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Scion tC2 vs tC2.5 Suspension

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    Hi everyone,

    I picked up another tC after parting with my 2012 last year (got a 2016).
    I searched around trying to find some definitive answers on the differences between the suspension on the 2011-2013 tC compared to the 2014-2016. I know they did a "re-tune" but I was curious as to what that entailed. I've seen statements about sport shocks, more welds on the frame, and better bushings on the sway bars, but I was wondering if someone had a better idea of the actual differences.

    I ask because I've noticed that the ride on my 2016 is quite a bit worse than my 2012 was (in terms of comfort) and I wanted to see if I could swap in some shocks from an older model. The 2016 seems to handle slightly better, but in my option, that benefit is not worth the compromise on ride quality.
    spidey637 wrote:
    Hi everyone,

    I picked up another tC after parting with my 2012 last year (got a 2016).
    I searched around trying to find some definitive answers on the differences between the suspension on the 2011-2013 tC compared to the 2014-2016. I know they did a "re-tune" but I was curious as to what that entailed. I've seen statements about sport shocks, more welds on the frame, and better bushings on the sway bars, but I was wondering if someone had a better idea of the actual differences.

    I ask because I've noticed that the ride on my 2016 is quite a bit worse than my 2012 was (in terms of comfort) and I wanted to see if I could swap in some shocks from an older model. The 2016 seems to handle slightly better, but in my option, that benefit is not worth the compromise on ride quality.


    hey spidey.. I did look up the parts between the 12 and 16, and they're all the exact same part numbers. Usually if Toyota updates a part the part number changes. Now that could've happened such as a production run change at the factory, and the 16 is the "new part". I can't tell that from the part numbers I was seeing. But they're the same even the shock absorbers, springs, control arms (which would contain the bushings if they were changes).

    I'm not discounting anything you're saying, for some reason the 16 is "tighter" and more rough riding. I did check the chassis reinforcements (Floor structure) same parts there. There are differences in the bumpers front/rear but that was about the only differences, and no that wouldn't change the ride at all.

    I'm wondering what the curb weight is between the two. That might cause a rougher ride, just trying to think what it could be..

    oh wait.. what tires are on the tc 2.5? did they change the size?

    I know that with my tc1 tires made a BIG difference in ride quality.(same size as stock) I remember two tires were terrible, some yokohamas I tried everything was BAM! BAM! BAM! had to return them to discount tire. Then I had pirelli pzero nero tires, on certain bumps felt like the front end was being destroyed! Not to mention crappy quality for balance, always vibrating. The nitto motivo tires I have now (2nd set) have been much more comfortable on the road and still maintain a solid ride (not mushy). So check your tires see what's on there and report back, and check the air pressures.
    I've still got the original rubber on mine (the Yokos) so I wouldn't be surprised. I haven't been impressed with them in terms of grip, noise, or comfort, so they will be replaced soon. I suppose I'll have to search around here to see what people suggest for tires on these cars. Thanks.
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