Another FR ride quality thread

Charlie Bix

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Quality rubber makes a huge difference. I have multilink rear end, which also helps on more challenging roads, but I doubt there's a noticeable difference around town. I also have the pressures a touch lower that the manufacturer states, as this seems to be for economy. No uneven wear to speak of.

If your car is wearing Bridgestones, it doesn't surprise me that it's unacceptable. More like brickstones. We didn't realise how bad they were until they were gone from my mum's GTD. Night and day difference. Get yourself some decent rubber. It's the easiest option. Buying second hand wheels etc. is time consuming, and if they're not straight, then you'll get wheel wobble and warning codes on the dash.

I have no doubt that a Leon with steely 15" wheels will ride the best from a comfort point of view, but I bet it rolls over on its sidewalls. Going from 18 to 17 isn't going to make any meaningful difference if you still use hard, unforgiving tyres. Changing to decent rubber will. These videos may help you decide:

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This channel is really informative.
I watched these videos last night as it goes (y) Makes for very interesting viewing.

The fact a golf actually has decent suspension probably helps too. Bridgestones are definitely going as a start, just got back from an hour each way trip to do some Xmas shopping with 2 passengers and the ride was shocking especially on the way back. Felt like there is almost zero damping on the rear especially which funnily enough is where the Bridgestones are.

Both passengers actually think I should book it in as in their words ‘that can’t be normal’
 

Mr Pig

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As you’ve had a golf did you find that any better?

Yes, but the Golf had independent rear suspension which the 1.4 FR does not. But you've got to remember that thee cars are fundamentally the same. The Leon and Golf are the same chassis, same engines and transmissions, same suspension, the list goes on. Sure, there are differences in dampers etc but the cars are more alike than different.

In terms of ride the Golf was stiff too, only slightly better than the FR, marginal really, but overall it felt like a better compromise. Just. The best suspension setup is the one Seat don't make...
 
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Charlie Bix

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Yes, but the Golf had independent rear suspension which the 1.4 FR does not. But you've got to remember that thee cars are fundamentally the same. The Leon and Golf are the same chassis, same engines and transmissions, same suspension, the list goes on. Sure, there are differences in dampers etc but the cars are more alike than different.

In terms of ride the Golf was stiff too, only slightly better than the FR, marginal really, but overall it felt like a better compromise. Just. The best suspension setup is the one Seat don't make...
Didn’t think there would a night and day difference. I’m gonna book it in once we are in the new year just to be sure that the shocks are in good order as I’m struggling to believe an inch larger wheels and crap tyres would make mine ride this much worse than the one I drove on 17s with budget tyres on it.

At least it will eliminate one possibility even if they are just crap dampers and there’s nothing wrong with them. Then I can find a set of 17s and wrap them in really decent rubber.

Been winding me up so much I’d even consider making the car look and handle worse crap and wacking 16s on it if it meant drastically improving the ride:cautious:
 

'& Son' managed

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My vote in most cases would be a new set of Konis, (no need for pricey coilovers) and decent tyres on whatever size of rims you currently have. Konis are top quality and improve the damping control/ride, if not always the handling to such a noticeable degree.

If the wheels are to be changed, then stick to the same diameter or smaller - but not narrower. A change from the original VW 16"x6.5 to lighter/stronger 16"x7 alloys on same-size 205/55, but better-suited tyres did well enough on my 2019 1.5 Golf with the indie rear end.
 
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