Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

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dave b
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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by dave b » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:26 am

MBM wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:57 am
you could also try to upsize the tires.. so you get a bit more sidewall.

Im at 17/215/55 at the moment.
I will try 17/235/55 next time
An issue there (certainly in the UK) may be that you are going above the width recommended for the wheel rim width and if you have any sort of accident or claim, you'll have ignored the 'recommended' tyre size and I suspect that insurance may well refuse to pay out. You are also going oversize by 3.4 % so speedo and odo will be incorrect.

A 215-50/18. 215-55/17 and 215-60/16 are all within 1% of each other. Personally, I'd stick with what the SEAT recommendations are.

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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by MBM » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:14 am

dave b wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:26 am
MBM wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:57 am
you could also try to upsize the tires.. so you get a bit more sidewall.

Im at 17/215/55 at the moment.
I will try 17/235/55 next time
An issue there (certainly in the UK) may be that you are going above the width recommended for the wheel rim width and if you have any sort of accident or claim, you'll have ignored the 'recommended' tyre size and I suspect that insurance may well refuse to pay out. You are also going oversize by 3.4 % so speedo and odo will be incorrect.

A 215-50/18. 215-55/17 and 215-60/16 are all within 1% of each other. Personally, I'd stick with what the SEAT recommendations are.
In Denmark you are allowed to go +/- 5% tiresize.
and oversizing means speedo will match correct speed better.
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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by Paul.Cambs » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:21 am

But my reckoning that would give 1.1cm more sidewall (About 10% increase)
Anyone now what the limit is before it adversely effect the speedo reading ?
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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by MBM » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:27 pm

you can use this for calculation different sizes
https://tiresize.com/calculator/

going from 215/55/17 to 245/55/17 gives me a +4,9 % more diameter

Speedo will be more accurate
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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by FrAteca » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:54 pm

I have 18" on a FR Ateca..and find it very very smooth..saying that I have come from a BMW 330i m sport which had run flats and suspension made out of concrete

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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by plc » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:20 pm

After reading through comments, seems like most people agree, me included, that dropping to 18" or 17" inch wheels would make ride smoother. I am not getting, though, answer to my question: does changing to more expensive and more advanced suspension like KW or AIR suspension change ride quality and by how much? Has anyone done it to this car or any other similar car?

I like 19" wheels that are on my car and I would like to keep them.

Thanks a lot for your input. I learned a lot!
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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by PSC21 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:52 pm

I would imagine a reputable aftermarket suspension supplier would proved better quality shock absorbers than O.E. Having fitted Koni and Bilstein shock absorbers to various Fast Fords years ago the handling improved as well as ride comfort. I just had a quick look on the Koni UK website and there is a ref number for a design that maximises comfort and handling for the ateca , no price though. With regards to air suspension you are going to loose quite a lot of the boot for the compressors , reserve tank and control equipment. One avenue to consider would be looking more comfortable tyres , yet in the same size. I believe it was Falken who used to make a Comfort ULP tyre that had gel filled side walls. Tyrereviews.com would perhaps be a way of researching this.
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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by dave b » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:43 pm

Well, you did have point c which was 'any other way......'


Yes, putting £3000 suspension on the car will make it ride and drive better. It won't turn it into a sports car but you should notice a difference. (I'd still try the wheels first, maybe get identical 18s to your 19s...I doubt many will notice the 1inch reduction)

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Re: Seat Ateca suspension upgrade

Post by EricM » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:13 pm

Interesting post.

I have to say that the over-firm suspension is my main complaint (after the two year old sat nav data at delivery) about the Ateca, particularly as I live in Surrey which is riddled with potholes, and an absolute disgrace bearing in mid the levels of Council Tax that we pay.

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