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Old April 17th   #1
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Suspension Installation Help or Suggestions (FIAT Abarth)

I have finally pulled the trigger on my list of mods for my tiny little go-kart (FIAT Abarth, which some of you have probably seen around)..

Two of the items in particular I won't be able to install myself and wanted suggestions on where I could have them installed or to see if anyone on here has expertise with these sort of things.

I am needing Eibach Sportlines and a rear sway bar installed.

So, any suggestions?


The parts will be arriving hopefully by this coming Monday.
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Old April 18th   #2
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Shouldnt be too hard to install them. Can rent a spring compressor from autozone/advanced and the sway bar shouldnt be bad either. I've got airtools which make spring compression much easier and could assist if needed.
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I have already done one set of springs on a fiat....I'd do it again.
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Shouldnt be too hard to install them. Can rent a spring compressor from autozone/advanced and the sway bar shouldnt be bad either. I've got airtools which make spring compression much easier and could assist if needed.
You don't need a spring compressor. Just wrap them up in a towel and cut a hole in the towel so you can get to the top bolt to release the spring. Hit it with a impac and jump like hell...........lol.

For the record kids don't try that at home.
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Do it at Pitstop DIY garage. Rent a bay, and all the tools needed are part of the bay rental.
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You don't need a spring compressor. Just wrap them up in a towel and cut a hole in the towel so you can get to the top bolt to release the spring. Hit it with a impac and jump like hell...........lol.

For the record kids don't try that at home.
you go first LOL
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you go first LOL
It worked on the TSX, however they really weren't that compressed. Especially the rears.
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You don't need a spring compressor. Just wrap them up in a towel and cut a hole in the towel so you can get to the top bolt to release the spring. Hit it with a impac and jump like hell...........lol.

For the record kids don't try that at home.
I've actually seen someone do this
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Evil, your idea sounds terrifying. I'm not the most automotive work inclined individual. Installing the CAI and ECU is enough of an adventure for me, haha. You could even say that I'm car dumb...

Justin or Anthony, either of you who feel inclined to help are more than welcome. I'll take any assistance gladly. I'll update the thread as soon as the parts come in. Should be sometime this weekend but I didn't expect to have them on the car that soon. I'd be working around your convenience obviously.

Thanks for the suggestions from everyone, even yours Cody, haha.
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Evil, your idea sounds terrifying.

Thanks for the suggestions from everyone, even yours Cody, haha.
That's why it came with a don't try this at home disclaimer.
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A compressed spring can kill you, and so will those death traps autozone rents.
Pull the strut assembly and take them somewhere with a proper compressor.
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You don't need a spring compressor. Just wrap them up in a towel and cut a hole in the towel so you can get to the top bolt to release the spring. Hit it with a impac and jump like hell...........lol.

For the record kids don't try that at home.
did it with a third gen prelude worked but shot into the sky and the top hat landed on the hood of my miata
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You don't need a spring compressor. Just wrap them up in a towel and cut a hole in the towel so you can get to the top bolt to release the spring. Hit it with a impac and jump like hell...........lol.

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Fixed.
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I'm getting ready to go through this exercise on the FR-S. I may be ordering Koni's and RCE Yellow springs next.

Good luck to you and be safe!

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Old April 22nd   #16
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Update directly from my seller here's all of the shipping:

R3T Intake- Tomorrow
Interior LED Kit- Tomorrow
Strut Mounts- End of week (I ordered 6 pairs last week and sold out friday, expecting another delivery by end of week, sorry)
Neu-R Rear Torsion bar- End of week(sold out)
Eibachs- tomorrow
RRM ECU- tomorrow

So it looks like the springs/bar will be ready to put on not this weekend but the next!
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(First post. Hi everybody! )

mactography: I also have a 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth (grigio, sunroof, red stripes/mirrors, optional hyper-black 17" wheels). No mods yet other than a stubby antenna.

I had thought about getting an aftermarket intake: R3T or some other short intake. But then I started thinking stuff like this: it gets really really hot here in the summer and those short intakes have no air access other than the very hot under-hood air: it completely bypasses the Abarth's outside air intake as I understand it.

Or are you planning on installing a hood scoop or vent?

I'm (I think) probably not going to do any lowering/aftermarket springs because of my weird/steep driveway (plus I'm not planning on tracking it anyway). But who knows?

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Not wanting to make another thread for suspension work, but would anybody be interested in helping me out installing some springs on my WRX?
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When I did my spring install, I took the entire strut assembly over to Stringfellow auto shop off of sparkman drive. He had a wall mounted compressor. Give them a call and ask to speak to Gary.
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I had thought about getting an aftermarket intake: R3T or some other short intake. But then I started thinking stuff like this: it gets really really hot here in the summer and those short intakes have no air access other than the very hot under-hood air: it completely bypasses the Abarth's outside air intake as I understand it.

Or are you planning on installing a hood scoop or vent?

I'm (I think) probably not going to do any lowering/aftermarket springs because of my weird/steep driveway (plus I'm not planning on tracking it anyway). But who knows?

-Bo Parker
Hey Bo,

First of all I will say the R3T intake is awesome so far and hasn't caused any problems. I had a vacuum line pop off but it was fixed within a day's time. It definitely scared me because they blamed the CAI and said it wasn't under warranty but after I fought them on it they covered it. Mainly because I was right.. there's no way it caused the hose to pop off.. the fact that the hose wasn't clamped to begin with is what caused that.

Anywho, another local Abarth owner and myself both have intakes and the RRM ECM chip (which is AMAZING btw, but make certain you check all hoses BEHIND the motor to see that they're clamped.. since that's where my culprit was)

I would like to eventually get a hood scoop but that's not in the immediate future. According to their R&D these intakes aren't going to cause any issue through heat and the guys are out in California (along with their customers all over the country).. have put tons of miles on them.. so I trust they're ok for use.

I'm also about to get Eibach Sportlines and a Neu-F Rear Sway (Torsion) bar installed as you can see via this thread. Make sure to check out the local Fiat club in my signature btw.
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