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Jpearce
09-30-2018, 12:56 PM
Hey everyone! I recently purchased a 2015 fiat 500e and really enjoy it so far! The range is VERY impressive! The highest I've achieved is 113 miles! Insane! The issue I'm having is with the tire gap, both front and rear. I'm looking into buying new lowering springs from 500madness. Do I need shocks as well? I obviously know nothing about this, so if anyone has lowered their 500e and has a second, I could use some advice. Thx!31633

rkw
09-30-2018, 07:11 PM
People have done lowering to varying degrees of proficiency, from merely cutting springs to replacing shocks and springs. You should read through some threads and get an idea of what approach you might want.

http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?27311-Lowering-springs-from-Madness-175!
https://www.fiat500owners.com/forum/66-fiat-500e/25353-lowering-fiat-500e.html
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?24535-Help-levelling-my-500e

maximizese
09-30-2018, 09:02 PM
Generally I prefer to go with coilovers or a matched set of dampers with springs. I also no longer have an interest in lowering my car anymore (though I can see the temptation with Fiat). In fact the last set of coilovers I bought for my 01 VW Golf TDI allows you to raise or the lower the car about 1" from the stock height. It turns out the suspension geometry is optimized by raising the front about .6" higher than the stock height.

As for the Fiat, we have about 58K miles on our 2013 and there rear is starting to feel a little bouncy at higher speeds. I've considered swapping in a set of Koni rear shocks but thought to wait for a few more options to come to the aftermarket....it's quite limited right now. I'm use to swapping in upgraded parts from compatible trims, but the 500e has the highest rated rear damper to accommodate the extra 600lbs of battery.

Jpearce
10-02-2018, 07:31 PM
thx guys, I appreciate the input..i'll update later!