Hard Suspension

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Hard Suspension

Post by mwilson0116 » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:27 pm

i have a 98 vitara jx sport i find the rear suspension like driving a slab of marble is this common?

as far as i can see its oe spec springs and shocks.

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by maxaret » Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:35 pm

Hi Michael
What tyre pressures you running ?

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by mwilson0116 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:00 pm

I’m running 26 psi all round atm.

215 75 15 Sahara’s

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by RichyP » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:11 pm

Mines pretty hard at the back you notice the bumps on the rough stuff

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by maxaret » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:50 pm

We have a 2005 3dr GV on 215/65/16's and the ride could be described as a little harsh on rough roads,the short wheelbase also does not help and it probably pitches around quite a bit more than the 5 door version.
We usually run ours at 25 psi,I was going to drop them to 23 but because of covid I just left them at 25 so that perhaps the tyres will not turn too square by being parked most of the time.
Off road tyres might also have a slightly harsher ride on tarmac.

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by mwilson0116 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:38 am

Yeah even on the road it’s hard. And trying to keep in a strait line near impossible all new track rod ends to so no play there but so twitchy like driving a ping pong ball down road ??

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by maxaret » Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:47 pm

I think the steering is quite high geared ?
We bought ours from Grimsby - so we drove down there from Perthshire in our old CRV - part exed that against the Suzi and then had a day down there doing some touristy stuff whilst the suzi was being MOT'd/prepped,I told the salesman (very nice young chap) not to bother servicing it as I would be doing it anyway.They did change the oil and filter and probably pumped up the tyres.
We set off northwards with a seriously twitchy car,I stopped and adjusted the tyre pressures down from 36psi to a more reasonable 25 - but it did take a bit of getting used to especially long distance.
Why did we go all the way down to Grimsby ?
The Suzi was a 1 owner car with only 38k on the clock,she still only has 42.5k because of covid and weather LOL.

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by mwilson0116 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:24 pm

I had a GV before may have to try and find another one 😂 I loved that truck till the chassis snapped.

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by RichyP » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:54 am

mwilson0116 wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:24 pm
I had a GV before may have to try and find another one 😂 I loved that truck till the chassis snapped.
Guessing you don't believe in doing things by half then! 😂

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Re: Hard Suspension

Post by mwilson0116 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:46 am

:lol: :lol: ;) no it had a hard life the poor thing but what a machine

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