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I want to replace the struts and shocks on the 500e. I'm looking to restore ride quality back to when it was new. I will keep the stock springs. After searching the forums, I found the options below.

So far, I'm leaning towards Option #2 (KYB Pop/Lounge/Easy shocks and struts) for price and quality. I have used KYB struts for other cars and they worked out okay. Any issues with using KYB shocks and struts in the heavier 500e?

Can you share any pros and cons for the options below?

Option #1: OEM shocks and struts
  • 68109925AC (front left strut) and 68109924AC (front right strut) "Heavy Duty Suspension" ~$130 each
  • 68109923AD (rear shocks) "Heavy Duty Suspension" ~$74 each
Option #2: KYB Pop/Lounge/Easy shocks and struts
  • 339855 (front left strut) and 339854 (front right strut) ~$44 each
  • 348058 (rear shocks) ~$34 each
Option #3: Abarth OEM shocks and struts. Part numbers unknown. Prices vary.

Option #4: KYB Corvette (84-87 non-Z51) shocks and KYB Pop/Lounge/Easy struts
  • KG5564 (rear shocks) ~$39 each and various bushings ~$20
Option #5: Koni yellow shocks and struts
  • 87411566LSpor (front left strut) and 87411566RSpor (front right strut) ~$212 each
  • 80401398Sport (rear shocks) ~$140 each
Option #6: FCS? Pop/Lounge/Easy shocks and struts
  • 333710L (front left strut) and 333710R (front right strut) ~$43 each
  • 337014 (rear shocks) ~$26 each
 

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I'd strongly recommend Option #1 OEM shocks and struts, if you want a 3rd party parts then Option #5 Koni yellow shocks and struts. And yes, use the stock 500e springs. I'd strongly recommend AGAINST Option # 2 and #6. This is based on my experiences as well as my reading of the related threads on this and other Fiat 500 forums.
 

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Easy answer is just get OEM or OE spec.

KYB has good shocks generally but on the 500e I'd stay away from any of their gas dampers like AGX. I find the car seems to have no droop travel and a few bad potholes can blow out a gas shock. I've lost a few AGX like that over the years.

I believe Koni yellows are fluid based and that's a really nice damper, but I'd still be worried that when paired with the spring on the E you'd be likely to wear it out faster ... I just think the suspension geometry on these cars is awful and the taller springs for the E make things worse and there isn't much to be done.

Which would lead me to buy the cheapest suspension and count on replacing more often.
 
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