Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Not that you need me butting in, but having battled clearances when doing non-stock things, I figured I'd try to avoid a big problem.
I'll get you the size of my 16" wheels later today. I'm on a dead run right now. They fit OK in my rear wells, UNLESS I've got a big load of luggage in the trunk, and two-up in front. Then they scrub at the top of the wells. Not a problem for 99% of the driving I do.
Alfa uses very soft springs in the back of pretty much all of their street cars. It's an interesting solution to get a comfortable ride, with good handling. If you want to significantly improve your handling over a stock 102 to make it more sporting, it'll probably require a rear roll bar and stiffer springs. The cars, as set up originally, lean like a drunken sailor.
Of course, small changes can have surprising effects. The 102 engine is fairly heavy. A lighter engine could change things.
Drop me a PM about the homestead, if you don't mind. Hoping all is OK.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...