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2017 Limited> 255/45/19 Eagle RS-A's ride like Steel?

Hi Guys; Thanks in advance for your help! I am a new (used) 2017 Limited owner. It has 30k miles on it and it has the original Goodyear 255/45/19 Eagle RS-A tires on it with plenty of tread left. The car rides AWFUL above 65mph... so bad that I would'nt have bought it if I had really done a proper test-drive... which I did not.
The ride is harsh and jittery... kind of like riding on steel rails Is this normal for these tires? I just had them re-balanced and rotated which helped (very) slightly. Do I need to replace the struts already?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-26-2018, 12:43 AM
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Just guessing from online reviews of these tires, I wouldn't be surprised if they are the sole cause of your problem.

Tires can make or break the ride quality of any car.
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Yes, those tires suck.

Happiest day in my time with my '14 Limited was when i got rid of them and put on some Continentals. Car felt MUCH better on the highway and i wasn't embarrassed to take passengers with me.
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I dont like the Eagle RSA for that reason. To stiff of a sidewall, not much flex. I also think the traction they provide is bad.

I do recommend the Michelin Defender series. I have them on both my GMC Envoy, and my Mercury Montego. Love the ride, and superb traction.

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I'm a big fan of goodyear assurance ComforTred. You will be amazed at the ride quality difference a tire can make. (sorry to sound like a commercial)
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Thanks for your replies! The car had 23PSI in the tires when I bought it, that's why I did'nt notice any harshness. I pumped 'em up to 36... then 33... and now I'm at 30PSI Guess I'll have to drop into the 20's to get some ride quality back!
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Dont do that.. Remember the big Firestone recall of years back on the Ford Explorer, it was because the tire pressure was under inflated from the manufacture, and it can cause tires to over heat and blow out.
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Yeah, don't underinflate your tires. That's how heat builds up in them and causes failures.

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What psi does the drivers door placard/sticker recommend/specify. I'd stick close to that.
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The RSAs are pretty rough. Your typical OEM tire. I don't recall them being horrid other than excessive noise so I replaced mine ~25k with Michelin MX4 and they're really hardly any better. Stiff as a freaking rock and abysmal on anything but dry land. I have to run mine at 30psi (I wouldn't go below that) or the potholes which New England's brilliant roadways are full of, would make driving unbearable. Some friendly mechanic pumped them up to 34psi once during an oil change and it was absolute torture. Heard Contis have a bit more give on the sidewall, which is where I'm heading next.
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