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    Best Money-Saving Option for Low, Comfortable Ride

    I want to upgrade my suspension, handling, and lower my Abarth.
    From what I have read, most people recommend Neu-F lowering springs, and some form of Koni shocks.

    I want to lower my car without ruining the ride, but I also don't want to break the bank. Coilovers seem to be the best, but also cost a lot.
    My initial thoughts are:
    Neu-F performance springs
    Koni Sport yellow rear shocks
    Neu-F rear torsion bar
    RRM upper brace bar

    The last two items can come later, once I have saved up some more money. Will this setup achieve what I am going for? What other components (if any) would be needed? Looking for any advice I can get, from anyone who may have a similar setup or personal experience.

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    Neu-F performance springs
    Koni Sport yellow rear shocks (front as well if you can afford and really want the best offering)
    Neu-F rear torsion bar
    RRM Corsa chassis braces

    Fixed your list to get the best handling and stay comfy as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweak View Post
    Koni Sport yellow rear shocks (front as well if you can afford and really want the best offering)
    RRM Corsa chassis braces
    I've read the stock front shocks are pretty good. To save some cash, could I keep the stock fronts?
    And are the chassis braces better than the upper brace? I'm guessing they do different things.

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    Yes, they do different things. The chassis braces are much more effective than the upper brace, and should be your first mod. Also, I'd do the rear torsion bar before the springs or shocks, but it's just my personal preference to get the handling right before lowering the car.
    2013 Grigio Abarth "Abby" (bought 3/2013)
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitep11 View Post
    I've read the stock front shocks are pretty good. To save some cash, could I keep the stock fronts?
    And are the chassis braces better than the upper brace? I'm guessing they do different things.
    now you're thinking!
    2013 Rosso Abarth 5spd Bianco 17s
    SOLD August 2018 BUT got company car

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    you can save even more by putting KYB shocks in the rear instead of Koni Yellows.

    2012 Abarth Grigio, sunroof, red leather, red mirrors, carbon fiber stripe, Fly1 CF Lip and skirt, XXR 550 17x8.25 19mm w/ 195/40/17, SR48 Stud, R1 Rotors, EBC reds, ATM HCI, ATM FMIC, EC/HPSI Unichip II, PTP turbo blanket, GFB/DV+, Norcal SS DP, J-Pipe 2.25, MPX Axleback, BC Coilovers, Neu-f 28mm rear bar, 3M Crystalline tint, HID 6500K + 3000K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerbay View Post
    you can save even more by putting KYB shocks in the rear instead of Koni Yellows.

    What KYB shocks are offered?
    Madness ECM, Madness CAI, GFB DV+, Forge BOV plate, Forge WG, Mpx TB, Sila Concepts FMIC, 2.5" exhaust, Madness DP, MF resonator, Madness lightweight pulley, turbo blanket, Neu-f torque arm bushing, Cavallino grill & chin spoiler,500e mirrors, Go Pedal, Madness short shifter adaptor, ATM boost gauge, Eibach Sportline springs, Madness front upper brace, Neu-f 28mm rear torsion bar,RRM CB,KYB rear shocks,17x7 Sparco Assetto Gara Bronze, 12mm spacers, EBC reds pads

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    It's actually a shock for a corvette. Someone on one of the other forums tested it out and worked very well. After about 3-4 other guys did it I felt comfortable enough to do it. WOW glad i did. Firm up the rear and a lot less money. Guys at the Fiat shop were REALLY impressed.

    Here are the amazon links. You have to buy the 2 shocks and then also 1 pack of each sleeves for the eyelets due to differing diameter.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s01
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o00_s00

    $82.17 total.

    2012 Abarth Grigio, sunroof, red leather, red mirrors, carbon fiber stripe, Fly1 CF Lip and skirt, XXR 550 17x8.25 19mm w/ 195/40/17, SR48 Stud, R1 Rotors, EBC reds, ATM HCI, ATM FMIC, EC/HPSI Unichip II, PTP turbo blanket, GFB/DV+, Norcal SS DP, J-Pipe 2.25, MPX Axleback, BC Coilovers, Neu-f 28mm rear bar, 3M Crystalline tint, HID 6500K + 3000K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerbay View Post
    you can save even more by putting KYB shocks in the rear instead of Koni Yellows.
    I'm not usually a brand snob, but seeing as Koni are sold by RRM, 500Madness, and the local shop (GMP Performance), I will probably go with Koni. First things first, gotta gather the funds to do this. Freelance = Car parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitep11 View Post
    I'm not usually a brand snob, but seeing as Koni are sold by RRM, 500Madness, and the local shop (GMP Performance), I will probably go with Koni. First things first, gotta gather the funds to do this. Freelance = Car parts
    that and I had them on my first car (73 Celica GT) and a couple of Hondas after that! They just don't fail.
    2013 Rosso Abarth 5spd Bianco 17s
    SOLD August 2018 BUT got company car

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