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Fiat 500 USA Forum - Fiat 500 General Discussion http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/ General Fiat 500 Discussions en Sun, 07 Mar 2021 05:46:35 GMT vBulletin 30 http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/images/misc/rss.png Fiat 500 USA Forum - Fiat 500 General Discussion http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/ Belly Pan Fastener Woes http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37729-Belly-Pan-Fastener-Woes&goto=newpost Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:00:11 GMT The belly pan on my 2012 came loose. Apparently, it was being held in place by one bolt at the leading edge and a zip tie. This part is attached...
The belly pan on my 2012 came loose. Apparently, it was being held in place by one bolt at the leading edge and a zip tie.
This part is attached with 6 fasteners, two at the front and 4 spaced out towards the rear.
Upon successive oil changes it appears my mechanic systematically stripped the heads off of the bolts.

Short of trying to drill out and extract what's remaining the 4 rear bolts can one remove and replace what appears to be a factory installed rivet in the frame?
The replacement rivet looks like the factory part from the surface however doesn't appear it would expand to catch the edge of the stamped hole in the frame using a new bolt.
I've considered either grinding off the head of factory rivet or perhaps try to pry it out from the leading edge.

I drilled out and attempted to extract the front bolt...it's being stubborn. It has a hex nut welded to the top face of the front cross member.
Using a fine threaded bolt that needs to be removed frequently and subject to the weather wasn't the best design solution by the FIAT engineers.

Any suggestions?
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Fiat 500 General Discussion Dave Lloyd http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37729-Belly-Pan-Fastener-Woes
Alpine ILX-W650 install question http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37728-Alpine-ILX-W650-install-question&goto=newpost Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:18:33 GMT
I'm thinking about installing the Alpine ILX-W650 with the Spiral KT-FI001PB dash kit in my 2015 Fiat 500. The Alpine is a short/shallow radio. Would you have to cut the vents to make the dash kit work? I would think that you could just cut and shorten the cage on the Spiral KT-FI001PB and then add the deflectors to the vents.

Thoughts/ideas?
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Fiat 500 General Discussion ephodges http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37728-Alpine-ILX-W650-install-question
Radio swap with Sirius? http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37724-Radio-swap-with-Sirius&goto=newpost Sun, 28 Feb 2021 23:16:15 GMT My Fiat 500 has the original factory radio without siriusxm. Would it be easy to just install a factory unit that has sirius? What else would I need...
My Fiat 500 has the original factory radio without siriusxm. Would it be easy to just install a factory unit that has sirius? What else would I need if anything?
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Fiat 500 General Discussion ephodges http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37724-Radio-swap-with-Sirius
10 years ago http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37699-10-years-ago&goto=newpost Tue, 23 Feb 2021 15:24:21 GMT
I can’t believe 10 years have gone by. End of February 2011. We drove our first Fiat 500. It was a manufacturers vehicle. The FCA dealership, let me drive it for a couple days. It was a silver 5 speed manual. I showed everyone the little car, in our corporate headquarters. Even my friends who owned Mini’s. Driving to work on the highway. People in other cars waved. Never seen a small car like that before. Got the same attention as my little smart did. A biker on a Harley, pass me. Gave me the thumbs up. I couldn’t finally order a 500, till June 2011. From the factory. With all the great colors, Fiat offered. I stuck with the silver. Timeless shade.



One of my daughters, loved it too. Compared to our smart car.

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Fiat 500 General Discussion smark http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37699-10-years-ago
Michelin Pilot Sport 3 A/S Plus tires vs BF Goodrich Sport Comp II http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37693-Michelin-Pilot-Sport-3-A-S-Plus-tires-vs-BF-Goodrich-Sport-Comp-II&goto=newpost Sun, 21 Feb 2021 19:26:31 GMT
After 33,000 miles on my BF Goodrich tires I decided to upgrade to Michelins. I went to Costco and went from 205's (wheel rim protection) back to stock 195's, the only available size. Don't drive very hard and except once or twice to see what she'll do. The BFG's should've been replaced earlier but in super dry weather the car handled really well with little tread left.

The car always seemed (IIRC) a little skittish whilst taking turns and the whole car felt a bit like driving on concrete tires especially after Costco would pump up the pressure 3-4 psi above recommended. Then I would go home and the next morning let some of the nitrogen air out to get back to a cold pressure of 35psi front and 30 psi rear. The car still rode a bit stiff and I was thinking that was the nature of the beast.

After switching to Michelins...

WOW! What a difference! It's like driving a Lexus! Well not exactly but you get the idea. The car drives sooo m u c h smoother over cracks in the road. Even going in and out of my driveway. I'd always thought rattles were going to be the nature of the beast but things have settled down. Love these tires. Plan on breaking them in before doing a few turns at speed.
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Fiat 500 General Discussion Fabio13 http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?37693-Michelin-Pilot-Sport-3-A-S-Plus-tires-vs-BF-Goodrich-Sport-Comp-II