My Abarth blew it's transmission. LSD gave in, the gearbox shredded 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and the clutch died. It has been suggested that it has too many mods. I suspect that trying to daily the car was not fair, especially the stop and go traffic I now experience on the day care run/commute.
To solve this problem I've added a new daily driver to the garage while I figure out the costs and time required to get the Abarth running again. I got lucky and found a clean 2012 500 Pop with 16,800 miles. This was exactly what I wanted, something simple and practical for me and my daughter to ride in.
I really enjoyed driving the Pop and I started off with the promise that there would be no mods to this vehicle because I don't need two broken cars. That lasted less than 2 weeks.
Lying around I had a set of Abarth leather seats and some 16" wheels from my Abarth.
I then found good deals on Abarth shocks and some Eibach springs. So decided to sort the handling out a bit. Working with Bryan from NGen Performance we added some El Gato chassis braces
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Upgraded the rear shocks to Yellow Konis and H&R 5mm Spacers. We also switched the wheels to use Otis studs and nuts, since I like to switch wheels a lot.
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We added a ST Torsion bar to cure the Pop's natural under-steer and some NGen strut damper plates to help with the turn-in control.
I love the way the car sits now and the handling and ride are really good. The handling is very close to the Abarth now.