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    I missed my 500 for a couple weeks but the 124 is a purpose built car. Once you learn to use what it has... it’s an amazing experience. I love my A124. No regrets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opiateESP View Post
    I missed my 500 for a couple weeks but the 124 is a purpose built car. Once you learn to use what it has... it’s an amazing experience. I love my A124. No regrets.
    Hey brother, it was good meeting you Saturday on the Triangle. Definitely enjoyed talking with John from Tork also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytona 500 View Post
    Hey brother, it was good meeting you Saturday on the Triangle. Definitely enjoyed talking with John from Tork also.
    Likewise! That was one crazy day! The Devil's Triangle is just bonkers at points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opiateESP View Post
    Likewise! That was one crazy day! The Devil's Triangle is just bonkers at points.
    How many miles did u run from BC round trip till you got back ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southernroadrunner View Post
    How many miles did u run from BC round trip till you got back ??
    Hit a snag on the way home. Nothing major but required insurance work so the car is still there. I'll be flying back down to finish the trip when it's done. The drive from Vancouver to Knoxville was about 2800 miles. I'm taking a longer route back to see some sights.
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    congrats on the spider!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytona 500 View Post
    Hey Rusbucket,
    Sorry for the delay in responding. I went from a 12 Sport to my Rosso Abarth. As small as the Abarth is, it still more practical then the 124 in a few ways. The hatch, back seat, glove box, easier to get in and out are just a few. Plus I was just attached to that little car, the same way I was attached to my Sport.
    With that said, The Spider is an all around more refined car. Nicer interior, 6 speed -v- 5 speed, rear drive, tighter turning radius, and push button start, to name a few, but it goes farther than that. You really have to drive the car to truly appreciate it. A test drive probably wont suffice for most people, as a test drive will only net you the realization that the car is different, you know what I mean ? Until you are comfortable with the car will you realize the positive differences between the 500 and 124. It handles great out of the box, the acceleration is much smoother, the shifter is a nice tight short throw, and the driving position is more like a race car. I will tell you, I liked the car at first, but as I got up past 5 and 600 miles I really got comfortable with the car and the "differences" turned into improvements. Things that separated the 2 cars became better instead of just different, if that makes sense.
    Now lets get into the nuts and bolts. I have been in the automotive business in one form or another all my life. If you look at my sig you will see the Abarth was fully bolted and tuned with an Open Flash Tablet. This allowed me to make adjustments to stage 1 and 2 tunes. I will tell you under no uncertain terms, the 124 responds better to modifications then the Abarth. A turbo back exhaust and a modified air intake made a noticeable differance in the acceleration of a car that allready had better acceleration. The Abarth had limiters written in the tune at each gear, 1-5. Speaking with a tuner at the Dragon I was told that these limiters are not written the program for the 124. This it why the numbers are similar, HP/TQ, but this car is soo much smoother and as mentioned, responds better to modifications.
    The aftermarket has embraced the car with several exhaust, intake, tune and suspension options. I fabricate my own exhaust and was looking for a deep European sound. Being a vert, I didnt want the car loud or raspy. One thing I would recommend is make sure you can get in and out of the car on a daily basis. It is a bit more challenging and you wont enjoy the car if it is a PITA to get in and out of even if it is not a daily driver.
    Last thing, I dont believe there is any such thing as a "mid life crises". It sounds like a term coined by less than pleasant women. At this point in my life I view most things differently. I appreciate things in a different way then I did when I was younger, and I dont take tomorrow for granted. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had.
    I wouldn't call that a crisis at all, lol.
    Hope this helps and if you have specific questions feel free to ask.
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    Coming from a 500T, I completely agree with you assessment.

    Two very different cars. I hope to own another 500 someday but the 124 is not producing any regrets. Both are fun cars but just different flavors.

    Daytona 500, do you plan on going with the Open Flash tune for your 124? That is the direction I am leaning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stubtail View Post
    Coming from a 500T, I completely agree with you assessment.

    Two very different cars. I hope to own another 500 someday but the 124 is not producing any regrets. Both are fun cars but just different flavors.

    Daytona 500, do you plan on going with the Open Flash tune for your 124? That is the direction I am leaning.


    stubtail,
    Hey, Sharp color. This car really wears all the colors very well, you know ?
    I have a message out to Shiv and am waiting to hear back. I know he and his wife just had a baby so I can imagine they are busy adjusting. Once I speak with him to examine options I will decide. I like the Open Flash Tablet because you have the option to self tune. I have tuned with Uni Chip, COBB, Delta Force (formerly Sniper), and Open Flash. I would not call my self a tuner, but as a drive-ability mechanic I know where to go, what to look for, and what to change, but like I said I would not call my self a tuner. Guys like Gregg at Eurocompulsion, John @ Tork, Shiv @ Open Flash, Cobb, or any of the others, are masters at their trade. I just love to be able to tweak things in the tune for my mods, and my driving style.

    If I dont stay with Open Flash I will sell the tablet in the classifieds and look at Eurocompulsion or Tork. I talked with John at the Dragon this year at great length, like 2 hours total. I had been a customer of his when I had my Speed 3. A couple years ago at the Dragon James from the forum (Tweak) introduced me to all the guys at Eurocompulsion. At the time they had just moved from the Unichip. They helped me with some good advice regarding the tables while tuning with Unichip software. They were way more helpful then any one at Unichip, that I can tell you.
    So hows that for an answer, way more than you asked for at no additional charge.

    So what are your plans ? Exhaust, tune, intake, FMIC, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytona 500 View Post
    stubtail,
    Hey, Sharp color. This car really wears all the colors very well, you know ?
    I have a message out to Shiv and am waiting to hear back. I know he and his wife just had a baby so I can imagine they are busy adjusting. Once I speak with him to examine options I will decide. I like the Open Flash Tablet because you have the option to self tune. I have tuned with Uni Chip, COBB, Delta Force (formerly Sniper), and Open Flash. I would not call my self a tuner, but as a drive-ability mechanic I know where to go, what to look for, and what to change, but like I said I would not call my self a tuner. Guys like Gregg at Eurocompulsion, John @ Tork, Shiv @ Open Flash, Cobb, or any of the others, are masters at their trade. I just love to be able to tweak things in the tune for my mods, and my driving style.

    If I dont stay with Open Flash I will sell the tablet in the classifieds and look at Eurocompulsion or Tork. I talked with John at the Dragon this year at great length, like 2 hours total. I had been a customer of his when I had my Speed 3. A couple years ago at the Dragon James from the forum (Tweak) introduced me to all the guys at Eurocompulsion. At the time they had just moved from the Unichip. They helped me with some good advice regarding the tables while tuning with Unichip software. They were way more helpful then any one at Unichip, that I can tell you.
    So hows that for an answer, way more than you asked for at no additional charge.

    So what are your plans ? Exhaust, tune, intake, FMIC, etc...
    T
    My plans are get a tune and be done for the most part. Already have in place custom GWR/Autoricambi mash-up exhaust, V4 cai, progress tech springs, GFB, catch-can, wheels/tires and some pretty bits. I would do the the EC tune but the re-licensing for resale(on any product) is BS. Also so many guys getting their throttle enhancer, wtf. I would expect the tune would have that taken care of.
    I have no interest in self-tuning and was an early adopter of the ec unichip.
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    Look at Goodwin Racing Brian did some dyno pulls with a cross pipe they designed. They got some good results with their design, and posted here I think. The factory pipe is definitely a choke point. see pic below
    I designed and bent my exhaust from the cat back and it definitely made a difference in the way the turbo spools up. The bad thing about his pipe is you cant use it with the factory mid pipe, you have to use their exhaust I believe.
    I hear ya on the fees for switching vin's for the programmer. It adds up quick. If I cant or dont use my Open Flash I can sell it to another Abarth owner with the stage 1&2 tunes and start from scratch.
    Any way, good luck !

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    Last edited by Daytona 500; 04-21-2018 at 03:26 PM.
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