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kdryan 05-12-2013 02:12 PM

Softening up the ride?
 
Ok, since I put the 18" rims and the Sumimotos on my car, the ride has REALLY gotten stiff. I can feel every single bump in the rode and it's a bit uncomfortable. Can someone tell me the best way to soften things up a bit? My ass will thank you...

Kevin

BleedinBlue 05-12-2013 02:31 PM

Less air in your tires.

Wait, that's for mtb'ing.

You're down to springs, shocks/struts. Visit the handling section and read up, everything you will want to know about lowering your car and fixing your ride is found there. Of course it's going to cost some $$...so it's either that or going back to stock wheels/tires.

JThor 05-12-2013 08:22 PM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212091)
Ok, since I put the 18" rims and the Sumimotos on my car, the ride has REALLY gotten stiff. I can feel every single bump in the rode and it's a bit uncomfortable. Can someone tell me the best way to soften things up a bit? My ass will thank you...

Kevin

Lower pressure in the tires, go with a softer tire (like an all season), or go back to 17". The 17" were smoother because there is more tire to cushion the ride. The things you do to improve the handling will stiffen the ride. Lowering springs, etc., will make the ride even stiffer.

2005Redfire6 05-12-2013 08:42 PM

Sell the Mustang and get a luxury car!

kdryan 05-12-2013 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by 2005Redfire6 (Post 8212279)
Sell the Mustang and get a luxury car!

Can I have yours?

One thought I just had was that it was colder out when I bought the wheels, so I wonder if they're over-inflated now. I'll need to go check a little later.

2005Redfire6 05-12-2013 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212313)
Can I buy yours?

I don't drive a luxury car, I drive the Mustang everyday!

kdryan 05-12-2013 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by 2005Redfire6 (Post 8212318)
I don't drive a luxury car, I drive the Mustang everyday!

Oh, I thought that was a Yugo... ;)

2005Redfire6 05-12-2013 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212321)
Oh, I thought that was a Yugo... ;)

Not sure I get it?


But anyways check your tire pressure, I noticed more roughness then usual when my tires were at 35 or so.

kdryan 05-12-2013 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by 2005Redfire6 (Post 8212331)
Not sure I get it?


But anyways check your tire pressure, I noticed more roughness then usual when my tires were at 35 or so.

Nothing worth getting. Just a bad joke...

JThor 05-13-2013 12:51 AM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212321)
Oh, I thought that was a Yugo... ;)

:icon_lolsign:

TheStigSC 05-13-2013 07:25 AM

I have Sumitumo's and they definitely are stiff. But I also have FRPP suspension.

moosestang 05-13-2013 07:27 AM

The shop put 42psi in my tires when installing them. it road like sh!t.

2005Redfire6 05-13-2013 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by moosestang (Post 8212495)
The shop put 42psi in my tires when installing them. it road like sh!t.

Damn, you could probably feel dirt on the road!

TheDivaDanielle 05-13-2013 09:28 AM

it's all about tire pressure and type.

I can honestly say that my Toyo Proxes tires on my 20" wheels ride a heck of a lot gentler than the Goodyear F1 SuperCar tires that were on my stock 19" Brembo wheels.

BrazenStang 05-13-2013 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212091)
Ok, since I put the 18" rims and the Sumimotos on my car, the ride has REALLY gotten stiff. I can feel every single bump in the rode and it's a bit uncomfortable. Can someone tell me the best way to soften things up a bit? My ass will thank you...

Kevin

I daily drove through 2 sets of Sumitomo's on my '02 GT convertible. I think the tires are just a lot more firm than others out there. Relative to some others out there the Sumitomo's are cheapest and that is probably why they ride harsh. Whether that be cheaper rubber, thinner plies, or the like I don't know. I bought them b/c of the price and for my use the stiffness didn't bother me.

Higher air pressure definitely changes the ride. Try to lower air pressure, but if that still doesn't help I think the best option is new tires from a different brand or maybe new shocks/struts.

kdryan 05-13-2013 02:07 PM

I posted the question over in the AM section of the forum and they responded that they purposefully over-inflate the tires when shipping them and they need to be deflated a bit when they arrive.

jpplaw 05-13-2013 03:02 PM

Continental ExtremeContact DW is a really nice quiet and comfortable riding summer tire.

I put them on my 18's a couple years ago and it was like night and day compared to F1's. Still running the Conti's today.

BrazenStang 05-13-2013 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212733)
I posted the question over in the AM section of the forum and they responded that they purposefully over-inflate the tires when shipping them and they need to be deflated a bit when they arrive.

:icon_doh: That was EASY! lol

2005Redfire6 05-13-2013 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by kdryan (Post 8212733)
I posted the question over in the AM section of the forum and they responded that they purposefully over-inflate the tires when shipping them and they need to be deflated a bit when they arrive.

You didn't know that? LOL! Says with the paperwork they come with or a sticker on them, I can't recall.

BleedinBlue 05-13-2013 10:25 PM

Lol, I was joking when I said to let some air out of your tires. I didn't actually think they were overinflated... Yay for easy fixes.


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