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Offline Borderline

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rear shock absorbers - Powerflex bushes
« on: June 26, 2020, 03:47:16 pm »
Hi guys, as my boggo Abarth 500 is now six years old and has suffered more than its fair share of Scottish potholes and countryside tracks, the rear suspension is tired. As well as the usual 500 clunk, it seems to skip sideways quite a lot. So I've bought replacement shockers and some Powerflex bushes. Trouble is, the new TRW shockers appear to have a smaller top eye than the originals, so the Powerflex bushes now look like they might be too big to fit  :'(  Without access to a ramp/lift, I'm struggling to see the OEM part numbers on the original shockers, in order to double-check the fitment of the new ones.  >:(

Also, has anyone fitted this type of Powerflex bush? Or swapped standard shockers but without going the full coilovers route? I don't want to get the car on the ramp, have some grease monkey tap out the top eyes and then find that nothing fits back together!

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    Offline shadyracer

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    Re: rear shock absorbers - Powerflex bushes
    « Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 07:45:17 pm »
    Hi, my 10 yr old scottish abarth has koni fsd rear shocks, I still have the originals, the konis are rusting severely so may have to fit std originals again but loathe to suffer the bumpy ride again. Have had no issues with bushes though, and would buy koni again, fsd now called something else, lets hope made of better metal.
    Definitely a big difference regardless of spring type too. :thumb:

    Whats the trw part number so i can check what theyre listed for, maybe standard F500 youve been given?

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    Re: rear shock absorbers - Powerflex bushes
    « Reply #2 on: June 27, 2020, 12:16:45 pm »
    The TRW shocks are JGT581T - according to multiple sites in multiple countries, they should fit the Abarth 500. They certainly look short enough...

    The issue with the bushes is that they're about 40mm in diameter, whereas the top eye bush in the shocks is only 36mm and I'm fairly certain the bushes aren't intended to be compressed by 4mm!  :thumbd:

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    Re: rear shock absorbers - Powerflex bushes
    « Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 02:09:25 pm »
    TRW part number is correct for abarth listings, 38mm dia stated. No way of me confirming powerflex listings though to determine if youve been given correct bushes.
    Sorry I cant be of more help, would be keen to get your feedback on ride difference with trw brand if you fit them.

     

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