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    Quote Originally Posted by alex500a View Post
    Well my introduction thread is a lie. I said I wasn't going to mod my Abarth, but here I am making a build thread.

    Car: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth 8000 mile update

    Goals: Fun street car.

    Planned Mods: I have the GFB DV+ of course. I also have a torsion bar but to be honest I haven't installed it yet. I just haven't really gotten around to it and no time to do any Autox so not a big need. As a present to myself for snagging a sweet new job after graduation I picked up an EC V4.1 Intake and Engine Cover. I wasn't going to do it because I plan to return my car to stock for all dealer visits and didn't want to have to deal with that. But I couldn't resist. I don't expect much of a difference in the car, but it is something I planned to do down the road, and I really like the look of the kit. I think Ill do Brisk plugs at 20k or so. The major mods will be done after the warranty when I plan to go a bit crazy.

    Short Term
    1. EC 4.1 Intake
    2. EC Engine cover

    Medium Term
    1. Tires - After my current set bite the dust.

    Long Term
    1. Wheels/Tires - Looking for something a bit lighter and wider.
    2. Coilover or Springs/Shocks/Struts - Haven't quite decided. Will be reading lots of reviews when the time comes.

    Purchased Mods:

    1. EC V4.1 Intake
    2. 500 Madness Torsion Bar
    3. EC Engine cover

    Installed Mods:
    1. Locking Gas Cap - I have had my gas cap on two other cars stolen. Don't want it to happen again, especially with the Abarth gas lid inviting someone to easily open it.
    2. GFB DV+ - Loving this, clean look and minor improvement to drivablility.

    Link to my Abarth Album on Imgur: http://imgur.com/a/T6z9f (hopefully that works)
    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    After getting and installing the EC v4.1 intake I have decided to take it off after just a few hours. There are a few reasons.

    The biggest reason is I am a kid at heart. I love noises, and even though this was a closed system, in some reviews people were reporting turbo noises. I can hear a very very slight turbo noise if there is no traffic and it is at night, along with a few recirc valve noises. This is my daily driver, but I never get sick of turbo noises.

    Second, I'm just not that impressed with design/fitment. It made me a bit mad that the vac line nipple was a 90 degree fitting. The stock line already has a 90 degree bend in it. If it was just a straight nipple, the stock line would slide right on. Furthermore, the other vac lines provided give you just barely enough to route it. A few more inches of line could have made the process less stressful and easier, as you would have a bit of play. Lastly, the clamps are poor quality. For the amount I paid for the intake I did it expect worm gear clamps. This made it nearly impossible to get the turbo inlet clamp on due to my GFB DV+.

    Also why do I need to hunt down the installation instructions for a 2015? The ones provided on the website are not even close to the 2015 install. I had to go to some random blog to get them. There was a microsoft paint version of the 2015 instructions under the product details for the 2015 adapter kit, but that looked like something a 5 year old put together.

    So I ordered the ATM HCI and will be using that instead. Ample turbo noises, and no worries with heat soaked filters. The closed system that EC uses is a great idea if you want stock noise with a better intake and similar to stock air temps. If I replaced the clamps with T-Bolt style and ordered some extra vac line it would a perfect stealth upgrade. But I like noises. I mean I bought an Abarth for a reason.

    I will probably keep the engine cover, but might go a different route now. Not sure.
    Last edited by alex500a; 03-23-2016 at 04:34 PM.
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    Big changes lately so figured I would update this. I have gone back to the stock intake... The ATM HCI vibrated way too much, and I couldn't get it exactly how I liked it. I also noticed some odd performance issues. So back to stock it is. Not a big deal I am sure the stock intake does a great job. I do plan to try out 500 Madness' version of their closed intake as I like the design quite a bit. We will see though.

    On another note I have installed the EC intercooler. That was not as fun as I had hoped, damn some of those stock intercooler pipes are a pain to remove. I also found some damage that I didn't even know I had. I remember hitting something, but the bumper looked fine and I didn't notice anything odd when I looked under the car. Have to give it up to fiat for having a sturdy car, not sure how the condenser and radiator did not fail. Pretty sure it did create a boost leak though.

    I'll be back in there to replace the damage parts eventually. Not enough time today, so out with the old and in with the new. Very happy with fitment and look of the EC intercooler. More pictures tomorrow when it is light again. I did end up installing my black front corner markers, still need to do the rears.

    Last edited by alex500a; 12-08-2016 at 11:38 PM.
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    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    So I updated this thread, but lost the update due to an error with the website. Long story short I have a few more mods for the car. I will do a comprehensive update (now at 20k miles! How the miles fly by) when everything is installed.

    Installed: 17" OEM Wheels / Yokohama S Drives 215/40/17
    Purchased: Bilstein Suspension, CPR Strut Top Hats, EC 2.1 Intake (Yep, my third different intake)
    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    This thread is living up to its name...

    Got too hot to install the bilsteins (dang AZ heat) so still waiting to install those. It is finally cooling down, so maybe soon.

    Picked up the following with plans to install the above and below over the nice winter months:
    Front and Rear Wilwood BBK
    AEM Meth/Water kit
    AEM Boost gauge in place of the stock
    Alfa Coils
    General Tune-up

    I bought this car new and I am at 30k miles and loving every minute of it. There have been a few weak moments when I think about selling and getting something with a bit larger of an engine, but I love this car and think long term I will just push the limits of the engine.

    Anyways stay tuned for updates

    Updated status and goals for the car:

    Car: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth ~300 miles on it. Purchased in May 2015. Currently has 30k miles.

    Goals: Fun street car.

    Planned Mods: Initial I will be focusing on suspension, brakes and drivability. The car has plenty of power in my opinion, although a tune is not out of the question after some supporting mods. The stock brakes are fine, but to me this is more of an aesthetics thing, as the tiny brakes drive me crazy, especially with the 17" wheels.


    Short Term
    1. None - Plenty of mods to install first

    Medium Term
    1. None - Plenty of mods to install first

    Long Term
    1. ECU upgrade

    Purchased Mods:

    Installed Mods:
    1. GFB DV+ for obvious reason
    2. EC V2.1 Intake for the noises
    3. EC FMIC for the simplicity
    4. 500 Madness Torsion Bar for handling upgrade

    Purchased Mods:
    1. Bilstein Coilovers - Need a bit more low, the gap is a bit much
    2. Wilwood BBK (Front + Rear) - More for looks, stock brakes are fine. Expensive but I needed to do the brakes soon anyways.
    3. AEM Water/Meth Kit - 120 degree heat in the summer, need to lower those IATs
    4. AEM Boost Gauge - Stock one is inaccurate
    5. Alfa 4c Coils - Getting a misfire when rolling into the throttle in sport mode
    6. Master Cylinder Brace - Help with the BBK
    7. CPR Strut Top Hats - Supporting mod for the coilovers
    Last edited by alex500a; 10-15-2017 at 11:27 AM.
    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    Well the past two days I completed a lot of work.

    Wilwood Big Brake Kit

    I don't care what anyone says, there is a huge improvement over stock brakes, even on street driving. The pedal is less grabby now, and much more predictable under heavy braking. Is it worth the price tag? When I factor in the improvement in looks over the stock brakes, it is definitely worth it. Bottom line is don't let anyone talk you out of these with the argument that you won't see any improvement over the stock brakes.

    I think the weight of the two brake systems is close to equal, I weighed the Wilwoods (Caliper, Rotor/Hat, lines, bolts) before putting them on, and will weigh the stock stuff eventually to get the difference.

    Installation was simple, but it wasn't without issue. The front brake lines are junk. After doing some research, apparently this is pretty common. Basically the front lines mushroom out a bit at the bottom of the fitting and need to be filed down. It is easy if you know it is coming. I didn't know though, but I guess mine were not bad enough to need to be filed, and was able to just crank them down a bit to stop the leaking. This will probably come back to bite me, so I fully expect to need to do this fix at some point, and might even need new SS lines from wilwood.




    Bilstein B14 Coilovers

    This was the easiest install. It took about 45 minutes to do the front and rear, and that includes jacking up the car. Adjusting the height took the most time. The fronts were fine out of the box, but the rears were stock height, and needed to be lowered a lot. I don't like the slammed look, the car is probably not as low as a lot of people like, but to me it is perfect. Getting new strut mounts and the NGEN top hats is a must, just factor that into the install from the start, trust me.



    AEM Water/Meth Kit
    I haven't actually finished this install yet. The tank and pump are mounted and I am working out the controller location now. I have a FMIC so I will be tapping into the IC piping just before the final bend to the TB. More details on this later... and more pictures.





    Finished Look:

    Last edited by alex500a; 10-23-2017 at 10:59 AM.
    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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    Update on the water/meth: I originally used a 3" coupler with an 1/8 NPT bung built in, which was installed on the cold side FMIC tubing. I realized after installing the coupler and the nozzle that it was not only too low (should be above the tank) it was not a clean installation at all. Although this was an ideal distance from the TB (8-10") I will be moving to the Cravenspeed TB spacer that has an NPT port built in. It will be closer than ideal for the nozzle, but from what I have read there is basically no difference in performance for nozzle placement on our cars. Everything is actually installed and ready to go with the nozzle in the old location, I will just move it to the upper position when I get the TB spacer. The system was tested to flush out any debris, but I won't actually use it until I have it in the new location.
    2015 Abarth
    Koni Yellows, H&R Springs, GFB DV+, EC FMIC, EC V4.1 Intake, Wilwood BBK Front & Rear, AEM Water/Meth Injection, E+D P0/P1 Tune, Neu-F Exhaust, 4c Coils

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