Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Hudson Bend, TX
Front sway bar bushing lesson learned
For the good of the community I want to share some knowledge I gained when replacing the front sway bar link bushings on my 1974 2000 GTV. I ordered a set from a large US Alfa parts supplier that appeared to be for my car. The bushings I received were 26mm in diameter, while the old bushings on my drop links were 30mm diameter.
I called the supplier and was told the listing description that crossed to my car showed 26mm (it does), 30mm are not available, and it was suggested the links were from another car (no reason to believe this) so it was my responsibility. They offered to refund the parts price but not shipping in either direction.
I checked with my British supplier (Classic Alfa) and learned there were three different diameters used on GTVs (26, 30 and 33) depending on year, and 30mm is correct for a 74. I got a set of 30mm from them and they fit perfectly.
Two lessons learned: 1) read part descriptions very carefully, even if the website lists the part for your car; and 2) Alfa parts specialists donít always have staff who truly know the intricacies of these cars.
1974 2000 GTV / 1976 Giulia Nuova Super 2.0 / 1965 TR4