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Old 17th September 2012, 12:04   #241
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I have got the GC kit installed in my Punto and happy with the change in GC. What are these rear sway bars? I donot think these are replaced. The five items get replaced are the 4 shocks and one stabilizer bar in front.

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Apparently the later cars somewhere in mid 2010 onwards do NOT have the rear sway bars. If your car did not come with it, then they dont remove it, else I was told that they remove the sway bar. I am not too certain about the information though!
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hi headers & kiren,
i myself wouldve gone for the increased ground clearance kit, but then the body roll would be that much more prominent and i dont like that.

the 165 mm of ground clearance on the older puntoes is also not that bad when the cars are running relatively less, but at 1.3k, the suspension does show signs of softening up.

so the best option for me was to upsize the tires again, and since they were already due for replacement, i bit the bullet. the 6 mm height over the stock size was gained from there.

now come the cushion tech pads, cushion tech being the name of the company that makes them. they are made from nylon 6, the reason of using this material and the properties being high tensile strength, elasticity and luster as well as their tendency to be wrinkle free.

these come in various sizes (heights and circumferences) and some cars use a combination of one or more size for best results. the photos show, how they are installed. its a 10 minute job

what they do is that once they are fitted, they maintain the heights of the springs and prevent the car suspension from bottoming out. As they are acting as spacers between the springs, they basically modify the spring ratings and make them stiffer, in turn making it difficult for the suspension to act mushy.

not only that, since the setup becomes stiffer, they also prevent the unnecessary body roll of the car at high speeds and during cornering. this also helps in slightly better braking efficiency as the car stops nosediving and the duration of maximum contact of the tire to the road surface is more (atleast this is what they say).

since the car doesnt squat on its haunches like earlier due to these, the ground clearance issue is sorted out.

hope this helps.
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hi headers & kiren,
i myself wouldve gone for the increased ground clearance kit, but then the body roll would be that much more prominent and i dont like that.

the 165 mm of ground clearance on the older puntoes is also not that bad when the cars are running relatively less, but at 1.3k, the suspension does show signs of softening up.

so the best option for me was to upsize the tires again, and since they were already due for replacement, i bit the bullet. the 6 mm height over the stock size was gained from there.

now come the cushion tech pads, cushion tech being the name of the company that makes them. they are made from nylon 6, the reason of using this material and the properties being high tensile strength, elasticity and luster as well as their tendency to be wrinkle free.

these come in various sizes (heights and circumferences) and some cars use a combination of one or more size for best results. the photos show, how they are installed. its a 10 minute job

what they do is that once they are fitted, they maintain the heights of the springs and prevent the car suspension from bottoming out. As they are acting as spacers between the springs, they basically modify the spring ratings and make them stiffer, in turn making it difficult for the suspension to act mushy.

not only that, since the setup becomes stiffer, they also prevent the unnecessary body roll of the car at high speeds and during cornering. this also helps in slightly better braking efficiency as the car stops nosediving and the duration of maximum contact of the tire to the road surface is more (atleast this is what they say).

since the car doesnt squat on its haunches like earlier due to these, the ground clearance issue is sorted out.

hope this helps.
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Thanks so much Mandeep - Now where do I get this cushion tec - I need 2 sets asap.
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Thanks so much Mandeep - Now where do I get this cushion tec - I need 2 sets asap.
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Just pmed u the details.
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Just pmed u the details.
Done,Spoke to Vishal and got some good info - Thanks again
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Mandeep, hows your car doing ? Did you get the timing chain replaced ?
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Nope. Its still pending. Not getting the time out to give in the car for repairs. Rescheduled the service thrice. The car is crying out loud for one. Maybe sometime next week. Odo reads 1.45 k kilometers.
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hi gaaij
first of all a very happy diwali to all of you.
secondly, finally managed to give the punto for its service and man it made a difference after the timing chain change.
too busy enjoying the car after a very long time and bursting crackers.
will put a full update once i am back from a long drive.
watch this space for more to come.
Odo reads 1.46k kilometers.
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Any updates, epicenter?
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Hi gaaij
Proud to get to this!
Having a bit of an overboost situation.
Will try to sort it out this weekend.
Till then, drive safe, always wear a seatbelt!
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Request the moderators to change odo reading to 150000 please.
I hope it isnt asking for too much!

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gaaij,
finally managed to solve the overboosting problem without the help of the authorised service center guys.
Details coming up in the next post. Still trying to get over the elation that i could do it myself.
The car crosses the 150 kph mark again.
Watch this space for more.
Odo reads a shakun ka 151000.
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Hi headers,
Just pmed u the details.
Hi epicenter,

That's an awesome discovery. I have a year old polo, and the front suspension is rubbish on bad roads. A heavy diesel engine up front makes matters worse.

Where can I get these cushion tec pads? Also, is the installation DIY?
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Hi epicenter,

That's an awesome discovery. I have a year old polo, and the front suspension is rubbish on bad roads. A heavy diesel engine up front makes matters worse.

Where can I get these cushion tec pads? Also, is the installation DIY?
hi pho3nix,
just pmed you the details. yes the installation is DIY and once the car is up on a hydraulic/pneumatic ramp with the suspension unloaded, its a 20 min job.
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hi gaaij,
the punto turned 3 today.
At 157000 kilometers, it still looks fit to tackle the roads for a similar amount of kilometers more.
a lot of updates pedning from my side, but this was a reason to celebrate.

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