Subaru Forester hard ride

Submitted: Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 17:09
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Is it just me at age 64 that finds the suspension of the Forester AWD and the larger 4WD vehicles hard on the bones? Is there any way to substantially soften the ride on the Forester?
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:32

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:32
Which model Forester? How many (hard) kms?
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:33

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:33
Oh, and what tyres? LTs? Pressure?
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Follow Up By: Mick T3 - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:57

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 19:57
Yokohama Geolander G91 225/60R17 99H Forester 2015 with 400kms on the clock.
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Follow Up By: Mick T3 - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:03

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:03
Not sure of the tyre pressure. Will check tomorrow.
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Follow Up By: Mick T3 - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 13:19

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 13:19
The pressure was 37 front, 34 back so I've lowered the front to 34 and left the back at 34 and the ride is smoother. Tomorrow, I will lower the back to 32. I might buy an air cushion for the seats. Is there anything else that can be done?
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 13:24

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 13:24
See further comments below.
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Reply By: Gronk - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:46

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:46
My dad had an early model Forester and it was one of the nicest riding cars I'd been in...soaked up bumps and potholes with ease....maybe the later ones changed to a more "sportier" ride ?
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:54

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:54
Yeah. I had an SG with similar Geolandars and no drama. Mick's is too young to have clapped out damping.

It is possible to have shocks revalved; and it may be possible to source lower rate springs but that's got downsides.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 23:34

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 23:34
Ditto our MY07 Forester (SG9) - a ride to kill for on unsealed roads & tracks, and I'm not younger than Mick ...
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Reply By: cruza25 - Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 23:51

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 23:51
It's a balance of pressure ride or economy
38 = good economy harsh ride good for fast sweeping bends
32 = good all rounder
28 = smooth ride less mpg squeals on the corners
Also depends on the load and number of passengers
I run my 09 forester at 32 all round and seams to absorb the bumps but still handles fine through the hills
Cheers
Mike
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 05:47

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 05:47
Yes. I ran the stock Geolandars at 32, the D697s @ 36 (because they were LTs) and added 4 in both cases for load. Subtracted 25- 30% for outback corrugations or gibber.

Mick you might have a chat with a physio about the feeling.
Hate to say it but joints start to degenerate in our 40s.
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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 06:56

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 06:56
I am 67 and have a forester as our daily drive. Excellent ride. I agree with others check the tyre pressures and try different combinations. Our vehicle was delivered with pressures that were 'firm' and I generally run it with 34 up front and 32 rear but up the rear if carrying a load.

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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:07

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:07
Mick - A good set of genuine sheepskin seatcovers can improve the comfort levels to a certain degree.
If that doesn't appeal, perhaps you need to look at some top-class seat replacements as a way to improve the comfort level.

Low profile tyres are generally the main reason for rough ride, the manufacturers utilise them to get "sharp" handling, and to minimise body roll.
The downside for those who prefer a "luxury" ride, is that the lower the tyre profile ratio, the harsher the ride.

I was quite surprised at the difference in ride and handling between the missus's current-model Camry Atara and her previous Camry.
I used to like the old Camry, it was no sports car, it just drove well and was comfortable to ride in. It ran 215/65xR15's.

The new Atara rides and drives like a sports car on rails - in fact it's a little too harsh for me (I'm 66). I'd guess Toyota have tightened up the suspension on the new model Camrys, but I'm convinced the Atara's low profile 215/55xR17 tyres are the biggest single reason for the harsher ride as compared to the old Camry.

The stepdaughters Subaru Outback rides on 225/60xR18's and it doesn't give anywhere near as harsh a ride as the Atara.
I see there are different tyre profiles and sizes in the Forester according to the model you buy.
If you currently have 55 series profile tyres fitted, it could be worth trying a drive in a Forester fitted with a set of 60 series profile tyres, to see if the ride is an improvement over your current car.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Mick T3 - Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 at 20:04

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 at 20:04
Thanks everyone for your responses. It is nice to get advice from people in the here and now rather. I hadn't realised that something as simple as tyre pressure made such a difference.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 18:31

Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 18:31
Also reckon Ron n is on the money too. Try a slightly higher profile for a little more softness.
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