Originally Posted by KC
Softer/taller sidewalls will delay/prevent even more 'feel' from being transferred to the steering wheel. So, taller sidewalls will make the effect your feeling effect greater, called late reacting.. because it delays the transfer of vibration "feel" from steering wheel to actual input, and vice versa from tire to steering wheel.
IOW, a late reacting tire is a 2-pronged equasion. 1) squirmy tread blocks and 2) soft sidewalls. It could be either/or ... or both. More marshmellowy.
It sounds like you want to feel the road better and have more communicative tires?
Then either putting on stock-sized summer tires (not all seasons, meaning you have a set for summer and a set for winter) or... "performance" all-seasons (Continental ExtreamaContact DWS) are what you're looking for... the tires will be a LOT more communicative and you will feel the bumps more, and at the cost of increased Noise/Vibration/Harshness (NVH). It's all a trade-off.
You cannot go to a softer/taller sidewall and at the same time increase road/tire feel. Doesn't wok that way. In fact, it's the opposite.
KC - actually, I am willing to sacrifice *some* road feel for a concomitant increase in sharp-edged bump comfort. I am not expecting any changes, especially a slight increase in sidewall height (and it will be slight) to enhance road feel.
Anyway, this has been fun, and has generated a bit of good conversation. Thanks all - I will probably try the DWS when the time comes. Although the Bridgestone RE970 does look appealing too....