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Offline Matt_dab

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Bilstein suspension dilemma
« on: April 02, 2020, 01:48:51 pm »
Hi all,

First post so apologies if i mess it up a tad!

I have a problem and hopefully one of you lovely lot can help, the back of my 2010 Abarth hits the rear bumpstops for everything (common problem i know)

However im running Bilstein B14's and the OEM bumpstops and plastic section are removed, it is fitted with the smaller Bilstein ones that are attached to the adjuster plate on the bottom. Yet even with these and the car sat with no one in, there's maybe 8-10mm between the OEM mount and the Bilstein bumpstop.

Has anyone else had this issue?
And just to defend against the "raise it up" - The car isn't actually very low, i can still fit 2 fingers in between the tyre and rear arch and measures around 325/330mm from wheel centre to arch (if anyone else has any measurements for other setups)

Any help and opinions would be great! Thanks

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    Offline 124Abarthreplica

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    Re: Bilstein suspension dilemma
    « Reply #1 on: April 02, 2020, 02:25:27 pm »
    Have you removed the rear dampers to test their resistance?

    Offline Matt_dab

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    Re: Bilstein suspension dilemma
    « Reply #2 on: April 02, 2020, 03:04:07 pm »
    Have you removed the rear dampers to test their resistance?

    I haven't yet no! I thought I would check to see if this was an issue on anyone else's car first, although I guess that is a good thing to check.

    Still doesn't explain the fact theres no room for movement and still not very low though?

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    Re: Bilstein suspension dilemma
    « Reply #3 on: April 07, 2020, 08:54:38 am »
    I have been advised that the rear bump stops can be replaced by Fiat coupe 20v bump stops which are about 40% shorter, straight swap.

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    Re: Bilstein suspension dilemma
    « Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 11:25:39 am »
    Thanks,

    But the fiat coupe bump stops would require me to take the adjusters for the rear springs off.

    My plan is to measure the height at the rear to work out how low I am and order some rear lowering springs to match that will sit in the upper and lower spring cup and allow me to use the coupe bump stops.

    Replacing the tapered bilstein springs and adjusters required to fit them altogether

     

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