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|Today 04:35 PM|
Took the 91S for a drive to the supermarket, and saw the local doctor with the hot new Giulia coming the other way. Flashed my lights and waved, but of course, no response.
I think many of the buyers of the new Giulias just do not recognize other Alfas, based on several occurrences. I guess maybe they thought they bought a status car, but don't know the marque at all.
Meanwhile, bled the 91S offending brake hydraulic circuit (right front and left rear), as the brakes were getting hot due to leaky master seal in that circuit, and the bleeding seemed to help a lot, as after driving around for a while both front wheels were at the same normal temperature. The wheels in that affected circuit no longer getting overly hot. Hope it lasts until I can get to changing the master. Or, I can just bleed that circuit again if needed in the meantime.
And then, I discovered that the right rear brake started getting hot. Investigation revealed that the handbrake cable has a couple of sharper bends in it at that caliper and trailing arm the way the retaining clips held it, causing the cable to hang up and pads to ride the disc. Moved the cable in that area to remove the sharp bends but so far, no joy. Will have to replace that cable I guess. Is still the original.
At least now I can drive the car as long as I don't use the handbrake. Maybe the cable will free up, but I doubt it. Never had a handbrake problem before in all these years.
|07-15-2019 08:21 AM|
Originally Posted by Rogue Leader View Post
|07-15-2019 07:22 AM|
Spring rates from the factory on them are 560 front and 225 rear. I believe they are a little stiffer than stock on the S. They do offer springs (but really any brand 2.5 inch ID springs will work), but I'd have to buy them separately (which is normal unless you're getting custom made coilovers, ST suspension did the same thing when I bought them for my race car- what comes with it, comes with it). I think they are close enough that I can dial out any harshness with the damper settings. Right now I'm starting with their recommended 12 clicks front 8 rear, and will give it a few runs up and down the road before adjusting.
If you replace the spring you'd need to set the preload yourself which is not very complicated you just need the 2 included spanners and a metric ruler, the procedure is in the manual.
|07-14-2019 10:08 PM|
OK, these ARE the struts from El Paso, so I got confused as to who had said what about whose products were out there. Phhht.
Hmmm, should have given them a visit when we were in El Paso earlier this Spring visiting relatives. Oh well, next time, now that Alaska Air flies nonstop to there from Seattle, and back.
Will be interesting as to how the spring rates work out. Did you choose the different spring rates to equal, say, the S rates or stiffer, or were they just what they had as stock?
The price doesn't seem out of bounds for sure.
|07-14-2019 09:46 PM|
Worked on putting the DIY vapor blaster cabinet together. Had help from a friend from the bay area. 4 hands made the task much easier than trying to do it alone. The caulking will cure for a week, then I'll hit it with some flex seal. After that, the fun really starts with setting up the blasting.
On a less successful note, I was supposed to go help a buddy, next weekend, put his GTV racecar back together. Unfortunately, his shop is still without electricity, so he asked to postpone until PG&E finally does the work that has been on the books for about 6 months.
So back to various Alfas and lawn equipment next weekend.
|07-14-2019 08:30 PM|
Price listed is $979, I paid $880 shipped, TBH they often have a 10% off sale code especially if you follow them on social media. As for fitting them, they so far have been completely drop in. No modification or anything required, they fit perfectly in stock mounts. Raising and lowering the height in the front is easy as you just unlock that lower collar and twist them due to the spherical bearings at the top. Rear is tougher as they are fixed so you need to either unbolt the top or bottom to raise or lower it. I kinda eyeballed it the best I could. The fronts I made just a bit shorter than the stock ones, the rears I made as tall as was safe, which is about 1 inch shorter than the stockers. However that doesn't mean it will be dropped that much as the springs are stiffer. Have to drop it on the ground to see what height it really will be. Dampers are also 33 way adjustable. I'm aiming for about a 1.5 inch drop evenly across the whole car, which will probably need some trial and error.
These guys are in El Paso, I have a whole thread on them I'll update once I can drive them. There is one other company AMR Engineering in Washington but they are twice the price, probably not any better, and the guy doesn't answer phonecalls or emails, so as far as I'm concerned he can go pound sand.
|07-14-2019 08:04 PM|
|alfaloco||I went over my '91 Spider yesterday, getting it prepped for the trip to Pittsburgh for the AROC national convention. Our son Mike is going with me, also... looking forward to total Alfa immersion together for the weekend.|
|07-14-2019 07:36 PM|
Certainly something to keep in mind if one doesn't want to rebuild the S "electro" shocks or find good used regular 164 struts, although I suspect the price will be higher by a bit. I hope you write up a manual for fitting these on a 164.
Again, how much did they finally charge you for the set? And the total cost to you of installation so far?
I wonder how they compare with those from the outfit in El Paso someone on the BB had previously mentioned?
|07-14-2019 06:52 PM|
Originally Posted by therealguy419 View Post
Funny enough the pictures of them on their website are mine I posted on Instagram and Facebook, I (at least at that point) had the only set in the country. Yellow Speed USA didn't know their European and Asian counterparts offered them, until I asked if they can get them here. I started a whole thread on them I planned to update once I got the car together and I actually tried them out. I will say so far they fit perfectly, everything is very precise, for example the spacer on the front fit in there like a glove.
They are made to order, takes about a month to get them.
|07-14-2019 06:39 PM|
Originally Posted by Rogue Leader View Post
|07-14-2019 05:56 PM|
Brake calipers are now red:
Drivers front suspension is almost complete:
Man that control arm can be a pain to install, needed to get it into place with a pry bar as the bolt holes didn't line up very well.
Did some finishing work in the engine bay, tightened down all those brake lines I replaced. I swapped the transmission fluid for 2 quarts of Redline 75w90 I had left over from my race car.
Ended up removing the rear cradle again. I discovered that I had the wrong combination of washers on the bolts on top, also that I need to put that together AFTER installing the brake proportioning lever. So correct me if I'm wrong but the top bolt needs to be only lightly snugged up, the clip on caps attached to the top washer between that and the thick washer on the other side provide tension to keep the nut from vibrating off. I figured to add some RED Loctite to the top nut as well. The bottom bolt looks like it has the room for the nut to bottom out if I don't use too many thick washers.
Will put that back in next week, I should have my new lever and valve from Jason by then.
|07-14-2019 03:07 PM|
|therealguy419||Things have been fine here in the Alfa world of mine. Shes been one solid 164 and still love driving it. Somewhere down the road I lost one of my center wheel caps. Looks like I'll have to pick some up to fill in the empty spot.|
|07-14-2019 02:46 PM|
|07-14-2019 10:32 AM|
|Del||Yup, that's exactly what happened to my LS, the connection being dirty, having not been routinely cleaned and re-protected for a few years. I always tell people to first easily check all the electrical connections in these dirty engine bays, so maybe I should follow my own advice, lol.|
|07-14-2019 03:31 AM|
To quote the great Daffy Duck....
"You morooon, you nin-com-----poop", I refer to myself.
My code 1221 was due to an loosely connected afm harness.
Have a great day.
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