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    What are Your "Must Have" Upgrades for the FIAT 500?

    I am so excited to be driving my 2103 FIAT 500 POP (manual). It's got 16K miles on it and I am considering all the accessories that will make it even better. I'm not looking to "soup it up" so to speak, but to make it more comfortable and cared for. Am thinking about the rain window guards, bumper guard, carrying case on top, etc. I live in NYC and park it on the street most of the time, so avoiding scratches would be great. Am also considering getting the VIPER 5706 alarm with auto start.

    What are your favorite accessories for your FIAT?

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    Cold Air Intake (your preference) Magnaflow
    Exhaust (your preference) Road Race Motorsports
    Headers (I think there is only one available) ?
    Abarth steering wheel (it fits 500 regular) Fiat
    Shift knob (your preference) Black brand
    Abarth seats (leather or cloth)
    Abarth emergency brake handle
    Lowering Springs (your preference) Eibach sportline
    Performance shocks (your preference) Konis Front, QA1 87 Vette Rear for the Rear
    Wheels (your preference) Ciao Vernazza 17"
    Tires (your preference) General GMaxx 205/40-17
    Slotted brake rotors (your preference) not sure
    All weather mats and trunk mat (your preference) Aries 3d, Kagu, Maxpider (all the same item)
    Blacked out lights front and rear Fiat
    Hood Scoop (your preference) CarbonTrix
    Front Bumper lip (your preference) Euro Compulsion
    Short Shifter (your preference) not sure

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    1) Leather hatch pull down strap. I added that to my former Pop and my current ABARTH as the first upgrade.

    2) Suspension (at least the Eibach ProKit lowering springs). I did not do it with my former Pop, but I did it with my current ABARTH. It will be the first thing I do with every new 500 (standard or ABARTH).

    3/4) Shift knob (and boot)... preferably one that is a direct swap out for stock. I did this with my former Pop, but I haven't swapped the knob in my current ABARTH (only installed a custom shift boot).

    I dig how 500s look with roof racks. I haven't done this yet, but I'm always considering it. It adds to the look and is practical.

    In my opinion, these are the four (five with your roof rack) easiest ways to dress up and personalize your 500.
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    Modifications that I found made the car easier to live with:
    1. Craven Speed Short Throw Shifter w/ an NGEN custom shift knob. I wasn't a huge fan of the stock knob shape. The Short Throw makes shifts feel much better than stock and the new knob is much easier to handle imo.
    2. Madness GoPedal. Removing the slop from the stock electronic throttle made a huge difference to me. I came from a 94' Miata with a mechanical throttle that was perfect and the GoPedal brought the feel as close as you can get with an electronic throttle.
    3. Weather tech floor mats. If you plan on driving the car year round, these are worth their weight in gold. I swap them into the car for the winter months and store the stock mats. Keeps the carpet clean, easy to rinse the mats, and my stock floor still look excellent for the summer months.
    4. 15" Wheels and larger tires. Living in New England can be the worst. Going down an inch in wheel diameter and increasing my side wall height made a decent difference when it comes to ride quality over rough roads. Living in New York this might be a high priority for you, even the stock 16" wheels can be rough, good luck if you have 17" wheels.

    If you want a roof rack, look into the one sold by Fiat but made by Thule. Just ordered one myself, it's around 340-380 bucks. Much cheaper compared to what you'll pay piecing together the rack elsewhere (~500 bucks).

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head. The key thing is to get some seat time in the car and keep thinking to yourself "What could be improved?" That's how I've lead myself to each part/mod I've purchased for my Fiat. What works for me might not work for you.

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    Stuff you can do fairly easily and quickly:


    - New shift knob. The stock one looks nice, but uncomfortable.

    - Short shifter - adapter or full kit, your choice. I have the 500 Madness adapter and I'm very happy with it. 33% reduction in throw

    - GoPedal. You have a 2013, so it is tune-able IMHO that's the way to go, but if you need to save up your dimes for one, the GoPedal is a nice 'hold over.' Makes the car feel much more alive and can easily turn off when needed

    - Mud flaps. I went with RallyArmor. Look great and saves on cleanup.


    A bit harder to install, but highly suggested down the line:


    - Lowering springs - Amacento's recommendation for the Eibach ProLine is a good one. I've seen a lot of people on the forums in the North East go with the pro-lines because the roads there can get pretty bad (I'm originally from Boston and hated the post-winter road conditions & road work). These offer a modest drop while increasing handling.

    - Rear sway/torsion bar
    2015 Fiat 500 Abarth - Blanco w/Red Leather | 17" Hyper-black Abarth wheels | Turbo Lights | Sun Roof
    Interior/Exterior mods: Abarth Pomello Satin Aluminium Shift knob, CravenSpeed Stubby antenna, RallyArmor Mudlfaps
    Suspension mods: Madness 28mm Torsion Bar, Eibach Sport Line Springs, Rear Koni shocks
    Go faster mods: Madness short-shift adapter, EuroCompulsion Euro+Drive: Phase 0

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiat500nyc View Post
    I live in NYC and park it on the street most of the time.... Am also considering getting the VIPER 5706 alarm with auto start.

    What are your favorite accessories for your FIAT?
    An armed guard sounds like a good start

    My late brother had an auto repair business (in Maine) for 34+ years and among his customers were a couple who lived in NYC who would drive up often to their Maine cottage in their Honda Accord during the summer. One summer it seemed like each trip to Maine meant a stop to see my brother Tom to have parts replaced because "Midnite Auto" had struck again. One week taillights, headlights another, and the radio another. NYC (or any big city) is a tough place to own a automobile. An alarm is a very good idea imho. Some years ago my then 2 week old truck was stolen and found stripped. I added an alarm right away after I got the truck back and it paid for itself just a few days later. I was just coming out of the grocery store in broad daylight when I heard the alarm go off and saw a man trying to jimmy the rear slider window open. He jumped out when the alarm went off and I gave chase but he had too much of a head start.

    "What are your favorite accessories for your FIAT?"

    My list leans towards the comfort/ function stuff ...

    1. An alarm would be my first purchase. I'm not up to date on current alarms but I'm sure others here can give some good recommendations. Remember that no matter how good an alarm system is, it is no better than its installer.

    2. All weather floor mats- if you do much winter driving your carpets will take a beating. Aries 3D come highly recommended by many here (500 Madness sells them with their logo on them- on sale now $139.99 front + rear) and is what I wished I'd bought. I have WeatherTech- they're holding up well but the fit leaves a LOT to be desired.

    3. Heated seats - my 500 Sport came from the factory with them but you should be able to add them to your Pop with OEM or aftermarket parts. Wouldn't be without them. Your keister will thank you when it's -22F and your back will do the same after a bad day at work and your back is killing you.

    4. Fog lights- the low and wider light spread has already saved me from a couple of deer collisions and is really helpful in snow/rain/ fog conditions.

    5. Door sill guards- it's on my "to do" list. My driver's side door sill is looking a little rough (thanks to dragging a healing broken leg in and out of the car). Mopar makes a nice stainless self adhesive one.

    6. Cargo tray- another item on my "to do" list. If you haul messy stuff (softener salt, bagged mulch, potting soil etc. etc.) around like I do it only takes one leaky bag to make a real mess. With a cargo tray you just take it out and hose it off.




    Congrats on your Pop and welcome to the forum. There's a ton of stuff available for your Pop to make it the way you want it ... for a blank slate you couldn't ask for better.
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    The RRM chassis brace is a must. 20 minute installation in your driveway with a 15 mm deep socket. Much improved tracking over bumps or rain groves, and considerably better road feel through the steering wheel when pressing the corners hard.

    I am not at all fond of anything that lowers the car. I drive over lots of country roads and I am dragging parts and hitting the bump stops with the standard car. Going lower isn't going to help my situation. The 500 is already about and inch short on suspension travel as delivered by the factory. Admittedly, you will get better autocross times in lowered car, but your driving enjoyment will not be improved on public roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiat500nyc View Post
    I am so excited to be driving my 2103 FIAT 500 POP (manual). It's got 16K miles on it and I am considering all the accessories that will make it even better. I'm not looking to "soup it up" so to speak, but to make it more comfortable and cared for. Am thinking about the rain window guards, bumper guard, carrying case on top, etc. I live in NYC and park it on the street most of the time, so avoiding scratches would be great. Am also considering getting the VIPER 5706 alarm with auto start.

    What are your favorite accessories for your FIAT?
    The Pop, in my opinion, is most comfortable 500. The seats are nice and ride is softer than the Sport and ABARTH.

    The window rain guards look good on the 500.

    There are several brush guard (bumper guard) options. The look pretty cool too.

    The main thing I'd do before blowing dust is establish a styling theme and buy accessories (aesthetics and utilities) that meet your defined theme.
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    GoPedal, Injen CAI , Borla SS cat back exhaust ,ICEngine Works header/ hi flow cat , EC NA header tune , NGK Iridium plugs , MPXunderdrive crank pulley , Antigravity battery , custom battery mount , Neu-FTorque arm insert , AAD shifter , Koni yellow shocks & struts , !6mm wheelspacers , Gruven billet sway bar end links , Nue-F 25mm sway bar , ST rear swaybar , DNA top mounts , DNA strut tower brace , Nue-F 2” lowering springs ,custom ft. cross brace , custom subassembly bushings , custom milled steel rearalignment shims, Otis stud kit, Muteki lug nuts , Energy bump stops , MichelinPilot Sport A/S tires , custom vertical chassis braces , Rally Armor mud flaps, rear seat delete , Cipher Deluxe Racing Seats , Seat belt Planet 5 pt.harnesses , Auto Power 4 pt. roll bar , custom fire extinguisher mount , EZCool insulation , security system , Maserati air horns , Gruvenparts oil filterhousing cap , custom rear interior cross brace , EC oil filler cap is what I have added so far. What I need to finish up is, lightweight wheels, lightened flywheel, limited slip diff., Wilwood front brake upgrade, an after market clutch, and EC dyno tune. All it takes is time and money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiat500nyc View Post
    I am so excited to be driving my 2103 FIAT 500 POP (manual).
    If you ever decide to part it, I'll take your hover wheels and holographic navigation system, assuming those are in the 22nd century models.

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