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I've got 2004 V70R w/ 30,000 miles. I like the car... but -- the ride is too harsh for me (I guess I'm not as macho as I thought I was -- plus roads around Boston are seriously beat up). I moved from the stock Pirellis to Michelins. A little quieter, but still too harsh for me. I'm willing to give up significant handling prowess, etc. to have a softer ride. (Miserable, unsafe turning radius is another story. Attempted U turns leave you dangerously exposed in the road while you back up and try again.) I could trade the car, but I don't want to take the $$ hit.<p>Dealer says higher profile tires won't fit. Does anyone have a suggestion, whether combination of different tires, shocks, springs, etc.? I'm looking for a major change in ride comfort.<p>Thanks
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

I would suggest trading in the R for a Cross Country. If you make changes for a softer ride, you would be defeating the purpose of what the car was manufactrued for. Sorry to be so harsh, but it is the reality. <p>
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

Do you have the 17's or 18's on? My 17" winter rims with Blizzacks are significantly softer/easier than my summer 18's with the Pirelli's. Even with the severly beaten up roads we have out here in the western end of the state, I find that sport mode is quite comfortable year round, so it might be your 4c software.
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

I don't think there really is any way at this point, as you most likely already have 17's and are driving around in the comfort setting. Perhaps a tire retailer could suggest a tire that would have a more forgiving sidewall but then that would put your wheels at risk. I would do the XC trade thing that was suggested.
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

You might want to check to see if there is a current SUM upgrade for your suspension. I had mine done (04 S60R) and it realy softened the ride. Some don't like the new software, but I did. Also the way you could handle this without any out of pocket (because it is still under warranty) tell them that the rear end is side stepping (skipping) when you go around corners. The is a TNN (upgrade recall) for your car if it does not already have it. Sorry I do not have the TNN????Anyone able to help him out???? I hope this helps, Rick
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

You could try these tires. The General Exclaim UHP. Many of the reviews talk about a soft sidewall, and softer ride. . . and the price is certainly right!<p><A HREF="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=Exclaim+UHP&vehicleSearch=true&partnum=345WR7EUHP&fromCompare1=yes&place=0" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tirerack.com/tires/...ace=0</A>
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (Wayne T5)

Wayne, <p>I just noticed in your signature that you've got two sets rims (17s and 18s) but both are shod with all seasons. I know they're both high perf a/s tires, but do you still swap them summer/winter? Just worried about the difference in sidewall during the winter?<p>Just curious,<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (Sue Esponte)

Well, sort of a long story. When I got the car used it had a new set of the Proxes 4 mounted on 18's. I then got the 17's when they were on special last year and was looking for the more aggressive Conti all seasons but nobody had them. I settled on the Kumhos and have been very happy with them as they in concert with the car's systems provide decent enough traction for where I live. I find the 45 series sidewall on the 17's provide a little more protection from the frost heaved and potholed winter roads. Once the 18's wear out I will most likely replace them with a summer tire, not that I don't like the Proxes 4 but really just for a change.
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (Wayne T5)

If you want a softer ride, make sure you do not go with "sport" summer tires. The ride is alot firmer than that of an all-season.
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (MASH)

Thanks for all your suggestions. Yes, I drive in comfort mode and yes w/ 17" wheels. Winter snows (Vislavak sp?) are a softer ride than my Michelins. I'll ask again about software upgrade; my dealer told me there was none to soften the ride. <p>Other ideas? No one likes changing shocks? <p>
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1stVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thanks for all your suggestions. Yes, I drive in comfort mode and yes w/ 17" wheels. Winter snows (Vislavak sp?) are a softer ride than my Michelins. I'll ask again about software upgrade; my dealer told me there was none to soften the ride. <p>Other ideas? No one likes changing shocks? <p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Not rue.<br>If your R's SUM has not been upgraded the latest sofware (REV4) is MUCH softer program especially in comfort.<br>Also what tires pressure are you running?<br>You can get away with as little as 33lbs on 17's with really no ill effects. Tire pressure are a big deal. If you're running say 36 lbs, there will be a BIG difference<br>in the ride<br>If you have all this you may as well sell it and buy an XC, really
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (JRL)

Ditto to JRL's comments.<p>If the car rides too harshly for you even with A/S tires, then this isn't the right car for you. An XC is a great alternative. Or actually, if you can find an Audi Allroad 4.2...THAT'S an even better alternative! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>-Eric
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (MASH)

Dealer says no software upgrades for the car. Does this make any sense: try out some 16" wheels w/ higher profile tire, in place of my 17" wheels. Think that would make a noticeable difference on rough road, etc.
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

I don't think 16's will fit around this car's calipers and rotors.
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (JRL)

Alright. Shop foreman tells me on the phone that no upgrade will make much diff. But, I'll go in, see if it's been done -- if not, get it done and see.<p>Thanks,
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

If you go from SUM ver2 to SUM ver4 it makes a HUGE difference. It was the first "mod" I did to my car and I still hate myself for doing it.<p>Comfort feels like a Cadillac, Sport feels numb and Advanced is just harsh enough to be annoying on roads that need repaving.<p>Lesson learned .... mod your car to improve something you have experienced first hand, not just to "keep up with the Joneses".<p>-Ben
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (1stVolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1stVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Alright. Shop foreman tells me on the phone that no upgrade will make much diff. But, I'll go in, see if it's been done -- if not, get it done and see.<p>Thanks,</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Then your shop foreman's a jerk or very uninformed.<br><B>IF</B> you have an 04 and<B> IF</B> the SUM has never been upgraded, the change to Rev 4 is startling. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Most of us HATE it because it IS so soft, especially in comfort, if you think comfort is hard now I will bet you're running on the original software.<br>The dealer needs a reason for warranty work so you tell them the car is "hopping around and is very rough, that way they have a (warranty) excuse for Volvo to pay for the download. This is the way it<B> MUST</B> be approached with your dealer
 

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Re: Soften Harsh Ride -- suggestions? (JRL)

Here's a suggestion:<p>If you want a nice ride that's a bit wallowy and don't mind giving up on the handling prowess, disable the 4C.<p>Pull the accelerometer wire off in the driver side trunk panel. It's a black plug that's about 3/4" long and 1/4" thick. Press on the release tab and wiggle up.<p>You will be amazed at the difference. But your ride will be somewhat Buick like. <p>The Chassis Service Required message will pop up. Press the end of the turn signal stalk to clear and ignore the yellow triangle. <p>Bingo, instant barca-lounger ride.
 
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