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Well I took delivery of the beast yesterday and had already ordered some parts from O/S so I thought it best to keep all mods and discussions to the one thread for this one. This first post is just on the stock car, got some better quality images today so thought I'd start with it as it looks right now, over the coming weeks I'll be adding:

• Rear carbon fibre spoiler
• Carbon fibre mirror covers
• Carbon fibre front V grille
• Carbon fibre gear shifter
• Black Giulia badge
• Under door welcome Alfa Romeo white logo lights

What I am unsure about is:

• Carbon rear diffuser with twin exhausts (Needs serious thought as it's a big mod, well to me anyway, and need to be confident that it will enhance the look and not void warranty!)
• Trying to source QV floor mats from a manufacturer, as they are $780AUD here and that's WAYYYYYY too much. But the trim is clean, classy and adds a beautiful touch.
• Carbon fibre interior bits like: Steering wheel, interior handles and other bits that are similar to the look of the QV. The pack I have on my car is pretty awesome, so it'll be a hard sell for me I think to mess with the interior too much as already it's mint.

Also, I love pictures, find forums preeeeety boring without lots of them, so you can be sure I'll upload a LOT.

Anyhow, enough chat, more pics:























 

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As for the mats that I discussed above, here are some pics of what I mean from the dealer that I took.

For a white QV with the green stitching:











For a red QV:



 

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Welcome to the Alfisti world. I too went modding mad with my ride as soon as I purchased her:
red interior knobs off Ebay
Centerline Corsa Exhaust
Spacers
Carbon Fiber Italian flag side mirrors and CF side trim
Tinted windows
QV rear spoiler
 

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Very nice. Looks very similar to mine. But I have the tan interior. Do you have the staggered wheels? Mine doesn't. I'm going to have to buy the larger wheels for the rear.
 

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if you got the Full grill not the cover, you will have to remove the bumper, which is pretty straight forward, if you have some DIY knowledge a TORX bits, i have removed mine twice (to wrap the grill by removing it, and to fix my headlight issue), already takes about 1 hour to remove and install, be careful with Clips though, you have to pull them straight up where it connects to fenders
 
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if you got the Full grill not the cover, you will have to remove the bumper, which is pretty straight forward, if you have some DIY knowledge a TORX bits, i have removed mine twice (to wrap the grill by removing it, and to fix my headlight issue), already takes about 1 hour to remove and install, be careful with Clips though, you have to pull them straight up where it connects to fenders
How did you get your car to do a burnout? The traction control isn't defeatable is it??
 

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Very nice. Looks very similar to mine. But I have the tan interior. Do you have the staggered wheels? Mine doesn't. I'm going to have to buy the larger wheels for the rear.


Yep staggered wheels comes with the Veloce here in Australia luckily. Out of all the mods, the spoiler adds the most bang for buck. Yours looks awesome in that pic!


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if you got the Full grill not the cover, you will have to remove the bumper, which is pretty straight forward, if you have some DIY knowledge a TORX bits, i have removed mine twice (to wrap the grill by removing it, and to fix my headlight issue), already takes about 1 hour to remove and install, be careful with Clips though, you have to pull them straight up where it connects to fenders


I’m just going to do the carbon insert. Don’t see the need to replace the whole grill.


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How did you get your car to do a burnout? The traction control isn't defeatable is it??

it is, shoot me a private message ill tell you how
 

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Bought the Red Start button for the QV from Eurocompulsion here.



The dealer interestingly said that they were told not to order them as they were for QV owners only! I said I had one on the way, could they install, he got back to me when I picked up the car and said yeah, $160AUD... Tempting as I'm a little nervous of airbags, but am also technically very capable so it's a mix of anxiety and experience that I'll have to work out which will win!
 
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How would you be blacking out your GIULIA emblem? I remember on my last car I found a emblem cover that was glossy black with double sided tape that you just place over the emblem without painting, but I haven't been able to find one for the giulia.
 

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How would you be blacking out your GIULIA emblem? I remember on my last car I found a emblem cover that was glossy black with double sided tape that you just place over the emblem without painting, but I haven't been able to find one for the giulia.


Found one on eBay. Hopefully it’s good quality. Will post here when I receive it.


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Red QV Start Button DIY Install

Ok, so from day one when I bought the car I knew this would be a mod that I would do, however, I want to add some more detail for members here as while these instructions seem pretty good, IMO there is a lot of detail missing to make them more "idiot proof" - and I wouldn't have considered myself an idiot by any stretch of the imagination prior to trying this, but here we are...

Firstly, I thought that I would give this a shot as have been on the tools, so to speak, my whole life, so am very handy and competent doing anything mechanical, but none of that seemed to matter I don't think... :grin2:

The first caveat = no matter how good or experienced you are on the tools, if you're not experienced in automotive trim and modifications, this is likely going to freak you out at some point in the installation process, as you have no points of reference to go by on past experience.

The second caveat = have the right tools and even more options than are mentioned in the instructions, as I ended up using different Phillips head screwdrivers at different points depending on grip and how the screw 'felt'.

Ok, so like others have mentioned, there are a total of five screws in the back of the wheel that need to be unscrewed, but not necessarily as the instructions had described.

Critical:
2 x 3mm hex screws either side of the wheel (L & R) the hold down the actual steering wheel controllers (audio controls on the right, cruise control on left).

1 x long Phillips head screw on the bottom backside (6pm) of the wheel.

Pen torch.

Nice to have: Headtorch to keep hand free (I used both, one on the head and pen torch in my mouth when in the really tight bit of button wire reconnection.

Not critical at this stage:

2 x small fiddly Phillips head screws that hold the start button to its housing. People have mentioned in past posts how fiddly these can be, I concur and had trouble with them but got them unscrewed. The thing I didn't know is that you don't have to do them at this stage of the process, you can pry the facia off and then get to them with a different angle if you are struggling the suggested way. The only foreseeable issue with that is that with the facia loose, you might have more trouble applying the required pressure to get them loose while juggling the center airbag etc. When I was re-installing, I actually tightened them before putting it all back into place as it was FAR easier. Food for thought.

What I wasn't clear about in reading all the posts:
Facia!!!!! So I unscrewed everything and was ready for the tricky bit, getting that beautiful, perfectly formed and clipped trim away from the wheel... This is where the stress and sweat begun. Having no real experience in automotive trim, I was trying to pry away for the first 20 minutes the black plastic cruise control part by itself. That wasn't working. Then I saw that the fine silver trim could come off, so I started on that and got the left-hand side off, I snapped one pin on the very far left of the wheel just before the edge, wasn't happy but it wasn't a deal breaker.

This is when I realised that the silver fine trim you don't touch, nor starting at the cruise control part alone!

I finally worked out that the easiest place to start is the bottom of the wheel (6pm). You have to squeeze it like your life depends on it and then you can work it side to side while squeezing and eventually one side will pop. There is some glue, I am certain of it, so the first time you do this it takes some work. Popping that out is hard, real hard as the angle that the steering wheel trim is at it is like pulling a dovetail wood joint out from the wrong way, this is why you need to squeeze the triangle shape together to pop it. Once this was loose, it was clearer what I was supposed to be removing...

Then I went to the top left part where the start button and cruise control housing is and started to pull that off. Now if I thought the bottom part of the wheel was hard to remove, it was nothing compared to this. This part was even harder to get free of the wheel. I can't remember what exact movements I did, but it was a rocking, squeezing and pulling motion to get it off. Again it seemed like it had a rubber cement behind it from factory instal, but happy to be proven wrong about that. You can see in one of the pics I took the strong tab that part has on the underside of it.

I then made the decision to just work without it completely free on the right-hand side as others have said, this leaves less risk of trim damage on that side and is still possible, but just tighter. I ended up pulling out the black start button and using thin pliers to get the cable connection out of its housing and disconnected. Then just reversed that, but plugging in the red button wire housing to the steering wheel one then putting it into the harness needs very thin pliers and or screwdriver.

Then I screwed the two small screws that hold the actual red start button to its housing back in while the trim was off as that gave me a far better angle of attack.

Then came the final nightmare bit of the process, putting the dovetail style facia back into the left-hand side of the wheel and bottom part of the wheel. I swear I was mm from snapping the bottom bit of the plastic, also doing it while not scraping the beautiful inside of the steering wheel material is tricky. I just tried to get one edge at a time just into the space and squeezed like all **** to do it, got it in eventually, unscathed.

Anyhow, hopefully, there's someone, somewhere who is reading this thinking, ok, I get it now. Ideally, this would have a video with it from a pro, as god knows I would LOVE to see how a professional does it and what tools they are using.

The OEM button is beautiful:



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Most of the tools I used:



First mistake, don't do this:



Get this part out first, bottom of the wheel, enjoy how hard it is...



Then this part, equally as stressful, but not quite as hard....



This is what it looks like when Black is out and Red is coming! The two small screws everyone talks about hold the back of the start button to the facia.

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On it's way back in, we're nearly there baby!



Broke a clip... not my first, won't be my last!



This is what I mean by saying that the two small fiddly screws don't need to be removed until you have the facia off, likewise in reverse, screw the back of the start button housing to the facia while it's still out so it makes it far easier...



I can confirm that the vehicle is 15% faster and 27% sexier now that I have a red button. Stay tuned for dyno results >:)



HAVE A LOOK AT IT GLOWWWWWWWWW!!!!!



Final point that is worth mentioning, I was mostly stressed about the airbag prior to doing this, but when you are halfway there, you won't even be thinking about it. The whole unit is sealed and sits in the steering wheel and doesn't need to come out of the wheel housing at all during this process. So don't stress. The only way I could see this being a big issue would be if you were being pretty forceful trying to remove the facia and you slipped and it pulled the horn/airbag out of the housing entirely and disconnected the wires. Then I assume you'd have an issue. I had none of these issues and didn't disconnect the battery (had to start the car multiple times to move the wheel around) and cliping it back in couldn't have been easier, didn't even sound the horn when I did it!
 

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guaranteed I would break something!

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Ok so got the door lights in. They’re awful quality unfortunately. I have a feeling most of them will be the same from China.

A trick that took me around 15 times in and out of the door is on one side of the lights there’s a small part that sticks out. You need to cut a small part out of the door to allow it to enter without a lot of force which is what causes most of the problems.

The pins are much thinner than the OEM ones and need to be pushed down a little towards the bottom so they make good contact.

The Stelvio luckily has much longer cables so it’s far easier to instal than the Giulia. I’m hoping they last as they look fantastic and this style (single white colour with Alfa Romeo script logo) is what the OEM ones look like.





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Some pics of how the cover comes off (pops off when trying to install) if you don’t cut a small part out of the door.



 

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Nice mods you're doing to your Veloce :grin2:

In your opening post, you mentioned replacing the colored badges with B/W badges. I see that you still have colored center caps on dark wheels. When I put dark 5-hole wheels on my Ti, I also used B/W center caps from the QV. It really looks right with the dark on dark. Our Ti has the Lusso trim which is why she has bright wheels and bright trim. I wanted dark trim, but that's not available with the Lusso package here in the USA.







 

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Nice mods you're doing to your Veloce :grin2:



In your opening post, you mentioned replacing the colored badges with B/W badges. I see that you still have colored center caps on dark wheels. When I put dark 5-hole wheels on my Ti, I also used B/W center caps from the QV. It really looks right with the dark on dark. Our Ti has the Lusso trim which is why she has bright wheels and bright trim. I wanted dark trim, but that's not available with the Lusso package here in the USA.


Definitely still planning on doing it, they just haven’t turned up in the mail yet!

I also am hoping someone has a trick to get the caps off without removing the wheels. Seems like from an initial test they’re on very tight. Tried a small screwdriver but it was looking like I was about to scratch the rim so stopped. Plastic pry was too flexible and the tape method not even close!


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Ok so have confirmed and booked in to get the exhaust replaced with a Remus by Zagame Richmond on Wednesday! Pretty excited to be doing something more 'substantial' to the car. >:) Big thanks to @juz for coming over and letting me have a drive of his Giulia with the exhaust, Madness GoPedal and BMC air filter. Was impressed, to say the least. Big difference.

Original tube Ø 65 mm
REMUS tube Ø 70 mm

 
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