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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusDubya77 View Post
    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?

    Cool thread! If you spin the wheel and it is rough, noisy or has play that is not a good thing. Depending on how the car is driven, we have seen bearings get noisy at around 30K. As for the bulb, did you swap bulbs or just do a visual inspection. Bulbs can blow out and not be noticeable. I would use a multimeter to check for voltage first and then look for a fuse. The sockets and connection can also be a problem. and that can be determined more easily with a multimeter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusDubya77 View Post
    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.
    Oops! I do remember reading that now.

    When you say you got a TWM... you mean it's on order right? I'm still waiting for mine (ordered 8-28). >.< In preparation for my TWM (and as good preventative maintenance for a salt belt car) I replaced my shift cable bushings with THESE. Your car hasn't had to deal with salt, but the engine bay temps are still high on these cars which can degrade the rubber. My side to side bushing fell apart as I removed it, the urethane feels better, worth the $50 IMO.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusDubya77 View Post
    Are the Abarths inherently loud in the rear area? I am worried that I might have a wheel bearing issue.
    Yeah, particularly compared to your ex-Audi. I am dreading winter because my winter tires make my car so much louder. I might add some sound deadening around the wheel wells before then. Though, to be honest, it's not bad at all if you leave the rear seats installed and upright. XD That said rear wheel bearings have oddly short lifespans on these cars. I just replaced a bad one at ~35k which doesn't appear to be uncommon if you search around a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Cool thread! If you spin the wheel and it is rough, noisy or has play that is not a good thing. Depending on how the car is driven, we have seen bearings get noisy at around 30K. As for the bulb, did you swap bulbs or just do a visual inspection. Bulbs can blow out and not be noticeable. I would use a multimeter to check for voltage first and then look for a fuse. The sockets and connection can also be a problem. and that can be determined more easily with a multimeter.
    Awesome. Thanks for the help. I will definitely check the rear wheels out. It just is so loud in the back of the cabin. I assume their is not a lot of sound deadening back there. I am hoping its just the tires. Got some Falken FP7000s coming in, so I have my fingers crossed. Went 215/40 wide because I love a wider stanced look. I really don't feel like having to replace bearings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    Oops! I do remember reading that now.

    When you say you got a TWM... you mean it's on order right? I'm still waiting for mine (ordered 8-28). >.< In preparation for my TWM (and as good preventative maintenance for a salt belt car) I replaced my shift cable bushings with THESE. You car hasn't had to deal with salt, but the engine bay temps are still high on these cars which can degrade the rubber. My side to side bushing fell apart as I removed it, the urethane feels better, worth the $50 IMO.



    Yeah, particularly compared to your ex-Audi. I am dreading winter because my winter tires make my car so much louder. I might add some sound deadening around the wheel wells before then. Though, to be honest, it's not bad at all if you leave the rear seats installed and upright. XD That said rear wheel bearings have oddly short lifespans on these cars. I just replaced a bad one at ~35k which doesn't appear to be uncommon if you search around a bit.
    Well, I guess it is on order then
    Those bushings are nice. I might have to pick some of those up!

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    I so want to try my luck with doing my own carbon fiber bits. I have the complete kit sitting in my cart on Amazon....Ughh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusDubya77 View Post
    I so want to try my luck with doing my own carbon fiber bits. I have the complete kit sitting in my cart on Amazon....Ughh...
    Which bits? Also I assume you are talking real CF not CF appearance vinyl? AFAIK the most inhibitive part of creating CF parts is the tooling. Beyond that, it's a pretty basic, albeit labor intensive, process. It would be a real trip to point to come CF goodies on your car and state "yeah, I made that". =P

    Link to the kit?

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    Yeah. The real deal stuff. I am thinking of starting with a piece for the S2000. There is a gap I would like to fill from the CAI to a vent built into a radiator cooling plate.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...Y8THFAI2&psc=1

    That is for the mold, but it has the frequently bought with underneath showing full kit.

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    Huh, more reasonable than expected. Still can't call it cheap.

    Had to laugh at the description though: (wrong brand name)

    • Godzilla carbonworks Mold Starter kit was designed...
    • Compatible with Godzilla™ carbon fiber starter kit...


    Simply out of curiousity for the process what would you use as your master pattern to create a mold of something that fills a gap? Also curious how hot the binder resin gets during curing. FDM printed molds could prove very useful if they can stand the heat.

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    I honestly have no idea. I just have always thought of the potential ability to do my own bits. Also, imagine being able to make quality parts that could turn a profit.

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    Okay. Got the new tires on Ohtsu FP7000 215/40-17 (Falken parent company). You can definitely see the wear on the old ones. I will hopefully get these on this weekend after I do the brakes. Will post more!
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