Improving the ride in a 2010 Civic coupe

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Steven L., Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Steven L.

    Steven L. Guest

    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

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

    -- Steven L.
    Steven L., Mar 5, 2011
  2. Steven L.

    Red Butler Guest

    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
    Red Butler, Mar 5, 2011
  3. Steven L.

    Red Butler Guest

    ....make that what the door sticker specifies...
    Red Butler, Mar 5, 2011
  4. Steven L.

    Tegger Guest

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

    Maybe you're just older than you used to be.
    Tegger, Mar 6, 2011
  5. Steven L.

    Jim Yanik Guest

    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

    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?

    Jim Yanik
    dot com
    Jim Yanik, Mar 6, 2011
  6. Steven L.

    Steven L. Guest

    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.
    Steven L., Mar 6, 2011
  7. Steven L.

    Tegger Guest

    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.
    Tegger, Mar 6, 2011
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