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    Another Northern VA fiat owner. Welcome!! Also check out Elgato's braces to compare with RRM. Had them on my Abarth and loved them. You can pick them up from Eurocompusion site. They've got some great products.
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    Hey Haring.

    Think I'm gong with the Elgato braces.

    Anybody make a strut tower brace?

    Was looking at some of the ECMs on 500Madness.

    Particularly this one: FIAT 500 ABARTH (ECU) Engine Control Module by Magneti Marelli

    I'm not down with the idea of not knowing what setting I'm in or having to use a remote though.

    Thanks for all the information!

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    You'd probably really like the NEUF rear torsion bar. Looks like there are a couple other companies now that have them.
    https://shop.500madness.com/fiat-500...-neu-f-pid1709

    I had this brace on both my Sport and Abarth. Doesn't do much but looks good.
    https://roadracemotorsports.com/stor...34o63hbulcctc7

    Problem is the actual front strut towers are behind the firewall. I forget the name of the company that did have one but doesn't look like anyone carries them anymore. Think you do have to cut into the body to get them to fit.

    As for tunes...never put one on mine but if I did I'd go with Eurocompulsion.
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    Thanks Haring.

    Ordered some El Gato braces last night.

    Found a tower bar on ebay and I emailed the seller asking about fitment.

    Do you have the torsion bar on your unit?

    I was traveling up my mountain this evening with a Mustang behind me tailgating like crazy with high beams on

    Switched into Sport Mode and he quickly fell out of sight.

    These little cars are amazing!

    If things have to be cut, I'm out.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Just a quick note on the ECU tuning option. There are many good options but I'd look for something newer than the MM design. While the software might be up to date I feel there might be better choices in hardware and software you might like better with a little research. Buy from Madness or otherwise, there are just other options you might check into before deciding is my main point.

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    Hey Tweak.

    Thank you.

    Thinking about the chipbox and pedal booster now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by diesel View Post
    Hey Tweak.

    Thank you.

    Thinking about the chipbox and pedal booster now!
    I imagine you'll have a lot of fun regardless of which you choose. Just read of the experiences of others and buy what best fits your budget and wants for your ride.

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    Welcome. You'll have a lot fun driving, modding, researching and reading member reviews for sure. Like Tweak said you have fun regardless and whatever order you choose first.

    These were my mods that I started with in the first months... RRM chassis brace and Neuf Torsion Bar off the bat. Then Neuf Short Shifter adapter and Neu-F Torque Arm Insert. Really wanted to get a feel on the suspension and lower cost to tighten up shifting.
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    Welcome to the forum, Diesel. You should post up a pic of your car when you get a chance. I noticed that you're already getting the itch to mod the heck out of it. It sounds like you're off to a great start. I run the RRM chasis braces on my ride. They work great and I wished I had bought them sooner. I would skip the tower brace and put a bigger bar in the rear, NueF or RRM would work well. There is a sub frame brace right by the oil drain valve that's the same stamped aluminum as the OEM chasis braces. Change that out to something stronger, and the car will corner like its on rails. It also makes it feel more planted on the highway at higher speeds. There are a lot of great guys/gals on here that are more than willing to help with any questions you have. Welcome to the family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pizzamann95 View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Diesel. You should post up a pic of your car when you get a chance. I noticed that you're already getting the itch to mod the heck out of it. It sounds like you're off to a great start. I run the RRM chasis braces on my ride. They work great and I wished I had bought them sooner. I would skip the tower brace and put a bigger bar in the rear, NueF or RRM would work well. There is a sub frame brace right by the oil drain valve that's the same stamped aluminum as the OEM chasis braces. Change that out to something stronger, and the car will corner like its on rails. It also makes it feel more planted on the highway at higher speeds. There are a lot of great guys/gals on here that are more than willing to help with any questions you have. Welcome to the family.
    Definitely recommend the upgraded rear torsion bar... and have a funny-ish example as to what happens when you do...


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