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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

Wasn't aware of that Something good at least! I'd still go for the B14's if it was me. The fronts will need replacing at some point and the B14's make the 500 drive very very nicely.
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

Will B14's give a much firmer ride than SS/Koni suspension?
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

I had exactly the same issue, worn bushes making a metallic clunk over bumps. Managed to get some 2nd hand shocks cheap as a replacement.

Fiat use very cheap parts which wear fast, shocks and strut mounts seem to fail all the time!
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

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I had exactly the same issue, worn bushes making a metallic clunk over bumps. Managed to get some 2nd hand shocks cheap as a replacement.

Fiat use very cheap parts which wear fast, shocks and strut mounts seem to fail all the time!
Clearly it was your decision, but it surprises me that anyone would put second hand suspension components on their vehicle, especially when not only do you have to consider your own safety, but also that of the passengers you will undoubtedly carry in your vehicle at some point. I would be surprised if you know the history of the shocks you have put on your car and I'm assuming they come with no guarantee if they fail. Personally, I would never do it, it just doesn't make any sense. I'm guessing you were driven by cost, but to be honest, you can buy quality decent dampers for a reasonable price if you are prepared to shop around. I mean this sincerely, I hope your cheap second hand units are safe.
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

I HAVE used not-new parts before..,
BUT for the work involved of changing units,
I now use new-only.,

just not worth the hassle of something failing again in a year-or-so,
apart from added concerns over safety,
etc.

basic NEW units are less than 100,
why is this classed as expensive on a vehicle worth 6000 plus..

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Clearly it was your decision, but it surprises me that anyone would put second hand suspension components on their vehicle, especially when not only do you have to consider your own safety, but also that of the passengers you will undoubtedly carry in your vehicle at some point. I would be surprised if you know the history of the shocks you have put on your car and I'm assuming they come with no guarantee if they fail. Personally, I would never do it, it just doesn't make any sense. I'm guessing you were driven by cost, but to be honest, you can buy quality decent dampers for a reasonable price if you are prepared to shop around. I mean this sincerely, I hope your cheap second hand units are safe.
As you well know, there are plenty of 2nd hand "new" parts around for the A500 as the SS kit is often fitted when the car was new. Besides I bought them from a trusted friend and I could tell by the condition that they were never used.
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