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    Alfa 156 3.0 for track & road

    I'm just about to press the button on this 156 which has been converted to a 3.0 by Don Baker. In addition to fitting the 3.0 from a 166 he also did the following - Full Cambelt and water pump change Various gaskets, Full service with spark plugs; New thermostat, New coolant tank, New radiator; Brembo brake upgrade at the front - pads and discs; Two new bumper support brackets, New clutch kit, New master cylinder, New front wheel bearings; New Bilstein shocks all round, New GTA springs & New suspension top mounts, New upper and lower wishbones, New ARB drop links, Uprated Eibach ARB kit front and rear; Wizard exhaust which sounds pretty good.
    17'' refurbished Teledial alloys which are nice and are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1's - it even has a wooden steering wheel which is a nice touch.
    I plan to use it on the track and for about 3,000km of road use each year and could use some advice in terms of upgrades. My initial thoughts are to fit
    a LSD though not sure which one, t
    rack tyres and pads, and would appreciate any other suggestions. NmMxZWFjNWExM2NmZmQxZDk0NzliMzlmODIzMTM3YWY0ZB39od3VLgzzwwYdcMgUaHR0cDovL3MzLWV1LXdlc3QtMS5hbWF6.jpgY2IyMjIwNzQyNmU5N2MyMTJmMGQyZmUzNzliN2IxNDIaQR7tAXIrDaqCXjbVcZqZaHR0cDovL3MzLWV1LXdlc3QtMS5hbWF6.jpg
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    Beautiful, Don did work on my Alfa's in the past, he is the best man to talk to. Also worthwhile giving the lads in ti Autos a shout. It's tricky getting the balance between road and track but Don is a specialist in that area.




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    Saw that for sale a while back, still 1.8 on the log book right?
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    Yes, still 1.8 on the log book though the current owner is taxing it for 12 month before I take it on

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    Excellent, I would have loved it, it's the ultimate sleeper and finished to a very high standard.

    Pricey enough as I remember but very cool to have and not far off GTA territory, get some pics up when / if you take the plunge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prophead View Post
    Excellent, I would have loved it, it's the ultimate sleeper and finished to a very high standard.

    Pricey enough as I remember but very cool to have and not far off GTA territory, get some pics up when / if you take the plunge!
    Luckily the seller had cut the price by a couple of thousand by the time I was ready to consider it and was happy to do the deal including the lovely wheels. Can't wait to get it now

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    Nice one, it had the 17" teledials on didn't it? They just added to the sleeper look.
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    Well now. Great idea!
    An LSD is mandatory. Not only are the standard diffs weak, they really transform the car.
    I have not done a back-to-back drive against the factory Q2 or the Quaife ATB diff. The ATB is better, but how big the difference is, I do not know.
    For Pads, I would go for DS2500. They give great feedback, hard braking, and less wear than the EBC pads. And the DS3000 are not that much of a difference in braking compared to 1/3rd more the price.

    Get proper racing brake fluid. The heavy car, a diff that allows you to put more power down, all means that you brake a lot more, and generate A LOT more heat.
    I used to use Castrol SRF, as you only have to change it once a year, but people do complain it eats seals, so you may look for options that are better and cheaper.

    For tires, I do not know. My favourite tire is out of production, and I have not found a replacement. Get something good. Pilot Sport Cups, or Advan track tyres.

    You don't need any more upgrades apart from what is on the car already.

    Get rid of the wooden steering wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hi-rev View Post
    Well now. Great idea!
    An LSD is mandatory. Not only are the standard diffs weak, they really transform the car.
    I have not done a back-to-back drive against the factory Q2 or the Quaife ATB diff. The ATB is better, but how big the difference is, I do not know.
    For Pads, I would go for DS2500. They give great feedback, hard braking, and less wear than the EBC pads. And the DS3000 are not that much of a difference in braking compared to 1/3rd more the price.

    Get proper racing brake fluid. The heavy car, a diff that allows you to put more power down, all means that you brake a lot more, and generate A LOT more heat.
    I used to use Castrol SRF, as you only have to change it once a year, but people do complain it eats seals, so you may look for options that are better and cheaper.

    For tires, I do not know. My favourite tire is out of production, and I have not found a replacement. Get something good. Pilot Sport Cups, or Advan track tyres.

    You don't need any more upgrades apart from what is on the car already.

    Get rid of the wooden steering wheel.
    Thanks hi-rev, some excellent advice on LSD, brakes and tyres which I'll follow. I'd say the steering wheel will be a marmite issue - I'll either love or hate it after a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prophead View Post
    Nice one, it had the 17" teledials on didn't it? They just added to the sleeper look.
    Yes it did and he was planning on selling them separately but they looked so well on it they just had to be included

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