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Old 12-26-2010, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What would you consider the softest riding tire? 2 I have been thinking about:

Bridgestone Turenza Serenity ( I have experiance with these)

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring (new tire with great reviews)
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What would you consider the softest riding tire? 2 I have been thinking about:

Bridgestone Turenza Serenity ( I have experiance with these)

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring (new tire with great reviews)
I'm totally into the soft / quiet ride. The comforTread is near the top of my list for replacing the Kumhos when mine wear down. I've been buying Michelins for about 20 years now... I'm either going to go with another set of them, or the Goodyears.
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I would trade my 18" tires and rims for the 17" on the Limited. Solely for the better ride with the 17s.

OP, I'm a huge fan of GoodYear Comfortreads, available in the 215/55/17, but NOT available on the 225/45/18s...if you have the SE as shown in your avatar.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, after more research I am going with the Goodyears. I saw a cut-away of one today and they actually have a layer of foam like material between the belts and tread to help obsorb road shock and noise. I have not found a bad review on them yet, and they have also won a few tire awards in the touring catagory.
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yeah, after more research I am going with the Goodyears. I saw a cut-away of one today and they actually have a layer of foam like material between the belts and tread to help obsorb road shock and noise. I have not found a bad review on them yet, and they have also won a few tire awards in the touring catagory.
Do you have another set ofr rims ?
ComfortTreads aren't made in 225/45/18s, like on the SEs and Turbos.
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I think you bought the wrong Sonata if you want a soft ride. We loved the looks of the SE with those 18" wheels and dual exhaust, but the wife could not handle the stiff suspension. That's why we went with the Limited instead. Just curious here, but is the reason you want to disable the tpms (in your other post) because you are running lower air pressure to try to improve the ride? If so, that's not a good idea. Under inflated low profile tires can be easily damaged by potholes.

A different tire may help slightly but with the low profile 18" tires and the higher spring rate of the SE, I wouldn't expect a lot of improvement. The GY Comfortreads are a nice tire though, if you could get them in the correct size.
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The reason for asking about TPMS disable is that I plan on going with a 16" aftermarket rim, KMC Slide.
That will also allow me to go with the Comfortreads. I am also hoping that dropping to a 16" wheel and 215x60x16 tire will soften up the ride enough.

You are right, she did buy the wrong car in getting the SE. She wanted to pick out her own car as she had never done it, so I let her get what she wanted. She has since had 4 disks fused in her lower back and the ride of SE is just to harsh for her. I looked into upgrading to a Limited, but they are talking my car and $6900.00, thats just too much for me to come up with at this point.
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My wife has back problems too. That is why the SE was a no go for her.

You can probably transfer the tpms sensors to the new wheels and keep the system active. Depends on where the hole for the valve stem is located in the new wheels. Good chance it can be done.
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I have not had any luck in transfering TPMS from an OEM wheel to aftermarket in the past. It worked for a few months in my Nissan Titan, but now the light just stays on constantly, nothing I or dealer can do.(can't disable it in titan either) Maybe it will work, just exploring all options.
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Look at a GLS with 16" rims before you buy the 16" wheels.
The 16" rims look small and don't fill out the wheel arches.
The GLS with 16" rims looks like a Prius going down the road.
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