We have had three LS series Lexus sedans and they rode great. As senior citizens, we like a soft ride. As a result we bought another LS (a low mileage 08 Model) when our 04 was involved in a one car one milk crate accident that did significant underside damage. How can we make the 08 ride the 04 and previous models. We still have a 96 LS. Could I swap those wheels for the 08 wheels? How about a set of wheels off from a 17? Need help. Thanks. Dorf
I seriously doubt if the wheels would make a noticeable difference . I would suspect the used 2008 has had struts replaced by stiffer ones. Next time take your test drive on a not so smooth road . Another thought is are the tires overinflated and not what the plaque says.
Dorf, I too am a senior and like a soft ride. The Ls series Lexus is probably my favorite modern sedan. What size and make/model tires are on yours? That can make a huge difference. We’ll talk tire pressures once I have that info. Remember, “when better Buicks are built, Lexus will build them”.
My father in law had an almost identical issue, but with a Volvo sedan. Hated the ride on the new one due to low profile tires. He ultimately sold it on and got a new Genesis with a better ride. The new owner of that Volvo, an older gent, then called and asked me if anything could be done to the tires to make the ride better. Low profile tires on the wrong cars can ruin the ride. The shame of it all is the base trims with the “normal” tires often drive better than the top trims with the larger diameter rims and lower profile too-sporty rubber.
If the 08 Lexus has run flat tires… there is your problem. Low profile run flats? Double problem. Non run flats will ride a bunch better but you risk a flat stranding you.
Just changing wheels to smaller ones so the sidewall of the tire is taller may not work if the brakes have been enlarged on an 08. Check, check, and check again before you buy!
How old are the tires? How worn? Worn tires can ride a bit rougher, and some brands ride roughe than others. Are the wheels stock? What size tires?
18” wheels were stock-what are yours?