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Meets & Events / Re: Abarths at Silverstone Classic: 26 - 28 July 2019
« Last post by exporsche on July 19, 2019, 07:04:34 PM »
Anybody know what time were expected to arrive for this event. Have my pass and everything now but not sure on time we need to be inside the circuit. Will be attending Friday & Saturday.
General Chat / Re: Italian road trip 2019
« Last post by gwp on July 18, 2019, 11:38:18 PM »
I've registered my interest, but heard nothing more..
General Chat / Re: Italian road trip 2019
« Last post by garyp1155 on July 18, 2019, 10:27:22 AM »
Me too, email me the details
Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: 595 engine oil
« Last post by lee gent 43 on July 16, 2019, 05:02:02 PM »
Off to wilsons in epsom to get some, 33 for 2ltrs
Wanted / Re: 17" wheels
« Last post by lee gent 43 on July 16, 2019, 04:56:12 PM »
Thanks mate but id like like comp wheels or ss ideally,  how much you looking for anyway
Introductions / Re: Hello thinking of buying an abarth
« Last post by Neil R on July 16, 2019, 12:46:41 PM »
Test drive a few variants then make a choice . I`m sure you`ll find one that makes you smile .
Introductions / Re: Hello thinking of buying an abarth
« Last post by Geoffxb on July 16, 2019, 10:20:57 AM »
In my opinion don't buy new get one a year or so old much cheaper and usually if there has been any issues with the car they would have been sorted out by then,
Abarth 124 / Re: Soft top roof cleaner / protection
« Last post by 137699 on July 16, 2019, 10:15:22 AM »
I know very well a guy that restores/rebuilds soft tops - and his advice is NEVER use any protective layer on a soft top.

Hartz, (the manufacturer of the fabric) say the cloth is specifically designed to absorb water and wick it away. This ensures the cloth stays supple and in shape. Water won't enter the car as there is an impervious membrane within the fabric.

It's fine to clean the fabric using specialist cleaners, however it is NOT fine to "treat" the fabric with anything that is water repellent or which cases water beading on the surface. Why? Well because this causes the fabric to dry and go hard - when this happens you create the conditions for the fabric to shrink, the fibres prematurely age and start to get damaged, and the lack of suppleness to the fabric then creates issues on the runner, motor & mechanics of the roof.

Of all the soft-top products you can use, he tells me Renovo is the worst -  its effectively a swear word as he says it creates and almost bitumen style coating on the fabric which cracks and causes untold damage to the roof itself. Actually it's great for his line of work - he makes money replacing roofs that have had such products used on them, but he'd never recommend use of any such product.
General Chat / Re: Which model do I want! New abarth buyer needs help!
« Last post by 137699 on July 16, 2019, 10:07:41 AM »
The essesse is the older model. Until they brought out the Turismo & Competizione models, all you could buy was the basic 500 which if you wanted more power from you bought the Esseesse upgrade for.

Standard 500/595 gets 135/140/145hp and comfy suspension.
Turismo gets 160/165hp, intermediate suspension (FSD on the front) & more luxuries
Competizione gets 180hp, hard suspensions (FSD on front & rear), bigger brakes and (unless spec'd otherwise on the very latest models) chronically uncomfortable Sabelt seats.

There are also limited run versions such as the Trofeo, Yamaha, Ferrari & Rivale.

Elaborazione kits exist to upgrade Standard > Turismo > Competizione (effectively a rebrand of what the Esseesse kits offered before).
Or you can take your car to Tune4Performance in Watford and get Tony to upgrade it for a fraction of the cost.
Introductions / Re: Hello thinking of buying an abarth
« Last post by 137699 on July 16, 2019, 10:01:37 AM »
First question - are you buying new or used... and what's your budget?
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