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Well, I just got my car back from the body shop (I was hit on 12/4/06 and had over $30K damage!!!!), and I am now getting around to installing the springs from Formula Dynamics.
How has this installation gone with other buyers? Any advice or tricks of the trade to be aware of when having the installation done? Any suggestions on what it should cost to do the installation, either with or without a re-alignment? I am getting a quote from a local shop that does race car setup, but this is the first Maserati they have seen.
BTW, the body work on my car appears to be fantastic. The body shop I used is very familiar with exotics, so I am happy to have it back in great shape. I guess it will take a further hit in resale now that it has been in a serious accident - guess I'll just have to keep it forever!!
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MikeA said:
Well, I just got my car back from the body shop (I was hit on 12/4/06 and had over $30K damage!!!!), and I am now getting around to installing the springs from Formula Dynamics.
How has this installation gone with other buyers? Any advice or tricks of the trade to be aware of when having the installation done? Any suggestions on what it should cost to do the installation, either with or without a re-alignment? I am getting a quote from a local shop that does race car setup, but this is the first Maserati they have seen.
BTW, the body work on my car appears to be fantastic. The body shop I used is very familiar with exotics, so I am happy to have it back in great shape. I guess it will take a further hit in resale now that it has been in a serious accident - guess I'll just have to keep it forever!!
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Mike
Hi, was it a big deal to have your ipod adapter installed in your Maserati?:confused: , I have and '06 with Becker CD changer in trunk...can you keep both hooked up some how?...or does the CD changer have to be disconnected?...Thanks
 

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Lots of posts on this board about iPod, so do a search for more info. My unit was the Blaupunkt compatible unit, not the Becker, so I can't comment on the Becker. It did take the place of the CD changer - no way to keep both.
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So far seems to handle fine. The damage was in the rearend behind the passenger side rear wheel. I was hit from the side, luckily not between the wheels! Had to replace the trunk compartment, passenger side fender, whole rear bumper assembly, and other stuff. Next track day is in May, so I'll know more then.

Now, back to my original question (I hope). Any feedback on the installation of the Formula Dynamic springs??????

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Feel free to give us a call Mike with any questions and we'll help you out with the install. It's quite similar to many aftermarket spring kits.

For your alignment: 1. It will require an alignment once you've set the proper ride height to where you like it. 2. The maserati has shims not adjusters so you want to take it to an old school place that has shims. It should only cost you about $120-150 however if you bring it somewhere that doesn't do it in house ( i.e. Ferrari ) they charge serious money.

If you're installing them yourself, definitely get plenty of lubrication and penetrating oil to break the collars loose. I'd recommend lubricating them the night before to save some time. ZEP makes an excellent penetrating oil however it's not easily available to the public. Spring compressors definitely help, a proper spanner wrench is required. A Pickle fork to seperate your ball joints will save you some time ( and perhaps damage ) as well.
 

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nice to hear you got your car back.

Just wondering, was there ever a question from your insurance carrier, that the car was going to be totalled?? what was the final charges for the body work?

In regards to the springs. ...the only thing that the installer said was that it was very hard to remove the old springs as they had gotten set in over time. the job would have been a lot simpler, ie cheaper if the old springs were easier to remove. I think the job went from a $600 job to a $880 job.

If you are doing it yourself, then the suggestion of getting them loose with some form of chemcial beforehand seems like excellent advice.


I love the Springs, they have been the best upgrade so far, however, I think I could have used the Track version, or something closer to for the street, as the Street version are still a little soft for the Bay Area roads.
 
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