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Nice work - it looks like black glass.


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Pretty much have the new top installed, just waiting a day for all the adhesive to dry well before I finish up. Not that difficult, the installation manual is a bit ambiguous in spots and the diagrams leave a lot to be desired but all in all it went quite well. I think if I did another one I would change the order of the procedure a bit.
If no pictures, it didn't happen

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Pretty much have the new top installed, just waiting a day for all the adhesive to dry well before I finish up. Not that difficult, the installation manual is a bit ambiguous in spots and the diagrams leave a lot to be desired but all in all it went quite well. I think if I did another one I would change the order of the procedure a bit.
If no pictures, it didn't happen

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Lol. Well, not quite done and I'm not moving it out if the garage until it is but here ya go!
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Today I drove my spider to work. Top up at 6:30am and Top down on the way home. San Francisco and the peninsula is having a three day heat wave. It was a perfect 87deg. I left work late today and HYW 101 had light traffic --- I was driving 75 mph all the way home. My S3 was so smooth --- wow what a car. We are so lucky to have such great cars that are not trailer queen, still look great, run fantastic and are affordable. Have a great weekend and drive your Alfas!!!

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I played Golf yesterday. Clubs in the passenger seat of the Spider. The thing is, I remember being able to fit my clubs behind the seat in my older (actually newer in model years) spiders. I think the clubs are getting longer?

My drive home was in the rain. Top down. In the dark. A bit scary as those trucks go by. I worried that they couldn't see me. However. as long as it wasn't coming down too hard it was a fine trip, though the back of my neck did get wet.

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Lol. Well, not quite done and I'm not moving it out if the garage until it is but here ya go!
Hehehe... Ok then

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Rebushed the upper control arms
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I've been through similar machinations. BB's general front suspension: lower AND upper inner bushes should be the same, OE ones are good if you get the right shipment from China, Talk to your favorite supplier.
upper control arms should be the adjustable ones. Rear bushing in the trailing arm is OEM, front bushing there should be Poly; I've had solid aluminum for bunch of years. Remember the plastic pieces (top and bottom.
Alignment Should have as much inside caster as you can get. I've seen racers with -13 degrees - thats a lot but it tries to keep the front inside wheel on the track.

Poly bushes on the lateral sway bar are really good. I have an old Shankle sway bar that is thick as a big tree branch, with long welded end arms easy to drill a few holes if you need even more torque transfer. Poly in the little top and bottom connection links.

Alfaholics has a front A-arm (big cast vertical piece with the wheel axel) that drops the geometry that are lowered to follow the lowering of most springs to correct bump steering. Or JRR will modify yours to whatever suits - call him to discuss. This helps keep the the front inside wheel on the ground as you roll over the track bump. you can even modify the idler arm similarly. Look at JR's pinned thread.

I find it interesting that all these changes actually improves street driving. Much of it is to correct the inside wheel coming off the track, and to correct a bunch of suspension geometry than happens when you drop the car with stiffer front springs.

Use poly on the rear swaybar too as above. I just took mine off (well I just disconnected the end links) because was best with a bit of oversteer (Red Robin's too, cold, too hot) (BTW it's a Shankle F/R set) set that happens, well from a lot of these changes. I like a bit of oversteer (tail slides out in a turn) to make faster corner exits. Too much will put the car thru the fence backward - oversteer puts the car thru the fence nose first. Both happen when you are going too fast, or off the magical "line". Oversteer is magically sweet making street corners but right in front of the Cop Car with his radar. Flashing lights! Bad weekend!!!
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Oh, I forgot about shocks. OEM's suck. Lots of others are good. I have yellow Kony's on front set at middle, red on the rear set on softest possible.

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I seem to have fallen into a habit of writing long essay's. Just give me a wack and I'll stop.

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No worries, Robert. We enjoy a good read about an Alfa.

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I am repairing my broken Milano engine and rebuilding a 1750 engine at the same time. The parts do not interchange and that is good.
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Hi Robert. Are you like me where from the neck up you are still 17? (and doing 17 year old things?)

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.... Oversteer is magically sweet making street corners but right in front of the Cop Car with his radar. Flashing lights! Bad weekend!!!...Robert
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A little late, but here's what I was doing with my Spider Sept 5 & 6
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Hi Robert. Are you like me where from the neck up you are still 17? (and doing 17 year old things?)
I'm in the same age category as well, except when i look in the mirror. 5 years ago i bought a miata to drive in the winter as i don't want my spider out on the salted streets. The miata is another teenager car with rear wheel drive so a lot of fun.
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Yesterday, I took the spider out for a run to the horse races (Monmouth Park).

It was a great day overall, until an engine miss almost left me stranded somewhere in the swamps of Jersey.

I'll be replacing the fuel filters, and maybe the distributor cap, with my fingers crossed.

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