Nothing I did was irreversable, and in fact I can put the VVT cams back in in an afternoon. (harness still there, VVT solinoid and harness all in one box, etc)
That's why I didn't feel bad about undertaking the swap. Everything can be put right back the way it was if it didn't work.
Originally Posted by Elio
Alfa would not have gone from the simple hydraulic/centrifugal to the solenoid activated VVT in the 7 year life of the S3
My guess would be that they went to an electronic VVT to get tighter control and more accuracy of activation which in turn would help just a bit more with that whole 'won't pass emissions standards for USA' thing that it was put on there for to begin with.
I concur with the need to keep the parts around though, if for no other reason that if you sell it, you can have the stock stuff to use as a sweetner for the deal.
Right now NYS inspection (outside the metro area for you lurkers) all that's required of a car 20 years old is a visual on the cat. converter. (as in, he looks to see if there is a can that looks like a converter in the exhaust. No touching it, no testing, no dyno runs or sniffer tests)
Older than 25 years and they aren't even supposed to look. :shrug:
Obviously these things will vary from region to region or country to country, so again, it might be worthwhile store that stuff in the event of future sale.
*I know, I know. You're never going to sell it ever for any reason because you poured you heart and soul into it and love it to death, which is good because you intend to be buried in it.
I thought that very same way about my 1963 Triumph TR6SS 650cc motorcycle (S# DU603 making it the 502nd unit constructed twin off the line, thank you very much) that I had for close to a decade.
It's been gone for 6 years now......