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View Poll Results: What is the biggest factor to a "comfortable" ride in your SLK?
Tire Size (slim or fat) 2 28.57%
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Rim Size (small is better) 0 0%
Rim type (light alloy or heavy) 0 0%
All of the above 5 71.43%
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Comfy Ride - is it tire size, tire type, rim size, rim type or ALL of the above

There is always question regarding having a "comfortable" ride in the SLK and owners wanting slim tires and/or smaller rim sizes... I have often wondered if there is a generic definition of "comfortable ride" and how do we each understand that term to mean.

For me riding low profile 19" rims wrapped with Conti DWS06 A/S tires, with large sizes (235 f/265 r) I find the ride very comfortable on all roads... Yet, my setup will be considered rough and harsh by the "generic" comfortable ride mode.

So I have a poll to this thread. What do you consider defines "comfortable ride" to you WRT the SLK

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I am remiss not to add the caveat to my thread... that this assumes stock suspension settings on your version of SLK, which is the biggest determinant of comfy rides... The thread assumes majority owners do not mess with their stock suspension system, so a thread to ask about the other components to comfy rides - tires and rims...

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Increase in wall height probably has most effect in reducing harshness of ride I would think.
Therefore a reduction in wheel diameter would be required to maintain rolling radius.
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Increase in wall height probably has most effect in reducing harshness of ride I would think.
Therefore a reduction in wheel diameter would be required to maintain rolling radius.
This is correct, sidewall height is the biggest difference maker followed closely by tire type. A high performance tire has a stiffer sidewall than a normal passenger car tire and will produce a harsher ride.
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This is correct, sidewall height is the biggest difference maker followed closely by tire type. A high performance tire has a stiffer sidewall than a normal passenger car tire and will produce a harsher ride.
That's the conundrum here... trying to better understand our definition of "harsh" versus "comfy".... Like I said, I don't consider the 19s on mine to be harsh at all... to me the ride is very comfy... but most people will disagree. So is there a measure of "comfy ride" that is universal?

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To my mind, there are so many variables and such a high degree of subjectivity involved in determining what is a 'comfy ride', I doubt that there will ever be a consensus on that one.
As far as I'm concerned, if I'm comfortable and a passenger isn't, there are alternative transport options
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None of the above. Shocks/springs make more of a difference.
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I am remiss not to add the caveat to my thread... that this assumes stock suspension settings on your version of SLK, which is the biggest determinant of comfy rides... The thread assumes majority owners do not mess with their stock suspension system, so a thread to ask about the other components to comfy rides - tires and rims...

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My son likes to pump up the tire pressure up to the maximum listed on the tire.
To him, this increases the "handling" of his turbo 5 speed Volvo, but to me, makes for a less "comfy" ride. Subjective of course.
Other friends also keep the psi higher to get better MPG, and the ride rattles my tooth fillings.
I have played with the psi on many different cars and tire brands over the years and just a few pounds lower can make for a more comfy ride
A 964 Porsche 911 calls for 36 psi front, and 44 psi rear, but the ride is more comfy at 30 psi front, and40 psi rear, with no safety or handling issues during normal street driving.
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