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Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

Afternoon all,

We have had a couple of 500's now and there seems to be a shared design fault on the rear suspension bushes.
We have had a knocking and under investigation I once again found the top shock bush destroyed






Does any one else have this issue, I really dont want to spent 100 for each shock for the sake of a bush so does any one know if there is a polybush bit for them?
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

i had 6 shockers like this 3 weeks ago all pulled out like yours 2005/2006 PUNTOS
i too see it as a design flaw because the holding bolt cant swivel in the metal sleeve
ive kept my shockers with a view to reconditioning too with a new upper eyelet but work got in the way and i forgot to pursue the issue
earlier punto shockers had a solid bushing and it was rare for them to go


please i dont look in on this section normally if you find a fix would you let me know


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Afternoon all,

We have had a couple of 500's now and there seems to be a shared design fault on the rear suspension bushes.
We have had a knocking and under investigation I once again found the top shock bush destroyed





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbuEpupKwXU

Does any one else have this issue, I really dont want to spent 100 for each shock for the sake of a bush so does any one know if there is a polybush bit for them?
How soon do you need it done? I live quite close to 1 or 2 places that do polybushes, if there is enough interest I could pop in and see what they could do.
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

We had aspirations of getting it on the road for the weekend but even if I wanted a new set of rear shocks I would be waiting a week now.

Be very careful any one looking for these on ebay as so far every one I have looked at actually is the incorrect part and is for the 1.4 sport.

Abarth dealers in stafford can get them for me but at 100+ each
or shop4parts can get the genuine set of shocks but from Europe and at 60 each.

I have measurements for the top eye if needed
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If it were me I'd buy some Bilstein B14's. You'll never have the problem again and you'll have fantastic suspension.
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If it were me I'd buy some Bilstein B14's. You'll never have the problem again and you'll have fantastic suspension.
Done exactly that maxi. Car feels amazing, in fact now my Michelins suddenly feel less grippy as I now push them more to the limits with the suspension. I think some new tires soon as anything but perfect condition on the tires and you lose grip fast! Proper hard though but after 1,000 km's they seem to get slightly softer and more settled. Now it feels normal to me, so god help me if I drive a standard fiat 500 again i'd probably crash first corner!
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Same as the make 2 puntos


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I don't suppose some one could give me a general idea on the price for the b14's?
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I don't suppose some one could give me a general idea on the price for the b14's?

I paid 620 euros for them delivered with vat from a german website. if u are interested and u cant beat my price ill send you the link.
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

You could also go for a Koni FSD kit on it as they do not have rubber bushes. You can get them from larkspeed.
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

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I don't suppose some one could give me a general idea on the price for the b14's?
Here you go, just change the back shocks, a lot less than the 620 that ahmett paid:

http://www.rexbo.eu/bilstein/shock-a...84104?c=100121
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Here you go, just change the back shocks, a lot less than the 620 that ahmett paid:

http://www.rexbo.eu/bilstein/shock-a...84104?c=100121
Yes, but they're only B4's and they have the same design of bushes as the standard Fiat dampers so they will go again and again and again
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Yes, but they're only B4's and they have the same design of bushes as the standard Fiat dampers so they will go again and again and again
I'm not in to have an argument, but do you know anyone who has had some Bilstein B4's fitted that have subsequently failed through the same issues as the original factory spec ones? It's a serious question and if there is a link on this forum to someone who has had a failure with standard Bilstein B4's, then I'd be interested.

I was under the assumption that Bilstein built just about the best shocks in the business, so I'd be surprised if their manufacturing didn't take into account the apparent weaknesses in the factory spec ones? I've just fitted a brand new pair of standard Bilstein B4 front shocks to my non Fiat car and the Bilsteins are imvho far superior to the factory ones I removed.

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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

I put b4's ob the Panda and had the same failure unfortunately.
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Re: Rear suspension knock, shock bushes

The Bilstein B4 for the 500 ( part no 19-184104) has a (smaller) solid top mount, so different from the original Fiat one - after six months on the car all is still good.

I think the B4 for the Panda is similar to the original, and may be prone to failure in the same way, as Maxi states
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