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Old 05 Mar 2011, 02:38 pm
Steven L.
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Default Improving the ride in a 2010 Civic coupe

I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer
than I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to
own.

Would replacing the struts with new struts from some other manufacturer
improve the ride at all? Or how about just reducing tire inflation
pressure?




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Old 05 Mar 2011, 05:46 pm
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Default Re: Improving the ride in a 2010 Civic coupe

On 3/5/11 3:38 PM, Steven L. wrote:
> I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer than
> I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to own.
>
> Would replacing the struts with new struts from some other manufacturer
> improve the ride at all? Or how about just reducing tire inflation
> pressure?
>
>
>
>
> -- Steven L.
>
>


What is the current tire pressure? If it's above what the owner's manual
specifies, you could lower it to that--- but no less. Too low will
create heat build up which increases blow out risk, reduces tire life,
and impairs handling.

Also, you might try a softer riding tire. Check the big online tire
dealer or mfr websites for info on what yours is and what options are
available.
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Old 05 Mar 2011, 05:53 pm
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Default Re: Improving the ride in a 2010 Civic coupe

On 3/5/11 6:46 PM, Red Butler wrote:
> On 3/5/11 3:38 PM, Steven L. wrote:
>> I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer than
>> I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to own.
>>
>> Would replacing the struts with new struts from some other manufacturer
>> improve the ride at all? Or how about just reducing tire inflation
>> pressure?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> -- Steven L.
>>
>>

>
> What is the current tire pressure? If it's above what the owner's manual
> specifies, you could lower it to that--- but no less. Too low will
> create heat build up which increases blow out risk, reduces tire life,
> and impairs handling.
>
> Also, you might try a softer riding tire. Check the big online tire
> dealer or mfr websites for info on what yours is and what options are
> available.


....make that what the door sticker specifies...
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Old 05 Mar 2011, 06:12 pm
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"Steven L." <sdlitvin@earthlink.net> wrote in
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> I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer
> than I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to
> own.




That's because the shocks in the '95 were WORN.

Maybe you're just older than you used to be.


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Old 06 Mar 2011, 11:54 am
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Red Butler <red@butler.biz> wrote in news:ikui17$due$1@news.albasani.net:

> On 3/5/11 3:38 PM, Steven L. wrote:
>> I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer than
>> I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to own.
>>
>> Would replacing the struts with new struts from some other manufacturer
>> improve the ride at all? Or how about just reducing tire inflation
>> pressure?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> -- Steven L.
>>
>>

>
> What is the current tire pressure? If it's above what the owner's manual
> specifies, you could lower it to that--- but no less. Too low will
> create heat build up which increases blow out risk, reduces tire life,
> and impairs handling.
>
> Also, you might try a softer riding tire. Check the big online tire
> dealer or mfr websites for info on what yours is and what options are
> available.



Does his car have 40 or 50 series tires? they can give a rougher ride.
he might try moving from a low profile tire to a higher profile
tire(requiring a smaller rim size),although I doubt that will do what he
wants.

Changing tires/wheels or struts and rear shocks is expensive,and a
crapshoot.(the chances of failure are greater than the chances of success)

Is the car "stock" or has it been lowered/modified?
Lowered cars have a stiffer ride,less suspension travel.
Why did he buy the car in the first place if he doesn't like the ride?

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Old 06 Mar 2011, 02:00 pm
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"Jim Yanik" <jyanik@abuse.gov> wrote in message
news:Xns9EA083828F3ADjyaniklocalnetcom@216.168.3.4 4:

> Red Butler <red@butler.biz> wrote in news:ikui17$due$1@news.albasani.net:
>
> > On 3/5/11 3:38 PM, Steven L. wrote:
> >> I have a 2010 Civic coupe (bought it last July). The ride is firmer than
> >> I would like, certainly firmer than the 1995 Civic that I used to own.
> >>
> >> Would replacing the struts with new struts from some other manufacturer
> >> improve the ride at all? Or how about just reducing tire inflation
> >> pressure?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> -- Steven L.
> >>
> >>

> >
> > What is the current tire pressure? If it's above what the owner's manual
> > specifies, you could lower it to that--- but no less. Too low will
> > create heat build up which increases blow out risk, reduces tire life,
> > and impairs handling.
> >
> > Also, you might try a softer riding tire. Check the big online tire
> > dealer or mfr websites for info on what yours is and what options are
> > available.

>
>
> Does his car have 40 or 50 series tires? they can give a rougher ride.
> he might try moving from a low profile tire to a higher profile
> tire(requiring a smaller rim size),although I doubt that will do what he
> wants.
>
> Changing tires/wheels or struts and rear shocks is expensive,and a
> crapshoot.(the chances of failure are greater than the chances of success)
>
> Is the car "stock" or has it been lowered/modified?
> Lowered cars have a stiffer ride,less suspension travel.
> Why did he buy the car in the first place if he doesn't like the ride?


The auto dealer I bought the car from was in a locale where the roads
were better.

So when I took the car for a test drive, it seemed to ride O.K.

But when I drove it back to my home town, where the roads are peppered
with potholes everywhere, the ride seems worse than I remember it being
during the test drive.

The suggestion about switching to a different brand of tire is a good
one. I hadn't thought of that. I had assumed that all tires of the
right size for my car would ride the same.



-- Steven L.


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Old 06 Mar 2011, 04:49 pm
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"Steven L." <sdlitvin@earthlink.net> wrote in
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>
> The auto dealer I bought the car from was in a locale where the roads
> were better.
>
> So when I took the car for a test drive, it seemed to ride O.K.
>
> But when I drove it back to my home town, where the roads are peppered
> with potholes everywhere, the ride seems worse than I remember it
> being during the test drive.
>
> The suggestion about switching to a different brand of tire is a good
> one. I hadn't thought of that. I had assumed that all tires of the
> right size for my car would ride the same.
>
>



If it's pothole-type disruptions you're trying to minimize, you may find
tire-changing won't do it. Ride is more a function of shocks and springs
than tires.

If you really can't stand the ride, you're better off to trade the car in
on an Accord.

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