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Old 06-03-2020   #16
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Re: My New 2009 100HP

Rear wheel bearings cost about £30 as a complete hub. Just do both and job done.

Oil leaks from the gear shifter shaft are common. The mess runs down and looks a lot more serious than it really is. It's an easy fix with the battery box removed..

I improved the handling on rough roads with a pair of Fiat 500 rear springs. £15 from eBay. To correct the ride height, you will need the rubber cush to put one at each end of the springs. That restores the ride height and helps protect the axle spring pans. You will lgain a bit of body roll but you will lose the back end skipping. Febi bump stops from a Fiat Coupe avoid that rock solid effect of the 100HP's long bump stops.

My OEM alloy wheels buckled.
I now have pepper-pot steels (6J x 15 x 30ET). At £160 for four, they are cheap insurance against wrecked alloys. They'll eventually get painted silver and have center trims added.
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Rear wheel bearings cost about £30 as a complete hub. Just do both and job done.

Oil leaks from the gear shifter shaft are common. The mess runs down and looks a lot more serious than it really is. It's an easy fix with the battery box removed..

I improved the handling on rough roads with a pair of Fiat 500 rear springs. £15 from eBay. To correct the ride height, you will need the rubber cush to put one at each end of the springs. That restores the ride height and helps protect the axle spring pans. You will lgain a bit of body roll but you will lose the back end skipping. Febi bump stops from a Fiat Coupe avoid that rock solid effect of the 100HP's long bump stops.

My OEM alloy wheels buckled.
I now have pepper-pot steels (6J x 15 x 30ET). At £160 for four, they are cheap insurance against wrecked alloys. They'll eventually get painted silver and have center trims added.
Where did you pick the wheels up from? I wouldn't mind a set of steels, at least they'll be round.

I'm a bit stuck with deliveries of stuff like this but I could always time picking a set up with a trip to the mainland. I've just found a local breakers with a single Stilo 15" steel wheel but not sure on the offset etc and if it would be suitable?

The springs are fine now they've been spun round 180 degrees. My mate was baffled as to how this was done as they didn't fit in the cups properly as they were...

Wheel bearing is on route, I'll do that and the rear brakes at the same time.

Ive taken a quick couple of pics of the parts that are fitted already, Heko wind deflectors, shark fin DAB aerial, roof rails and an Abarth 500 steering wheel. The headunit is also in although it will néed taking out again to fit the amp and speakers.

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Old 09-03-2020   #18
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Re: My New 2009 100HP

I got the wheels from Oponeo.co.uk. However I went for a size that fit the hub centre forgetting to allow for centre caps. You will need to consider the caps you intend to use and order accordingly.

6J x 15 x ET30
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Nice! I have the same wheel with the Abath seats too!
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Nice! I have the same wheel with the Abath seats too!

Thanks mate.

Do you have the rear 500 seats in there too?
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Yes, they are lovely, everyone loves the seats, lol.
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Just posted my seats, have a look mate.
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Right I've been tinkering this week and with the help of some pictures provided by Carpy I think I know what I need to do to make the back seats fit correctly.

It seems the previous owner didn't have the 500 centre hinge bracket for the back parts of the seats so used the Pandas along with the side hinges. This meant they clipped in and were secure but left a huge gap between the backs and the bench.

So while going through the bits I got with the Panda I found I had the 500 side hinges. I swapped these over and now the backs fit a lot lower and meet up with the bench. I've also found a 500 centre hinge bracket to keep it all bolted in.

This then throws up the problem of holding the seats back as they don't clip into the original striker plates any more. So I've made a template for a plate which I will make out of steel to bolt to the original position and mark out some positions to have a suitable striker welded to them.

In other news one Vibe door speaker has been fitted, very happy with the sound so far. Managed to fit the tweeters in the standard position and I think they look quite presentable without being in your face. Once they're all in I'll fit the amp and start the task of tuning it all up.

I've also discovered my passenger side window regulator clip isn't the best and starts to slow down once the window is close to the full extent of opening. Correct new clip ordered and will be fitted as soon as it arrives.

I've also decided to sound proof the doors while fitting the speakers as the "insulation" on the inside is woeful at best. If anyone has any suggestions for brands etc or even just an ebay listing I would be most grateful.

I'm hopefully fitting the rear brakes and wheel bearing this weekend but we might all be lock down by then so playing it by ear.

More to follow...


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Looking all good mate, i have the Pioneer upgrades, sound is very good indeed
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Well with all the uncertainty out there I cheered myself up by fitting the rear centre seat bracket last night.

I tracked one of these down knowing the floor on the Mk3 was the same as the Mk4 Panda so all bolt holes would be in the right position but they were all around the £50 mark. A little bit of research later and I found that the Mk4 Panda and the Mk2 KA share the same chassis (I'm new to this so please excuse the fact I didn't know). A quick search and ebay turned a bracket up for £20 delivered.

All now fitted and the seats are finally looking like they should.

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Pulled the standard passenger speaker out and proceeded to destroy it so I can use it for an adapter as per one of the guides in here. While I was doing this I noticed the foam insulator had come off the inside of the door and was catching on the window when it was down so reattached that too.

The window regulator clips I ordered the other day had turned up so I gave the passenger side a go, surprisingly easy to change and very satisfying now it works properly. A bargain for genuine Fiat items at £6 a side

I missed the delivery of the soundproofing material I ordered so I can't get the passenger door back together, hopefully there won't be a nationwide lockdown before that arrives tomorrow!

Took the glove box out and added a USB port which is then hooked up to my headunit allowing me to use android auto through the screen.

My vibe micro amp is in too, just need to work out where it is going to live; I have noticed there is a decent bit of room next to the glove box and near the centre of the dash so I'm sure I can fashion some sort of platform for it to sit on permanently.

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As I'm still pulling in a little money here and there from the breaking of the Golf I scraped together enough to get myself a set of 500 Abarth aluminium pedals and a Novitec GP1 throttle box.

The throttle box is a little expensive but is actually a brilliant mod and really livens up the throttle response.

I'm still waiting for the speaker adapters for the rear doors to finish the speakers off and still on the hunt for rear threshold plastics which are proving to be really hard to find.

The pedals were surprisingly easy to fit, just a bit awkward getting the pedals to sit back and allow me to drill them but I got there in the end.

Once this lockdown is over I need to get the rear discs and pads changed over as well as the wheel bearing. Click image for larger version

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Hi mate, i have crossed drilled and grooved disks all round with green stuff pads, really good and they look really good too, glad you got the throttle box, really like mine
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Quote Originally Posted by Wazzzer View Post
Well with all the uncertainty out there I cheered myself up by fitting the rear centre seat bracket last night.

I tracked one of these down knowing the floor on the Mk3 was the same as the Mk4 Panda so all bolt holes would be in the right position but they were all around the £50 mark. A little bit of research later and I found that the Mk4 Panda and the Mk2 KA share the same chassis (I'm new to this so please excuse the fact I didn't know). A quick search and ebay turned a bracket up for £20 delivered.

All now fitted and the seats are finally looking like they should.

The spare striker plates also turned up so I'll be cutting the steel I have then mocking up positions for them before having them weldedAttachment 207188Attachment 207189Attachment 207190

Can you please provide more pictures of rear hinges and the plates you welded.
I fitted 500 seats in panda, there is huge gap in rear bench and back, the i used the centre support from the original panda seats which i took out by cutting from rear bench, i also used side hinges from panda as well, the 500 ones were keeping the seats too low, and were not locking locking up in the catchers.
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Hi, you were right to use the 500 side hinges and centre bracket. This then makes the 500 seats sit lower than the panda seats so like you say they don't clip into the catches like the photo below.

What I did in the end was to buy some 500 catches and redrill them. I was going to weld up some new catches but didn't have the time at work with everything going on so this will do for now. They take a bit of slamming to get the seats to stay held in but they are secure now and sit nicely.

I'll be heading out to the car in a bit so I will get a pic of them for you

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