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This may seem like a funny question, but is anyone else experiencing motion sickness while driving in this car? I have never had an issue with motion sickness in my life, but since I picked up the car on Friday I have been the passenger several times and have experienced motion sickness each time.



I just traded my BMWx3 for this car, but now I am questioning my decision. I'm wondering if I am just not used to a car this large. I read somewhere that adding sway bars will help.


Any information or insight would be appreciated.



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From time to time there haven this type of complaint in the Outback forum.... do you think it's smell v motion or if there's distortion in windshield? The Ascent is a smoother ride.... but wondering is gassing out of materials is causing the effect.....
 

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There are no upgraded sway bars available that I am aware of. The rear is a 19mm. Based on what was possible with the Outback, One could suppose the 20mm rear bar from the WRX would work. Until someone tries it, we won't know. Upgraded bushings will help. You probably can't respond to private messages here until you have some more posts under your belt. You can reach out to me at [email protected] , for shipping information and the like.

Installation of the rear is very easy. Installation of the front requires removal of the plastic belly pan and some tight maneuvering. Here are the installation comments from the other member has decided ti give them a try.

Front bushing install was a bit more of a pain, as you need to drop the plastic engine cover 4- 12MM bolts and about 12 automotive nylon rivet clips.

Passenger side clam access is for the front is super easy, driver side required a articulating adapter and extension for the 12mm nut and bolt, no need to drop the front frame. My fat stumpy fingers were able to get the bushings replaced without disconnecting the links (might give you more wiggle room).

The most difficult part of the install was getting the rear 12mm bolt on front driver side installed (probably took 30 mins of the 1.5 Hrs of total install of the 4 bushings) Subaru didn't give much extension on the threading for the rear nuts to thread on so took a bit of effort to force the clam and bushing against the frame and have the nut tread on properly without having it cross thread and strip the nut. Fat fingers, small spaces and poor leverage angles are a bad combo.
 

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I apologize for the delay, these kits will ship tomorrow. I was having some trouble with my 85d material, but I worked it out. I wanted to make sure I sent both the moderate upgrade (75d) and the high performance upgrade. (85d)
 

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This may seem like a funny question, but is anyone else experiencing motion sickness while driving in this car? I have never had an issue with motion sickness in my life, but since I picked up the car on Friday I have been the passenger several times and have experienced motion sickness each time.



I just traded my BMWx3 for this car, but now I am questioning my decision. I'm wondering if I am just not used to a car this large. I read somewhere that adding sway bars will help.


Any information or insight would be appreciated.



Thank you.
I've been experiencing this a bit as well. I'm coming from a Jetta sportwagen and assumed it was just me needing to get used to an suv. The Ascent is my new daily commuter so i'm interested to hear if the sway bars helped.
 

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Surprised to see this thread as I experienced a slight bit of motion sickness on a road that had a bit of dip and curve to it. Chalked it up to not having my eyes locked on the road - but was the first time I had experienced this while in the driver's seat (in any car). Interested in learning more about the sway bars, regardless - new territory for me :)
 

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While I haven't had any issues my younger son has and I definitely think it is due to the way it can float over bumps but at the same time leans a bit in turns. No issues on the highway but when on back roads this can become an issue as the Ascent can seem to be bouncing in multiple directions.


I hate to say it but they will probably need to fix this in future models.
 

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Bars and Bushings

So as far as I know, there is still no option for bigger bars, technically. What I am just offering stiffer bushings, which will help. With that said, the Ascent uses a 19mm RSB in the same design as the Legacy/Outback/Forester/WRX/STI. These bars have little collars tack welded on to keep the bars centered. What we found swapping to a 19mm or 20mm WRX/STI rear the bar was a touch narrow at the collars. So the bar will slide an 1/8 before stopping at the bushing. This was not a big deal to any of the users.

It would follow a 20mm rear bar from an STI or the 22mm bar offered by WhiteLine could work on the Ascent, In theory. Someone would have to try it. Again, performance sway bar bushing may be all the solution for some.
 

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For what it's worth - people with newer Outbacks have commented on this same issue on the Outback forums, and the "fix" was to upgrade the rear sway bar. Something to consider. It was mentioned above by traildog but I see people still asking about it.
 

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Oh no, me too. Just brought ours home today. I noticed it on the test drive as a passenger, but thought it was just the bad weather and my husband's trying to see how it handled. Wasn't a problem when I test drove it previously (that was a different Ascent). Today it was me driving, I think the same car he test drove. Wishing you could return a car the same day you bought it....
 

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While I haven't had any issues my younger son has and I definitely think it is due to the way it can float over bumps but at the same time leans a bit in turns. No issues on the highway but when on back roads this can become an issue as the Ascent can seem to be bouncing in multiple directions.


I hate to say it but they will probably need to fix this in future models.
That is probably the nature of the SUV. I know my Highlander and Santa Fe, both did that. The Pilot exhibits those same characteristics. If Subaru firmed up the ride to eliminate the "floating," owners would complain that it rides like a Tacoma.
 

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While I haven't had any issues my younger son has and I definitely think it is due to the way it can float over bumps but at the same time leans a bit in turns. No issues on the highway but when on back roads this can become an issue as the Ascent can seem to be bouncing in multiple directions.


I hate to say it but they will probably need to fix this in future models.
Check the tire pressures.
It could be not at the right pressures.
Dealers normally leave the tires in the over-inflated state they were in during the delivery process.
 

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That is probably the nature of the SUV. I know my Highlander and Santa Fe, both did that. The Pilot exhibits those same characteristics. If Subaru firmed up the ride to eliminate the "floating," owners would complain that it rides like a Tacoma.
I am coming from an Xterra so I'm used to that truck type drive as well which could be part of it but my parents have a Minivan that doesn't bob around this much.

Check the tire pressures.
It could be not at the right pressures.
Dealers normally leave the tires in the over-inflated state they were in during the delivery process.
I know they are a bit high around 36-38PSI but I'll lower it down to see if that fixes it.
 

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Oh no, me too. Just brought ours home today. I noticed it on the test drive as a passenger, but thought it was just the bad weather and my husband's trying to see how it handled. Wasn't a problem when I test drove it previously (that was a different Ascent). Today it was me driving, I think the same car he test drove. Wishing you could return a car the same day you bought it....

Yeah, I did ask the dealer if I could return it a few days after purchase. That was a no!


The thing is, that unless I'm willing to pay for an expensive German car, I feel that this will be the issue no matter which SUV I go with. I really do think it's a great SUV, I'm just hoping the feeling will go away as I get used to it.


I did lower the tires by just taking the caps off and letting it sit for a bit (not sure how much air that let out).


I'm going to try these new bushings to see if it helps.
 
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