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Old 05-24-2011, 10:50 AM   #21
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I have a titanium with handling package. The 18" wheels look great, and the very tight suspension makes making turns at high speed a breeze. I never test drove a car without the sport suspension, and honestly I wouldnt want to try now, after experiencing what I own.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:44 AM   #22
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No problem. I hope it helps someone in some way. Anyway, I found it interesting and more than a little surprising (assuming I didn't miss something on the Etis lists). I expected the SE and SEL to use the same suspension, but I previously thought the S also used the same springs and shocks. Instead, the S uses different springs. I completely did not expect the SE Sport to use a mix of the S and SE/SEL springs, and expected the SE Sport and the Titanium to use the same parts. Instead, the Titanium uses the same springs as the SE/SEL with only the shocks being different. I also expected the Titanium with the 18" wheel package to use unique shocks and springs, not use SE/SEL rear springs. Fordparts.com shows "MD" rear springs listed, but for some reason Etis doesn't show them being used. Who knows?
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Look at what you get for a mere $600:

Sport tuned suspension.

18-inch wheels.

Michelin Pilot Sport PS3 tires.

The value is INCREDIBLE. On Tirerack, the tires alone are about $300 each.

One thing I noticed is that the recommended tire pressure for the PS3s is 39 psi. 39 PSI!!! I could feel every bump in the road. I've got them at 32 psi now and I'm much happier.

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my tpms sensor went off this morning... the ones on the right were at 30 psi and the ones on the left were at 20 psi. I put air in them and put it at 45 psi(max tire is 50 psi) will this be an issue anyone thinks?
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my tpms sensor went off this morning... the ones on the right were at 30 psi and the ones on the left were at 20 psi. I put air in them and put it at 45 psi(max tire is 50 psi) will this be an issue anyone thinks?
Why would you overinflate your tires like that?


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Look at what you get for a mere $600:

Sport tuned suspension.

18-inch wheels.

Michelin Pilot Sport PS3 tires.

The value is INCREDIBLE. On Tirerack, the tires alone are about $300 each.

One thing I noticed is that the recommended tire pressure for the PS3s is 39 psi. 39 PSI!!! I could feel every bump in the road. I've got them at 32 psi now and I'm much happier.

Tony

Yeah, the price you pay for the handling package is very tempting, but as you correctly point out the tires alone are in the $300/ea range so when you have to replace them...

It was for that reason more than any other that I changed my order to delete the handling package. Between the much higher replacement costs for the tires and the lower mpg the cost, figured over 100,000 miles, would be several thousand more for the 18's over 17's and that's if your're careful and don't f'up your rims...


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my tpms sensor went off this morning... the ones on the right were at 30 psi and the ones on the left were at 20 psi. I put air in them and put it at 45 psi(max tire is 50 psi) will this be an issue anyone thinks?


Posted via FF Mobile You go by what is the recommended tire inflation, which should be in your manual and on the door frame sticker. I doubt it is 45, sounds way over inflated. Check what its supposed to be and deflate immediatly before you mess up your tires. Your pretty much riding on the center of your tires now and the outsides arent even touching the ground.
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You should always use the tire pressure indicated on the door or manual for that specific car. The pressure indicated on the tire itself is the max that tire should ever be at.
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Tire inflation is another crazy argument. I keep mine at 3 over all of the time. Makes the ride more firm and has a positive (negligible) difference on mileage. Numerous threads on it.

A for the handling package, I have it on my Ti. I also had a SEL for a month. The difference is substantial. The SEL was way more comfortable, yet stable. The Ti is very firm. I keep the PS3's at 42. I don't know just how bad/many potholes you have, but I would use extreme caution. There is a section of road that just got re-worked on my commute that sounds like I am running over a 4" curb head on. I actually have to slow down for it. And there are also mixed reviews on their road noise. Mine are loud, but only above 65. But I absolutely love how the car rides with the handling package.

One final note, the PS3's will probably only last for about 30k. Something to keep in mind for over $1k tires.
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Tire inflation is another crazy argument. I keep mine at 3 over all of the time. Makes the ride more firm and has a positive (negligible) difference on mileage. Numerous threads on it.

A for the handling package, I have it on my Ti. I also had a SEL for a month. The difference is substantial. The SEL was way more comfortable, yet stable. The Ti is very firm. I keep the PS3's at 42. I don't know just how bad/many potholes you have, but I would use extreme caution. There is a section of road that just got re-worked on my commute that sounds like I am running over a 4" curb head on. I actually have to slow down for it. And there are also mixed reviews on their road noise. Mine are loud, but only above 65. But I absolutely love how the car rides with the handling package.

One final note, the PS3's will probably only last for about 30k. Something to keep in mind for over $1k tires.
I think I'd lower the tire pressure a tad from 42 down to, say, 38. Actually, I think if I were running 18's at 235 wide I'd be closer to 35. There would be a small difference in mileage but it would be a more comfortable ride with nearly optimal handling. It might also make those expansion grooves a little less bone shaking...


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