Originally Posted by racingswim2006
What's your goal with the car, anyway? It seems rather sloppy to just throw parts at it without any kind of specific goal to develop the car.
The difference between stock 22(?), 25, 27, and 30mm torsion bars is very significant.
The difference between a stock Milano, stock Milano Verde, 25.5, and 27 (or larger!) front sway bar is very significant.
The difference between stock Milano and a 25mm rear sway bar is very significant.
The difference between used old koni shocks and new ones, properly adjusted, is very significant.
The right tire, or wrong tire, has an absolutely massive effect on handling - regardless of suspension setup.
Tie rods/ball joints: best prices I've found for good European stuff is through Performatek.
You have a really vague set of wants here. I may be preaching to the choir on this one, but the general grab/install of "performance goodies" almost always reduces the capability and predictability at the limit thus leading to slower lap times and less fun on the street. Forgive the question if you've already determined this and just adding to your spares, but it sounds like you want to "go faster" but that does not entail just throwing parts at it.
I appreciate the feedback and I'll try to clear some things up. There's no rush for me to finish my car so I'm biding my time to possibly save a few bucks/recycle some parts from other members.
Torsion bars- I'm probably looking at just using stock(24mm) or 27mm but I haven't locked myself into springs or shocks so I'm keeping that option open.
Sway bars- I'm interested in trying different sizes out but in the mid-range of thickness
Koni's- I say used but I mean very light use. They're relatively cheap new(one site has them at ~$370 for a full new set) but if I can save some money on lightly used ones I will.
Tires-My current tires are Yokohama Advan Neova AD008 for the summer/whenever it isn't below ~40* and Bridgestone Pole Positions for the remainder. All tires are 205 width
Tie rods/ball joints- Mainly I'm hoping someone has a NOS set lying around
None of us own Alfa's to drive slow and I'm well aware that the best way to get faster is my *** in the seat, not by throwing parts at the car. I want a proper setup to learn on and that's a stock or near stock car with quality components.
I've owned my Verde for just over a year now and haven't changed anything. Right now its beached while I replace the timing belt/water pump and recondition the brakes and suspension. I'll mainly be driving it on canyon/mountain roads and autocross.