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softening my ride

Ever since I got my 944 n/a back in February, the ride has been harder than I'm used to. I'm not into racing but rather a comfortable ride with the option to accelerate from 60-80mph faster than you can blink.

My question is there a way that I can easily adjust my shock absorbers to 'absorb' typical roadway bumbs better?

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Old 10-16-2002, 04:20 PM
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umm maybe a turbo with a worn out suspension would help just jokin. if u have adjustable shocks like koni you can adjust the stiffnessto your prefrence but if its a stock setup i dont think u have much options
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The brand and size of tires can have a lot to do with it.

Adjustable shocks can be softened.
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My shocks are completely worn out and my car still has a harsh ride. All my old car mags considered the 944's ride to be rough and one of the car's worst traits. I don't think the suspension design can altered for a smooth ride (say, Accord/Camry-like), but then again probably not many 944 owners have tried. Later 944s, with their aluminum suspension pieces, are supposed to have a better ride than early cars.

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OK, I'm going off on a tangent here, but what changes were made to the 968 suspension? I ask because everyone seems to say that the 968 rides a lot smoother than the 944 series.
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I think 968 suspension is basically the same as late 944. I have a 944S2 and have uprated the suspension to be stiffer and the car is also lowered about 1". I do not find the ride at all hard. If anything I would go for harder but is difficult to uprate the rear suspension without major work so I am going to leave it for the time being. The alluminium suspension components used in later 944 definetelly contribute to the smoother ride. Also later cars are heavier which also contributes to smoother ride.
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Have you checked to see if you have a seized strut?

Makis,
I have a set of rear coilovers i will sell you cheap to stiffen up that rear end. Only 2 bolts per side; couldn't be easier =)
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Have you checked to see if you have a seized strut?

Makis,
I have a set of rear coilovers i will sell you cheap to stiffen up that rear end. Only 2 bolts per side; couldn't be easier =)
Thanks for the offer. I have already coil overs but have removed them because I cannot lower the backend anymore without indexing the torsion bars. And indexing the torsion bars looks difficult DIY. I am using standard shock and torsion bar at the rear lowered as much as it can go from the adjuster nut. I am using coil over in the front with 200 lbf spring rate. The car feels balanced even though the rear is standard and the fronts are about 50% stiffer.
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Have you checked to see if you have a seized strut?
I'll assume you're talking to me.

My shocks are old and soft, my car is acually "floaty". Still the ride is harsh, but I don't think the struts siezed.

BTW, my struts/shocks have never been replaced and the car is nearly 20 years old. My dad is the original owner.

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