To check to see if this wheel is available for your vehicle, shop by vehicle. Our site will show you the complete list of wheels that fit your car and let you view them on the vehicle. You can also pair up your wheels with high performance tires to create a Tire & Wheel Package that's ready to install upon arriving to your home or installer.
Not everyone is looking for or needs a stiffly valved adjustable race shock. For those looking for comfort and a return of factory ride quality, an Original Equipment style replacement shock will do just fine. These shocks and struts feature a lower price tag due to a lack of adjustability and features, but aim to stop the bouncing associated with old, worn out or leaking factory pieces.
Of the shocks that fit this criteria, my favorite is the KYB GR-2/Excel-G. Featuring shock valving that is typically no more than 10% stiffer than factory, these shocks add a splash of performance without over-doing it. Add in a cost-effective price point and an industry leading warranty and you have a combo that is tough to beat.
It should be noted that the KYB GR-2 is not intended for use with aftermarket lowering springs. If you have these springs installed on your vehicle and are looking for an alternative to a KONI or Bilstein product, I suggest you check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. It features more aggressive valving and 4-8 way adjustability depending on the application.
KYB products are manufactured for a wide range of light-duty passenger vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Find a KYB product that's right for your vehicle.
The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.
|Kumho Ecsta ASX||Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27|
1987 Mercedes-Benz 190D
|Miles driven on tires:||10,000|
Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
Installed on aftermarket wheels with H&R sport lowering springs and konis on a euro model. They do well in the rain and the dry performance is very good considering the long life compound used and the relatively low price up front. I think they are slightly louder than average due to the harder compound at highway speed, but I'm willing to put up with a little noise if they last a long time. With an aggressive alignment, you will have to rotate them more often, but then you would with any tire in that situation. They did not do well in deep snow as they became packed pretty quickly- but with a light snow they did just fine with my limited slip rear end.
Do you remember KITT, the sweet car that David Hasselhoff drove in Knight Rider? Oh yeah! With the sweeping red lights in the grille, the four fog lights down low on that all-black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. Sweet action!
You, too, could make your Trans Am, Honda, BMW or even your Geo Metro into KITT, minus the supercomputer, with Hella's LEDayFlex Module Daytime Running Lights. However, the lights only come in white and don't sweep back and forth. But you can imagine, can't you?
Photo courtesy of Tabercil
The LEDayFlex Module Daytime Running Lights are currently en vogue with Audi and Ford on many of their current model year vehicles. With a little ingenuity and good placement, they'll look like they were installed by the factory.
The kits are available in 5-Lamp, 6-Lamp, 7-Lamp and 8-Lamp modules. I'm particularly pumped about these kits because they can update an older model vehicle with LEDs. The light modules have safe metal housings which protect the enclosures from the occasional errant rock.
The LEDayFlex lights include the lighting chains, control units and mounting instructions.
To finish off the look, PIAA has the 2100XT Clear Fog Kit and 2100XT Clear Driving Kit. Both kits include two lamps, wiring harness, relay and switch.
If you're interested in a different option for your vehicle, take a look at all lighting kits available.
Not every shock is designed for all driving circumstances. There are two major categories for aftermarket shocks: performance and touring.
- Performance shocks give the firmer ride, and help reduce body roll. They are often combined with lowering springs for the ultimate handling combination.
- Touring shocks are more focused on a soft, compliant and comfortable ride. Touring shocks add to that supple, luxurious ride by soaking up more impacts and road imperfections.
- Compression - The collapsing stroke of a shock, directly correlated to the movement of your axle.
- Rebound - The return stroke of a shock, directly tied to vehicle pitch and ride quality. To learn more about shocks check out, "Damper Dynamics."
Take a look at a few of the shocks available at Tire Rack:
- KYB Gas-A-Just: An Original Equipment replacement shock.These are your excellent-value option, as they are self adjusting.
- KYB Monomax: Increased load control, and a firm planted feel for your light truck or SUV. These shocks have been known to offer a firmer ride, but the trade off is better control. These shocks are self adjusting. They completely transformed my Chevy Blazer back to the consistent like-new handling I missed.
- Koni STR-T: A cost-effective performance shock, designed to offer better handling, without a harsh ride.
- Bilstein 5100 : Designed with the lifted truck or SUV in mind. These are ideal for your Jeep or pickup truck with mild body and suspension lifts. The articulation in off-road circumstances is superb.
In Japanese, Akebono means dawning, such as daybreak or sunrise.
Akebono ceramic brake pads are some of the finest made in the world. With more than 75 years of brake design and production expertise, Akebono provides the world’s automotive industry with advanced braking and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) solutions.
Beginning in 1929 in Japan and since 1980 in the US, Akebono's commitment to innovation, process improvement, quality control and customer service has positioned it as a key resource for leading Original Equipment (O.E.), and the premium automotive aftermarket. According to Akebono, their products are Original Equipment in North America on all of the top 10 best-selling cars and six of the top 10 light trucks. Key automotive O.E. customers include Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. Police departments and other fleet managers across the U.S. rely on Akebono brake pads for high performance power, responsiveness, durability and long-term value. The ceramic technology used withstands enormous pressure and heat for a long periods of time. Each pad is refined specifically for every make and model to perform efficiently and quietly. The revenues that Akebono devotes to R&D are proportionately the highest of any brake manufacturer in the world.
The first development of the modern ceramic brake was made in 1988 by British Engineers working on railway industry applications for the TGV (high speed rail system in France). The objective was to reduce weight, the number of brakes per axle, as well as provide stable friction from very high speeds and all temperatures. The result was a reinforced ceramic process which is now used in various forms for automotive, railway, and aircraft brake applications.
Akebono Tarō is a retired American born-Japanese sumo wrestler from Hawaii. After two consecutive tournament championships in November 1992 and January 1993 he made history by becoming the first foreign-born wrestler ever to reach yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo. Upon initial examination, a Sumo wrestler looks kind of soft, but in fact they are some of the strongest athletes in the world.
The brake pads on your car have a certain degree of compressibility that make them softer than the other brake components, such as the rotors.
Brake pads are designed to be sacrificial, in that, when doing their job, they must absorb great amounts of heat energy without causing undue wear to the rest of the rotating, heat absorbing mass. This process also results in a fine dust given off as the pads wear. Ceramic compounds and copper fibers in place of the semi-metallic pad's steel fibers provide high brake temperatures with less heat fade, generate less dust and wear on both the pads and rotors. They also provide much quieter braking because the ceramic compound helps dampen noise by generating a frequency beyond the human hearing range and use less metal. This, coupled with special harmonic-dampening, guarantees a good fit for superb performance. So like a Sumo wrestler this Akebono is soft, but strong and can really handle the heat.
Looks like a new dawn in brake technology, it's Akebono.
The PIAA 540 Clear Driving Light Kit packs a big and bold design into a small package. It provides additional protection while enhancing your vehicle’s appearance with its unique black mesh style lens cover. Ultra-thin housing allows for easy do-it-yourself installation.
PIAA 540 Clear Driving Light Kit includes:
• Two lamps
• Wiring harness
• Mesh style covers
Shop by vehicle to see which lighting option works best for your vehicle.
Note: Properly aiming your auxiliary lights is the most important part of the installation process. If the lights are not correctly aimed, they will not achieve maximum performance. For more information on properly aiming your new lights, read:
“Proper Auxiliary Light Aiming”
H7 High Performance Bulbs are designed to replace 55w head light bulbs. Additional wattages are also available. Take a look at how these aftermarket bulbs were able to help two of our customers:
“These lights provide crisp and clear light. They have eliminated the uneasy feeling I used to get driving at night in the mountains. And for the money, it was hard to justify spending double on the competitor’s bulbs. I highly recommend these [bulbs] for the daily driver seeking better lighting. – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 Mini Cooper
“Better lighting than the OEM bulbs and very noticeable at night…for the price, it’s a good deal!” – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 MAZDA3
For example, the Intense White Bulbs from PIAA produce a more radiant white beam without any hint of blue. The bulbs have larger glass tubes that increase output while allowing the bulbs to burn at much cooler temperatures. Here is what one of our customers had to say about these particular aftermarket bulbs:
“These make a huge difference. I can’t believe all the things that I didn’t see before…My [previous] lights were not bad, but I thought I would try these to see if they were worth it. The difference is that the white light gives things the same color that they have during the day instead of a shadowy yellow tint…I will only use these in the future.” – Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1997 Buick Park Avenue
With over 30 options from Hella and PIAA available in our head light bulbs category, we make it easy to select and replace headlights when you shop by vehicle. New bulbs can provide that brighter, more distinctive look in lighting you’ve seen on other vehicles.
And when you buy Hella accessory lights or performance bulbs you may be eligible to receive up to a $75 gift card by mail. Offer valid on Hella products purchased from in-stock inventory between August 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011. See details here.
Aftermarket lighting options can improve the amount of light reflecting back to the driver, increasing visibility at night. Also, the lower the value on the Kelvin scale, the better a light will work in fog, snow or rain conditions.
Replacement lighting options can help you see even more details in low light, or no light situations. Whether you are looking to replace headlights or purchase new fog lights, Tire Rack offers a wide variety of replacement bulbs for your vehicle.
For more information on the Kelvin scale, read:
“What is the Kelvin Scale and Which Bulb Value Should I Choose?”
Even though the lights of modern vehicles are typically sufficient to fulfill legal requirements, they can be added to or improved with an aftermarket lighting system. Many of today’s aftermarket lights are small and emit a very bright and accurate light.
Tire Rack offers a wide variety of PIAA bulbs and Hella bulbs to help improve the lighting system of your vehicle.
To learn more about lighting systems, read “Lighting 101.”
Enhance your Original Equipment lighting system with aftermarket bulbs. The decision to replace headlights not only upgrades the style of your current lighting system, but also increases your visibility while driving.
An aftermarket lighting system can increase your margin of safety by outputting a brighter light than O.E. bulbs, reducing the amount of glare in extreme fog and improving visibility in inclement weather.
Shop by vehicle to see which replacement bulbs work best for your vehicle.
In most cases,the Brembo Big Brake Kit's massive aluminum calipers and large diameter brake discs require an aftermarket wheel with the necessary brake clearance. Take a look at the chart below to see the full line of Brembo Grand Turismo Big Brake kits.
Contact one of our sales specialists to ensure product compatibility as they have developed a list of appropriate wheel options per vehicle based on exact brake kit options.
|Brembo Gran Turismo Brake Systems|
|Style 1||Style 2||Style 3||Style 4|
|Style A||Style B||Style C||Style D|
Shop by vehicle to see which braking options work best for your vehicle.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS (255/50R19) Designed to satisfy year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction.
XC90 Customer from Colorado says:
"Very quiet and comfortable ride. These tires are very impressive and are a great value."
Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V) (235/65R17) (235/60R18) Designed to combine performance, comfort and treadlife along with year-round traction, even in light snow.
XC90 Customer Comments:
"This is a great tire at a great price"
"...drove in 10" of snow/slush today and had no problems."
"What a great change! I never thought I would enjoy buying new tires so very much."
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza (235/65R17) Designed to provide elegance with an edge, as well as year-round traction, even on light snow-covered roads.
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza customer states:
"They give a smooth ride, hold the road beautifully both on dry and snowy surfaces--we just had a slush/ice storm, and the tires held the road perfectly."
All three options will improve your Volvo XC90's tread, ride and wear.
Check out the Hella Lighting products below for the Ford F-150.
S: 112 mph
T: 118 mph
U: 124 mph
H: 130 mph
V: 149 mph
Z: Was the highest rating in the 1980s at 150 + mph
With the advent of new sports cars that well exceeded the 150 mph barrier, the tire industry adopted a few new speed ratings:
W: 168 mph
Y: 186 mph
Every tire that is produced is tested to see how fast it can be driven on before failure. If an automaker builds a car that is capable of speeds of 131 miles an hour, they absolutely need to install a tire that is capable of this speed. An H-rated tire that is known to be tested up to 130 mph, so the automaker would have to move up to the next speed rating (V).
While there are no specific state or federal laws that I am aware of regulating what aftermarket tire can be installed on your vehicle, there is still a liability to the tire companies that sell and install the tires. Moving to a lower speed rating may also have adverse affects on your car's handling.
We recommend that your maintain your car's original speed rating or move to a higher speed rating in search of better performance.
Read more about speed ratings. You can also search by vehicle to see the recommended tires and speed ratings for your car, light truck or SUV.
Tire Rack sells a number of decent options, including the Ultimate® Hook-Lock Wiper Blade from Valeo. And when you purchase one, we'll throw in the second free of charge.
You'll also want to make sure that your lighting is up-to-speed. Obviously, it's an essential component of your vehicle. Especially when the sun refuses to shine. We stock a number of different aftermarket lighting products from reputable brands like Hella and PIAA. You can shop by vehicle for a detailed list of suitable options.
To include aftermarket tires and wheels in that search, enter the Upgrade Garage. We'll show you everything we've got that would work on your vehicle. It's the most efficient way to shop Tire Rack.
Back in 1971, O.Z. Racing became a leader in the light alloy, aftermarket wheel industry—and that's a position they have yet to give up. New O.Z. wheels continue to impress us at Tire Rack, the newest of which is without exception.
O.Z. has unveiled their Superforgiata wheel, shown at right, which will take its place in our inventory later this year. It's a single-piece, forged wheel that comes in a small variety of fitments. And it works wonders with Porsche's center-lock application. Since these wheels are still going through production, we only know that they'll be lightweight—even lighter than BBS and Champion wheels. Specifically for Porsche applications, the 19x8.5 size is expected to be just under 17 pounds.
In addition to the Superforgiata, we are excited to announce another O.Z. aftermarket wheel that will be added to our inventory—a special version of the Ultraleggera HLT. Like the Superforgiata, it will also mesh perfectly with the center-lock application found on the Porsche GT3. Look for it in our inventory this fall.
If you can't wait for these new wheels, feel free to shop our current collection of O.Z. Racing wheels to find the perfect set for your vehicle.
With five different Sparco wheels in stock, Tire Rack is proud to offer these aftermarket wheels to drivers of sporty coupes and sedans—like the Mitsubishi Lancer, shown at right with Sparco Pista wheels. We think the light grey finish complements the darker details of the vehicle's trim. But will it look good on your vehicle? Enter the Upgrade Garage and we'll show you.
Shop all Sparco wheels.