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    Tail of the dragon

    Hey guys Im pretty new to the forum but have read a lot of the postings. I just got myself a 2013 fiat 500 Abarth and was wondering what upgrades do yall think I should get first to help me on the dragon? Also does anyone know if the RRM intake will work with the madness engine cover?

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    Before I went to the Dragon last month, I installed Speedlab 25mm front sway bar (good to have but, not that necessary), CFP 25 mm rear torsion (a must have), Vertical and lower chassis braces are nice to have.

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    2013 500 Sport - Espresso Brown
    2017 500c Abarth Cabrio - Rosso Red
    Abarth mods:
    XXR 527 Chromium Black Wheels
    4 Point Roll Bar
    Maxton Design Front Splitter
    RRM Ultimate BASIC ECM
    MPx Axle Back Exhaust
    Bosch 4C Coils
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    MPx Blow Off Plate
    GFB+ Diverter
    EC Red Intake & Ram Air Pipe.
    500 Madness Red/CF Front Brace
    Speedlab Hood Strut Kit
    Speedlab 25mm Front Sway Bar
    CFP 25mm Rear Torsion Bar
    DIY Chassis Braces
    KYB Rear Shocks
    Many, Many more....

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    Driver mod should be the first mod.

    Make sure the car is maintained well. Pull the plugs and check them/gap them to 0.024" properly (not with the gapping tool but with feeler gauges), flush your brake fluid (a good DOT4 like that from Stoptech will work), make sure your sliders/guide pins are in good condition and moving well, make sure you have at least OEM pads (If someone swapped to ceramic, get a semi-metallic something like HAWK HPS5), make sure your tires have good tread and no cuts/bulges and pressure them up correctly (38F/32R), after a good run (2-5/10 effort), pressure down the rear tires by 2psi or the car will snap out on you, you may consider doing that before your first run. Carry a spare set of headlight bulbs, I just upgraded to the Philips LightVisions and change your transmission/engine oil/engine air filter.

    Intakes don't provide a substantial increase in power until you're tuned and engine covers have no performance benefit what so ever so I wouldn't go with one of those. Additionally, RRM is doing some sketchy work and service recently so stay away is my best advice. My personal regret is not opening up the exhaust sooner but if you get a downpipe, you'll get a check engine light unless you buy a tune that disables the code so I think I'd actually recommend an FMIC (Front mount intercooler). The stock intercooling setup is prone to leaks and presents a lot of flow restrictions, though it is good at developing pressure if you're considering any modifications to your car, future proof it with a front mount.

    Until you are tuned, you will get closer and closer to the airflow limits of the stock ECU and it will reduce power but that's okay because you're going to be feeding the car with a cooler air charge and eliminate any boost leaks (You probably have them). With a boost leak, the turbo has to spin faster to compensate as it tries to reach its boost targets so this modification will also reduce the wear and tear on the turbo ;-). I have the Eurocompulsion FMIC and it requires some cutting but it isn't that bad but the top dog is the ATM FMIC; another option is the CHQ from NGEN. You want the intercooler that replaces as much of the stock piping as possible and I think all three do (I do know that the ATM and EC, definitely do).


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    Handling: H&R 5mm spacers, El Gato Front Braces, Tork Rigid Collars, Fat Cat Motorsports Revalved Bilsteins, CPR lower brace, Fat Cat Bump Stops
    DSP/D-class (local club classing)
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    Thanks for the info guys. I think I’ll start with the GFB DV+ and BOV since I’ve heard that’s a good first upgrade to help hold boost better and I’ll get the rear torsion bar also. Still have about a month and a half before I’m headed to the dragon so I’ll probably get a couple more of these things y’all have listed before then.

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    Just skip to the forge BOV and Turbosmart wga, it is good preventative maintenance to change these items. I would skip the rear torsion bar unless you never plan on getting a proper suspension setup.


    2015 Fiat 500 Abarth
    Power:V4.1 Intake, Forge BOV, EC FMIC, 4C coils, Tork Beta Tune, ATP downpipe, Boost Leak Fix, Turbosmart WGA
    Handling: H&R 5mm spacers, El Gato Front Braces, Tork Rigid Collars, Fat Cat Motorsports Revalved Bilsteins, CPR lower brace, Fat Cat Bump Stops
    DSP/D-class (local club classing)
    #notscare

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    Rex, where did you get the vertical and lower chassis bars? Everything I've seen are just the flat metal ones.

    Update: NVM...I saw in another thread where you said you would be making them yourself.
    Last edited by Dernt; 06-15-2019 at 01:17 PM.

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