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    Installed New AST suspension and impression after driving

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    I was looking for new suspension setup with several options such as Bilstein, KW, and Koni yellow.
    Stock suspension was ok before I got Madness Max power and P-flo Intake.

    Because of HP and TQ gains, I got more body rolling when I go to canyon ride or even during street ride when you push it or braking.
    I almost lean on Bilstein then one of my friend from bunch of BMW fanatics recommend AST suspension.
    I knew that they are quite famous with Moton Brand but not sure about AST itself.
    I test drive my friends M3 with it and got impressed by both AST and M3.. of course, so ordered and installed it before 3 weeks ago.

    I tested it on I405, I5, PCH, Malibu Canyon piuma ridge, Mulholland Dr. and Ortega. and really satisfying with my new coilover for both daily drive and Canyon run.

    Installation :

    As you guys know, US Abarth has a different top mount and length from Euro Abarth. AST accidentally sent both euro and US springs, so it was good to see what the difference is. I tried to install it by myself with my buddy but failed because of broken rug nut's head.. (I did it with Impact gun.. so stupid), so I went to shop and install it. This product has really nice quality and its pity that I cannot see my new coilover after installation...



    Impression :

    It was more stiffer than OEM FSD of course, but not so much than I expected. I use my Abarth as daily commute and canyon ride during weekend, I was surprised its comfy ride but still enough stiff to push it in any winding road.
    Much less body roll, more refined ride quality, and definitely go Kart feeling now. I read some complaining about more understeer from other Coilovers.
    But this suspension definitely change my car more neutral and able to anticipate its limit more precisely.

    It doesn't give me a harsh ride but still you can feel the road surface, it still keep the original character of little Italian car but more refined.
    The AST 2000 Series is for street use, not for track use. If you are looking for both performance and ride quality, this suspension definitely one of the best contender ever. I heard AST has lowering springs too so I think Koni yellow with AST lowering springs kit can be a reasonable option as well.
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    Thanks for the review, that ride looks sharp!
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    Yeah that's LOW! Looks GOOD!
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    Thanks Robert and Trunkout, It's really low so I tried to make two finger gap after, but I didn't do it because I like the way it is now. Surprisingly there is no bottom-out or scrape front under yet!!

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    I've been running AST for years in my miata and absolutely love them. its a shame youre in socal as id love to get a test ride to see if theyre as great in this chassis.

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    Yeah it is still rare for fiat in the states. I knew about Moton but not AST before. Bunch of bmw guys had great reviews for AST suspension and have a chance to test drive my friends car, but never get a test ride Miata. I am pretty sure that it feels good and performs great in Miata..so curious though.. I am really satisfying with it so far and.. you know what, this 2000 series is really handsome lol.

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    Bumping an old thread here but haven't found much useful info on these.

    Has anyone else tried these? I'm currently running Vogtland coilovers and am looking for something less crashy/bouncy in the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewfro View Post
    Bumping an old thread here but haven't found much useful info on these.

    Has anyone else tried these? I'm currently running Vogtland coilovers and am looking for something less crashy/bouncy in the rear.
    Euro compulsion sells this coil over kit for $1,299

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexS View Post
    Euro compulsion sells this coil over kit for $1,299
    I'm well aware of that but was curious if anyone else here has experience with them. How do they ride, range of height adjustability (where in the adjustment range was the OP's car, etc.). Koni Yellows and NeuF springs are probably my best bet but my 96 Miata had AST's that were incredible.

    The rear of the Vogtlands are incredibly harsh, regularly slamming into the bump stops despite being on the higher end of their adjustment. The shocks aren't leaking and rebound fine as well. The front rides wonderfully though.

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