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Old 12-09-07, 07:39 PM   #1
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2002 Ls 430 Ultra Looking For Smoothest And Quitest Ride Possible
CAR RIDE HEAVY AND LOUD ON GOOD ROADS ALSO HANDLING IS VERY TUCHY
TIRES ARE 255 60R17 PSI IS HIGH TO ME 36PSI.
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Old 12-10-07, 04:58 AM   #2
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The main route to the "smoothest and quietest ride possible" is to use the OEM standard size wheels and tires - 225/60-16 tires on 16" wheels.

Here is what Lexus says about using 17" wheels and 225/55HR17 tires that were optional on the 2002 LS430:

"Optional 17 x 7.5-in wheels with 225/55HR17 tires are expected to experience greater tire wear than the standard equipment tires, 225/60HR16. Tire life may be substantially less than 15,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. Your riding comfort may decrease and road noise may increase during driving. Please consider all this when selecting an LS 430 equipped with this option."

The 255 section tires you currently have on your car put a lot more rubber on the road which makes your car find a lot more road imperfections.
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Old 12-10-07, 05:56 AM   #3
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the lexus quote is based on their factory tires. there are numerous other tires available that will last much longer than the factory oe tires in 17".

255 60 17 is a weird size. definitley shouldn't be on the car as it is much too tall.
a wider tire will be louder than a narrower tire. i'd get the factory spec size 225 55 17. that will quiet the noise down.
have you inspected your current tires for wear? if they are wearing unevenly, that will cause noise too.

36psi is about right... too low pressure will increase the chances of bending a wheel on a pothole or other road hazard.

if you're not a brand snob, one of the best stock size quiet tires for an ls430 is a kumho solus. i've installed many of those on people's cars and they ride and handle as well as a michelin and usualy take less weight to balance. oh yeah, they cost half as much too.
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Old 12-10-07, 08:35 PM   #4
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Yeah you can't go wrong with either the Kumho Solus or the Michelin MXV4-Plus S8 and don't use more than 30 PSI tire pressure.
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Old 12-10-07, 11:48 PM   #5
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are you sure about that tire size? doesnt seem close to factory spec to me.

First thing i'd do is go back to stock size, and run them at the factory spec of 30PSI.
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Old 12-13-07, 05:57 PM   #6
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What are the negatives of going over the spec of 30psi to, say, 35psi?
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Old 12-13-07, 10:52 PM   #7
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Try the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus or the Primacy MXV4 which is better than the Energy MXV4 - the Energy is more of a low rolling resistance tire while the Primacy has better treadlife and better wet behavior.
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Old 12-14-07, 05:07 AM   #8
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The negative of over-inflating a tire (which is what you are doing by going to 35 vs. 30) is that the tire will bulge, however slightly, in the middle, causing the car to ride on more of the middle of the tire, vs. evenly on the whole tire. This causes two things - much faster wear on the middle of the tire, causing it to wear out faster, and potentially unstable handling, as there is less tire on the road, allowing it to slide easier etc. 32 is the max that I would go to, if I was looking for a stiffer ride.
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i can vouch for the mxv4. The black jade has michelins and consistently get 25-26 mpg at 70-80 with a medium foot almost 30 with a light foot and 60mph. My white 93 cant get better than 23 no matter how slow or light i touch the throttle. the 93 has bf goodrich touring ta's from sam's club. T- rated. Michelins are V rated. Both cars are identical. New Spark plugs and wires and air filters. The only difference is the white 93 has no engine undercover. hmmm i wonder what kinda difference it makes.
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255/60/17...wow. Sounds like a Porsche Cayenne sized tire. Are you sure these are on your car?
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I personally had good experience with the Falken FK-452.
on a stock rim: 225/45/17
they are ZR rated, takes a heavy load. thread wear is 300 alittle on the soft side so it will wear down faster but pretty sticky.
Smooth ride. thick enough to absorb a lot of the road noise. drops the car a touch. Well, compare to your 60 series it will drop it alot!
pic for ref: (mild 2"drop on suspension the tires did the rest)
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I personally had good experience with the Falken FK-452 on a stock rim: 225/45/17
225/55/17 perhaps?
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225/55/17 perhaps?
No.... 45
thats the neat thing about FK's, they have lo-pros for weird sizes!
ex:
225/45/16 & 215/40/16
235/40/17 even 35/17!

check it out
http://www.falkentire.com/fk452_sizes.html
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Yea....but 225/45/17 is WAY too low of a profile for an LS...unless you have them on an IS300 or something
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i have a 2002 UL that rides noisy as well. I am looking to buy new tires....so the Absolute quietest tires regardless of cost are...??? i have 17's
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