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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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I had to Google it to See what it was

Wasn't sure what sort of bike that was. Purchased the Diff yesterday so that will get installed in the next few weeks. Purchased a genuine Alfa Q2 rather than a Quaife as it was a bargain. From what I have read and seen the Q2 is a copy of the Quaife anyway and is absolutely fine for the road. As for spending 2 -3 times the money, I couldn't find any other car I would rather have except for something like a 8C but that's sort of out of the question. Would possibly like a newer lower K car but hey, you take what you can get
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 11:05 PM
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I am interested to hear what difference you think the Q2 makes, having the opportunity to drive the before and after. What are you looking at all up for parts and istallation?

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I would have liked to try it before I bought also

I would have liked to have driven one with the Q2, but by what every one else says it does make a significant difference. I paid $NZ1200 incl GST all up for the diff, bearings & seals & a top engine mount. Installation is probably a whole heck cheaper for me as a good friend specializing in Alfa's will put it in, so I doubt (hope) I wont pay for the install. He reckons its a 8 hour job. If you are in Auckland anytime your welcome to come for a ride to see the difference. Hopefully it reduces the torque steer a bit as you do have to hold on to it at full go.
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 03:07 PM
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The main reason for putting a Q2 in the GTA as far as I know is because the standard diffs have a tendency to break if you plant your foot from a standstill. It happened to a friend of mine.

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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Am aware the Std Diff is not up to it

My friend with the shop has done more than a few replacements of the Std Diff and always recommends putting the Q2 in as they dont "hand grenade" Another slow learner guy I know who is.....how do you put it politely, ...... tough on the trans........ has gone through at least a couple of std diffs. Thats why I have got on to it quickly before anything explodes, not that Im tough on them but I dont want anything to explode
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Drove a "Q2" car then mine straight away on the same road

Had the opportunity to drive another GTA with EXACTLY the same spec incl tyres except the other car had a Q2 (not the Quaife). Dry road. Massive massive massive difference. Heaps less torque steer, no down side worth every cent from a drivability aspect aswell as the releiability upgrade. Full rev 1-2nd and 2-3rd gear change it actually stays pointing in the direction you want it to rather than squirming around. You can still tell its FWD but its much better
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