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Old 03-17-2017, 05:16 PM   #1
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How to fall back in love with your element?

I seem to have a love hate relationship with my '05 Element.
I absolutely love the element but some days I wish I had a bit more luxury on my ride.
The ride feels like a boat ride specially when you are in the rear seats. Are the struts/shocks tune-able for a better ride?
If I drop the height of the truck, will that help make the ride a bit more smoother?
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:50 PM   #2
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The OEM struts and shocks are a bit stiff for sure. It's also not a luxury vehicle as you noticed. One thing you can possible do is upgrade the front seats. I haven't looked into this to much but I'm a bigger guy (not quite ramblerdan big) and I would love some more comfortable seats.

If you get the BC coilover set you can adjust the dampening on the shocks to give a smoother ride and adjust the height. Many members here run that setup and enjoy it.

I added a double din DVD player in place of the OEM radio and it is a huge upgrade in functionality and "feel" of the vehicle.

You could also add carpet so it feels less utilitarian.

Don't forget these were designed for function over form so some trade offs will always be there.

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The OEM struts and shocks are a bit stiff for sure. It's also not a luxury vehicle as you noticed. One thing you can possible do is upgrade the front seats. I haven't looked into this to much but I'm a bigger guy (not quite ramblerdan big) and I would love some more comfortable seats.
I am not sure if I want the front row seats looking different from the rear. I dont have much complaints about the seats.

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If you get the BC coilover set you can adjust the dampening on the shocks to give a smoother ride and adjust the height. Many members here run that setup and enjoy it.
I just changed all struts and shocks hoping for a smoother ride. However, Ive never come across the BC coilovers, will look into it. Looks like an expensive affair though.

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I added a double din DVD player in place of the OEM radio and it is a huge upgrade in functionality and "feel" of the vehicle.
That's on my wish list for sure.
In the meantime I added a Kinivo BTC450 as discreet as possible and it's been great. It gives me all the functionality that I miss from the factory kit.

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You could also add carpet so it feels less utilitarian.
Now this sounds like a fantastic idea. Gotta go hunt one down now.
Maybe it might help the cabin with noise and probably make the audio sound better as well.

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Don't forget these were designed for function over form so some trade offs will always be there.
I love the utilitarian side of the Element, just that sometimes it feels like I am trading off way too much. Specially when you use it as a primary family vehicle.
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SC smoother?

Is the SC any smoother?
I somehow feel that because it's lower the rear passengers wont feel like they are having a boat ride specially around corners.
If that is true, I should be able to get some lowering springs and drop the ride but I am not sure if that would actually help.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:26 PM   #5
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Is the SC any smoother?
I somehow feel that because it's lower the rear passengers wont feel like they are having a boat ride specially around corners.
If that is true, I should be able to get some lowering springs and drop the ride but I am not sure if that would actually help.
You are going to get a stiffer ride if you lower it. A factory suspension will be your smoothest ride. Maybe yours is just worn out and needs replaced.
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With the BC coilovers you can actually soften the ride and lower the vehicle at the same time.

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