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    Owner: Texanbrit - '12 500 Pop - Nero

    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.
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    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
    pop el gato.jpg
    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.
    Pop large.jpg
    Last edited by texanbrit; 04-03-2018 at 12:45 PM. Reason: removed some gibberish

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    Looks good! I'm jealous of those leather seats!

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    So just a teaser photo of what I'm currently up to.
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    2013 500c Abarth - NGEN Turbo
    2012 500 Pop - daily
    2014 500L - Family
    1971 850 Spider - Project

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    I bought these plastic handle covers from eBay several months ago. They didn't fit all that well and seemed a bit rough so I never installed them.

    Today I cleaned up the edges with some 2,000 grit paper and stuck 'em on the Pop. They are a perfect fit and they don't feel all that great, but I like the way they look.

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    2013 500c Abarth - NGEN Turbo
    2012 500 Pop - daily
    2014 500L - Family
    1971 850 Spider - Project

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    i like the bumble bee look!

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    Nice work! It's been many years now but iirc you've got some pretty nice roads to test those mods on.
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    Looks great. Glad to see some 500 Pop love!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustbucket View Post
    Nice work! It's been many years now but iirc you've got some pretty nice roads to test those mods on.
    We don't get the snow and ice that some do; that leaves our roads in pretty decent shape plus we have a big variety of drives from the Hill Country to the heavy woods of southern Texas, plus some nice stretches of freeway with 85 mph limits.
    2013 500c Abarth - NGEN Turbo
    2012 500 Pop - daily
    2014 500L - Family
    1971 850 Spider - Project

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    I'm a bit behind with updates to the the thread. In the last couple of weeks I've added a few things:

    An Assetto Corsa style spoiler
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    Pop in April.jpg

    Black trimmed lights:
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    2013 500c Abarth - NGEN Turbo
    2012 500 Pop - daily
    2014 500L - Family
    1971 850 Spider - Project

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    An Injen intake:
    Injen intake.jpg
    injen filter.jpg

    and a custom NGen Performance shift knob:
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    2013 500c Abarth - NGEN Turbo
    2012 500 Pop - daily
    2014 500L - Family
    1971 850 Spider - Project

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