How can soften the ride on the CX-9

Asked by Mar 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM about the 2010 Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD

Question type: General

Is there a tire that will give a softer ride? What make/model of tire do you recommend?
Can I reduce tire pressure from 36 to 33?

Thanks

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805

I would suggest checking the pressure listed on the tire. if not one of the best ways to see if you can change pressures, take a white paint pen and draw a line across the flat of the tire. when you reduce the pressure check it after a mile or so and see where the pain is. if the paint is in the center then the pressure is too high and if the sides have no paint and the center does its too low, you do want to keep an even pressure to make sure your not wearing the tires wrong or reducing traction.

A lincoln, any year will do.

215

What kind of tires are on? I would not change the tire PSI, that will just hard your stability and MPG.

5,085

Not sure what tyre setup you are using now, if they are run flat tyres that might be part of the issue. Those tend to have stronger sidewalls at the price of less flexibility resulting in a harsher ride. Keep to the prescribed minimal pressures for best ride quality and fuel mileage.

145

Check the vehicle owners manual and see what it recommends for air pressure in the tires and stay within those specifications. If a tires max PSI rating is 51 PSI and you put 48 in it but the vehicle recommends 38-42 the tires will wear abnormally and the ride will be rougher. Also if you're running aftermarket rims that are larger with lower profile tires rougher ride is going to happen and there is no changing that unless you go back to smaller rims with a higher profile tire.

215

DO NOT MAX OUT YOUR TIRES........I used to work at Discount tire, I this area well. What kind of tires are you on now? I'm sure 35 psi is plenty, you could go down to 32 if desired.

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