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Offline lucdag16

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Rear shocks fitting issue
« on: July 24, 2021, 12:06:44 pm »
H everyone I  have recently purchased an Abarth 500 2010 which needs a couple of jobs doing on it and one of them being the rear shocks.
Not a difficult job to do for someone who knows their way around a car I hear you all say but stop right here cause this is where it gets interesting.
Just last weekend I went to do the job of replacing the rear shocks, the right hand side was where I started first and gave me no trouble just two bolts and it was out.
I compared the replacement new shock (TRW JGT581T) with the old monroe unit that I removed (G1083) and they appeared to be the same until I put in the first bolt into the top eye hole only to find that the hole isn't big enough for the bolt to go in.
I have worked for eurocarparts up until recently for 14 years so I'm no stranger to aftermarket parts not being made quite right but I've since compared KYB and Sachs units only to have the same problem.
It is my understanding from this site that the rear shocks are the same on 500's as it is on Abarth's so hole diameters for the bolts should be the same should they not?
Has anyone come across this problem before and if so what did you? I have one solution but I don't feel I should go down that road as these should just bolt on.   
 
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    Offline lucdag16

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    Re: Rear shocks fitting issue
    « Reply #1 on: August 07, 2021, 06:04:49 pm »
    I just thought I'd post an update on the issue I had with fitting new rear shocks seeing as nearly 200 members read the post but nobody had any suggestions as to the nature of the issue.
    What actually threw me off to start with was the fact that an original Fiat bolt was used,be it that it was a bigger diameter than the 15mm top eye hole.
    Somehow in the past before I owned the car the shock was changed on the drivers side rear as this was replaced with an aftermarket unit but in the process of removing the top bolt it snapped and had to be drilled out.
    Instead of drilling the bolt out tapping the thread and placing a helicoil in the hole someone used a bigger diameter bolt and drilled out the top eye hole sleeve so that the bigger bolt would pass through it.
    I hope that this will be of use to others in the future.
    LMD

    Offline 124Abarthreplica

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    Re: Rear shocks fitting issue
    « Reply #2 on: August 07, 2021, 06:08:49 pm »
    I think that explains why nobody had an answer to your problem.

    I did look at it but was at a loss :whistle:

    Offline lucdag16

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    Re: Rear shocks fitting issue
    « Reply #3 on: August 07, 2021, 08:34:34 pm »
    What annoys me more is the fact an independent garage probably did the job and did it without a thought to the future of replacing the shocks again yet someone who is a diy mechanic at best did a better job than someone who is paid to do it for a living and qualified.
    I've had one or two squeaky bum moments as a result of not being able to replace both shocks sooner, the left hand side was an original Fiat shock probably the one it left the factory with.
    The top mount rubber was totally shot to the point the sleeve had come away from the rubber mount and explains a lot about the handling at the rear but I took for a test drive shortly afterwards and it felt like a different car and a bit quicker too. 
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    Re: Rear shocks fitting issue
    « Reply #4 on: August 08, 2021, 10:16:17 am »
    Good outcome :thumb: