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    Default 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    So bought this recently as a replacement for the W203 Merc I sold. Problem is, and I noticed this with the Grand Livina as well when we had it, that it is not very 'wind friendly'

    Especially at 110 to 120 km/h a sidewind affects it quote badly. Even worse that the wife's Kombi.

    Alignment has been done. Shocks are good.

    My question is this: On the Livina I fitted wider tyres which made no difference. Would widening the base of the vehicle help? Bigger off-set rims or spacers?
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    Default Re: 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    No forum wisdom on this?
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    Default Re: 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    My 2014 did exactly the same. Keep it to 100km/h and its fine. Anything over that in a cross wind and it gets pushed all over. I also fitted wider tyres that did not help. Towing a trailer makes is worse. I just kept to lower speads so avoid the sway

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    Default Re: 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    From experience, I know that both the Lavina and the XTrail are quite softly sprung, and are very comfy.

    This is my theory:

    When you compress suspension in a direction (lean) the geometry of the steering and pivot points changes... This aids road holding when cornering.

    So being softly sprung, and rather slab sided, the wind makes it lean, thus changing the geometry.. and a "steer change" effect occurs, wind stops blowing, lean goes away and back to normal, wind gusts, change happens.. Etc.

    Wider wheels wont help... Might make it worse
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    Default Re: 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    Thank you guys. Eish...
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    Default Re: 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    The 17 inch rims handle the best. 18 inch rims are worse.

    Just drive slower. I had both those cars. You had to drive slower.

    My t32 at 120kph(real 110kph) is okay in the wind. Jump up 10 kph and it really bad.
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    Default Re: 2012 Xtrail 2.0

    stiffer springs will help with the stability issue.

    and sacrifice comfort

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