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    Marcus's Miraculous Mighty Abarth Build Thread!

    So, now I have picked up my Abarth and am working my way through some headaches of the new ownership of the car. It was most likely raced at some point in its life prior to my ownership. I decided to put it on jack stands prior to beginning work to assess the condition of the car. It began with the tries. The rears had about 75% tread left, but the fronts..... Oh boy I wish there was a negative tread %. The inside halves were bald on both (obviously negative camber and so rotating). I also noticed that the springs have already been replaced with H&R units, Road Race torsion bar and front body bracing. I will leave those in place until time to swap to coilovers in the future. The front bumper came off for the intercooler install and the skin had been fiberglassed from prior damage. It also appeared that the frame had been re bent from a frontal collision. The car itself is beautiful and needs very little attention to the looks. It does have some minor roof damage to be repaired from it being caught in Hurricane Irma. Now to the build itself....
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    First and foremost, I tore down as much of the engine area as I could to do multiple projects. The FMIC install is relatively simple and straightforward. The video on YouTube (search 500 Madness SILA Intercooler install) is of great assistance. The only difference is that a pipe leading from the OEM passenger side intercooler to the engine should remain in place. The fitment is awkward because it was built that way. There is a slight angle. Also, no need to cut the grille to make it fit.
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    The SILA turbo blanket (also by 500madness) was extremely easy. Remove three bolts on the turbo bracket and the heatshield. My only advice is to be conscious of the two lower bolts. I lost one, and should have hit it with PB Blaster and heat before it was too late. Very nice piece.
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    The video by Madness was great in emplacing the CAI. However, be leary of whether you have the correct year. I have the 2015 kit, but own a 2012. Found out a little late, but everything still went on pretty easy.
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    Here is the rear exhaust piece. I can give you more info as it gets put together. Car is on jacks and I am missing a couple of C clamps. I will update more as the parts get installed. BTW, shout out to the guys at Madness who answered my numerous calls and stupid questions. They are also quick to send parts that accidentally were left out.
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    Kudos for separating the jobs out. I also appreciate awesome alliterative titles!

    I don't recall reading in your original thread if you were planning on tuning soon or not but the supporting mods (with the exception of a high flow downpipe) are already in place at this point.

    I don't know if Madness500 has a true tune (if you want to stay loyal) but they have fancy a bluetooth piggyback. Otherwise the forum's top choice is the Euro+Drive.

    Looking good, hopefully you get wheels to pavement soon. This is already proving to be a quality build that will show off what these cars can be with just a little injection of love and cash.

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    Good luck with the build!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 68K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    I have purchased their ECM and Go pedal. I also have a short shift kit on the way. The shifting feels real plasticky and weak like the actual rod would snap..I guess. I got a TWM unit which is apparently all metal.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    Kudos for separating the jobs out. I also appreciate awesome alliterative titles!

    I don't recall reading in your original thread if you were planning on tuning soon or not but the supporting mods (with the exception of a high flow downpipe) are already in place at this point.

    I don't know if Madness500 has a true tune (if you want to stay loyal) but they have fancy a bluetooth piggyback. Otherwise the forum's top choice is the Euro+Drive.

    Looking good, hopefully you get wheels to pavement soon. This is already proving to be a quality build that will show off what these cars can be with just a little injection of love and cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Nixon View Post
    Good luck with the build!
    Thanks! I definitely need it. I have been chasing down all sorts of issues between the Abarth and the S2000. The S2000 has a super sweet CEL that won't go away. I think its a idle issue. So, I have been dumping money into that, too. Still is fun..

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    2 quick questions.. Are the Abarths inherently loud in the rear area? I am worried that I might have a wheel bearing issure.
    Also, My driver headlight isn't working. A warning light "Daytime Running light out" came on. I checked the bulb, but it is fine. I haven't checked the fuse yet, but what's the logical route if that fails to be the cause? Is this a common thing with the 2012s?

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