller?

Alfa Romeo V6 Engine 98x Stainless Steel Allen Screw Kit DIN912 incl M7, washers | eBay

So basically I'm about to spend £55 as I'll never find a set of bolts for the Busso engine for that price and of the exact ones anywhere else for the money? :D

Alas my rocker and plenum are very different in appearance... The plenum has been apparently shot blasted and the letters repainted I imagine.

Shame to have to do it to a virgin rocker cover. Maybe I should actually do it to my original one then sell the untouched one on?

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yes stig fasterners .. you can try to get M7s but they are easy to find. yes i put the spec list together and Toxic with connections located a supplier thread here if i can find it..


all 17 pages .. did a few group buys if i recall

you could get both professinally polished or buy a mop and some cutting compound .. then laquar
 

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Did a service on my GT JTD, this time with the most quality parts I could get my hands on (in Serbia).

Discovered Millers Trident 5w-40 (I don't have DPF), which claims to be "fully synthetic", funny enough made in the UK :)
Engine is at least 20% quieter, which is something I never ever noticed on any oil change, so seems promising.

Tip if someone does not know: on these jtd 16v engines, you can take off the oil cooler pipes and drain additional 0.5L of old oil. This way you actually use all of 5L of the can you buy - no money wasted there 😁

I've been using the car a lot more on long journeys (650 miles in one day), and I'm loving the car even more - especially on the fast twisty parts. Just a reminder for everyone on how good of a fast cruiser car a GT actually is :cool:😄

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Cheers!
 

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Left the 147 with Dan for a service & timing belt / water pump change... Nice to have the Q2 back with us after 4 years (y)
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Fitted a new set of Philips Ultinon X-Treme (that I received as replacement, outside of warranty) last night - and just ordered the whole lot of parts for cam belt replacement (coming up in a month or so) this morning :)
 
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