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trevc
06-13-2013, 11:12 AM
Figured it is time I start my owner thread! Watch this space xyxwave

SuperTony
06-13-2013, 11:32 AM
Alrighty then - watching.

shagghie
06-13-2013, 11:55 AM
:hail:

redred
06-13-2013, 12:01 PM
Eagerly awaiting!!

500ways
06-13-2013, 12:24 PM
Eagerly awaiting!!

+1

trevc
06-14-2013, 10:34 AM
The first time I drove a new Fiat 500 was in September of 2011. I made a trip back home to England and rented a Lounge model for the week.
Although I was a little disappointed with some of the blind spots I loved the way the car felt and drove and was impressed with the interior space.
My wife also approved which was very important :cuddle:

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/england_lounge_zps71fab757.jpg

shagghie
06-14-2013, 11:10 AM
and so it began....

500ways
06-14-2013, 01:47 PM
clever strategy...

Are you an advertising/marketing person?

trevc
06-14-2013, 01:55 PM
:) No, I am in IT.
I don't have all the pictures handy where I am right now.
I want to detail the whole journey :soap:

clever strategy...

Are you an advertising/marketing person?

500ways
06-14-2013, 02:39 PM
:) No, I am in IT.
I don't have all the pictures handy where I am right now.
I want to detail the whole journey :soap:

gotcha!

FTY
06-15-2013, 01:16 AM
Ok Im hooked...next picture pleeeeaaassee :)

trevc
06-16-2013, 03:35 PM
November 11 2011 I put down a deposit at my local Fiat dealer that put me first in line to order an Abarth when the order books opened.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/deposit_zps1ae3ee27.jpg

trevc
06-16-2013, 03:39 PM
January 5th 2012 I got a call that the order books were open. I went to the dealership and selected the options and placed the order. As the first cars were meant as dealer demo cars the only color available was Nero and it had to have the red stripes / red mirror caps package to match what was being used in the advertising campaigns.
Received my VON and pricing confirmation on January 19th 2012.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/Order-1-priv_zps64e81518.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/Order-2-priv_zps210bbef7.jpg

trevc
06-16-2013, 03:43 PM
It took what seemed like forever for the build to start. To make the wait even worse, after being built it stood in storage for two weeks:livid:

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/Tracking_zps0885a461.jpg

Finally it shipped!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/shippingorder_zpsd5427ae3.jpg

trevc
06-16-2013, 03:47 PM
On April 25 2012 my Abarth was delivered to the dealership 1luvu
Two were delivered that day - the 2nd for a local restaurateur. He went for the same options as me except he had the red leather.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_0147_zps3667a13c.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_0146_zps867d0409.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/windowsticker_zps42ef0faf.jpg

trevc
07-27-2013, 06:00 PM
Just finished adjusting the suspension for the new tires - BF Goodrich g-force TA KDW2 215/40R17.
Raised it a little to make room for the larger diameter of these over the Pirellis.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/130727-1_zps1f0457ce.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/130727-2_zps42b22f51.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/130727-3_zpsde34016a.jpg

DJ Sueno
07-27-2013, 06:11 PM
Nice car!
I like the Multiair Turbo badge...
Is that OEM, and if so do you have the part #? :smile:

trevc
07-27-2013, 06:47 PM
Thanks!
The badge is what they put on the Dodge Dart. I bought it on eBay. Search on there.

Nice car!
I like the Multiair Turbo badge...
Is that OEM, and if so do you have the part #? :smile:

trevc
08-15-2013, 09:55 AM
The next big mod is being freighted in today - I can't wait! I am hoping it will live up to expectations - look for pictures soon :lala:

trevc
08-16-2013, 03:00 PM
So, the box arrived on time via Pilot Freight. It was big!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/1_zps7a98cfba.jpg

I wasted no time in opening it up!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/2_zps332643f7.jpg


The hood was extremely well packaged. They even included some free goodies!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/3_zps6cb2f941.jpg


Initial impressions are very good. This is not a $3000 hood for sure but I am very happy with the quality for the price I paid.


http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/4_zps2e5efa3c.jpg


http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/5_zps9c6e88b0.jpg


http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/6_zps453c2707.jpg


http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/7_zps51541860.jpg


As soon as my hood pins arrive and I get the time I will fit the hood and take some fitment pictures and post.

The eventual plan is to install an intake and vent from RRM. I just can't decide if I can get away with the cheaper fiberglass ones painted black or spend the extra $200 on the CF versions. As the weave won't match I am thinking fiberglass would look better.
Thoughts?

Peter at AdvanCarbon has been great to deal with. The hood took a little longer to arrive than I initially expected (ordered on 7/19, arrived 8/15). But, Peter worked with me on the price which I very much appreciated. Check out their website!

The hood weighs approx. 14 pounds. I will weigh the standard hood when I remove it.

shagghie
08-16-2013, 03:12 PM
Nice Trev!!!! What's the 'normal' retail price for the hood? From the pics, it looks tops! At 14lbs seems very very light! Hit me up via PM...I may have an option for you that doesn't involve hood vents, nor cowls, that you may like better.

trevc
08-16-2013, 05:30 PM
It's listed at $779 right now. If you are in southern California you could probably setup a will-call.
Otherwise shipping can get pricey. To Memphis it was $163.50. They used Pilot Freight and they were great to deal with to setup the delivery date/time.

Nice Trev!!!! What's the 'normal' retail price for the hood? From the pics, it looks tops! At 14lbs seems very very light! Hit me up via PM...I may have an option for you that doesn't involve hood vents, nor cowls, that you may like better.

Tweak
08-16-2013, 09:54 PM
Looks nice Trevor, I think you should paint the vents the same as Nero as your car and not try the CF due to what you stated, the mis-matched weave. I mentioned a setup I plan to have in October, now we both get to show off some new toys since our last meet. :cool:

trevc
08-17-2013, 07:01 PM
I have that Friday and Monday booked off work now.
I just need to sort out hotels. Looking forward to it!

Looks nice Trevor, I think you should paint the vents the same as Nero as your car and not try the CF due to what you stated, the mis-matched weave. I mentioned a setup I plan to have in October, now we both get to show off some new toys since our last meet. :cool:

Tweak
08-17-2013, 08:57 PM
I have that Friday and Monday booked off work now.
I just need to sort out hotels. Looking forward to it!


Great! Can't wait, hopefully we all have or get the time free and have just as much fun as we did in spring.

SLOWAbarth
08-20-2013, 09:46 AM
I can't wait for pics of the hood installed! Looks great! For $779, I don't see how anyone or a company could enter the market with $2000+ CF Hoods lol

trevc
09-04-2013, 05:34 PM
The vents arrived today from Road Race Motorsports.
I got the fiber glass ones. They look good - just need to smooth them a bit and get them painted.
I ordered paint from automotivetouchup.com that matches the car and I will use that - primer, paint and clear coat.
The Sparco hood pins arrived from Amazon. I just need to find time - hopefully I will get the hood on and the hood pins installed this weekend.
Assuming that goes OK the vents will be next! The vents came with rivets and window weld. I can't decide whether to use the rivets or not.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0900_zpse04d78d6.jpg

Tweak
09-04-2013, 09:20 PM
Personally I like no rivets for a cleaner look but I post here cause I had a question...

Do the CF hoods REQUIRE pins? I don't like the idea of having to cut into my (RRM) hood but I am worried about not using hood pins and IF I get them I want to get the flush style for sure. I may have to call and ask but figured you might have an opinion on things. Look forward to seeing the end results once you have it all installed.

trevc
09-05-2013, 08:43 AM
You really need to use hood pins. These hoods are so much lighter. It is a safety thing.

Tweak
09-05-2013, 10:35 AM
You really need to use hood pins. These hoods are so much lighter. It is a safety thing.

I figured that'd be the case. I now need to source some black flush mount style pins that are affordable.

trevc
09-05-2013, 12:28 PM
Yeah - I looked at those and they look really nice but much harder to install and a lot pricier! I went with the Sparco like they have on the Assetto Corsa cars.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SIDIH0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tweak
09-06-2013, 12:03 AM
Yeah - I looked at those and they look really nice but much harder to install and a lot pricier! I went with the Sparco like they have on the Assetto Corsa cars.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SIDIH0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I may go the same route but if they are not black they kill my current path for mods...we shall see what happens. :)

Thanks Trevor.

These are what I had in mind... http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Universal-Racing-Lock-Plus-Flush-Hood-Latch-Pin-Kit-Black-Metal-JDM-/310691139528

redred
09-06-2013, 01:36 AM
These are what I had in mind... http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Universal-Racing-Lock-Plus-Flush-Hood-Latch-Pin-Kit-Black-Metal-JDM-/310691139528

Those are the ones that Road Race used on their car. Perhaps Rob can help you out with those Tweak?

trevc
09-06-2013, 10:04 AM
Those look nice. Much more aerodynamic :smile:
I had only seen the CF ones before.
I can't wait to see your car when you are finished with it beerchug

Tweak
09-06-2013, 10:27 AM
Those are the ones that Road Race used on their car. Perhaps Rob can help you out with those Tweak?

I will likely speak to Rob when I move forward with the hood. ;)


Those look nice. Much more aerodynamic :smile:
I had only seen the CF ones before.
I can't wait to see your car when you are finished with it beerchug

Those or another set with locks and keys in a CF finish will almost certainly be what I use, I hope to get all mods done before we meet in Oct! :cool: Seems several of us have made some pretty significant changes since the spring.

trevc
09-07-2013, 10:35 PM
Got the stock hood off tonight. It weighs 21 LBS. The CF hood ways 14 LBS so that is 7 LBS lighter (33% less). Not as much of a difference as I had hoped. Carrying the hoods it felt a lot different but I double checked using bathroom scales.
CF one fits good. Once I have it aligned and the hood pins in I will take pictures.

Tweak
09-07-2013, 11:23 PM
Got the stock hood off tonight. It weighs 21 LBS. The CF hood ways 14 LBS so that is 7 LBS lighter (33% less). Not as much of a difference as I had hoped. Carrying the hoods it felt a lot different but I double checked using bathroom scales.
CF one fits good. Once I have it aligned and the hood pins in I will take pictures.

Sweet, I need to weigh mine to see what change it yields.

doadea
09-08-2013, 09:28 AM
LOVE the CF hood

trevc
09-08-2013, 06:15 PM
Phase 1 complete! Hood and hood pins installed. Phase two is the install of the vents. I need to get the time to paint them first. I am racing the next two weekends so it is going to be a while unfortunately.
I am really pleased with the results so far, especially considering the price of the hood.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0904_zpsdfd7428a.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0905_zpsdabc2fb7.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0903_zpsd1ecb2b0.jpg

Tweak
09-08-2013, 11:49 PM
Any pics from under the hood where it is mounted and where the pins are mounted to the car?

Did you take it and have it cleared or just install it?

I will have mine cleared because I have seen far too often what happens when that doesn't get done and it looks HORRIBLE so I am going to at least try to have mine last as long as possible!

trevc
09-09-2013, 10:07 AM
I will post more pics from under the hood.
For the hood pin install I basically followed deathsheads post with a few minor changes.
The hood came standard with a clear coat from AdvanCarbon. I just wiped it over with some Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer.


Any pics from under the hood where it is mounted and where the pins are mounted to the car?

Did you take it and have it cleared or just install it?

I will have mine cleared because I have seen far too often what happens when that doesn't get done and it looks HORRIBLE so I am going to at least try to have mine last as long as possible!

Tweak
09-09-2013, 10:13 AM
I will post more pics from under the hood.
For the hood pin install I basically followed deathsheads post with a few minor changes.
The hood came standard with a clear coat from AdvanCarbon. I just wiped it over with some Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer.

Cool, I think mine came with clear also but it'll still get a nice coat. :)

I ordered these pins, kinda like the red but I may not like them and end up with the flat CF locking types.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ3B2UI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

trevc
09-09-2013, 10:37 AM
They look nice (and a 1/3rd the price of the Sparco ones!)
As hard as I tried, my right drivers side one ended up at a slightly different angle to the other one. I didn't notice until I looked at the picture.
Showed up more there. Now it is bugging me :cussing:
So, at some point I may switch to the flat style ones you showed me so I can fix that.


Cool, I think mine came with clear also but it'll still get a nice coat. :)

I ordered these pins, kinda like the red but I may not like them and end up with the flat CF locking types.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQ3B2UI/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tweak
09-09-2013, 10:06 PM
They look nice (and a 1/3rd the price of the Sparco ones!)
As hard as I tried, my right drivers side one ended up at a slightly different angle to the other one. I didn't notice until I looked at the picture.
Showed up more there. Now it is bugging me :cussing:
So, at some point I may switch to the flat style ones you showed me so I can fix that.

The flat ones will def hide any issue with the current, I may switch to the flat as well but I decided for now I'd give these a shot and I sort of like the red thrown in there.

On our stock hoods we have some heat shielding, what does your CF hood have or what do you intend to add (if anything). I am thinking about using this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00029KC2K/

trevc
09-10-2013, 10:00 AM
I am going to put the intake and heat exhaust vents in so that should take care of most of the heat issues.
I also ordered a sheet of Thermal Block from secondskinaudio.com (NORCALS recommendation) that I am going to use on the remaining areas above the turbo for added peace of mind.
Right now I am just running without the rubber strip around the cowl top to help let out some heat.

Here are the hood pin locations I used.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0906_zps5406d579.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0907_zpse63596de.jpg

Tweak
09-10-2013, 11:38 PM
I recall seeing that pin setup and figured I would likely do the same, you got a link for easy reference we can leave here in this thread by chance? ;)

trevc
09-11-2013, 09:14 AM
Here it is!
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?10462-Assetto-Corse-Hood-pin-install-how-to


I recall seeing that pin setup and figured I would likely do the same, you got a link for easy reference we can leave here in this thread by chance? ;)

Tweak
09-11-2013, 10:14 PM
Here it is!
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?10462-Assetto-Corse-Hood-pin-install-how-to

Thanks Trevor! ;)

trevc
09-21-2013, 06:09 PM
Gauge arrived today from Norcal SS Customs - pod should hopefully be here by next weekend. Can't wait to get it installed!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/gauge_zps4761b466.jpg

trevc
09-26-2013, 10:42 AM
I installed a fire extinguisher yesterday evening.
I purchased a universal mounting bracket from Rennline along with a dry powder extinguisher.
The Rennline bracket is superbly engineered and comes with various brackets to enable it to fit a wide range of seats.
I was hoping to be able to mount it so that it moved with the seat. Unfortunately I could not find a way to do that so ended up mounting it using the front seat mounting bolts.
It fits great and gives me some peace of mind, particularly when at the race track.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_0929_zpsb915934f.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_0930_zps5741dd0d.jpg

Robert Nixon
09-26-2013, 01:03 PM
And I hope that's one piece of gear you never have to use!

trevc
10-01-2013, 08:20 AM
Norcal OBDII gauge and pod installed!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/norcalgauge_zps6303ba1c.jpg

BigT
10-01-2013, 08:28 AM
looks good trev. How was install?

trevc
10-01-2013, 08:31 AM
Straight forward install once I plucked up the courage to drill holes in my car :calm:
Measure three times and cut once!


looks good trev. How was install?

trevc
10-02-2013, 09:50 AM
I started my install of the ATM Boost Gauge yesterday evening.
Got the under-the-hood work done and the cable fed through the firewall into the foot-well but then ran out of time. Will hopefully get the gauge installed Thursday.
Here are some pics so far.
I mounted the sender unit on the cowl using a push pin rather than the suggested fuse box cover; I hate bolting things to other totally unrelated parts.
http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/Trevor_Cotton/library/ATM%20Boost%20Gauge

redred
10-02-2013, 02:52 PM
Nice! Thanks for the pics of your install progress. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the gauge. Mine arrives tomorrow!

trevc
10-04-2013, 08:51 AM
Finished the install of the ATM boost gauge. Only item I needed that was not in the kit was some heat shrink sleeving to better insulate the power pins.
Love the finished item. It is nice to finally have a true boost gauge.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/ATM%20Boost%20Gauge/IMG_0948_zps45446ec1.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/ATM%20Boost%20Gauge/IMG_0947_zpsb577d05c.jpg

shagghie
10-04-2013, 01:07 PM
Looks soooo good! Maybe just get some of that ebay yellow transparent vinyl that people use on Fog lights, etc. The yellow should help tone down the blue, IIRC.
Also, if you don't mind, hit this up too with your peak/sustained #'s: http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?12101-Un-Official-Mechanical-Boost-Gauge-Peak-Sustained-Boost-Registry&p=631652#post631652

Hoping will help us get some benchmarking and also see how diff HW/SW mods affect peak/sustained boost out there, now that we have real mechanical boost!

trevc
10-07-2013, 10:18 PM
Finished to vents install. I am calling the engine bay cover a prototype as it didn't come out as I had hoped - I rushed making it as I wanted it in the same time as the vents.

The reason I need a cover
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0956_zpsa80ad832.jpg

The cover I came up with.
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0961_zps43df5bb4.jpg

The finished product.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/CF%20Hood/IMG_0965_zps9f2cccbd.jpg

trevc
10-26-2013, 06:30 PM
Out with the old Cat, in with the new!
RoadRace Motorsports high-flow cat / downpipe installed today.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1036_zps8bbafb3f.jpg
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1038_zps7a1fcec8.jpg

ABARTH TAMER
10-26-2013, 08:44 PM
From the photo, new DP looks smaller than stock?

trevc
10-26-2013, 09:09 PM
Physically a lot smaller making it easier to install than the stock one was to get out.
This is mainly due to the smaller CAT. The inside diameter of the outlet is slightly larger than stock.
Got a P0420 code within 10 miles of the install (inefficient cat) :frown:
I have ordered a mini cat from Big Daddies Garage that will hopefully fix this.

From the photo, new DP looks smaller than stock?

trevc
10-30-2013, 09:29 PM
The big daddies garage minicat arrived today. I installed it this evening and did a 54 mile run and so far no codes. I was getting them after approx 10 miles so I am hoping this is the permanent fix.

trevc
11-16-2013, 10:47 PM
I installed a new boost gauge today. The Depo one in the ATM kit is good but I found the blue numbers distracting and too bright at night.
So, I decided to go with a Prosport Evo because it has multiple levels of brightness. It also has 4 colors - red, green, blue and white. Colors and brightness are selected using the buttons on the front panel. It can also store the peak boost value and warn if boost goes over a certain level which is programmable.
It also uses comes with a much better quality sender unit that is waterproof. The downside is I had to run all new wiring as it is different from the Depo.
Hard to get a good picture but here is one.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1058_zps95b3e5fb.jpg

trevc
11-16-2013, 10:51 PM
I also installed my RRM Ultimate ECU piggy-back and a Braille lightweight battery today.
The stock battery weighed in at 36 lbs. The Braille is 11 lb. I used a basic Braille mounting kit that uses J-hooks.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1060_zps66a42aff.jpg

Gigante
11-16-2013, 10:59 PM
I installed a new boost gauge today. The Depot one in the ATM kit is good but I found the blue numbers distracting and too bright at night.
So, I decided to go with a Prosport Evo because it has multiple levels of brightness. It also has 4 colors - red, green, blue and white. Colors and brightness are selected using the buttons on the front panel. It can also store the peak boost value and warn if boost goes over a certain level which is programmable.
Hard to get a good picture but here is one.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1058_zps95b3e5fb.jpg

This looks great Trevor and the various colors and stored peak boost value is a nice touch. Did this fit right into the ATM pod?

Gigante
11-16-2013, 11:00 PM
I also installed my RRM Ultimate ECU piggy-back and a Braille lightweight battery today.
The stock battery weighed in at 36 lbs. The Braille is 11 lb. I use a basic Braille mounting kit that uses J-hooks.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/IMG_1060_zps66a42aff.jpg

It's pretty amazing how small that is, like the way you installed the ECM - nice job.

trevc
11-16-2013, 11:11 PM
Thanks. Yep, fit right in. I think all these gauges are made in the same factory in Taiwan and just branded for Depo or Prosport.

This looks great Trevor and the various colors and stored peak boost value is a nice touch. Did this fit right into the ATM pod?

trevc
11-16-2013, 11:12 PM
Thanks. That is the bracket I made for my TMC box. I just had to drill one new hole as the RRM is smaller.

It's pretty amazing how small that is, like the way you installed the ECM - nice job.

FTY
11-17-2013, 12:14 AM
Very nicely done from the battery to the boost gauge!

modular
11-17-2013, 08:03 AM
Yes, it's coming along splendidly!!

ABARTH TAMER
11-17-2013, 09:54 AM
Trevor, your car is coming along nicely. Still have your TMC for sale? How do like your new tuner?

trevc
11-17-2013, 10:08 AM
Thanks! Only have 20 miles on the RRM so far so too early to tell. I will keep the TMC probably until after next weekends autocross just to make sure there are no issues then I will be selling.

Trevor, your car is coming along nicely. Still have your TMC for sale? How do like your new tuner?

trevc
11-17-2013, 12:58 PM
For those that have asked ;
The battery is a Braille B14115 ($169.99 on Amazon) with Braille 6186 mount kit ($24.86 on Amazon) and ALL76150 red and black plastic terminal covers ($7.41 on Amazon).
I have Amazon Prime so the shipping was free. Total $202.26.
You will also need to make up a longer grounding wire for the ECU and drill two holes in the battery tray for the J-hooks. Measure twice, drill once!

Stock battery weighs 36 lbs, this one is 11 lbs.

modular
11-23-2013, 11:10 AM
Just ordered this kit myself from Amazon. Oh, and my total with free shipping via Amazon Prime was only $186.39.

Robert Nixon
11-23-2013, 08:41 PM
It's got to be tempting for the next time you see a doctor to tell him "Hey Doc, I just lost 25 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

trevc
12-21-2013, 11:42 PM
Today's project was to fit my new steering wheel.
I have always felt that to have my arms at the right distance from the wheel my feet were too close to the pedals. I wish Fiat had put in a telescoping steering column.
As I am doing more and more autocross and track days I decided to switch out the steering wheel for one with a 3" dish. This allows me to get the seat where I want it in relation to the pedals and have the correct arm position on the wheel.
The hub is by Momo, imported from Europe as it is not stocked in the USA. It is collapsible for safety. The wheel is from VMS Racing (black leather with red stitching) and the Abarth horn button I found on eBay.
I was lucky and all the parts fitted together. I had to make a custom wiring adapter to make the horn work and trim the bottom half of the steering column shroud as the Momo hub diameter is slightly larger that the shroud opening.
I am very pleased with the result. Of course the airbags are all disabled now but I am actually happy about that as I always had a fear of them going off by accident when I was on the racetrack. Also, I plan to switch out the seats when money allows. I just need to find a way to disable the warning light - multiecuscan maybe?
The other upside is I will no longer hit the voice command by accident in the middle of an autocross run and be asked to please enter a command!
Downside is no more cruise control. I need to work on a way to fix that with some dash-mounted controls. Maybe an Arduino with a touch panel....a project for another day!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/wheel_zpsa3f9161d.jpg

DIVSAbarth500
12-22-2013, 12:34 AM
Nice job. It looks great!

Tweak
12-22-2013, 12:47 AM
Looking good Trevor, not for me cause I couldn't let go of my stock wheel and the controls and such but going for race mode you've done really well. Looking forward to seeing the outcome with your other project, hope we catch up some more come spring and our third FOTD! :cool:

trevc
12-29-2013, 07:13 PM
Today's job was to fit the Forge recirculation valve that I purchased back in May! Not really sure why I sat on this one so long - taping into the brake boost line scared me I think.
Turned out was an easy install and the first test run went great. FMIC is next on the list.....

ABARTH TAMER
12-29-2013, 11:33 PM
Steering wheel looks beautiful, good choice classic Momo.

Robert Nixon
12-30-2013, 07:43 AM
That steering wheel looks good! You reminded me that I also hit the voice command thing in an autocross!

Abarth Five O
12-31-2013, 06:02 PM
Nice job on the steering wheel!

trevc
01-05-2014, 09:49 PM
Today's project - fit the ATM FMIC that has been sitting in the garage for a while. I was surprised, not really a difficult job. The hardest part was getting the hose connected to the turbo outlet and angled correctly.
The weather here the next few days is going to be unusually cold so the Abarth will be in the garage. I took it for a quick drive to make sure there were no error lights and nothing fell off. Hopefully I can test it fully later in the week.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1150_zps3c76d7e3.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1144_zps042c5886.jpg

shadowshaggy
01-05-2014, 10:27 PM
So how was the install?

trevc
01-05-2014, 10:58 PM
Straight forward. Getting the standard one out was more difficult than getting the new in. I think having the RRM hi flow cat already in made it easier as this gives you a lot more room to work.

So how was the install?

Abarth Five O
01-06-2014, 12:58 PM
It's amazing how much extra plumbing, connections, bends, and turns the SMICs have. Don't understand why they designed that way. Looks like you saved at least 10 lbs. with the ATM FMIC. This will be my next serious mod and it's nice to know the install will be a little bit easier with the R/R DP already installed.

trevc
01-06-2014, 06:33 PM
Yes, when it is out of the car and sitting there in front of you and you can see all the joints it really does hit home how many potential leak points there are and how inefficient it must be.
I am sure they had good reasons for the design (crash test requirements, costs etc.) but it is easy to improve upon!
If the weather gets better (forecast says it will) we have a charity Autocross scheduled for this Saturday. Will be a good day to test it in anger!
Weight wise, I think ATM quotes 20lbs for stock and 19lbs for their unit so only 1lb gained but much better performance.


It's amazing how much extra plumbing, connections, bends, and turns the SMICs have. Don't understand why they designed that way. Looks like you saved at least 10 lbs. with the ATM FMIC. This will be my next serious mod and it's nice to know the install will be a little bit easier with the R/R DP already installed.

Abarth Five O
01-06-2014, 08:22 PM
It sure looks like the weight saving would be more than 1 lb. At any rate, look forward to your feedback after the auto X event, weather permitting.

MADNESSLuckyJay
01-06-2014, 08:26 PM
OEM intercooler setup weighs 18lbs! Surely some weight savings

trevc
01-07-2014, 10:00 AM
From the ATM specs
"Weight of the Intercooling systems-Factory 20lbs with most of weight in the plumbing, ATM 19lbs with most of the weight in the Intercooler".
It is a solid piece! I had to use a jack to hold it in place while marking where to drill the mounting hole.


OEM intercooler setup weighs 18lbs! Surely some weight savings

doadea
01-07-2014, 11:09 AM
Looking good!!

BigT
01-07-2014, 11:22 AM
Is that the ATM boost gauge in the stock location? looks different from the one they had posted a while back. Also car looks pretty sweet I like the steering wheel but I don't think I could give up my steering wheel controls lol.

ivmill
01-07-2014, 11:40 AM
Is that the ATM boost gauge in the stock location? looks different from the one they had posted a while back. Also car looks pretty sweet I like the steering wheel but I don't think I could give up my steering wheel controls lol.

Check out post 64. He swapped out the depo gauge that ATM ships with a Prosport one. I love the look of it, so I hope Trevor doesn't mind if I copy that move :adoration:. I agree with you though, losing my steering wheel additions would kill me day to day. I'm so envious of all these front mounts. I need to find a blank check somewhere.

BigT
01-07-2014, 12:03 PM
Check out post 64. He swapped out the depo gauge that ATM ships with a Prosport one. I love the look of it, so I hope Trevor doesn't mind if I copy that move :adoration:. I agree with you though, losing my steering wheel additions would kill me day to day. I'm so envious of all these front mounts. I need to find a blank check somewhere.

That's what I get for not reading the entire thread lol. I think prosport even makes a larger boost gauge that fit that location without the adapter ring however I don't think the larger one looks as cool as that one. I'm with you I need to find a blank check or sell a kidney so I can get on the modifications bandwagon lol.

trevc
01-07-2014, 12:45 PM
Glad you like it. I leave it on the white color most of the time - my eyes seem to like that the best.
I have no copyright on this mod :)

Check out post 64. He swapped out the depo gauge that ATM ships with a Prosport one. I love the look of it, so I hope Trevor doesn't mind if I copy that move :adoration:. I agree with you though, losing my steering wheel additions would kill me day to day. I'm so envious of all these front mounts. I need to find a blank check somewhere.

trevc
01-12-2014, 05:21 PM
Weather was good today so washed the Abarth.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1179_zps09b56cb3.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1182_zpse01d0ca6.jpg

shadowshaggy
01-12-2014, 06:39 PM
Hows the FMIC?

trevc
01-12-2014, 06:47 PM
The ATM FMIC performed well at the track yesterday. Boost builds a lot quicker for sure. I didn't do any data logging but plan to next month at Barber. Nothing fell off and my prosport gauge said I was peaking at 25 psi with the new forge bov and RRM Ultimate so I am happy!

Abarth Five O
01-13-2014, 01:37 PM
That's good news Trevor! The ATM FMIC is high up on my to do mod list. Did you do the install by yourself or did you need an assistant? Did the Forge bov make a big diff from oem?

trevc
01-13-2014, 02:56 PM
Forge BOV does not seem to have made much difference in my application. It should last a lot longer than the stock one I have been told...and it is shinier!
The FMIC install can be done by one person but I did recruit my wife to help take off the front of the car and put it back on. It was easier with one person at each end.

That's good news Trevor! The ATM FMIC is high up on my to do mod list. Did you do the install by yourself or did you need an assistant? Did the Forge bov make a big diff from oem?

Abarth Five O
01-13-2014, 06:38 PM
Forge BOV does not seem to have made much difference in my application. It should last a lot longer than the stock one I have been told...and it is shinier!
The FMIC install can be done by one person but I did recruit my wife to help take off the front of the car and put it back on. It was easier with one person at each end.
You can't beat that i.e. wife is the your best assistant in the world. I am very thankful I have a helpful wife too for my selfish car projects so I'll use her help yet again when I take the plunge and install a FMIC. Your car is shaping up nicely with all of your mods! Keep it going Trev! Thanks!

ABARTH TAMER
01-13-2014, 07:18 PM
Weather was good today so washed the Abarth.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1179_zps09b56cb3.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1182_zpse01d0ca6.jpg

Looks great. Has local law enforcement taken an interest in #51?

shadowshaggy
01-13-2014, 07:21 PM
5-0 Only pays attention to mine when I'm sitting in a parking lot and it makes grumbly Italian car noises and kinda trips them out! Otherwise, they ignore me. But I don't have any red on my particular ride.

As usual, Trevc - it's looking good. What tires did you land on for the start of the 2014 SCCA Season?

trevc
01-13-2014, 07:46 PM
No, they don't bother me. 53 year old white guy is not high on their target list :positive:

Looks great. Has local law enforcement taken an interest in #51?

trevc
01-13-2014, 07:55 PM
For the fronts I had some 205/40-17 Falken RT615's that I got with about 4000 miles on from Chris at Eurocompulsion. On the rear I had the two surviving 215/40-17 BFG T/A KDW2 from last year. I got 4 Falkens from Chris. The rears don't wear much at all so I effectively have 2 sets of autocross tires for this year.
I like the Falkens - they performed very well on Saturday.


5-0 Only pays attention to mine when I'm sitting in a parking lot and it makes grumbly Italian car noises and kinda trips them out! Otherwise, they ignore me. But I don't have any red on my particular ride.

As usual, Trevc - it's looking good. What tires did you land on for the start of the 2014 SCCA Season?

Abarth Five O
01-13-2014, 11:13 PM
5-0 Only pays attention to mine when I'm sitting in a parking lot and it makes grumbly Italian car noises and kinda trips them out! Otherwise, they ignore me. But I don't have any red on my particular ride.
Lol, negative shaggy. Get your car fixed and let the mods begin! Look forward to seeing your transformation.

Trev, I love my Falkens too. Great tires which made a world of diff in ride and handling!

trevc
01-19-2014, 09:53 AM
The FMIC in action :onthego:
http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMGP5846_cropped_zps1c4989f1.jpg

shadowshaggy
01-19-2014, 02:32 PM
How was this weekend's event?

Abarth Five O
01-19-2014, 05:49 PM
The FMIC in action :onthego:


Nice shot!

trevc
01-19-2014, 07:48 PM
Testing the new road course wheels and tires.
Wheels are Competizione 15x7.5 Monzas in Gunmetal from Allison's Automotive, tires 205/50-15 Toyo Proxes RA1.
I dialed in 3 degrees of negative camber at the front today as these tires really like negative camber. I need to find or make some shims for the back to get a little neg. camber there as well.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1187_1_zpsb23f4c71.jpg

trevc
01-19-2014, 07:48 PM
Nothing this weekend. Next event is Feb 15 & 16.

How was this weekend's event?

trevc
01-27-2014, 09:47 PM
Hopefully it will warm up in the garage soon so I can install this!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/aad_dogbone_zpsd6c16b3f.jpg

shadowshaggy
01-28-2014, 05:25 PM
So how goes the production/shipping on that roll bar you ordered?

trevc
01-28-2014, 06:12 PM
I am in wait mode. Edwin saw it when he visited them last week so I know they started it.
I may ping the guy tomorrow to see how it is coming along.

So how goes the production/shipping on that roll bar you ordered?

trevc
01-29-2014, 12:14 PM
They are racing at the 48hrs of Sebring private PCA event so I will have to wait until next week to get an update.


I am in wait mode. Edwin saw it when he visited them last week so I know they started it.
I may ping the guy tomorrow to see how it is coming along.

flyboy2160
01-31-2014, 01:45 PM
How much difference in turn in squishiness/windup/precision do you notice after going to the 205/50/15s? Thanks.

trevc
01-31-2014, 04:14 PM
I only ran them for a short time to check for any rubbing. They felt fantastic after regular street rubber!
Should be on the track at Barber Feb 15,16 assuming this cold weather and snow go away. I will know more after that.

How much difference in turn in squishiness/windup/precision do you notice after going to the 205/50/15s? Thanks.

Gigante
01-31-2014, 11:37 PM
They are racing at the 48hrs of Sebring private PCA event so I will have to wait until next week to get an update.

Hey Trevc, sorry to hear this. I was hoping they would have completed your roll bar in time for your up coming event. While I was there they had three Porsches on the racks as they were preparing for this PCA event at Sebring. Hopefully soon...

trevc
02-01-2014, 10:48 AM
I did hear from Taylor. He said it's ready to go to powder coat when they get back in on Monday. So, I may still get it in time.

Hey Trevc, sorry to hear this. I was hoping they would have completed your roll bar in time for your up coming event. While I was there they had three Porsches on the racks as they were preparing for this PCA event at Sebring. Hopefully soon...

trevc
02-01-2014, 05:02 PM
Warmed up today so working on the car. New rear transmission mount installed and working on version 2 of my LHS engine cover.
I think I have the template basically how I want it, next cut the metal!


http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/2d0b7900-1b8b-40a0-9d4d-31d0dca45424_zps6d2e36cc.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1201_zps2c36ec80.jpg

trevc
02-01-2014, 08:32 PM
Metal cut, shaped and ready for paint.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1202_zpsa093fc4b.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1203_zps291b3299.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1204_zps0f5aaa18.jpg

trevc
02-08-2014, 12:15 AM
Installed my RRM lightweight pulley set this evening. This is a very well thought out and engineered product that reduces the total weight (including mounting bolts) from 3lb, 6 3/4 oz to 2lb, 7/8 oz - that's over 30% savings.
Included in the package from RRM were detailed instructions and some Loctite.

To install,
Raise the car on a lift or jack up and put a jack stand under the right front.
Remove the right front wheel.
Remove the right front vertical chassis brace (two bolts)
Remove the the splash shield (3 screws - see picture below)
Loosen the three existing pully mounting bolts
Take the tension of the belt by rotating the belt tensioner counter clockwise and slide the belt off the pulley.
Remove the pulley.
Install the new crank firing ring, making sure the key lines up with the hole in the ring. This is EXTREMELY important to get right!
Install the new pulley on top of the firing ring and secure both with the three new bolts. Double check that everything is seated and lined up correctly.
Remove one bolt at a time, apply loctite then reinstall and torque to 19 FT LBs.
Rotate the belt tensioner counter clockwise and slide the belt over the new pulley and then carefully release the belt tensioner. Inspect and ensure the belt is routed and seated correctly.
Install the splash shield and three screws.
Install the vertical chassis brace and torque its two mounting bolts to 33 FT LBs. each.
Install the wheel and torque the lug nuts to 74 FT LBs.

Lower the vehicle, fire up the engine and test!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Pulley/old_weight_zps9332849c.jpghttp://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Pulley/new_weight_zpse7b6025d.jpghttp://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Pulley/step1_zps732435e0.jpghttp://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Pulley/step2_zps1bc84d25.jpghttp://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Pulley/step3_zps85f69d49.jpghttp://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Pulley/step4_zps79256160.jpg

Abarth Five O
02-08-2014, 12:53 AM
Trev, thanks for the review and pics. You lost me from the point of removing the belt to putting it back on. But that's okay. I'm more of a visual guy who learns better through videos. This mod is high up on my to do mod list. Look forward to your performance review.

lillo24
02-08-2014, 01:03 AM
Metal cut, shaped and ready for paint.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1202_zpsa093fc4b.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1203_zps291b3299.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1204_zps0f5aaa18.jpg



I like the cover a lot. Nice job. I need to make one also. I would prefer plastic though.

Gigante
02-08-2014, 01:28 AM
Awesome! Thank you Trevc, I will get mine tomorrow and install on Sunday. I have honey do's to complete tomorrow then I can play:star:

lammie200
02-08-2014, 01:47 AM
...Take the tension of the belt by rotating the belt tensioner counter clockwise and slide the belt off the pulley.
...Rotate the belt tensioner counter clockwise and slide the belt over the new pulley and then carefully release the belt tensioner...

Just be clear - I think that you need to use a 15mm(?) open or box end wrench on the bolt at the center of the tensioner. If you put the wrench on the tensioner bolt and pull the wrench towards the ground the tension on the belt will be released and you can remove/replace it.

lillo24
02-08-2014, 01:56 AM
here is the vid from RRM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qszdB0_PFsI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUS5YwJFh7x4ds1kiSR9rirg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qszdB0_PFsI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUS5YwJFh7x4ds1kiSR9rirg

trevc
02-08-2014, 10:08 AM
No, anti clockwise -away from the ground releases tension. It is 15mm, yes. Try and get one with a long handle so you can get some leverage.

Just be clear - I think that you need to use a 15mm(?) open or box end wrench on the bolt at the center of the tensioner. If you put the wrench on the tensioner bolt and pull the wrench towards the ground the tension on the belt will be released and you can remove/replace it.

FTY
02-08-2014, 10:51 AM
Great write-up Trevor! Car is coming along nicely!

Abarth Five O
02-08-2014, 02:29 PM
Look forward to your performance review i.e. if there is any significant difference from oem part.

lammie200
02-08-2014, 02:38 PM
No, anti clockwise -away from the ground releases tension. It is 15mm, yes. Try and get one with a long handle so you can get some leverage.

OK. I think that we are talking the opposite direction on a non-turbo. I seem to recall pulling the tensioner down towards the ground. Either way it is easy to figure out.

trevc
02-08-2014, 06:32 PM
I have an Abarth.

OK. I think that we are talking the opposite direction on a non-turbo. I seem to recall pulling the tensioner down towards the ground. Either way it is easy to figure out.

MADNESS Kevin
03-03-2014, 08:23 PM
This build is great! Tastefully modded. Subscribed!

trevc
03-04-2014, 09:42 AM
Roll bar install finally wrapped up this past weekend. It was a lot more work getting it to fit right than I had anticipated but the final result is worth it. Pics when I get some good light.

trevc
03-08-2014, 11:13 PM
The good thing about a race battery is it gives you room for other needed parts. Bracket is something I had laying around - I need to work on a nicer onehttp://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1354_zps5513e420.jpg.

trevc
03-08-2014, 11:15 PM
Front RRM slotted rotors and Tarox pads installed. Rear rotors arrived in the mail this afternoon so they will go on tomorrow probably.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1356_zps9a569551.jpg

Abarth Five O
03-09-2014, 12:27 AM
Looks like u installed your water/meth injection system. How do u like it? What's that ADO W7 cannister on your battery tray? You've always stayed a few steps ahead of the rest of us when it comes to mods for our Abarths. Thanks for sharing your experiences so we can all learn and benefit. R/R slotted/drilled rotors and brake pads and lines are on my future mod list. ATM FMIC is next. I assume you will soon be upgrading your clutch and turbo.

trevc
03-09-2014, 03:48 AM
I haven't installed my water/meth injection yet. That is an oil catch can - ADD W 1 is the make/model.
When I installed my FMIC I found some oil in the lines like others have. Will be interesting to see how much this catches.

Looks like u installed your water/meth injection system. How do u like it? What's that ADO W7 cannister on your battery tray? You've always stayed a few steps ahead of the rest of us when it comes to mods for our Abarths. Thanks for sharing your experiences so we can all learn and benefit. R/R slotted/drilled rotors and brake pads and lines are on my future mod list. ATM FMIC is next. I assume you will soon be upgrading your clutch and turbo.

Nero12
03-09-2014, 12:41 PM
You get any roll bar pics yet? Im really thinking about getting one myself

Gigante
03-09-2014, 01:59 PM
Trevc, it's all looking really good and purposely used. Post some pictures of your RB install as we know it was truly a labor of love...(lol). Seriously though, well worth it. Post some pictures when you have them.

Bonjour,
Gigante

trevc
03-09-2014, 07:12 PM
Rear rotors / pads installed today.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1362_zpsd5aa8b57.jpg

Robert Nixon
03-09-2014, 07:22 PM
Just saw your earlier photo with the Braille battery, very nice. I talked to one of their folks at the SCCA/MSX in Charlotte today, and after seeing them in person I was very impressed. I had not realized how much they are being used in major racing, even Formula 1! What a great way to lose a bunch of pounds off the front of the Abarth too!

trevc
03-09-2014, 07:30 PM
Here's the roll bar. Now its is in I am happy but it did not go smooth!
Word of advice - if you are planning to purchase one of these from TuneRS Motorsports, drive to FL and have them install it. If you do it yourself you will likely have issues and they will be of no help angryred
Now I just need to decide what to do with the rear seat delete kit they supply. Right now I just have a strip from a rubber cargo mat laying over it. I need to find some nice matching carpet I think.


http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1368_zpsd0eb10c2.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1369_zps94d490bd.jpg

trevc
03-09-2014, 07:33 PM
An while I was in the garage I decided to spruce it up a little.
Decal by Boris (of course!).

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1365_zps14fc2307.jpg

shadowshaggy
03-09-2014, 07:45 PM
I take rear seat delete :) not an issue, would like to see ot first however

Gigante
03-09-2014, 08:23 PM
Here's the roll bar. Now its is in I am happy but it did not go smooth!
Word of advice - if you are planning to purchase one of these from TuneRS Motorsports, drive to FL and have them install it. If you do it yourself you will likely have issues and they will be of no help angryred
Now I just need to decide what to do with the rear seat delete kit they supply. Right now I just have a strip from a rubber cargo mat laying over it. I need to find some nice matching carpet I think.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1368_zpsd0eb10c2.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1369_zps94d490bd.jpg

Looks great Trevc, Yup, agree it did take some painful adjusting to get this RB installed and lots of our own engineering to get the rear spacers to work and proper length bolts but in the end it was worth it. I agree wholeheartedly, if anyone goes for this RB and you have the time to drive to FL have it installed by them. It will save you lots of frustration.

Yes, if you find some rear carpet that matches let me know. I used the RSD kit that came with it and know it will look better with carpet that matches over the top - it works though after using some 3M spray glue and velcro:bash:

I'm happy it's installed and will provide some added safety for you and it looks great. I feel better knowing it's installed and so does my wife, I am sure you feel the same.

Cheers,
Gigante

Abarth Five O
03-09-2014, 08:32 PM
RB looks nice and sturdy. Now u need to add Sparco or Bride racing seats. gr_grin

Gigante
03-09-2014, 08:42 PM
RB looks nice and sturdy. Now u need to add Sparco or Bride racing seats. gr_grin

No worries Five O he will, I am sure. Did you see his new logo in the garage. TMCAutoSport AKA -TooMuchCashAutoSport:wavey: On that I say goodnight.

Gigante

trevc
03-09-2014, 09:21 PM
TheregoesMyCashAutosport more like :wavey:

No worries Five O he will, I am sure. Did you see his new logo in the garage. TMCAutoSport AKA -TooMuchCashAutoSport:wavey: On that I say goodnight.

Gigante

trevc
03-09-2014, 09:45 PM
Also got Version 2 of the ECU/Battery cover installed. Productive weekend for a change.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/IMG_1371_zpsbf5b38ec.jpg

boostaddict
03-24-2014, 01:46 PM
Everything looks excellent! You start to appreciate it more when you actually install the part's you buy or even make in your case! Nice build Trev!

trevc
03-24-2014, 02:39 PM
Thanks! And, of course, I have more parts on order and others being worked on. Can't stand still :Blue:

Everything looks excellent! You start to appreciate it more when you actually install the part's you buy or even make in your case! Nice build Trev!

shadowshaggy
03-24-2014, 05:05 PM
So where's this so called engine cover? ;)

trevc
03-24-2014, 05:43 PM
I need to prep and paint it. I hope to get started this week if I can get the time. Primer arrives from Amazon tomorrow. I already have the topcoat and clear coat.

So where's this so called engine cover? ;)

shadowshaggy
03-24-2014, 06:28 PM
So I guess there's a 50/50 chance of it being on Saturday for the race? I'm ready to see that TuneRS roll bar in person :) BTW, don't forget the downpipe when you come to the track ;)

trevc
03-25-2014, 02:02 PM
I doubt it by Saturday but I am hoping to have the AAD torque strut back in with the new o-rings.
I will try and remember the CAT/downpipe.
Weather forecast looks great!

So I guess there's a 50/50 chance of it being on Saturday for the race? I'm ready to see that TuneRS roll bar in person :) BTW, don't forget the downpipe when you come to the track ;)

trevc
03-25-2014, 09:30 PM
So where's this so called engine cover? ;)

Question is, should I attach the scorpion and then paint or paint then attach the scorpion and leave it chrome (it will probably not go where it is in the pic)?

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth%20Under%20Hood/4D80CE06-643F-405C-A93F-54564B78B36C_zpscqwge66q.jpg

Tweak
03-25-2014, 10:26 PM
Question is, should I attach the scorpion and then paint or paint then attach the scorpion and leave it chrome (it will probably not go where it is in the pic)?

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth%20Under%20Hood/4D80CE06-643F-405C-A93F-54564B78B36C_zpscqwge66q.jpg

Paint then attach definitely.

trevc
04-08-2014, 10:33 PM
V4 installed.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/V4IMG_1430_zpsae83fcfd.jpg

shadowshaggy
04-08-2014, 10:34 PM
So how's the engine cover painting coming along?

Gigante
04-09-2014, 12:55 AM
V4 installed.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/V4IMG_1430_zpsae83fcfd.jpg

You"ll enjoy the performance and potentially be amazed at how quite it is... Have fun.
Gigante

trevc
04-09-2014, 10:09 AM
It has the color coats on it. The clear coat will go on this weekend. So far it is looking good which is unusual for me. Normally when I try to paint something happens to mess up the finish like bugs or rain or other flying debris!
When I win the lottery I will have a paint booth at my new property...

So how's the engine cover painting coming along?

trevc
04-14-2014, 11:00 AM
I now have the Eurocompulsion V4 intake so I am back to the drawing board on the CPR engine cover.
I will need to modify it to fit and then repaint it.

So how's the engine cover painting coming along?

shadowshaggy
04-14-2014, 05:03 PM
That sucks

Not 100% I'm gonna make it to the next event.....but we'll see how it goes.

trevc
04-14-2014, 07:07 PM
I won't be at the next SCCA event - I will be at the racetrack both days for NASA HPDE.

That sucks

Not 100% I'm gonna make it to the next event.....but we'll see how it goes.

trevc
05-19-2014, 10:21 AM
Finally got around to modifying the cover to fit with the V4. Managed to do it without having to repaint. Put the clear coat on and will bake it this evening.

I now have the Eurocompulsion V4 intake so I am back to the drawing board on the CPR engine cover.
I will need to modify it to fit and then repaint it.

AudiGuy
05-19-2014, 09:42 PM
Looking great Trev! Have you emptied your catch can yet?

trevc
05-20-2014, 09:08 AM
It's a big can; the amount it is collecting it will be a while before I need to do that. It is about 3/16 full right now. It catches the most when driving hard e.g. autocross, track days. Daily driving not so much. Definitely something I recommend installing though.

Looking great Trev! Have you emptied your catch can yet?

AudiGuy
05-20-2014, 12:57 PM
It's a big can; the amount it is collecting it will be a while before I need to do that. It is about 3/16 full right now. It catches the most when driving hard e.g. autocross, track days. Daily driving not so much. Definitely something I recommend installing though.

Thanks, I just bought the black one. Also bought a coupler so I can run it to the intake after the filter.

trevc
05-20-2014, 10:22 PM
Painted, modified, clear coated, baked and ready to install finally!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth/CPRcover_zps2e6e76bf.jpg

trevc
05-26-2014, 06:56 PM
Installed the engine cover (after modifying it some more to fit) and also fabricated and installed a custom bracket to hold the Unichip Q and catch can. Looking much cleaner under the hood now.

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth%20Under%20Hood/IMG_1523_zps042518e5.jpg

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y413/Trevor_Cotton/Abarth%20Under%20Hood/IMG_1522_zps8361585f.jpg