Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Great tire. I have had Toyos, Yokohama, and Generals on this car. (Daily Driven) I have moded this car with suspension change, springs, shocks, sway bar, and alignment. Oh yeah, the power is up another 60+ hpPrevious tires just did not work as well, These Michelin's are wonderful on this car. Grippy, predictable, reasonably quiet, they hold the road. I have...  Read More

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

I bought these to replace my continentals which were wearing great, but the sidewalls rolled, steering response was not good. I actually took my 750Li to a BMW driving school. These tires ROCK! my 5000 lb beast surprised everyone! I was passing all but two of the other cars. It was a shocking performance(mostly to me) These tires held in there through 60 mph...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .Given that the DWS...  Read More

My Experience with H&R Coil-Overs

There are many ways to upgrade your vehicle's suspension. You can simply replace the existing shocks (or struts) and springs to lower your vehicle. Sway bars (sometimes called anti-roll bars) can also improve handling and reduce body roll. However, many enthusiasts feel that the pinnacle of complete suspension upgrades is to install a set of coil-overs What...  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

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i

My 1997 BMW 740 is likely overdue for a suspension overhaul. The potholed and broken pavement that is typical of this time of year has highlighted that fact. With over 180,000 miles on the vehicle (only about 20,000 are from my driving), I have not replaced the BMW shocks or springs and do not know whether the original owner did either. The...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Gmc Canyon 4x4, S-10 4x4, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota 4Runner, All 4 wear LTX M/S. My Canyon just got 3rd set of LTX's, second set got 80,000 miles. S-10 is on its 4th set, it's pushing 200,000. 4Runner is still on 2nd set at 55,000 miles, truck has 130,000. Michelin was very acommoidating to warranty replace all 4 on my Ridgeline at 35,000 miles 7/32 tread left...  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

Project STR Competes in 4 Events in 3 Weeks

It's been a busy few weeks for Project STR as the summer race season has finally made its way to the Midwest with three back-to-back weekends of competition. First up was an outing to the Tri-State Sports Car Club event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL for a shake down on the installation of our new KW Clubsport suspension. Installation went well,...  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

Project STR scores at the Peru National Tour

The blog has been a little quiet while we were hard at work installing and testing “go-fast parts” on the Project STR MX-5. In addition to the KW Variant 3 Coil-Overs and Hotchkis Sport Anti-Roll Bars, we’ve been experimenting with different sizes of Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires to find out what makes our MX-5 faster. A full tire test report will...  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

Coil-overs for a daily driver?

We had a chance to test drive our BMW 325i test cars with both lowering springs and coilover shock/springs installed and what an experience! The cars outfitted with the O.E. shocks/struts and the Eibach Pro-Kit Springs ("mild" lowering, about one inch of drop) felt nearly as comfortable as stock, but helped the car feel more responsive to steering input. The...  Read More

Ready for warm weather? Check out our selection of M3 tires and wheels.

For some of us, the sun has been shining a lot more frequently. For others, temperatures are just about worthy of a top-down drive. That means it's high time you drive away in a new set of M3 tires and wheels. Tire Rack has a pretty vast selection to choose from, so we'll start you off with a recommendation: Michelin Pilot tires and Breyton wheels. The Pilot...  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

Need new car springs? Go pro.

Take your car springs up a notch with a sport-level suspension upgrade from Eibach Springs, the industry's leading aftermarket suspension product manufacturer. The Pro-System Kit, pictured at left, brings together Eibach's most popular suspension products: Pro-Kit Sport Springs and Pro Damper Sport Shocks. It will lower your vehicle about 1-1/2", improving...  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

New Car FEVER !

I get alot of calls from people doing some research on tires prior to buying a new (or used) car, and I can't say it's a bad idea in the least! You'd be surprised how many people damage a tire on their "brand new baby" and are SHOCKED to find out that the fancy 19" wheel and tire option they added now has cost them an extra $50 to $75 more per tire than the...  Read More