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#1 mountainbiker

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 05:09 PM

I recently bought a 58 Mondeo Estate Titanium X, with sports suspension and 18' wheels, and I am finding the ride very harsh.
My dealer has offered to replace my 18' wheels for 17'.

Has anyone done this?

I would be grateful for any comments and observations if this change would help to give a better ride.

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#2 BLUEOVAL09

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 08:41 PM

I recently bought a 58 Mondeo Estate Titanium X, with sports suspension and 18' wheels, and I am finding the ride very harsh.
My dealer has offered to replace my 18' wheels for 17'.

Has anyone done this?

I would be grateful for any comments and observations if this change would help to give a better ride.

The 17" rims will give a slightly better ride as the tyre wall would be bigger and therefore more flexible due to the smaller rim size (either 50 or 55 profile as opposed to a 40/45 profile), this is to keep the rolling circumference the same and keep the speedo accurate. the downside is that if you like to drive hard (as it's an estate i doubt it, but you never know) then the handling will suffer a bit, but for normal driving this won't be an issue, hope this helps :)

#3 harvyeg77

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 01:56 PM

Same issue here. Its tolerable, but at times just a little too stiff for my liking. the 18@ wheels are shod with 235/40 tyres. The 17" wheels have a 235/45. It will make a difference, but not huge. Some guys I have spoken too went the whole hog and dropped on 16" alloys shod with 215/55 tyres. This apparently does a good job of smoothing the ride ;-)

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