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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Brembo upgrade to XSR #035
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:14:40 PM »
There would be little benefit to bigger rear brakes on a 500 Abarth to be honest, most of your weight is at the front so your fronts do most of the work and in the case of lift of oversteer the rears won't do much at all.

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General Chat / Re: Fitting PZero Nero to a Abarth should be a crime
« on: May 19, 2018, 10:40:14 AM »
Iíve had Pirelli shod 500s and Michelin PS3 on our latest 595, all were 140 bhp.

There is no doubt that the PS3 are a better tyre, but the Neroís are not as bad as some make out. It just proves how good the, made in Italy, Michelinís are

Once you start getting up and over 180bhp the difference is easier to see I think.

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General Chat / Fitting PZero Nero to a Abarth should be a crime
« on: May 10, 2018, 08:43:43 PM »
It's been said by many before but the PZero's are just not a good fit for the Abarth. Changed out my PZero for Eagle F1 A2s and the difference is staggering, I knew the PZero's were bad but you just don't realise just how bad till you drive the car with decent rubber.

Honestly feels like a suspension upgrade, the level of grip on the F1's is fantastic.

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General Chat / Re: You're too bumpy for my car
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:25:21 PM »
Honestly I'm not even sure it's the Abarth, here in the midlands the roads are just awful right now, potholes everywhere. The roads are really the problem.

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General Chat / Re: TTC Control
« on: March 04, 2018, 01:53:59 PM »
I'm pleased hat makes sense to you Terry! I've decided to ignore the button as I can't make up my mind if it's better on or off...

In the dry on winding back roads or on track turn it on.

In any situation in the wet or during day to day driving leave it off.

Simple as that.

Your snow experience is basically because turning on the TTC winds back the traction control and traction control is not always a good thing in snow.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Waiting for my 180 competizione to arrive
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:43:02 AM »
still waiting for the competizione kit to arrive after over two months customer service very poor ev3n when in direct contact with abarth

Competizione kit?

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How did they widen the Biposto? Just bigger wider wheels and that's it?

Yep Biposto wheels are 1/2" wider and with different offset (ET). So track on Biposto is wider by 7mm front & 21mm rear  :)

Apologies i've buggered up my maths  :-[  - Biposto track is wider 14mm front & rear
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Thatís interesting thanks for that, so all they did was put bigger wheels on and stick on arches to fit them in. Hmmm I wonder how much Biposo wheels and arches would cost me :p

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What difference to handling are people seeing with spacers? Spacers always seems like a crowbar way  to go at an issue myself

That's what's holding me back a bit.
I guess most people do it for the looks alone. I would do it mainly for looks too, but I don't want to f**k up the handling completely since I take it to the track every now and then. I'd like a bit less understeer, so going a little wider at the rear could do that.  Any experiences?

Sorry for hijacking your thread, Tim.. :)

I've had spacers on my Esseesse wheels before I changed them and handling improved. The wider stance, along with properly adjusted wheel alignment will benefit any car over a narrower wheel position and if you track the car, you'll definitely benefit IMO.

Yeah I get that, and I'd image this was the case but I meant more that they seemed like a crowbar way to go at it.
I'm not attacking the idea (or even against it) it just doesn't always sit well in my head.

How did they widen the Biposto? Just bigger wider wheels and that's it?

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International Events / Re: Le Mans 2018
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:54:18 PM »
Considering taking the Abarth for this as a present to the GF.
Only considering though.

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Introductions / Re: Exhaust system
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:53:31 PM »
Got the Bombardone. With the induction it sounds great. Get a lot of comments on how they love the tone on tickover. Lots of pops & bangs & reasonable price unlike the Akrapovic.

Yes but (and I'd never bash someones personal choice on something, each to their own) you get what you pay for with the Akrapovic and what you're paying for is a titanium and carbon fibre exhaust system that's so light you can balance it on three fingers of one hand. The Bombardone is steel and chrome.

Nothing wrong with that but it's worth mentioning why the price is different. You're paying for performance, sound and weight loss with an Akrapovic.

That said, we're talking about modding Fiat road cars here and any of the above choices will be just fine and the OP will love whatever he picks.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Series 4 Infotainment screen 'blank' issues
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:47:00 PM »
Actually the funniest thing mine did was not turn off, wouldn't turn off at the shops but nothing worked. I had a feeling it would fix itself when I got back to the car and it did but that was a funny moment.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: CHANGES FOR 2018 CARS
« on: January 07, 2018, 12:43:41 PM »
Only change I'm aware of (I think there are some upgraded touch screens, not sure though) is that the driving position is meant to be better because the wheel adjusts.

I'd love that, but it's not the end of the world to not have it.

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What difference to handling are people seeing with spacers? Spacers always seems like a crowbar way  to go at an issue myself, how did Abarth achieve a wider car with the Biposto?

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Introductions / Re: new Yamaha from cheese and chocolate mountains
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:33:03 AM »
Right ! That will be for the summer tyres  ;)

Ah! Makes sense!

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Introductions / Re: new Yamaha from cheese and chocolate mountains
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:17:16 AM »
Random but don't the XSR come with black alloys?

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