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Old 11-01-2009   #1
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Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Hy, I'm new on this forum and I am from Romania. I have a Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth (the black & orange version) that needs its front shock absorbers changed because they are making a strange noise and the rod of the absorber moves in all possible directions. The car has 138.000 km made and the suspension was never changed.

Now, I was wondering if the Seicento Sporting Abarth has different suspension compared to a standard Seicento?

From what I saw, the Sporting Abarth version has a more rigid and lower suspension... is this right?

The height of the body can be changed by the shock absorbers or depends just by the springs I am using... because if it is so, the problem is more simple (I wanna keep my current height setting... lower would be too much for my 14" wheels and for romanian "beautiful" streets)?
I am waiting for your advices on what shocks to choose for my Sei Sporting .

PS: I wanna also to apologize for my English if I made mistakes. And if someone wants to see my car I can upload some pics.
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Shocks are the same. Might as well replace the top mounts (indeed, the problem my be the top mounts) while you're at it. Munroe and Bilstein make nice standard spec shocks. It's the springs that set the ride height.

A good guide in the guides, above.
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

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And if someone wants to see my car I can upload some pics.
Lets have a look then
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Your English is a lot better than my Romanian, thats for sure.

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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Some pics then...

But please don't forget about my questions!
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

The above pictures were made after I bought the car and the number plates were the bulgarian ones... the car was first registered in Bulgaria because of the huge taxes here in Romania (for Euro 2 cars).
Now, I have payed the registration tax and the new romanian number plates are like in the picture below...
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Quote Originally Posted by tnt View Post
Now, I was wondering if the Seicento Sporting Abarth has different suspension compared to a standard Seicento?

From what I saw, the Sporting Abarth version has a more rigid and lower suspension... is this right?
Its got the same suspension as a normal seicento sporting if thats what you mean yes. So fine for your car yes. Other models (s, sx, etc) have slightly higher suspension (20mm i think???)

Quote Originally Posted by tnt View Post
The height of the body can be changed by the shock absorbers or depends just by the springs I am using... because if it is so, the problem is more simple (I wanna keep my current height setting... lower would be too much for my 14" wheels and for romanian "beautiful" streets)?
I am waiting for your advices on what shocks to choose for my Sei Sporting .
As already said, ride height is set by springs not shocks.

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PS: I wanna also to apologize for my English if I made mistakes. And if someone wants to see my car I can upload some pics.
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Very nice Pics ,It's the same as mine
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Ok, I found a guy here that imports suspensions from Apex and he told me that he can bring me only the full suspension kit (4 shocks & 4 springs) which is quite expensive... about 400 euro. Are they any producers that sells just the shocks for Seicento Sporting?

And if someone has an ideea... how much the shipping to Romania will cost?
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

apex kit in UK called 220, then shipping to romania is about 30 to 40.

With the great exchange rate, try shopping in the UK and ask if they will post!

http://www.europerformance.co.uk/pag...roduct=3666157


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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Tenneco Europe seem to be the suppliers of Monroe dampers.

http://www.taec.nl/pdfonline/MONROE080519.pdf

is the catalogue and they seem to have Romanian distribution.

It lists both OE and sensatrac units for your car.

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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

Would this fit on my Seicento Sporting?
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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

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Would this fit on my Seicento Sporting?
Yup

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Re: Replacing the front shock absorbers for a '99 Seicento Abarth.

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Would this fit on my Seicento Sporting?
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