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Thread: Best way to soften the suspension?

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    Best way to soften the suspension?

    I am over the harsh ride of this car as I am not barreling through corners enough to take advantage of it. I don't mind a stiff suspension, but of all the sport compact cars I have owned this car takes it to an extreme. What are some ways to give this car a more comfortable ride? I was thinking dropping down to 17" wheels, but I am not sure that would make much of a difference.

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    I have 235-45-17's and it did soften the ride up a little bit. Plus they are 10 lbs lighter per tire/wheel, so straight line performance is better, as well as mpg.
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    I dont have an MS3, but my P-5 is super stiff.
    When I want a comfy ride, I just disconnect the rear sway bar.

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    Wow, you really think the MS3 has stiff suspension? I think it has soft suspension. What kind of sport compact cars have you had?

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    a tire with a larger and or softer sidewall will yeild a much softer ride quality


    Quote Originally Posted by o.g.sk8er View Post
    I dont have an MS3, but my P-5 is super stiff.
    When I want a comfy ride, I just disconnect the rear sway bar.
    sorry to thread jack but I agree sk8er my new MSP has a much softer ride with aftermarket springs and shocks w/ a drop compared to the stock suspension of the P5 with high mileage.

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    As stated above, The easiest way to soften the ride is to soften the sidewall of the tire. You will lose steering sharpness, though. The most sidewall you can gain is by using a 16" wheel that will fit aound the brakes. I think some have used an 16" FD rim with success.


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    What about swapping the suspension from a regular 3. I'm sure you could find someone that would even pay you a few bucks for your MS3 susp and give you their stock parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnoTataymo View Post
    Wow, you really think the MS3 has stiff suspension? I think it has soft suspension.
    Agreed. On my last car, I had K-sports with 9k/7k f/r spring rates... now that's stiff. I could feel my dental fillings rattle out just going over smooth roads. Any bumps, fuggedaboutit. The stock MS3 rides like a Cadillac in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boosted333 View Post
    I have 235-45-17's and it did soften the ride up a little bit. Plus they are 10 lbs lighter per tire/wheel, so straight line performance is better, as well as mpg.
    I have that size tire. The ride is better without any loss of handling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnoTataymo View Post
    Wow, you really think the MS3 has stiff suspension? I think it has soft suspension. What kind of sport compact cars have you had?
    hehe I just hope that it came with stiffer suspension its soft for me but I dont want to lower my car....

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    Thanks for the replies. I have had a 98 GTI, 02 WRX, and an 05 RSX Type S before this car. It's possible I am just getting old, or I notice it more because my girlfriend complains about it every time she's in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kain View Post
    Agreed. On my last car, I had K-sports with 9k/7k f/r spring rates... now that's stiff. I could feel my dental fillings rattle out just going over smooth roads. Any bumps, fuggedaboutit. The stock MS3 rides like a Cadillac in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterC View Post
    ... my girlfriend complains about it every time she's in the car.
    I hate that!

    I notice the MS3 being particularly sensitive to frost-heaves or any type of bump ~1 inch tall that you cross perpendicular to. I've actually memorized where most of these are on my commute so I can change lanes ahead of time to avoid them! At one point I was trying 40psi in my tires and that made it seem like the dashboard would fall off... I run 37 now and it's better, so that leads me to believe that a few less pounds of air or a softer sidewall would help a lot. Try running the minimum recommended pressures before you spring for new tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisniaPl View Post
    hehe I just hope that it came with stiffer suspension its soft for me but I dont want to lower my car....
    Yeah, I would like it to be more firmer. I've got almost 13k miles on it and after the first 2k miles, I've noticed all the little stuff about the handling of the car. But it sure is a nice DD.

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