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DPeterson3
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All of the aftermarket "fast road" springs will give you much improved handling, but at a definite price in roughness, and poor clearance over speed bumps and the like. As an earlier poster noted, quite nice on smooth surfaces. For everyday driving, you'll get tired of getting kicked around, and hearing scraping noises.

I recommend finding regular Euro springs to replace the US springs that were longer to meet bumper and headlight height requirements. Then, red Konis, all full soft. I'd leave on the rear sway bar with this combination.

The result will be noticeably better handling, comfortable ride, and everyday clearances over real-world roads.

I did the fast-road conversion on my Montreal. Thrilling on smooth roads. It got to where I wouldn't take it out if I was just driving around town, because of the speed bumps, driveway berms, less-than-perfect road surfaces, and so on. Any mod that makes you NOT want to drive your car should be considered closely.

But yes, taking it through the Sierras on great roads was brilliant.

Don P
Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
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

Current Alfas
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

And past...
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)

And present...
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


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