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Re: Upgrade Leaf suspension, make it a little stiffer

Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:13 pm

After driving the 2015 SL for 11,500 miles, I can say that suspension on 2015 is definitely firmer than 2011 SL. Steering feel is also a bit better. Dry grip of 17-inch Michelin Energy tires is slightly better than 16-inch Bridgestone Ecopias, but not as good as Michelin MXM4 replacement tires I had on 2011. Wet grip of Ecopias (when inflated to 44 psi) was equal to or better than both versions of Michelins. Wet grip of Ecopias was really bad at 36 psi. There is not much difference in wet grip with Michelins between 36 and 44 psi. These are personal observations with tire pressures at 44 psi on both cars (except as noted regarding grip)--YMMV. Leather seats in 2015 are also firmer than recycled plastic (cloth) seats in 2011.

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Re: Upgrade Leaf suspension, make it a little stiffer

Tue May 24, 2016 12:05 pm

an my #1 shock is firmer than the stock one.

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Re: Upgrade Leaf suspension, make it a little stiffer

Wed May 25, 2016 8:03 am

kovalb wrote:
Valdemar wrote:
kovalb wrote:The firmer steering is on all grades that are 13MY and newer, along with increased damping for the suspension.


Source please? As far as I know there hasn't been an official confirmation from Nissan about any suspension tweaks from 13MY on. Any perceived improvements are likely due to the slightly more low profile tires.

Please take my word.


Take a look at the paint marks on a 1st gen vs. second gen LEAF springs and shocks. Yes, they are firmer.
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