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Old 04 Dec 2007, 07:36 pm
Craig
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Default How Can I Improve Acura 07 TL Suspension, Ride Comfort ?

How Can I Improve - Acura 07 TL - Suspension, Ride Comfort ?

Los Angeles - Acura owner seeks advice on how improve ride quality/
comfort on automatic Trans / 2007 Acura TL / OEM Tires Michelin 17 X 8
- Size: 235/45R17

Seeking any feedback on suspension adjustments or aftermarket products
to help alleviate some of the stiff /harsh road ride.

Love this car's styling / interior & exterior, fit and finish, gas
mileage, etc. Just looking to tradeoff some road handling in exchange
for ride quality/Comfort !

There must be some suspension options available from someone
somewhere ?

Any suggestions, technician contacts or web site info, Greatly
Appreciated !
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Old 05 Dec 2007, 11:11 am
Tom Simchak
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Default Re: How Can I Improve Acura 07 TL Suspension, Ride Comfort ?

You didn't test drive the car before buying? You're just now finding
out that the ride is pretty stiff? Why do you think it has such good
handling?

Any change in the suspension will in all likelihood negatively affect
the handling of the car. Taut suspension = good handling. Soft
suspension = better ride comfort = poorer handling.

One thing that "might" help is to get tires that have a different aspect
ratio. 45 series tires have less sidewall to help soak up road
irregularities, bumps, etc. However, putting a tire with a larger
sidewall (e.g. 55 series) may very well mean that the tires will not fit
into the wheel well, and hitting a bump may push them up against the top
of the wheel well. You'd have to somehow limit the amount of travel
that the shocks have to avoid this.

I'm sure there are other ways of dealing with this, but they're likely
to not be cost-effective.

Tom S.
Houston, TX



Craig wrote:
> How Can I Improve - Acura 07 TL - Suspension, Ride Comfort ?
>
> Los Angeles - Acura owner seeks advice on how improve ride quality/
> comfort on automatic Trans / 2007 Acura TL / OEM Tires Michelin 17 X 8
> - Size: 235/45R17
>
> Seeking any feedback on suspension adjustments or aftermarket products
> to help alleviate some of the stiff /harsh road ride.
>
> Love this car's styling / interior & exterior, fit and finish, gas
> mileage, etc. Just looking to tradeoff some road handling in exchange
> for ride quality/Comfort !
>
> There must be some suspension options available from someone
> somewhere ?
>
> Any suggestions, technician contacts or web site info, Greatly
> Appreciated !

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Old 05 Dec 2007, 01:06 pm
Tegger
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Default Re: How Can I Improve Acura 07 TL Suspension, Ride Comfort ?

Craig <iemcar@aol.com> wrote in news:b17a93c4-b40b-4ef8-b2e3-
9d3338bf576e@d4g2000prg.googlegroups.com:

> How Can I Improve - Acura 07 TL - Suspension, Ride Comfort ?
>
> Los Angeles - Acura owner seeks advice on how improve ride quality/
> comfort on automatic Trans / 2007 Acura TL / OEM Tires Michelin 17 X 8
> - Size: 235/45R17
>
> Seeking any feedback on suspension adjustments or aftermarket products
> to help alleviate some of the stiff /harsh road ride.
>
> Love this car's styling / interior & exterior, fit and finish, gas
> mileage, etc. Just looking to tradeoff some road handling in exchange
> for ride quality/Comfort !
>
> There must be some suspension options available from someone
> somewhere ?
>
> Any suggestions, technician contacts or web site info, Greatly
> Appreciated !




Wait a year. Two things will happen:
1) You'll get used to it, and
2) the shocks will soften up a bit.

Didn't you test drive the car before you bought it?

I suppose you can install softer aftermarket shocks and springs if you
really can't stand the ride. Plus taller tires and smaller wheels would
give you more shock absorption (but may not fit around the brakes). Doing
all the above will cost a goodly chunk of change and probably do very bad
things to the car's handling, possibly even to the point of making it
dangerous in emergency maneuvers.

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Old 05 Dec 2007, 03:26 pm
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Craig wrote:
> How Can I Improve - Acura 07 TL - Suspension, Ride Comfort ?
>
> Los Angeles - Acura owner seeks advice on how improve ride quality/
> comfort on automatic Trans / 2007 Acura TL / OEM Tires Michelin 17 X 8
> - Size: 235/45R17
>
> Seeking any feedback on suspension adjustments or aftermarket products
> to help alleviate some of the stiff /harsh road ride.
>
> Love this car's styling / interior & exterior, fit and finish, gas
> mileage, etc. Just looking to tradeoff some road handling in exchange
> for ride quality/Comfort !
>
> There must be some suspension options available from someone
> somewhere ?
>
> Any suggestions, technician contacts or web site info, Greatly
> Appreciated !


---------------------------

I use 32 PSI in my CR-V tires. If I ran them at ~27 they would be way
smoother. Your (goofball?) dealer may have left your tires at the
factory SHIPPING PRESSURE of 40 PSI. It happens more often than you know.

Cheapest thing you can try, that's for sure.... :-)

'Curly'
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Old 05 Dec 2007, 08:03 pm
Jim Yanik
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Tegger <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote in
news:Xns99FD853C7F292tegger@207.14.116.130:

> Craig <iemcar@aol.com> wrote in news:b17a93c4-b40b-4ef8-b2e3-
> 9d3338bf576e@d4g2000prg.googlegroups.com:
>
>> How Can I Improve - Acura 07 TL - Suspension, Ride Comfort ?
>>
>> Los Angeles - Acura owner seeks advice on how improve ride quality/
>> comfort on automatic Trans / 2007 Acura TL / OEM Tires Michelin 17 X
>> 8 - Size: 235/45R17
>>
>> Seeking any feedback on suspension adjustments or aftermarket
>> products to help alleviate some of the stiff /harsh road ride.
>>
>> Love this car's styling / interior & exterior, fit and finish, gas
>> mileage, etc. Just looking to tradeoff some road handling in exchange
>> for ride quality/Comfort !
>>
>> There must be some suspension options available from someone
>> somewhere ?
>>
>> Any suggestions, technician contacts or web site info, Greatly
>> Appreciated !

>
>
>
> Wait a year. Two things will happen:
> 1) You'll get used to it, and
> 2) the shocks will soften up a bit.
>
> Didn't you test drive the car before you bought it?


He probably got tired of the ride after awhile,it began to wear on him.
It happens.
>
> I suppose you can install softer aftermarket shocks and springs if you
> really can't stand the ride. Plus taller tires and smaller wheels
> would give you more shock absorption (but may not fit around the
> brakes). Doing all the above will cost a goodly chunk of change and
> probably do very bad things to the car's handling, possibly even to
> the point of making it dangerous in emergency maneuvers.
>


I think he could switch to 16" wheels and move to a higher profile
series(55 or 60 series?) and not affect handling significantly(he probably
does not push it to near the limits anyways.).I'd also go to a directional
tread pattern,I think they are quieter.He should measure how much clearance
he now has between rim and caliper.That will tell him how much smaller a
rim he can use,and thus how higher a "profile" tire.(higher series number)
Keeping tire diameter is important to keeping your speedo accurate.
The Tire Rack has online tire/wheel data for the many brands they sell.

He might even be able to pick up somebody else's wheels from their upgrade
to bigger rims,save some money there.

changing shocks and springs is a crapshoot;IMO,you would not be able to get
a proper balance like the factory setup.

--
Jim Yanik
jyanik
at
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Old 06 Dec 2007, 08:11 pm
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"Craig" <iemcar@aol.com> wrote in message
news:b17a93c4-b40b-4ef8-b2e3-9d3338bf576e@d4g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
> How Can I Improve - Acura 07 TL - Suspension, Ride Comfort ?
>
> Los Angeles - Acura owner seeks advice on how improve ride quality/
> comfort on automatic Trans / 2007 Acura TL / OEM Tires Michelin 17 X 8
> - Size: 235/45R17
>
> Seeking any feedback on suspension adjustments or aftermarket products
> to help alleviate some of the stiff /harsh road ride.
>
> Love this car's styling / interior & exterior, fit and finish, gas
> mileage, etc. Just looking to tradeoff some road handling in exchange
> for ride quality/Comfort !
>
> There must be some suspension options available from someone
> somewhere ?
>
> Any suggestions, technician contacts or web site info, Greatly
> Appreciated !


Recommend a trade on a new Buick. Toyotas also have a soft ride -- Avalon
perhaps.


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