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Introductions / Re: (About to be) new Sydney owner!
« Last post by jpgibson on Today at 09:43:18 AM »
Boy do I have a problem..Trading the 2015 on a new Competizione tomoz!
Introductions / Re: New
« Last post by Geoffxb on February 20, 2019, 11:55:49 PM »
nice to meet you here
Introductions / Re: New
« Last post by Gooseuk on February 20, 2019, 10:59:19 PM »
Hello there 👋
Meets & Events / Re: Abarths celebrate the arrival of Spring: Sun 17th March 2019
« Last post by Neil R on February 20, 2019, 08:51:16 PM »
See you all there, day off booked..
Introductions / Re: Hello to all
« Last post by Richard H on February 20, 2019, 05:33:32 PM »
Quick, is my 65 plate a S4?

Welcome to the mad world of Abarth

The S4 has rear lights with body colour centres and LED Daytime Running Lights.

Inside, an S4 has the touch screen & DAB radio
Italian Passion for Speed is a celebration of the glorious Performance Cars that have been produced by renowned Italian marques ranging from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, to Alfa Romeo, Lancia and of course Abarth. It is held in the fabulous ampitheatre-like setting at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. As well as all the cars, this water-front location has great view, and an array of restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and other attractions.

The event takes place on Sunday 9th June. To book your tickets, you need to contact David Morris and details of how to do this are on the event's own website at the following:

Abarth attendance has been disappointing in the past few years...... and yet this is a splendid event, and it has even been blessed with fabulous weather in 2017 and 2018. Cardiff is not as remote as you may think, and now the Severn Bridge tolls have been abolished, there is even less excuse than ever before for not coming... oh, and I should point out that if you come along the M4, there are the Brynglas tunnels, which will allow you to experience that unforgettable Abarth sound as you pass through!   
Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: boost gauge
« Last post by jpgibson on February 19, 2019, 09:23:11 PM »
It'll be either the car isnt producing boost ( which you'd notice !) or it is being incorrectly 'recorded' by the gauge. I understand the gauge is electronic ( unlike the aftermarket boost gauges I had in WRX's etc), so the battery disconnection seems like a great idea.
If there was a leak from anywhere after the turbo ( ie the turbo is producing boost but it is being lost) you'd hear it and the car would not run/ be running properly ( I once had an intercooler stolen from my car...hence I know what it sounds like!)
Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Older model turismo/factory racing or newer 145?
« Last post by jpgibson on February 19, 2019, 09:18:45 PM »
You guys are killing me! I had ordered a new Competizione, cancelled the order ( losing my fault) and bought a 2015 Turismo with 13000km on it. My secondhand car was just a bit more than half the new car cost ( but obs without Sabelts, brembos , fancy steering wheel etc etc).Now Abarth in Oz have a 2.9% finance deal on 2018 plated cars...
I suggested to my wife maybe I should trade mine in on a new one and have the peace of mind of a 3 y warranty ( as its an MTA), no prizes for guessing the reply...
Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: GFB DV+ diverter valve on a Turismo 2015
« Last post by jpgibson on February 19, 2019, 09:14:12 PM »
It has had a few cycles so it should be working now. It is still on the default setting. It certainly pulls harder in the upper rev range. The customer service from Bluespark was amazing and it was shipped ( the cheap option ) from the UK to Oz in less than a week! Installation instructions were pretty good, mine is a MTA, so the boost connection was right near the exhaust manifold and required smaller hands! Next time I'd take off the airbox as I needed a number of long nose pliers etc to manoeuvre the MAP sensor. Build quality seems exceptional, even more so given the price.
So, if anyone is expecting any device or remap to make their car massively different, they're kidding themselves ( the old adage, there's no replacement for displacement- except maybe a massive turbo....), but for a pretty modest outlay, you get a noticeable improvement ( and one you can remove and put on another car).
Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Wheel/Brake Squeak
« Last post by jpgibson on February 19, 2019, 09:07:43 PM »
If its happening when you're NOT braking then it is obviously interference between the caliper and pad ie either one isn't square and leaving enough clearance. KTM had an issue with Brembo discs on the gen 1 1290 SuperDuke R- they squeaked like mad!
If they make a noise when braking ( like my non Brembos), it's often due to pad glazing due to not being hot enough ( or getting up to correct operating temp- an issue when people put track pads on a road car). i have no idea about the compound used for Brembos.
It is annoying though!
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