We tackle installing an aftermarket limited slip differential to help solve our wheelspin issues.

As we look through our comments in the log book, one that stands out is rear wheel spin as we try to accelerate to the next corner. We’ve worked on the KW coil-over suspension to try and increase rear end grip, and even tried different tires, settling on the Hankook Ventus R-S3. And while this has helped, at most event sites we can still slide the rear...  Read More

Project STR Faces Some Tough Competition

Our lead project drivers Chris Harvey and John Rogers pointed the red Mazda MX-5 towards Toledo, Ohio for last weekend’s Tire Rack SCCA Northern States Championship. With lots of room, smooth concrete and high grip, this is one of the best venues east of the Mississippi. The two-day combined time event featured 50-second courses that were fast and relatively...  Read More

Coil-Over Kits for 2007-2010 BMW M3 Coupe

The late model BMW M3 comes equipped with a sport suspension system optimized for aggressive street driving. For drivers looking for improved track performance and the flexibility to adjust for reasonable street manners, upgrading to a fully adjustable coil-over kit is a great solution.  A coil-over suspension kit incorporates precisely matched coil springsan...  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

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

Project STR Revs up for the SCCA Solo Spring Nationals

Memorial Day weekend 2011 will go down as the first time the SCCA has held a ProSolo and National Tour event over the same holiday weekend. We can’t think of a better place to host the event than the awesome Lincoln Airpark, home of the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale and National Championships. It appears many of our fellow Solo competitors agree, as the...  Read More

AIRAID Now Available at Tire Rack

A cold air intake system can increase your vehicle’s horsepower while improving the engine’s efficiency by relocating the filter to the outside of the engine compartment and delivering cooler air inlet temperatures. Reducing restrictions in the air intake will help create more horsepower and torque.Purchasing an air intake system along with other upgrades...  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

Improve Handling for your 2010 and 2011 Camaro

Need to improve the cornering and handling on your Chevy Camaro? Tire Rack has a number of solutions in our performance suspension product lines. Ranging from complete systems (springs, bars and dampers), or single components you can lower and firm up the suspension to dramatically improve cornering and handling while also improving the stance of the car. Tir...  Read More

Project STR launches into the 2011 Pro Solo season

Tire Rack driver Chris Harvey pointed the Project STR Mazda MX5 550 miles south to Blytheville, Arkansas for our first SCCA ProSolo event of 2011. Co-driver John Rogers was tending to One Lap of America event duties so Chris was on his own to dial in the car and take on the solid, 12 car STR class field.The Friday test and tune course was put to good use as...  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

Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars

Looking to take your performance vehicle to the next level on the track or at the next autocross event? Designed with the enthusiast in mind, Hotchkis Sport Suspension Competition Anti-Roll Bars improve handling and reduce body roll via a more aggressive rear bar set.One advantage of running a thicker rear bar vs. stock is added over-steer, which maximizes...  Read More

Coil-Overs for the Race track and the Road

The KW Clubsport Coil-Over is for customers who demand a better handling car during track day events, but also want a setup that can be used for every day driving. The set up ensures excellent handling, performance, agility and faster lap times. Key Benefits & Features of the KW Clubsport Coil Over: •    Height adjustable •    Performance setup for the track•...  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

H&R Springs RSS Club Sport Coil-Over Suspenion Kit

H&R Springs has one simple philosophy: “Build the best and the rest will follow.”Whether it’s the Premium Performance Coil Over Kit or one of their Sport Springs Sets, H&R’s products are tested and approved by the German government’s TUV agency for quality, safety and reliability. All springs developed by H&R are precision-wound with the highest quality...  Read More

New ST Coil-Over Kit for Hardtop Mini

Looking to upgrade more than the wheels on your Mini? Upgrading the suspension will properly lower your vehicle while offering an improved ride, handling and performance. The ST Coil-Over kit for the Hardtop Mini Cooper is a Premium and Performance Street suspension product that provides great performance at a great value. Designed and manufactured...  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 Suspension for Your Porsche 911

Are you looking to shave time of your laps at the track? One way to do this is to improve the handling of your Porsche 911. By upgrading your OE suspension, you can hit that apex faster and with more confidence. One of the best ways to improve your suspension is to upgrade to a coil-over damper system. Coil-over systems from Bilstein, KW, and H&R give you...  Read More

Looking for a Lift?

Thinking about a suspension lift for your truck, but you don't want an overly stiff ride? Consider the Traxda Lift and Level Kits. Traxda kits lift your ride by relocating the mounting point of the spring that holds the truck up without changing the location of the stock suspension arms. Installation is simple and does not require the removal of all...  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