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I'm about to purchase a '17 RS. Did a fairly extensive test drive and man, it's fast. But in "normal" driving mode the suspension is so stiff that I feel every single crack, seam and rock on the road. Can softer (but still electronically adjustable) suspension be installed on these cars to smooth out the daily driving while allowing for less body roll when doing "performance driving"?
 

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I have read on many reviews it does ride about like a dumptruck.
 

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Driven yes but doesn't need a ridiculously rough ride when riding over rough roads and while stiff the STI isn't such a back breaker on surface streets.
 

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Good hard driver doesn't need to be punishing on your body.
 

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I've heard the mountune springs are ever so slightly softer but lowers the car. You can try wheels/tires; going down to 18's (many out there that clear the front brakes) and that would give you a bit more sidewall to smooth bumps a wee bit (18x8.5 with a 245/40, PSS's get good reviews.)
 

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I'm about to purchase a '17 RS. Did a fairly extensive test drive and man, it's fast. But in "normal" driving mode the suspension is so stiff that I feel every single crack, seam and rock on the road. Can softer (but still electronically adjustable) suspension be installed on these cars to smooth out the daily driving while allowing for less body roll when doing "performance driving"?
What else have you looked at or test driven?
 

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Car was designed to be driven.
This is technically the case with most cars ;)

Driven yes but doesn't need a ridiculously rough ride when riding over rough roads and while stiff the STI isn't such a back breaker on surface streets.
Good hard driver doesn't need to be punishing on your body.
Amen

Ok so why buy a performance car. ??????
Not sure where this question comes from... you buy a performance car because you want it to perform. But there's no reason it should do so *and* be comfortable to run as a daily driver as well.

I've heard the mountune springs are ever so slightly softer but lowers the car. You can try wheels/tires; going down to 18's (many out there that clear the front brakes) and that would give you a bit more sidewall to smooth bumps a wee bit (18x8.5 with a 245/40, PSS's get good reviews.)
I'll look into the Mountune springs, though isn't a lot of the stiffness due to the electronic tuning? Different wheels/tires could be a helpful option, for sure, as stiffer side walls will make the road translate more, but seriously. This car has no reason to ride that hard all the time, especially since it has electronically adjustable damping. They could have tuned that very close to the standard Focus for daily driving and still set it adjust to track-friendly settings at the push of a button.
 

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What else have you looked at or test driven?
So far in a recent timeframe, I have test driven:
2017 WRX STI
2016 Golf R
2017 Golf GTI
2017 Focus RS

The RS is, by far, the most fun of these to drive and the least fun to ride in. I'm almost wondering if I could transplant a stock Focus seat into it and just drop the Recaro in for track days. [:D][driving]
 

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So far in a recent timeframe, I have test driven:
2017 WRX STI
2016 Golf R
2017 Golf GTI
2017 Focus RS

The RS is, by far, the most fun of these to drive and the least fun to ride in. I'm almost wondering if I could transplant a stock Focus seat into it and just drop the Recaro in for track days. [:D][driving]
Seats would be swappable, ford wouldnt change the mounting points just for the RS (I just havent heard of anyone doing it yet, nor can i speak to the airbags/harness being plug and play.)

Performance and comfort, most would point to the R. You cant have everything perfect, sounds like you are going to have to compromise or change things to make it right for your needs.

Also, something like this could be a possibility if you dont mind spending $$ on swapping suspension:
http://blog-int.kwautomotive.net/the-suspension-future-is-now-kw-ddc-plug-play-coilovers-for-ford-focus-rs-out-now/


sounds like Mountune is working on this for the US market. Supposedly much more compliant normal mode
 

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Thanx Stephen for throwing that out there. K/W is a top quality suspension company & yea the v1 & v2 c/o's ride great. A seat swap would work, but its not going to make the ride any better. Yea the RS is basically a one dimensional car, great if you want a track car or weekend fun car, but to me not really a daily even thou for some its they're only vehicle. Thats where a Golf R would come in. IDK how the new Subie platform is, since I haven't driven one.
 

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I'd consider the Golf R if they had one locally in a color I liked :D

There is *one* Gold R locally, it's a used off-lease job that wouldn't come with the full warranty, and it's black.
 
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