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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2003, 07:35 PM
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Tire pressure

The 95 Suzuki Sidekick JX recommend its tire pressure at 23 psi, which is surprisingly low compared to our vehicles. My car tires are currently set at 33-35 psi by the previous owners and still looks like they lack some air pressure. Is 23 psi really the best number for Sidekick? Any thoughts or experience are appreciated.

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Re: Tire pressure

Stay within the recommended pressure on the tire's sidewalls .
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If you dont feel comfortable finding the pressure you like I'd stick with what the vehicle mfg recommends, they did the engineering and they chose that number for a reason. The tire mfg dosent know if the tires are put on a utility trailer or a full size truck. Usually its the MAX pressure printed on the sidewall.
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Re: Tire pressure

Thanks for your replies Sarge and Zooky.
Since I have not driven this Sidekick before I don't really know what is the best comfortable feeling. I am OK with 33-35 psi at this moment. Maybe I should try 23 psi and see which one I like better. Again, thank you.

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Re: Tire pressure

Keep in mind a couple of things, the side wall pressures are maximum with the maximum vehicle weight. A
Zuk, is incredibly light, and doesn't need much pressure to maintain tire shape and contact patch.

If you ate using LT's vs. P metrics it's even more lopsided. Too much pressure can lead to a poor ride and
even tire chatter and sometimes contributes to the death wobble (which has to be seen/felt to be belived)

I would start with the mfg recomendations and only work up slowly. add 2-6 lbs to start if you have a
heavy load too carry on the rear tires
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Re: Tire pressure

Outlawmws, thanks a lot for your kind tips. I thought Sidekick is kind of light too. I will definitely follow your advice and lower the psi to mid 20s right away.

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I run 215 75R15 Michelin LTXs on 7" rims and I have the best wear and ride at 25lbs. When the tire dealer installed them they put 35lbs all around. Whew! I could feel every little bump and crack in the road. I emailed the wheel manufactuer and they said 23-28lbs for a 95 JX. So I figured 25lbs to be a happy median.
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Following everyone's suggestion, I lowered the psi from mid 30s to mid 20s. Boy, what a different feeling I have during the ride! It feels much more stable and comfy. Thank you all.

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Re: Tire pressure

in my 4runner i run at about 28 lbs with the 31/10.50 dunlops during the winter. in the summer i run about 32 psi.
in the samaria with the 31's i ran about 22/23 psi all year round. with the new MTR's i haven't had a chance to figure out the pressure that the truck feels the most comfortable.

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