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tremere613 02-07-2019 02:32 PM

VAS/vickauto shocks installed!
 
Alright! All four shocks installed!

Had to use both a strap wrench and a vice grip.. dont ask...

I immediately took the car through its paces and it rebounds beautifully!

Double check my work:


Passenger rear:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5b0de9779e.jpg
Driver rear:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...4cad251cbe.jpg

Passenger rear top side:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7cc4f9c161.jpg

Driver rear top side:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...c0132299dc.jpg



Someone hand me a beer...

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...fbe112ff74.jpg


Anyone in the Bay Area need stock shocks? The rubber insulators are in VERY good condition.

tremere613 02-07-2019 02:37 PM

A YouTube video I watched really helped before tackling this project.


For the rear, bottom side:

Remember that the shocks are double nut-ed, so focus on holding the upper nut with an open ended wrench and loosening the bottom nut with either another open wrench or if possible a socket wrench.


Stock nuts are 17mm and 19mm, deep sockets and open/box wrenches recommended. A strap wrench and a vice grip works, if possible hold the shaft by the its bottom most tip (7mm?).

tremere613 02-07-2019 02:40 PM


tremere613 02-08-2019 03:19 PM

No comments? Really?


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1800ASKMARK 02-08-2019 05:21 PM

Looks like you had Spica shocks to start with and kept the stock springs. Tell me more about the before and after ride quality. What was the specification on torque or bushing crush? Meaning way back when you would torque until the rubber bush crushed and swelled until it reached the same diameter of the adjacent washer.

tremere613 02-09-2019 02:26 PM

VAS/vickauto shocks installed!
 
Double post
Please remove

tremere613 02-09-2019 02:39 PM

VAS/vickauto shocks installed!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 1800ASKMARK (Post 8373382)
Looks like you had Spica shocks to start with and kept the stock springs. Tell me more about the before and after ride quality. What was the specification on torque or bushing crush? Meaning way back when you would torque until the rubber bush crushed and swelled until it reached the same diameter of the adjacent washer.



Ride quality has improved, less crashing over rough pavement and a lot more compliance.

The rubber bushings were torqued until they closely matched the washers in size. Then the second nuts were locked on. Overall I am very happy with my purchase.

slowcreek 02-09-2019 07:48 PM

Nothing like new shocks.....

Milanoguy 02-09-2019 11:05 PM

Good work "tremere613" If you don't mind could you report back say every six months with how the shocks are holding up. Also is this Spider a daily driver, a weekend car or ????.

Bye

tremere613 02-10-2019 12:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Milanoguy (Post 8373798)
Good work "tremere613" If you don't mind could you report back say every six months with how the shocks are holding up. Also is this Spider a daily driver, a weekend car or ????.

Bye



This is a.. only sunny weekend driver. Although I know so many people who drive their spiders EVERY day and everywhere. I think its because of the sheer number of Alfa mechanics in the bay. Unbelievable!

Ill report back in 6 months as I could understand your concern about quality/longevity, especially at that price. But you already smartly asked if I was actually putting miles on this thing (asking if I drive it daily or not). So my opinion and experience may differ from someone who is actually putting miles on their car...driving their Alfa on the daily/track.

danix 03-08-2019 10:29 AM

Nice work. I would be curious to swap cars and see how ride quality compares to Koni yellows though I also have sport springs.
Where in the bay are you?

Tom Frasca 03-08-2019 12:09 PM

Nice to see someone that did not flatten the rubber bumpers to the thickness of a quarter... :nerd:

Boobea 03-09-2019 07:59 AM

[Been using KONI all my adult life, any reason to switch. O:nerd:n both sports cars, and my R75 BEEMER.

msiert 03-09-2019 06:20 PM

Stiffer then the Spica shocks then, how's the price compare to Koni Reds?

I use to have Koni Yellow's on the rear and felt they were too stiff with the IPA sport springs I have so I replaced them with a used set of Spica's.

Been thinking about trying the Koni Reds.

tremere613 03-10-2019 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by danix (Post 8385344)
Nice work. I would be curious to swap cars and see how ride quality compares to Koni yellows though I also have sport springs.
Where in the bay are you?



Berkeley.
Pick a sunny weekend day and well meet, message me for number. Coffee on me.


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