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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-18-2015, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Raising ride height GTV-6

The previous owner of my car, about 15 or so years ago, lowered the suspension of my car quite a bit (not sure how much, but the rear is very low…see pics). But, living in NYC with crappy roads, I was thinking of raising it some (maybe an inch) on the back and front.

I wanted to get thoughts from you good folks here…should I? If so, are stock rear springs still even available? Or aftermarket that splits the difference between what I have and the stock height?
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-18-2015, 08:55 PM
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I would leave it and enjoy it. Just keep those eyes peeled 15 seconds ahead. Great looking gtv6!
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Are you bottoming out over bumps or pot holes? You will probably need to find used stock rear springs to raise it up and then adjust your torsion bars.
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I don't think I'm bottoming out, but the suspension is of course quite firm. My main concern is bigger bumps or scraping the bottom of the car. I also think it looks a little too low...
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I'd contact Mr Spackman @ Alfaholics. He's helped me with my 75/Milano and knows his stuff. Andy at Performatek as well. They can get you in the right direction. Nilano/75 stuff is the same for the most part. IDK if Andy participates here but Mr S is Moundawg. Having said this, I like the look personally. ciao chris

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Looks good to me. I live in Vermont and the roads are really bad. This is what I did though. I use strap clamps on the exhaust, I've hit those horse shoe clamps and most of the time that's what gets hit.
Installed a SKID Plate. HMA's got a bunch, just in case, but never hit the PLATE. Vermont roads are really really BAD!!!.
If you wish to raise the car this upsets the handling as far as I'm concerned. Heavy wind blows it around and the over steer is terrible, or is that under steer I get confused about that stuff?

Your car looks like it's Euro spec, I would leave it alone and take the precautions mentioned above. BTW all my Coupes are lowered to your height if not lower. Nice color by the way, look how much my 84 is lowered.

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From the pictures I can't see the under side, but I assume you have the pan guard? And you really don't want that problem, I knock a hole in the oil pan of my Alfa Spider on a NYC man hole cover and learned quick what the guard was for!
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Sorry for not replying...thanks for all the advice and compliments!

I don't have a pan guard or skid plate, but am thinking I should invest in one. I'm planning on doing a suspension refresh in the winter (ball joints, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, bushings, etc) and thought about raising the car some. It handles very well but as mz107 pointed out, NYC is a mine field for cars like this. I'd also like to make the suspension a little softer, but that's not necessarily a must.

I may just leave it as is and put a pan guard or take other precautions with the underside. And of course try to look 15-16 seconds ahead, like as when I used to ride a bike....
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Speaking of which, does anyone know a place in the NYC area that can be trusted to refinish the rims?
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Give them to me, I will let you hold on to my wheels in the mean time... I will have them refinished for you ....
Seriously, I love those wheels on this car. Interested in parting with them ??

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Thanks!

You can refinish them? Yourself?? Unfortunately no interest in selling them...I don't even know what they are worth! I think almost priceless as you can't find these 3 piece OZ's anymore...but come winter I'll do this.
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LOL I was joking, just trying to pry them away from you . I wish I could do it though. Yes, tell me about it. I search Ebay almost every day looking for these. There is a set of Speedline Q wheels on Ebay Germany now. He is asking 1250 or something like that, plus a lot of shipping. They are similar to OZ's in style.

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The closest thing is the Ronal. They actually look ok.
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I agree about the Ronal's. They look ok. I am thinking about going that route, but my #1 choice is the SZ wheels. Cerchi Wheels Roues Felgen Jantes Rims Alfa Romeo Sz RZ 18" | eBay
These are great looking , available in all sizes. Just cost a lot of money.

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I agree about the Ronal's. They look ok. I am thinking about going that route, but my #1 choice is the SZ wheels. Cerchi Wheels Roues Felgen Jantes Rims Alfa Romeo Sz RZ 18" | eBay
These are great looking , available in all sizes. Just cost a lot of money.
Those are very nice, but 18" is too big!
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