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Neil08 05-28-2013 01:10 PM

2014 Forester XT Ride Quality
 
I tried the 2014 Forester XT and found that the ride quality was nervous and jittery on rough pavement.
Has anyone tried using the regular 17 in wheels on the XT, and did this change (improve?) the ride?

dove_jj 05-28-2013 02:20 PM

I *thought* mine was jittery in the beginning but on going through posts on this forum confirmed tire pressures were too high (40). Much better after I reduced it to spec.

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Originally Posted by Neil08 (Post 1814281)
I tried the 2014 Forester XT and found that the ride quality was nervous and jittery on rough pavement.
Has anyone tried using the regular 17 in wheels on the XT, and did this change (improve?) the ride?


GeoJosh 05-28-2013 02:56 PM

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The XT is not made to ride like a Cadillac. In my opinion, the ride is pretty smooth, especially at highway speeds. Part of this might be because I upgraded to an XT from a 2000 Ford Ranger.

Like Dove said, the tires will make a big difference. Having the right pressure helps, and upgrading to a higher quality tire would help even more.

soloz2 05-28-2013 03:35 PM

Ride quality seems firm to me. It does feel a little like floating... But that's coming from driving my 06 Legacy that is lowered with full suspension and bushing upgrades so I feel everything

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DIT 05-28-2013 05:29 PM

Like someone else said, check the tire pressure. Mine was delivered with 42psi in the fronts :icon_eek: Dropped it to the 33psi as listed on the drivers side door jam and it is much nicer. It has a stiffer suspension than the NA model because it is a sport model and handles way better as a result. You will feel more connected to the road though like in any car with a sport suspension. Always a compromise but I actually really like the feel, and comparable to other semi-sporty cars I've had (Golf GTi, Mazdaspeed Protege)

tonyford 05-28-2013 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by GeoJosh (Post 1814913)
upgrading to a higher quality tire would help even more.

Not sure what tires are on the XT, but the 2.5 come with Yokohama Geolander G91's. $173 each on Tire Rack! Do they make tires that cost more than that?

You know I ain't replacing my G91's, not at that price. There's gotta be tires around a lot cheaper than that in that size.

stan_t 05-28-2013 05:44 PM

Geolanders suck at many things, but actually do ride decent. Check the tire pressure like everyone mentioned, 34psi cold worked okay for me with the Geolanders, though mine were 215/55/17s.

Stan

GeoJosh 05-28-2013 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by tonyford (Post 1815609)
Not sure what tires are on the XT, but the 2.5 come with Yokohama Geolander G91's. $173 each on Tire Rack! Do they make tires that cost more than that?

You know I ain't replacing my G91's, not at that price. There's gotta be tires around a lot cheaper than that in that size.

The tires that come on the XT are Bridgestone Dueler H/L. $192 each on tirerack. Here are the reviews for this tire.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/8...1bc65cae_b.jpg

Tirerack.com - Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400

It is pretty pathetic, especially for something that comes standard on a performance model.

Also worth noting is almost everyone I have heard of reports tire pressures 5-10 PSI over recommended pressure upon delivery.

tonyford 05-28-2013 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by stan_t (Post 1815633)
Geolanders suck at many things, but actually do ride decent. Check the tire pressure like everyone mentioned, 34psi cold worked okay for me with the Geolanders, though mine were 215/55/17s.

Stan

Yes, yes I always put 2 lbs. more than the recommended tire pressure for the vehicle. I can't say much about ride because I don't have an XT which has a different suspension than the 2.5.
And yes, not sure if these tires are worth $174..and that is without shipping!

Yokohama*Geolandar G91F

adc 05-28-2013 05:55 PM

On my 08 it starts wiggling around at 36 or 37 psi. I run 34 psi front/rear.

tonyford 05-28-2013 08:19 PM

No Surveys yet at tire rack for the Geolander 91 tires. Tire Rack puts an "F" after the 91, but on the tire there isn't any "F" after the 91. Tire Rack does say though this is OEM tire for the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i.

4-STAR 05-28-2013 10:08 PM

I think my XT rides very well for what it is. I would love a slightly thicker front bar and maybe some new endlinks to quickin turn-in. It's a bit on the slow side to react.

dove_jj 05-30-2013 08:15 AM

Is that usually before taxes? If these aren't good which ones would you recommend? Are there other good tires in this range?

I usually get a non-repairable flat in around 20k miles and end up replacing all four so I would like to be ready for that :D

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Originally Posted by GeoJosh (Post 1815673)
The tires that come on the XT are Bridgestone Dueler H/L. $192 each on tirerack. Here are the reviews for this tire.


Also worth noting is almost everyone I have heard of reports tire pressures 5-10 PSI over recommended pressure upon delivery.


GeoJosh 05-30-2013 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by dove_jj (Post 1823801)
Is that usually before taxes? If these aren't good which ones would you recommend? Are there other good tires in this range?

I usually get a non-repairable flat in around 20k miles and end up replacing all four so I would like to be ready for that :D

Blueboy mentioned in my member introduction that the stock tires were terrible. I went and looked on tirerack and saw those reviews. He replaced his with Michelin Defenders, which are $157 each on tirerack.

Prices on their website do not include shipping or tax(if applicable).

The Michelin Defenders have 9.0/10 review for ride comfort, while the Bridgestones have a 6.3/10.

You can go here and look at all the options. To see the numbers I mention go down and click on the Surveys tab.

My main reason to want new tires is to be confident in rain and snow.

dove_jj 05-30-2013 09:34 AM

I've seen reviews where they talk about 'trading in' stock tires for these. Does that mean they actually traded them in? I didn't know tire shops did that.
I'm an America's Tire guy myself, but I'm not sure even they do that.

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Originally Posted by GeoJosh (Post 1823905)
Blueboy mentioned in my member introduction that the stock tires were terrible. I went and looked on tirerack and saw those reviews. He replaced his with Michelin Defenders, which are $157 each on tirerack.

Prices on their website do not include shipping or tax(if applicable).

The Michelin Defenders have 9.0/10 review for ride comfort, while the Bridgestones have a 6.3/10.

You can go here and look at all the options. To see the numbers I mention go down and click on the Surveys tab.

My main reason to want new tires is to be confident in rain and snow.



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