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    My ride (Honda Civic EXI 2005/2006) is not as comfortable as it should be, in fact, it is quite stiff. The Honda workshop tells me that the struts and wheels are fine. The car is running aftermarket alloys (they were installed when I bought them) with Yokohama radial tires. Any suggestions how I could make the drive a bit smoother? My friends tell me there is nothing wrong with the car, the Pak made civics are built with a stiff suspension, is that correct? I am still convinced something can be done to make it better


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    what`s the size of rim n profile of tyre?

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    Civic is a little bit stiff car comparing to Toyota corolla. Check your Tyre pressure.
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    ur friend told absolute rite, m also using 2005 civic
    i m kind enough to forgive u but not fool enough to trust u

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    the tire pressure is 30 across all wheels, what is the recommended pressure?
    will check the wheel size and tire's profile and post later

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    just get the original rims and tyre size which came FF with the car...
    ur problem would be solved.
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    now 30psi in all four tires are a lil too much for our pakistani roads, i get my tires inflated upto max 25psi up front and 27 in the rears.

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    and yeah civic 01-05 has stiff suspension. try doing what i suggested and im sure ur the stiffness wud be less then.

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    here is the tire profile Yokohama 205/60 R 15

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    I think these tires are wide - the originals are 195. Please confirm

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    wider tyres wont give u hard suspension.nd yes, all hondas have harder suspension as compared to other local cars. this gives stability. i enjoy it... which yokohama tyre are u using? get yokohama decibles next time, they r softer n wud decrease the hard effect.
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    also tell me does u car has cng cylinder? and have u installed any kind of packing/spacer etc in the rear springs to lift the car? if yes, then remove it, cuz thats wat makes suspension hard.
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    there is no relation of tyre pressure with road conditions ,
    under or over inflating can cause problems for your tyres as well as ur suspension & your fuel economy

    you should keep them always at recommended level
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    @ahmadbila Good suggestion. Yokohama decibels are excellent soft and low-noise radial tyres. I swapped my civic 03's 15 inch michelin tyres (old) with 14 inch new yokohama decibels. The difference was so prominent that I felt it as I was reversing my car from the trye shop. It was like a weight was lifted from the car's chest.

    By the way, I keep 28psi in front and 30psi in the rear tyres. That's what every air filling station attendant recommends.
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    please bear with my ignorance - what is better for civic 14" or 15"? my rims are 15" so I would need to replace them with 14" in order to get the 14" Yokohama decibles correct?

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    tyre pressue should be kept at 28-30 psi. Maintaining it at 25 is a bad idea.
    And original size is 185/65
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    Quote Originally Posted by shirazkhan View Post
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    there is no relation of tyre pressure with road conditions ,
    under or over inflating can cause problems for your tyres as well as ur suspension & your fuel economy

    you should keep them always at recommended level
    yup bro ur right abt the recommended level but i some times 26 in fronts and 28 in rear, it depends where im goin to there are roads in karachi which are pathetic so a highly inflated tire feels really hard and suspension pe bohat affect hota hai. but still ur right abt it we shud keep them inflated at least on 28 and 30psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razaksyed View Post
    here is the tire profile Yokohama 205/60 R 15
    now here is problem my dear frnd that u got 60 profile tires whereas wid 15" rims the tire profile for family sedans is normally 65 so 60 profile is also a factor that makes u feel that ur car's suspension is hard. get 65 profile tires for ur car and the stiffness wud be less then i hope so.

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    stiffness has nothing to do with 205 tires.

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    I was using 14" Good year tires with my 05 exi and they worked excellent. Then just in the name of looks i went for 17" with very low 205/40/17 and it sucked big time.
    Specially on bumpy roads. My suggestion would be to remain within your stock, you'll get the best performance, pick and feeling.

    Also keep your alignment right, exi has default alignment problem. I got it corrected after honda guys worked on the front shocks and since then it is perfect.

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