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    Default New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    I changed tyres recently from the Wrangler AT/SA to the Wrangler Adventures
    By all accounts, the newer adventure tyres are smoother, quieter, better ride.
    Have not taken them offroad yet
    However, ever since fitting the new Adventures (which has very good reviews), the car tends to float abit on the road, when turning or taking a curve. It's quite disconcerting.
    Just slight movements of the car when taking a curve, almost as if a wheel or nut could be looseI've checked tyre pressure and they at 2.1 bars, my normal for City driving
    Any other tips or things I could look at perhaps?
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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    Check the load rating on the new tyre. A lower load rating implies a softer sidewall which will cause the effect you are experiencing.
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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    2.1 bar seems low for tar, the floattiness you experience could be the tyre's sidewall flexing.

    try upping it to 2.4 and see if that makes a difference?
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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    will check the load rating

    My gut says softer sidewall but this make me very nervous when out in the Tankwa with the family

    2.2 bar is the recommended pressure for most activities for my vehicle, including towing - will do the 2.4 and experiment
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    If 2.2 is recommended for your car, then try 2.3 and assess, then go down to 2.2 and re-assess.
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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    Have you actually checked that they did tighten all the wheel nuts?

    I have had a wheel fall off on me in a corner due to technicians at a tire place cross-threading three quarters of my wheel nuts...
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    I agree with the 2.4 suggestion.
    Had the same feeling on two vehicles with the Wranglers and it was corrected by increasing pressure to 2.4bar.
    When I carry an overlanding load or tow something I reduce the front to 2.2 and increase the back to 2.8 or 3.
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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    To the OP:
    I assume wheel alignment was done when new tyres were fitted. This can also change the feel. I have experienced this in the past.

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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    Thanks for the replies

    The alignment was done at fitting, and all wheel nuts I checked personally

    I'm going 2.4bar and see
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    Default Re: New tyres fitted - floaty movements

    Quote Originally Posted by Damdan View Post
    I agree with the 2.4 suggestion.
    Had the same feeling on two vehicles with the Wranglers and it was corrected by increasing pressure to 2.4bar.
    When I carry an overlanding load or tow something I reduce the front to 2.2 and increase the back to 2.8 or 3.
    Thanks for this tip - I occasionally tow a caravan and will try this
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