Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

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...  Read More

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

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...  Read More

Great Handling with KONI FSD Damper Set

Have you started to notice a little wallow in curves? Maybe a little squat on hard acceleration or dive under hard braking? Well, if your vehicle has the aforementioned symptoms, then your shocks and/or struts (dampers) are worn out and it's time for a change.Normally you'll start to notice damper wear approximately between 75,000-125,000 miles. The exact...  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

KW coilovers coming soon to the Tire Rack!

When it comes to improving your vehicle's performance, shock absorbers, and springs are an integral part of your vehicle's suspension.   Coilovers combine these two into an integrated and height adjustable system.  The Tire Rack now offers KW coilover supsension products for  BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, and other high performance cars.  Variants 1, 2, and 3 a...  Read More

BMW Wheels and More

Pretty cars need pretty wheels. Or, to take it from another perspective—high performance vehicles benefit from aftermarket wheels to enhance tire performance and handling. But still, they do make a car look really good. The 2009 135i Coupe below features 18" O.Z. Racing Allegerita HLT wheels in an anthracite finish. The following BMW wheels will look just...  Read More