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....Spica shocks do not go bad.......
I've had SPICA shocks fail on both of my Alfas.

I'm sure NOS shocks can be found on Ebay or even from AFRA in Milano.

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[QUOTE=Ranz;6770657]Great to hear Spicas are both well suited and pretty indestructible. Tho I presume we are talking here about their suitability for standard springs - that if you cut your springs, or install stiffer aftermarket ones, that the Spica items may no longer keep up???./QUOTE]

This is something I'd like to get opinions on as well. My car has standard springs and SPICA shocks. If I ever decide to lower it, do I have to change the dampers as well? So far though, the original suits me pretty well, even if the rear could be a bit lower.
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My impression is that with stock shocks and shortened springs the shock ends up compressed further into its working range simply because the shorter spring shortens the distance between the chassis and the lower suspension arm. At this deeper point in its working range, the shock is designed to give a more substantial resistance. This translates into much harsher reactions from the shock - a more jarring ride. Just my opinion but its based on personal experience. I think shocks need to be changed when spring length changes so there is a better match in characteristics.
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SPICA RULES!!
while I agree in principle w that statement, I think important to not get carried away. Spica shocks are no different in general design than any other hydraulic shock. maybe better in some details and better made than most... but certainly nothing significantly different that would preclude normal use/maintenance/testing.
a shock dyno is a common and fundamental tool to shock development, testing, building, repair. hell, any decent race shop has at least one. I am sure SPICA had zillions (well, maybe less) of them.
alfa used them in developing the shock packages for their cars - as did their vendors in making them for production.
to look at factory service manual calling for & showing proper use of a shock dyno in maintenance - and then saying that the production shocks can't be properly tested that way does not make any sense at all.
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