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Offline A64RTH

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Ciao Abarthisti
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:44:55 pm »
Hey,

My name is Fraser, based in Linlithgow, Scotland. I just wanted to say hi and say thanks to the guys in the forum that not only convinced me to upgrade from a Fiat 500 to a 2015 abarth 500 custom but also convinced me to get some factory fitted extras - the Koni Brembo kit that includes the SS power upgrade and matt black Tributo alloys.  The kit was fitted in Falkirk Arnold Clark which has recently become an Abarth specialist (great for central Scotland) and it was the first kit they had done. If you are interested in any factory fitted upgrades you need to speak to David Henderson who deals with the Abarth side of things.

The new springs make the biggest difference, the standard car had Koni FSD dampers on the front (not sure about the back perhaps someone can clarify?). It now has new Koni FSDs front and rear with the lower springs and Brembos plus the SS upgrade. For me this is what a standard Abarth should be, it drives so differently than the standard car and the suspension feels like an M3s.  The SS upgrade is great, the car is more refined but one thing I've noticed is that the Abarth looses a little of it's character. Before when the sport button was pressed the car was like a mad puppy straining on a lead, now it's less so and can be driven in town in sport with ease, but yes the power increase is worth it.  The other thing I've noticed is that the steering is not as stiff when sport is engaged but surely that's not due to the SS upgrade I wonder if it has more to do with the larger wheels.

Now I'll add a photo of the car, but just to warn you it's not detailed and I've been on those muddy roads so don't shout at me too much :P. The car looks a little high but it's on a camber on the photo and I can't have it any lower with the speed bumps that are around my house.


Once again thanks for the site

Fraser


Fraser
« Last Edit: December 18, 2015, 01:54:07 pm by GTMartin »

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    Offline G17EAL

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    Re: Ciao Abarthisti
    « Reply #1 on: December 17, 2015, 04:57:37 pm »
    Hi Fraser welcome tot he club I'm new myself ! your car looks great !!


    Cheers :D :D
    Jon
    « Last Edit: December 18, 2015, 01:54:33 pm by GTMartin »

    Offline fpan

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    Re: Ciao Abarthisti
    « Reply #2 on: December 17, 2015, 09:02:24 pm »
    Hi and welcome.

    The rear shocks are standard (non-gas ones).

    Are the front Konis of the kit the same as what your car had from factory?


    Cheers.
    « Last Edit: December 18, 2015, 01:55:18 pm by GTMartin »

    Offline A64RTH

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    Re: Ciao Abarthisti
    « Reply #3 on: December 17, 2015, 10:09:06 pm »
    Yes the front dampers are FSD and are standard on the 2015 Abarth with OEM springs (I think - someone will be quick to tell me if I'm wrong because TBH I have no idea what I talking about, I'm more into motorbikes, but I love Abarths).
    « Last Edit: December 18, 2015, 01:55:52 pm by GTMartin »

    Offline GTMartin

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    Re: Ciao Abarthisti
    « Reply #4 on: December 18, 2015, 01:58:31 pm »
    Please abide by the forum rules, if you have parts for sale or wanted please post in the Classified section.

    Offline AndyB

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    Re: Ciao Abarthisti
    « Reply #5 on: December 18, 2015, 03:52:06 pm »
    Hello and welcome maybe I will spot you out and about as I work in Grangemouth, nice to know that I can take my car to Falkirk now instead of Edinburgh or Glasgow!

     

    hungry