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Stupid shock vs strut question...

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I'm no car guy, but my Abarth Spider is getting me addicted. When doing some research on suspension upgrades, I got really confused on some websites' wordings.

My stupid question is "Does the Spider utilize both front and rear struts and shocks?". I saw somewhere that the two were never used together and can't be exchanged for one another insert reasoning here, but I see front/rear shocks and struts for the 124 all over the place.

How can you have both if it's one or the other and not interchangeable? Or was that source nonsense? Am I misreading?

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Strut has the spring as an integral part of it the shocks are just the dampening mechanisms. Usually in a shock you have leaf or torsion bars in a truck or traction bars like the fiat 500. Cars like ours have a coil spring that go around the shock, and the shock has a mount to support the spring making them struts. Hopefully this clears the confusion. You were actually quite close as at least you knew the two aren鈥檛 the same.
Thanks for the info! Took mine on the Tail of the Dragon (I live semi-close) and my 124 had sooooooo much body roll (see my profile pic for reference 馃槈). Now I'm taking steps to help reduce that and learning about my car - and cars in general - along the way!
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Sorry just checked out your profile. So in my opinion the Abarth is not bad as is. Look at your pic, it really doesn鈥檛 lean as much as the ride height would suggest. I know it feels a bit much but now knowing you have the Abarth just drive it as it is you will learn to drive it the way it was designed to be driven. Now if you are all out racing check out @Spoolin32 build and follow his advice as I don鈥檛 think you can get better race car specs than his.
This is me coming out of that curve, I guess it shows the roll a little better. I could definitely tell my grip and my steering were getting more loose (I squeaked and slipped several times along the route, to say the least). I'll look into the advice of getting the front and rear sway bars sooner, then upgrading the struts and shocks when it comes time for replacement. Thanks!

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Ok I see what your saying. Now this won鈥檛 help the lean but will definitely help grip, have you done a performance alignment? I see the angles of your tires are all out of sorts in that picture. To me it looks like you need more negative camber. It will help keep the tires flat with maximum contact patch to the road when turning like in the picture. Your grip will raise exponentially with an alignment and it costs the least and doesn鈥檛 require replacing parts. Try getting as close to @Spoolin32 alignment specs as you can with stock suspension. Then change out parts if you want to. BTW do not cut out the bar on the Abarth! It is worth money and highly sought after by Miata community. Pay someone to pull it if the task is too daunting to do yourself. From what I have seen you have to pull the front bumper and belly pan and move or remove the intercooler hoses to get it out. First things first do an alignment and come back to let us know how it goes.
Will do! Thanks again!

As for my stock parts, I'm keeping all of them. The spiders are going to become a collector's item in no time and I assume stock versions are usually more sought after when it comes to collector vehicles. Keeping all original parts, just in case
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