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Old 25th November 2005, 10:36   #1
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I often hear that the Fusion "crashes thro potholes and jarrs the passengers" its llow speed ride comfort is very bad. I haven't experienced any problems on low speeds, i have tested other sedans also.... I don't understand this concept:

1. If a car has bad low speed ride comfort how can it be better in high speeds?
2. Does having a fatter tyre (15,16 inchers) have a direct impac on this, can bigger tyres reduce ride comfort?
3. I know the suspension has a direct impact on the comfort, I would love to learn more details.

Thanks for the inputs.

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1. If a car has bad low speed ride comfort how can it be better in high speeds?
That's bcoz at low speeds there isn't enuf force hitting the suspension, for it to give in. But driving at a higher speed on the same piece of road, will force the suspension to give in a little more making the ride a lot more comfortable.

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2. Does having a fatter tyre (15,16 inchers) have a direct impac on this, can bigger tyres reduce ride comfort?
There are 2 ways to look at it.

1. If you compare a 205/60 R14 with a 205/55 R16, the one with the bigger wheels will hamper the ride quality bcoz the lower profile reduces the flexing characteristics of the sidewall.

2. Now, if you compare a 205/60 R14 with a 205/60 R16, the one with the bigger wheel size will infact improve your ride quality. Thats bcoz, even thought the wheel size has increased, the profile remains the same providing the same cushioning effect as a 205/60 R14.

And it doesn't end just yet. The 205/60 R16 has a much bigger rolling circumference which means that it'l ride over the potholes, rather than into them.

So you see, a bigger wheel isn't always bad. It's the profile and the rolling circumference that matters.

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