Free Shipping on Coil-Overs, Pads, Rotors, Springs, Shocks and More When You Spend Over $50

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Most drivers know us for our tires and wheels, comprehensive tire testing and billions of miles of review feedback. However, we offer more than tires and wheels. We've got coil-overs, pads, rotors, springs, shocks and a myriad of other items that are now eligible for free shipping. All it takes is $50 of qualifying products and the shipping's on us.

For example, if your light truck is ready for new shocks and struts, it's hard to beat the offerings from Bilstein. Bilstein makes the HD products for many light trucks, as well as passenger cars. We hear many trucks owners rave about their Bilstein HD shocks and struts.

Bilstein's shocks and struts are built to meet the fitment and performance needs of specific vehicles. And their patented design reduces the need for a compromise between ride, handling and control. Their rigorous development, testing and attention to detail combine to provide exceptional ride comfort and a product that will out last and out perform Original Equipment. Additionally, with Bilstein's aftermarket lifetime warranty, you can be assured they're built to last.

When engineered properly, a strut or shock will exert only moderate rebound damping on the high-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on tar strips and small road imperfections. They also increase rebound damping on lower-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on curvy roads and exit ramps. This leads to a great combination of ride compliance on rough roads combined with handling. One of my co-workers raves about how the Bilstein HD performs on his first-generation 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab.

Free shipping offer does not apply to tire and wheel purchases. It is valid for retail customers in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. For complete details on our free shipping, visit here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2008 BMW 335i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: North, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

Usually I would have written a review sooner, but I wanted to have a season behind me with these tires. Started the end of March, 2013, and went until the beginning of November.

Except for the OEM Bridgestone RF's, these were the first Summer tires I have had on this car. I had been using Michelin AS Pluses and they were terrible. My fault and another review for this problem. Anyway, I also have the Sport Package on this can and have replaced shocks/struts with Bilstein HD's. I thought I had made a BIG mistake doing this UNTIL I bought the Super Sports mounted on OZ Alleggeritas. HaHa, this combination is perfect for this car.

I recently tested a 2014 335i Sportline, etc., and realized that my 5 year-old handled and rode just as well as the tester. Wow, and this was with 15,000+ miles on the tires (and 120,000 miles on the car). Truly, all is well!

No need to look any further!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2010 Toyota Corolla
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Miami Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Recently put four of these tires on my 2010 Toyota Corolla S, they were added after several major upgrade to the car, such as: Bilstein B6 HD Shocks, Eibach lowering springs, TRD rear sway bar & Strut strut brace,car definitely rides better, comfort has increased especially with road imperfections when compare with Michelin own MXM4 tires. Not sure if the MXM4 were too soft and the Bilsteins were too stiff but every road imperfection found their way to me while i was driving. wasnt sure if these would help in anyway to smooth out the ride, but thankfully they do.those who are considering lowering springs and stiff shocks, should give these a try for their stiffer side wall which seem to help absorb bumps better than Grand Touring tires.

 

The Difference Between Eibach's Pro-Kit and Sportline Spring Set

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For customers looking to upgrade their car with lowering springs, Eibach offers two options that are designed to be street friendly, eliminate fender gap and provide an increase in handling and control. Starting with their most conservative option, the Pro-Kit Spring Set is designed for drivers looking for a moderate reduction in ride height, ride quality that closely resembles the factory spring and a moderate increase in spring rate. Pro-Kit springs will typically lower a vehicle .75"-1.5" and can be used with the factory struts and shocks (upgrading your shocks is recommended for maximum performance benefit).

Going a step further, the Eibach Sportline Spring Set will provide an average of 1.5"-2.0" drop in ride height, coupled with a more aggressive spring rate for additional handling benefits. These springs are recommended to be used with a performance strut or shock, such as options from KONI or Bilstein in order to compensate and control the more aggressive spring rate and reduction in travel.

Both springs come with Eibach's 1,000,000-mile warranty which protects the driver against any spring sag or breakage. Also, now through August 31st, you can save 10% when you purchase a select Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set or Sportline Spring Set. View rebate details here.

Looking for the Best Coil-Over Kit for the Track or Street? Bilstein is the Answer!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

When looking to improve the performance of your vehicle, a coil-over kit can provide the most dramatic effects when it comes to reducing body roll, controlling bounce and adjusting ride height. A coil-over kit is best described as a spring, shock and bump stop incorporated into one assembly with the spring encompassing the shock and bump stop. It often uses an adjustable spring perch to allow different vehicle ride heights without changing the springs.

One of the most recognized and trusted names in the suspension industry is Bilstein. When it's time to upgrade the suspension on your vehicle, take a look at their PSS Coil-Over Kit, PSS9 Coil-Over Kit and PSS10 Coil-Over Kit.

 Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit
 Bilstein PSS9 Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS9 Coil-Over Kit
 Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over Kit


Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit:

  • Matched performance spring and threaded ride height adjuster
  • Includes application specific, progressive rate coil springs
  • Set your vehicle low and tight for optimized performance or revert to a more stock-like ride

Bilstein PSS9 Coil-Over Kit:

  • Fully adjustable monotube gas shock absorbers offer nine precise compression and rebound settings, from comfort to competition
  • The front and rear progressive rate springs allow for the accurate adjustment of a vehicle's ride height, stance, cornering balance and ride quality to maximize performance
  • Adjuster style differs per vehicle

Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over Kit:

  • "Click" from comfort to competition with no tools or jacking required
  • The PSS10 Coil-Over System, evolved from the PSS9 system, adds a matched performance spring and threaded ride height adjuster to provide a complete suspension system for your vehicle
  • Ride height adjustable from -1.0" to -1.75" (front) & -1.0" to -1.75" (rear. minimum 1" lowering)
  • Lighter weight reduces wear and tear on suspension components
  • The Bilstein PSS10 Coil-Over System offers ten vehicle adjustment settings and includes numbered adjusters at the base of the shock body so you know exactly what setting you are on without counting clicks

All Bilstein gas pressure struts/inserts and gas pressure shock absorbers operate on the same principle. They're designed with the rod pointing down into the strut tube, thereby utilizing the thicker, stouter body portion of the shock absorber to dissipate side loads. Due to the increased diameter and surface of the pressure tube, the Bilstein gas pressure strut/insert or shock is better suited to take increased side loads when compared with the conventional version.

Additional advantages, based on development strongly influenced by the motorsport industry, include increased stability, improved road handling and accurate steering. And extremely high quality manufacturing and materials as well as a weather resistant coating to resist oxidation, mean Bilsteins will last approximately four times as long as Original Equipment.

For more information on Bilstein products, read "Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?"

Anti-Roll Bars for the Street and Track are Available at Tire Rack

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The anti-roll bar, also called an anti-sway bar, connects the left and right suspensions together and anchors to the vehicle frame. Typically used at the front and rear of the vehicle, the anti-roll bar is commonly used to adjust the handling balance of the vehicle and limit the amount of sway or body roll during cornering.

In essence, an anti-roll bar works as a torsion spring, so as you approach a high speed corner, the vehicle will begin to lean downward toward the outside corner pushing upward on the outside end of the anti-roll bar. The upward movement of the outside end of the anti-roll bar is transferred to the inside end of the anti-roll bar, which responds by also applying the same upward movement to the inside cornering of the suspension. This compresses the inside corner of the suspension while also providing torsion to the anti-roll bar so the outside edge can better resist the upward movement. All this results in a vehicle that'll remain level even while making high-speed corners and keep traction more equal for the inside and outside tires.  

Whether you're looking to increase performance on your daily driver or looking to have the ultimate autocross/road race machine, we offer a wide array of anti-roll bar products

 Eibach Anti-Roll Kit
Eibach Anti-Roll Kit
 H&R Anti-Roll Bar
H&R Anti-Roll Bar
 Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bar
Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bar


Performance Street Anti-Roll Bars:

Eibach Anti-Roll Kit:

  • Further reduces body roll
  • Cold-formed from high strength aircraft grade steel
  • Designed to fit without vehicle modification

H&R Anti-Roll Bar:

  • Perfectly complements H&R springs, coil-overs, performance shocks and cup kits
  • Crafted from spring steel that is stronger, more resilient than other materials
  • Bent on proprietary machines designed by H&R to produce complex curves and a perfect fit

Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bars:

  • Improves handling while reducing body roll
  • Designed for the everyday commuter and occasional road course or track use
  • Includes tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
 Hotchkis AutoX Anti-Roll Bar
Hotchkis AutoX Anti-Roll Bar
 Hotchkis Competiton Anti-Roll Bars
Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars


Autocross/Track Anti-Roll Bars:

Hotchkis Sport Suspension AutoX Anti-Roll Bar:

  • Improves handling and reduces body roll
  • Track-tested, lightweight, hollow
  • Includes greasable bushings and brackets

Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars:

  • Designed for the highly competitive road course and autocross course
  • Maximizes tire performance and achieves slight oversteer
  • Tubular front and rear bars with greasable polyurethane bushings, brackets and 90-degree zerk fittings (where applicable)

Shop by vehicle to view all anti-roll bars offered for your daily driver, autocross or road race vehicle. Also, take a look at replacement shocks and struts to complement your new anti-roll bars by reading, "Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?"

Seek Out More Curves to Conquer with Bilstein's B12 Pro-Kit

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Looking for a complete lowering spring and damper kit that'll add improved handling without a big sacrifice in comfort? Then take a look at the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit. By combining Eibach's proven Pro-Kit springs with specially tuned Bilstein shocks and struts in one complete package, you can get the best that both companies have to offer for the following vehicles:

  • Late model C- and E-Class Mercedes-Benz
  • Fifth-generation Volkswagen Golf
  • Fifth-generation VW GTI

In nearly all cases, the use of a lowering spring requires replacement of the Original Equipment struts and shock as the higher spring rates are more than the O.E. units can handle. For best durability, switching to a performance oriented shock with heavy duty components will maximize the performance of the spring and eliminate the chances of premature wear. Eibach went to one of the best in the suspension industry and asked them to design a durable and responsive companion for their Pro-Kit spring.

Key Features & Benefits of Bilstein's B12 Pro-Kit:

  • Professional Cornering System
  • Lowers up to 40mm
  • Bilstein monotube gas pressure technology
  • Eibach Pro-Kit application-specific progressive rate performance springs

To see if the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit could improve your vehicle's performance, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.71

1999 BMW 323is
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Omaha, NE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
September 17, 2010

Prior to this tire, I had Continental ContisportContacts. Those tires were getting to the wear indicators but I didn't notice any drop in performance. I had excellent, very crisp feel with those tires. I have Bilstein Sport shocks & struts and H&R Sport springs. The ContisportContacts are a very good tire for on Bilstein Sports.



Moving to the V12 K110's, it was immediately obvious that responsiveness was not as good. This gave the handling characteristics a "rubbery" feeling. Transitioning in turns really brings out this negative characteristic for this tire, in this size, on this suspension.



That said, the overall dry grip is very good. Wet grip is completely acceptable, but I definitely could feel some hydroplaning in heavy rain. They are more comfortable and much quieter than the Conti's (I don't recall how comfortable/quiet the Conti's were when new).



Due to the rubbery response I now have, I won't get these tires again. Other than that, the price was great, they have great traction, and they're comfortable and quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta LX PlatinumReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

1995 BMW 540i
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2012

The car, a 95 BMW 540. It's a 4 liter V-8.
Southern California, no snow, but can be plenty of rain.
The tire, Kumho Exta Platinum.
Shock: Bilstein.

This is now my 3rd set of Kumho's. Last two sets were on an Audi.

These Platinums are nice! I don't race, but am spirited. They corner, they absorb shock, are not noisy.

First time I had to do an emergency maneuver, I was shocked at how well the Platinums turned in and stayed in the corner.

After that, I had a LOT more confidence in the tires. I can tell how much grip I have left by the sound of the tires. The noise on sharp, aggressive turnin is not intrusive or squeaky. It's not going to freak out the wife. But the tires tell you what is going on with the road and where they are at.

Way better than the tires that were on the BMW before. These tires brought out the BMW in this car.

Confidence inspiring, you know what the car is going to do.

On the highway, they soak up the bumps and give a great ride. The Bilsteins help, but noticeable difference.

Probably one of the better tires I bought.

No doubt, when this car needs tires again, it's getting these exact tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2005 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Without TPMS
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Miles driven on tires: 10
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10 Miles on Tires
July 04, 2012

Best tires available, period. Expensive, but the smoothest riding tire out there by far. 2nd set of Michelins (got 75,000) from the same first set) and can't believe the increase in ride comfort, quietness and overall handling improvement. I drive both city and highway, and frequently tow a 2500lb work trailer with an 85,000 mile Toyota Tacoma double cab. Also installed the Bilstein 5100 shocks at the same time and wish I did it all sooner; I really believe the truck rides better than new!

Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Has your vehicle become bouncy and uncomfortable? Or have you recently lifted or lowered your vehicle? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then chances are it's time to upgrade your shock or struts. Depending on your desired result, Bilstein offers a wide assortment of shocks and struts that could be a match for your application.
 

Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock


For full-sized sedans, SUVs and trucks that are stock ride height and looking to maintain the vehicles original ride qualities, the following options are a good match:

  • Bilstein HD Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • Improved handling and ride control without sacrificing comfort
    • Fade-free, high gas pressure monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
       
  • Bilstein Touring Class Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • For driver who want to restore their vehicle's original ride and handling
    • Valved about 10% firmer than stock
    • Same German engineering and quality as Bilstein's monotube gas pressure shocks, but in a competitively priced, twin tube design
    • Limited lifetime warranty

For driving enthusiast and/or owners of lowered vehicles take a look at the following option:

  • Bilstein Sport Shocks, Struts, or Cartridges
    • For the enthusiast who demands superior handling
    • Bilstein's highest level of control
    • Excellent match for vehicles with lowering springs or upgraded anti-roll bars
    • Superior monotube design provides strength and heat dissipation
    • Lifetime warranty

Off-road enthusiasts with lifted vehicles or larger diameter tires should consider the following 5100 Series options:

Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
  • Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
    • Self-adjusting deflecting disc valving
    • High-flow piston reduces harshness
    • Independent rebound and compression tuning
    • Larger working piston area for exact damping
    • Superior control for large diameter tires
    • Strong Monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
       
  • Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Shock
    • Same superior design as the  Bilstein 5100 series shock but includes the option for ride height adjustment
    • Multiple snap-ring grooves on the body of the shock accommodate different spring seat positions, allowing height adjustments from 0" to 2.5" depending upon the application
    • By raising the spring seat position, the factory rake can be altered to achieve a level front to rear ride height while accommodating up to 33" tires.
    • Lifetime warranty

Factory Style Shock at a Reasonable Price: KYB GR-2/Excel-G

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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.

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Gary Stanley

As many sports cars have been coming out of storage and back into their summer wheel and tire set-ups, I've been getting a lot of inquiries about replacement performance shocks. Shocks play a vital role in a vehicle's handling characteristics. Replacing worn shocks with a new set of performance shocks not only will increase handling, but also improve the responsiveness and shorten braking distances.

Looking at the options offered by KONI and Bilstein is a good place to start your search. With lifetime warranties offered and decades of producing durable and rugged shocks, you'll be very excited with the performance they bring your vehicle.

While both brands produce great products, KONI's shocks have the added benefit of a product that's adjustable for rebound. Stiffer settings mean more responsive handling, while softer settings give a smoother and more comfortable ride. This allows the enthusiast to tune the shock to their personal preference in regards to this compromise.

And if new tires are also needed, take a look at all our special offers available.

If you're looking to buy shock absorbers online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Exclaim UHP

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Exclaim UHPReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

1999 Porsche Boxster
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Miles driven on tires: 8,500
Location: Tavares, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,500 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2011

My car is a 1999 Porsche Boxster that has been lowered via H&R progressive springs, Bilstein shocks and some minor suspension tweaks. I live in Central Florida so I don't encounter snow or ice conditions.



These General high performance tires were a very pleasant surprise. Don't let the moderate pricing on these tires fool you; they are comparable to tires with much higher prices. The dry handling is excellent and so is the wet handling! These General tires really perform with excellent handling and an acceptable ride that is comfortable and quiet. I will definitely consider General tires for any high performance vehicle I own in the future.

Coil-Over Suspension: Look Good and Stay in Control on the Street and Track

Monday, May 7, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

Looking for a coil-over system for your daily driver, but also want it to perform at the track? One of the most attractive features of the following options is their ride height adjustability. They feature an adjustable spring perch and a threaded shock body. You can thread the perch up and down, allowing you to customize how much lowering you prefer for each corner of the vehicle. These coil-over systems will also let you customize the tuck of the vehicle's corners. 
 

Below are my three favorite track-ready coil-overs available at Tire Rack:
 

Bilstein PSS10
Bilstein PSS10
H&R RSS ClubSport
H&R RSS ClubSport
KW Variant 3
KW Variant 3


Utilizing Bilstein's shock absorbers that are designed for heat dissipation and ride control, the PSS10 Coil-Over System adds a matched performance spring and threaded ride height adjuster to provide a complete suspension system for your vehicle. The system offers ten vehicle adjustment settings and includes numbered adjusters at the base of the shock body so you know exactly what setting you are on without counting clicks.

The RSS ClubSport Coil-Over Kit is designed for the committed motorsport enthusiast who's willing to relinquish some ride comfort in return for handling performance. The firmest coil-over in the H&R street line, the RSS is the choice for weekend track and club sport events.

KW Variant 3 Coil-Overs are state-of-the-art motorsport technology for proven performance on the streets. Independently adjustable compression and rebound damping allows for custom driving set-ups. The exclusive KW patented system has dual-level valves to provide the adjustment of the rebound damping (comfort) and the compression damping in the low-speed range. High-speed settings for driving comfort are preset by KW engineers.
 

To find the suspension component that's right for your car, shop by vehicle.

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Having already chosen the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set for my 1997 740i, it's time to turn my attention to the the shocks and struts, known collectively as dampers. The available options include the Bilstein Touring Class, Bilstein Sport and KYB GR-2. 
 

The Touring Class and GR-2 are similar to one another in that they're both premium quality replacements for the stock dampers. They are valved about 10% firmer than the originals to account for the wear that accumulates in other suspension components over time and their goal is to provide ride and handling that equals or exceeds the Original Equipment.
 

The Bilstein Sport is a high-performance shock absorber designed for use with lowering springs. The mono-tube design, while more expensive to produce, has advantages for heat dissipation, longevity and consistent performance. 
 

Do I spend the money on the Bilstein shocks or save some cash and go back with a factory-equivalent part? The Bilstein Sports are the only replacement shock absorbers that are officially recommended to use with the Pro-Kit springs. Using the Touring Class or GR-2 with lowering springs would void their warranties. While this wouldn't be the first warranty I've ever voided when modifying a vehicle, I think that if I'm going to go through the trouble and expense of replacing them, it's worth doing it right. The Bilstein Sport was the winner and will make a great addition to my BMW 740i.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, March 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12

2001 Dodge Durango 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2012

The General Grabber HTS was mounted on the front axle of my 2001 Durango 2WD, a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 were mounted on the rear axle. After 5000 miles, tires were rotated. 10,000 miles on both sets of tires now. Both tires started with 12/32 of tread per their Specs. Grabber HTS has about 7/32 left, M/S2 has about 9/32 left. Most of the driving is in the city of Miami. Tire Rack road test of the General Grabber HTS is relatively accurate. The main difference I notice, is that the General tire is a quicker responding tire to steering inputs, and gives a bouncier ride at the same tire pressures. The Michelin LTX M/S2 gives a more pleasant ride, but responds slower to steering inputs, which is not an altogether bad thing with the nervous and archaic suspension of my 2001 Durango! Both tires excellent in the wet, considering they are SUV tires! Durango has recently installed Bilstein shocks on front, Monroe Sensa-Tracs on rear. Generals have a built-in rim guard, and a hard plastic covering on the tire sidewall, which may protect the tire better than the Michelin's basic rubber sidewall. I notice that the new Continental LX20 is quite similar to the General, and I believe Continental owns General. In about 10,000 miles, the General Grabber HTS will probably have to be replaced. I would chose either the Continental LX20 or the Michelin LTX M/S2 at this time. I would consider the Goodyear Assurance CS Tripletread, but I am not sure it is made in my size. Hope this review was helpful.

Which Shocks Are Right for My Car?

Monday, October 17, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
KYB Gas-A-JustHave 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 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.
Listed below are a few terms that will help you better understand the characteristics of a shock adjustment:
  • 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.
Shop by vehicle to find the suspension components that work best for your vehicle.

The Necessity of Aftermarket Shocks / Struts

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
Since their inception into the market, the 2011 Mustang GT and the 5th Generation 2010+ Camaro have attracted much attention, and I must note I too fell prey to their new designs.

In February, I took ownership of a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 6-speed. The only options on my car were the Brembo performance brake and wheel package and the 3.73 rear gears. I wanted the fastest base Mustang GT I could buy, but yet even that was not without room for improvement.

My first step toward correcting the lackluster steering response and turn-in feel was to replace the spring and strut / shock assemblies. My components of choice were the off-the-shelf 2011 Mustang GT Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and a set of 2010 Mustang GT model Bilstein struts and shocks. Although Bilstein does not yet have a 2011 Mustang GT specific fitment at this time, the use of 2005-2010 Ford Racing strut mounts and the 2010 model Bilstein struts allowed me to successfully use the components. For a more plug and play application and a user friendly guaranteed fitment, consumers can purchase the matching Eibach Pro-Damper Kit which is specifically tuned for Eibach springs on the 2011 models and bolts up without any modification to the strut mount units.

Strut Rod Diameter
Although the Eibach springs are not the stiffest available, their progressive rate is far beyond the factory rate of 150lbs/in. For that reason, it is important to increase the compression and rebound rates of the shock assemblies, not only to increase the life of the shock, but also to increase performance while cornering, and reduce unfavorable motion on transitions and rough surfaces.

At left is a picture of the factory 2011 Mustang GT front strut and its Bilstein rival. The differences in shaft size should be obvious. Upon installing this aftermarket suspension package, my 2011 GT feels like an entirely new car. It doesn't exhibit the floating feeling associated with the stock pieces, and generally feels firmer and more responsive. The steering inputs are met with crisp turn-in and the car behaves very neutral at the limit, which left me quite surprised.

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Coil-Over Suspension: Is It Right for Me?

Friday, May 20, 2011 by Doc Horvath
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 remember is that any component that lowers the ride height of your vehicle will affect ride comfort (see a previous blog post titled "What Should I Expect from Lowering Springs?"). Even the most modest lowering spring (1.0" of drop or less) will affect ride comfort, but any coil-over setup will have a much more aggressive spring rate which translates to a firmer ride. In my mind, the coil-over suspension is intended for a driver that wants to maximize the handling of the vehicle in "track" conditions and also have the flexibility to adjust ride height (and damping rates) to suit track conditions. If local road conditions are poor, coil-overs will make a rough ride even rougher!
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2
KW Variant 1 Coil-Over
KW Variant 1 Coil-Over

The Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R2 and the KW Variant 1 have the least "aggressive" spring rates, which will minimize the change to ride comfort but still improve handling and allow you to adjust your ride height for the perfect stance.

Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit
Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit
KW Variant 3 Coil-Over
KW Variant 3 Coil-Over

The Bilstein PSS Coil-Over Kit and KW Variant 3 represent the elite in coil-over systems and provide the greatest range of adjustability for ride and ride height.

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