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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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Introductions / Re: Order placed, sat here worried!
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:05:52 AM »
I've had a stock 595 and Eibach springs on my 695 with Koni's AND I'm considering B14s. Honestly, speed bumps are the last thing on my mind, don't let it worry you. Just take them slow, I don't think I've ever let it worry me.

That said I've owned a few Lotus's so yeah maybe I'm used to it, honestly though speed bumps don't even register as a thing in my mind, no more than any other car I've owned.

Of all the things I expected this topic to be about (dealers, naff lights) speed bumps was the last thing I expected.

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Introductions / Re: Exhaust system
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:01:46 AM »
Monza would be the default, Akrapovic would be my choice :)

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Series 4 Infotainment screen 'blank' issues
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:57:46 AM »
Touch wood here, mine did it once and I turned off pretty much every "auto display" and "start CarPlay when connected" option as well as options for displaying on the TFT front display and I've not had a problem since.

Time will tell.

AND mine did it again the other day, it's rare for me but it didn't right at the moment I needed my AirPlay for navigation. Couldn't even use the built in navigation.
I went for fuel and left it off, shut down the car while filling up and then it worked again.

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Your Abarth / Re: My 500 Esseesse
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:21:52 PM »
Those wheels are great. What springs does that sit on?
How do you find those Yoka Parada in UK weather?

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Winter tyres??
« on: December 17, 2017, 12:31:25 PM »
Tremendous difference when pushing on below about 7degrees.

This here is the big difference, summer and all seasons just can't get enough heat into them once it hits lower temps.

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