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Offline StephenABC

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Keeping her straight
« on: June 04, 2020, 09:36:59 pm »
Hi,. I’ve just got back from a 100mile round trip m53/m56/m6,  my car was hard work trying to keep her from swaying or crabbing, it was an absolute scary joke... and then it rained! Is this typical Abarth 500 behaviour?
If I looked at anything else but the road, I would be floating left or right
Believe it or not, I’ve owned the car 18mths and not used it on a motorway, it’s barely done 4000miles



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    Offline Borderline

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #1 on: June 05, 2020, 01:18:55 pm »
    Forgive the obvious question but were there gusty winds on the day of your trip? Sidewinds can be a challenge when windspeeds get above about 50mph in my experience.

    What tyres are you running? The other thought is that motorway surfaces can often induce "tramlining" if the tyres have a bold centre strip of rubber. In the past, I've ditched barely-worn Pirellis with this feature for Avons with a more blocky tread pattern.

    Offline 124Abarthreplica

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #2 on: June 05, 2020, 01:48:59 pm »
    Yes, I agree with Borderline, half worn Pirelli tyres are awful to keep straight if you have them fitted.

    Offline Richard H

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 03:02:39 pm »
    Have you checked the tyre pressures.

    I find that the 17"s with the very low profile tyres make the car very sensitive at lower pressures.

    If there is a pressure difference across the axle then its very noticeable on either Pirellis or Michelins

    Offline StephenABC

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #4 on: June 07, 2020, 05:13:39 pm »
    She does have Pirelli, P-nero I think,. I’ve only just had new ones fitted for the MOT.
    I guess she was tramlining

    Offline Abarth 595 Competizione

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #5 on: July 07, 2020, 05:50:12 am »
    Hi.

    I know I'm late to the thread, but did this get sorted?

    Also, at the risk of being shouted at, I got rid of my P Zeros, I think they are terrible. They are rubbish in the wet and they are also very noisey.

    Have you had the tracking checked at all?  I have mine checked twice a year and also have all tires inflated with Nitrogen. I find much less pressure difference.
    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    Offline exporsche

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #6 on: July 07, 2020, 09:26:50 am »
    I had pirelli tyres on my previous abarth were awful. Changed to michelin  sport 4s and saw a big improvement.

    Offline android_808

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    Re: Keeping her straight
    « Reply #7 on: July 07, 2020, 10:01:05 am »
    Despite every car listing Zeros, none has never had them fitted. Esseesse had Pilot Exalto or something like that. When changed I was advised the Exalto was replaced by the Sport so used then. The 180 S3 Comp and S4 Esseesse both came with Pilot Sports but can't remember what version of the top of my head.