How to Choose a Suspension Upgrade

The most popular upgrade for cars and trucks is new custom wheels and tires. After that, suspension upgrades are very common on both late model and older vehicles. Typically, drivers will want to simply raise or lower their car or truck for aesthetic reasons, but there are often performance reasons for suspension upgrades, as well.Raising, often referred to...  Read More

Gift Certificates for the Car Nut in Your Life

Did you know that Tire Rack has gift certificates available for purchase? They're a great gift idea for that person you can't quite decide what to give. You can purchase gift certificates in any denomination from $25.00-$5,000.00 and have them sent via U.S. mail (3-5 days) or if you're a last minute shopper, the certificate can be emailed directly to the...  Read More

Which Shocks Are Right for My Car?

Have you ever felt that your car bounces more after you go over a bump? It just doesn't feel as connected to the road as it did when it was new? Shock absorbers are an expendable item that has a big effect on your ride quality. When it comes time to replace shocks, you're going to have access to your springs. This is a great time to add lowering springs.Not...  Read More

On the Level

Pickup trucks are some of the most popular vehicles on the road today, but many people don't use their trucks for what they were originally intended... hauling a load.   On many pickups, especially 3/4 and 1 ton applications, using the vehicle as a daily driver with little or no load in the rear creates a rear end high, front end low configuration...  Read More

Coil-Over Suspension: Is It Right for Me?

Coil-over suspension kits represent the top end of the suspension market, giving the driver the most flexibility in adjusting both the ride height and "firmness" of the shock absorbers to fine tune the handling of their vehicle. Sounds like a great option to have right? Well, the answer lies in how and where you drive your vehicle.The first thing to...  Read More

Bouncing along? Need new shocks?

Has your chariot lost some of that new car handling and ride? Do you feel like you're on a trampoline after hitting a bump? It might be time to get new shocks and struts (dampers) for your car, truck or SUV.  Tire Rack offers a wide range of options from Original Equipment style replacements to performance upgrades. The KYB GR-2 line will firm up the ride...  Read More

Lowering Springs and Fender Lip Rolling

I recently installed a great set of coil-over shock and springs in an effort to improve handling and my car's look. While the decrease in gap from the top of the tire to the bottom of the fender lip looked great, I found after inspection that my rear tires were very close to rubbing the fender lip in the back. What to do? ROLL THAT FENDER !Tire Rack sells a...  Read More

Coil-Over Kits

A complete coil over system is one solution to improve your vehicle’s performance.The system combines springs, shocks and bump stop into one assembly. The coil-over set-up is similar to a race set-up in that it allows tuning of the vehicle through ride height adjustment. Coil overs often use an adjustable spring perch that allows for different vehicle ride...  Read More

Springs and Shocks for Spring

Are you looking to improve the suspension on your vehicle? With options available from companies such as H&R, Eibach and Koni, Tire Rack has the products to improve your vehicle's appearance and handling.   An entry-level introduction to improving your vehicle's appearance and handling is to purchase a set of lowering springs and performance dampers.If you...  Read More

Coil-Over Kit Basics

Coil-Over: an automotive suspension device which refers to a spring or "coil" mounted over the damper (shock or strut).There are advantages to the coil-over versus a conventional spring and damper system that include ease of installation and simplified height and stiffness adjustment. Many coil-overs offer easy fine-tuning that's not available from...  Read More

Do you have lowering springs and need to buy shock absorbers?

Do you already have lowering spring or are planning to get them and are confused about what shock absorbers to get? This can be confusing with so may choices out there. I recommend the KONI Sport Shocks. 1. KONI Sport Shocks are adjustable. You can adjust the damper for the amount of rebounding damping that you want. This allows you to change the handling...  Read More

Increase your handling without breaking the bank

Are you looking to increase the way your car handles but you don't want to spend a small fortune doing it? Consider the KYB AGX Adjustable Gas Shocks. With an externally adjustable valve rate you can fine tune your vehicle’s ride to suit your specific needs. Take your car to the track or conquer the streets with this simple upgrade. The KYB AGX Adjustable...  Read More

How to improve the handling of your sports car. Hotchkis and Tire Rack can help.

How to improve the handling of your sports car. Hotchkis and Tire Rack can help. There are some common ways to improve the handling of your sports car. Wheels and tires, upgraded shocks and springs, performance alignment and proper air pressure all play an important role in your car’s handling performance.This is one of my favorite modifications to improve...  Read More

Special or Sport: Which KONI product is right for your vehicle?

Shock absorbers can be complicated if you're not precisely sure about your individual needs. There are a variety of shock options, and each option directly affects ride comfort and stability—even safety. Take a look at the following force velocity graph: The red portion of the graph represents KONI Special shocks and the yellow portion represents KONI Sport...  Read More

Looking to upgrade your car's suspension? Tire Rack and KW give you options.

KW Suspensions offers 3 different models of their Variant coilover suspensions utilizing "inox-line" stainless technology. Enthusiasts are able to select from the V1,V2 & V3. Coilover suspension kits combine springs and shocks tuned to compliment one another so you see greater performance gains than with separate shocks and springs.Variant 1 - Spirited and...  Read More

Need a little lift?

See a tire or wheel package you would like to put on your truck or SUV but you do not have enough clearance for them to fit properly? Superlift and Traxda makes suspension lift kit or sometime it's called a leveling kit that will give you a little more clearance that you are looking for. These kits are designed to lift the front suspension to level the...  Read More

BMW M Roadster Suspension Upgrade

Take a look at the BMW Shock Absorber and overall suspension upgrade I did on my 1999 BMW M Roadster before I traded it a couple years back. I do miss it, and was verry happy with the suspension upgrade I did on the car. First I installed the KONI Sport Shocks. They offered great performance and rebound adjustability so the ride didn't suffer any more then...  Read More

Braille racing batteries embrace the checkered flag.

No matter how detailed your race vehicle is, there's only one thing your performance truly depends on—a good racing battery. And Braille Auto Development knows exactly how to make one. As you know, braille is a form of communication that utilizes touch. Applying this idea to every battery they create, Braille is able to offer drivers performance they can...  Read More

Does it seem like your car bounces too much? Time for new shocks!

One of the most over-driven parts on a modern vehicle is the shocks. In most cases, you can feel the difference from a used and new shock with only 40,000 miles on the vehicle. In many cases, people will go more than 100k without changing their shocks and struts. So if you are looking for a smoother ride or better constitution through the corners, replacing...  Read More

Heat Cycling. What does it do?

Planning a trip to the track, drivers school or local autocross? Do you have everything? Track brake pads? Check. Adjustable shocks? Check. Perfomance summer tires? Check. Lightweight aftermarket wheels? Check. Winning attitude? Check! What about heat cycling of your tires? Have you considered the benefits? Tire Rack's heat cycling of Track & Competition DOT...  Read More