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    Found a great rear spring alternative for leveling the car.

    I tried the zonker mod on my factory springs, I cut 2/3 of a coil off to try and level out the car a little. It leveled it pretty good but, it still seemed too soft, even with my Koni's. Anyway I ordered a set of factory Abarth springs from ebay. When they arrived the part number was different than mine.

    The part # was 5168660AA. When I stood it up next to my cut spring, it was barely taller. I also noticed that it was slightly thicker too. Anyway, I went ahead and installed them with my EC Red Spring seats. I did not cut these at all.

    With these springs and my Koni shocks the ride has improved well beyond the factory springs I had. These sit with a very slight rake now and I have not had a tire rub at all since installing them. These are the springs that should have came on this car IMO.

    I am running 205x45x17's, a little taller than stock. Hence the rear tire rub on big bumps. No more rub, I drove from my home in Va. to Greensboro, NC this past weekend for Fiat Freakout. Approx 4 hours each way plus, all the road rally we did on Friday. Not once did my tires bottom out.

    Best part of all was the cost, $49 shipped. Best investment ever.

    I did some research on the spring also. Found out that the 5168660AA was for the Abarth with sport suspension. My spring number was for Abarth w/o sport suspension. I thought that all Abarth's had a sport suspension.

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    This is a great find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saponetta View Post
    This is a great find.
    I'm telling ya, the ride difference is just awesome. It still rides good but, without all the bounce on the big bumps.
    On my trip I kept cringing every time I would see a big bump or dip coming up, just waiting for the tires to rub.
    But, it just never happened.

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    Stock ride height never looked so good!

    Any reason to believe this wouldn't work with the cheaper KYB set-up? New spring seats needed or just had them handy already? I think a rear suspension overhaul may be in my future.

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    Abarth Hatchbacks use the "Performance Tuned" suspension while Cabrio models use "Hi-Performance" suspension. The Hatchback springs are stiffer and the cars ride lower than a Cabrio. The rear springs on an Abarth hatch are 20% stiffer than a 500 Sport's. The rear springs on an Abarth Cabrio are 12% stiffer than a regular 500C's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    Stock ride height never looked so good!

    Any reason to believe this wouldn't work with the cheaper KYB set-up? New spring seats needed or just had them handy already? I think a rear suspension overhaul may be in my future.
    With the stiffer spring I don't see why not. I already had the EC spring seats on hand and glad I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Abarth Hatchbacks use the "Performance Tuned" suspension while Cabrio models use "Hi-Performance" suspension. The Hatchback springs are stiffer and the cars ride lower than a Cabrio. The rear springs on an Abarth hatch are 20% stiffer than a 500 Sport's. The rear springs on an Abarth Cabrio are 12% stiffer than a regular 500C's.
    So you think the 5168660AA is the Hatchback spring? If that's the case it would only be beneficial on the Cabrio?

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    Speedlab Hood Strut Kit
    Speedlab 25mm Front Sway Bar
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    KYB Rear Shocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by RexS View Post
    So you think the 5168660AA is the Hatchback spring? If that's the case it would only be beneficial on the Cabrio?
    Good question. It isn't exactly clear in the parts lookup, but I'm sure a dealership parts guy could figure out. It is listed for a car with PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION (SDD) suspension code which is for a Hatch. My guess is it is for a hatch as the spring listed for a Cabrio with HIGH PERFORM SUSPENSION (SDX) is a different part number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Good question. It isn't exactly clear in the parts lookup, but I'm sure a dealership parts guy could figure out. It is listed for a car with PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION (SDD) suspension code which is for a Hatch. My guess is it is for a hatch as the spring listed for a Cabrio with HIGH PERFORM SUSPENSION (SDX) is a different part number.
    So guys with hatchbacks will need to check their part number on the tag attached to the spring first to see if they don't already have the 5168660AA.

    But, Cabrio guys this will drop that 4x4 looking rear end and stiffen it up.

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    Unless they cut their rear springs like I did! :-)
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