Spring Testing

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring SetLooking for new springs that are right for your vehicle and the way you drive it?

Tire Rack has performed back-to-back product comparisons to help consumers with their purchasing decisions. Our Suspension Component Research page shows Eibach Springs, H&R Springs and KONI results from our Real World Road Ride route and Performance Test Track course. Our findings can help you select the springs that are right for your application.

For example, we tested spring sets from Eibach against the Original Equipment installed on a BMW E46 328i. Our tests results showed the Eibach springs enhanced the handling and feel of our test vehicle while increasing lap time speeds. To evaluate the benefits of modifying your vehicle’s suspension, read:

Spring Testing

You can also contact one of our sales specialists for more information.

Going Low with Eibach Springs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Eibach Sportline Spring SetEibach Springs designs and markets a complete line of tuned dampers, anti-roll bars, strut tower bars, alignment kits, motorcycle and motorsports springs.

The Sportline Spring Set will help you achieve a low and race-replica look. The lowering springs can drop your vehicle typically 1.50” to 2.00” and give your ride the ultimate in balance and comfort.

Tire Rack’s Tech Center is a great way to research information on suspension products and lowering your car. For more information on dropping your vehicle, read:

How Low Can I Go?

Springs and Your Suspension

Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
H&R OE Sport Spring SetHow can springs improve your vehicle’s suspension?

Springs are designed to provide cushion to absorb road imperfections and return the vehicle to a set ride height. Shorter overall lengths and a higher spring rate are commonly used to lower the ride height which helps improve handling and enhance the vehicle’s appearance. Car springs are a major contributor to a car’s handling balance and ride quality.

Whether you choose Eibach springs, H&R Springs or springs from KONI, Tire Rack has the equipment to fit your application.

Shop by vehicle to see which springs work best for your vehicle.

Considering Lowering Your Vehicle?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
H&R SpringsConsidering replacing your Original Equipment springs with lowering springs? A good rule of thumb is that many vehicles can be lowered approximately 1.5 inches without any complications.

Eibach Springs and H&R Springs offer options that provide the required spring rates using progressive rate springs that minimize the effect on ride quality. Remember, the lower you go the higher the spring rate required.Eibach Springs

It is also important to note that lowering springs will change the ride characteristics of a vehicle and maintaining the proper balance ensures your car’s handling and ride comfort are not altered.

Shop by vehicle to see which springs work best for your vehicle. 

Springs for Spring!

Friday, March 25, 2011 by Gary Stanley
Looking to get rid of that unsightly wheel fender gap while simultaneously improving handling, braking and reducing body roll? All for a minimal cost? A set of lowering springs from H&R or Eibach may be the answer. Whether you drive a BMW, Porsche, Audi, Infiniti or even a Honda, lowering springs can make your car more fun to drive!

H&R Springs

Benefits of lowering springs:
  • Improved appearance with reduced fender well gap
  • Lower center of gravity
  • Reduced body roll
  • Reduced pitch and dive when braking and accelerating
  • Better handling and steering feel
Shop by vehicle to see which suspension options work best for your vehicle.

Springs and Shocks for Spring

Friday, March 18, 2011 by Colin .
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 are looking for more control over adjustability then consider a coil-over or cup kit

Anti-roll bars are also a great addition to improve handling and help remove body roll around corners. 

Lowering will change the ride characteristics of the vehicle, therefore give some thought to the balance you want to maintain between handling, looks and ride comfort. If you have upgraded your wheels and tires to a larger-than-original size, you will also want to check clearance before you decide on the kit you want.          

How Low Do They Go? Eibach Pro-Kit Springs.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Eibach Pro-Kit
Want to get rid of the extra room between your fender and your tire? Eibach Pro-Kit Springs can help give your car a more aggressive street look. Lowering springs will also help to reduce body roll under cornering and heavy braking/acceleration, offering the driver the best handling and aggressive, good looks without sacrificing ride quality.

Popular Applications for the Eibach Pro-Kit Springs*

Model
YearApproximate Lowering Front/Rear
Audi A3'06-'091.2" Front1.0" Rear
BMW 135i Coupe'08-'091.2" Front1.2" Rear
Chrysler 300C'06-'091.6" Front1.6" Rear
Ford Mustang GT'05-'091.3" Front1.4" Rear
Mazda6 V6'091.2" Front1.4" Rear
MINI Cooper S'07-'091.2" Front1.2" Rear
Nissan 350Z'03-'081.0" Front1.0" Rear

See pricing and options for your vehicle.

*Lowering and availability may differ based on your exact fitment.

Considering a set of Eibach springs?

Friday, September 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Aftermarket springs and performance suspension kits are worth every penny, but sometimes that penny doesn't quite equal the price you're willing to pay.

Eibach Springs is a very well respected suspension company, and their products get great reviews from our previous customers.

"[The Eibach Sport System Kit] gave my car a nice low look. Completely eliminated all wheel well gap. I felt that the car handled great with stock components—I never though that these would make it handle any better and they did. The ride quality is just as good as stock." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Honda Civic, PA

"Installed the
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set along with the Eibach Sway Bar set in January...car feels like its on rails, particularly due to the setting on the sway bars (track setting). Great product and highly recommend to anyone who wants a more aggressive ride." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Hyundai Genesis, TX

Shop by vehicle to find Eibach suspension products for yours.

Lowering the Mustang

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by Colin .
We have the lowering springs you need if you are looking for a way to reduce that large wheel well gap that most modern Mustangs have as well as improve the vehicle's handling. 

The Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and H&R Sport Springs are two very popular options that offer a moderate amount of lowering while still maintaining much of the original ride quality. For those who want more aggressive lowering, the Eibach Sportline Springs and the H&R Super Sport Spring kits. 

Keep in mind that performance dampers are recommended for use with more aggressive springs. 

To see what we have for your specific application, enter your vehicle information here.

Suspension Products at Tire Rack

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Tire Rack not only sells tires, but has a large selection of suspension parts for your vehicles.

We carry Eibach Springs, H&R Springs, Bilstein Shocks and Koni Shock Absorbers just to mention a few.

Eibach lowering springs give your vehicle a great look and maintain good ride quality while enhancing cornering performance. So if you are looking to give your vehicle a more sporty look and at the same time improve its handling, you should consider Eibach.

Please check out all of our suspension products.



Drop it with Eibach

Thursday, July 15, 2010 by Ed Singleton
  Have you ever seen a car on the road that has a new, shiny set of wheels and tires that make you say, "Wow, those look great on that car. But why is there such a gap between the top of the tire and the fender?”

That gap can be minimized by using a set of lowering springs from Eibach, particularly the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set. Since this kit is designed to work with your stock shocks and struts, it is not imperative that you change your shocks to a higher performance level. This spring kit will lower the car about an inch or more depending on the application. It will also enhance the handling characteristics of the car without compromising the ride comfort.

Available for a wide range of vehicles, the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set is a very inexpensive way to improve the handling and looks of your ride.

See if the Pro-Kit is available for your car.

Get the low down on suspension.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When it comes to your vehicle's suspension settings, there's always a little bit of flexibility. Many drivers like to lower their vehicle to enhance its aesthetics, but you have to be really careful about how low you go. Take it down too much and you put yourself at risk for negative ride quality, bad tire wear—and you just might "bottom out."

Keep in mind that when you go lower, you'll need a higher spring. At Tire Rack, we carry a number of products from reputable brands like Eibach and H&R that provide the required higher spring rates. In addition, you'll need to realign your vehicle, as lowered vehicles typically need adjustments to achieving efficient alignment.

Click here to take a look at lowering, then search by vehicle to find suspension products that make sense.

Coil-overs for a daily driver?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Doc Horvath
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 Eibach Pro-System Plus Kit "sport" springs lowered the car nearly two inches and made a noticeable change in both handling and ride comfort. It was nothing that I felt was too stiff for daily use.

The Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R1 Kit was set up to lower the car about two inches as well, but the more aggressive shocks made a pronounced change and took a fair amount of comfort out of the ride on city streets and highway runs. 

While the coil-over gives you the flexibilty to adjust your ride height to make it "just right," it will come at the cost of some ride comfort. I'd say that coil-overs are best on a track car in my opinion!





A new reason to upgrade your suspension

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 by Luke Pavlick
If you are like most people it can be a difficult choice to take off a perfectly good suspension system and replace it. The old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it" comes to mind. As you may already know if you read my blog post about the family mini-van and the suspension upgrade I used on it you may have thought "a performance suspension on a minivan doesn't make much sense." While that may be true, to some there is another way to look at it. A performance suspension set up like I used to lower our Honda Odyssey can increase your fuel mileage by reducing aerodynamic drag. It's true; in a recent test the Eibach F150 Pro-Kit springs suspension upgrade not only improved every aspect of handling but also fuel efficiency. 



So, in the long run it's almost like getting that much desired aggressive lowered stance and improved handling for free and where I come from free is good. If needed, please feel free to use this new found money saving information to convince your significant other that it is a good and fiscally responsible idea to upgrade the springs and shock absorbers on your car ASAP.

My name is Luke Pavlick and I am a car guy
 
 
   

What exactly are coil overs?

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
A coil over is created when you combine a spring, shock and bump stop into one unit. The spring itself encompasses the shock and the bump stop, and works to minimize any bounce that occurs when the vehicle comes in contact with road imperfections. And while the shock helps control unwanted suspension movement, the bump stop keeps all of your vehicle suspension parts from coming in contact with the vehicle's frame. In addition, coil overs are usually on an adjustable spring perch so that a vehicle's height can be adjusted without having to change the springs themselves.

Tire Rack carries a variety of coil-overs from companies like Eibach (shown above) who are committed to engineering excellence.

Click here to see a complete list of coil-overs, or shop by vehicle for access to all of the performance suspension products in our inventory.



Have you checked out the Video Center lately?

Friday, April 16, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As you know, we like to keep you informed. Our Video Center does just that by taking you inside the various tests we perform. For example, we recently posted the following: "Form and Function—Performance Suspension Upgrades Can Deliver Both."
Last fall, we had the opportunity to test a few Eibach suspension components. A lot of our customers like to lower their vehicles for aesthetic and performance reasons, and we wanted to find out which Eibach products really got the job done. Using our 2008 BMW E92 328i Coupes, we were able to specifically compare their Original Equipment to the following:

Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set
Eiback Pro-System Plus Kit
Eibach Multi-Pro Coil-Over R1

Check out our full report for all the details, and of course, watch the video! And when you have time, spend some of it in our Video Center. You never know what you'll learn.


Eibach-Equipped 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. Stock Suspension is it Better?

Thursday, March 4, 2010 by Chad Hocker
One of my concerns with buying aftermarket suspension is how the product will look and preform on my vehicle? Eibach has helped by way of test vidEibach Pro Plus Kiteo of the Eibach Pro-Plus Kit on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. The folks at Eibach tested the stock suspension on the 2010 Camaro SS vs. the 2010 Camaro SS with the Eibach Pro-Plus Kit. The Eibach Pro-Plus Kit consists of the Eibach Springs from the Pro Kit and front and rear Anti-Roll Bars.

SeEibach-Equipped 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. Stock Suspensione how the Eibach Suspension with the Eibach Pro-Plus Kit did vs. the Stock Suspension on the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS in the video "Eibach-Equipped 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. Stock Suspension."



Before you buy shock absorbers, check out our test results.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you need to update your suspension system with replacement shock absorbers, springs or even an anti-sway bar—you'll want to spend some time reading our test results. We get to know our products so that we can recommend the best of the best to you. It's just one way Tire Rack attempts to streamline your purchase process.

Sure, we test tires. But over the years, we've done quite a bit of suspension component testing. We've covered brands like EibachH&R and KONI, and we'll continue to cover even more in the future. Here's a few that might interest you:

"Form and Function: Performance Suspension Upgrades Can Deliver Both"
"Eibach Pro-Kit vs. H&R Sport Spring Ride & Drive"
"KONI FSD Dampers Improve Handling Without the Traditional Sacrifice in Ride Quality"

Whatever you want to upgrade, we know you take it seriously. Without a smooth suspension system, you'll feel every bump in the road. Which means your ride quality and safety levels could be compromised. Get the best.

Shop by vehicle for suspension components.

Need new car springs? Go pro.

Friday, January 22, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
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 turn-in quality and reducing understeer. You'll also notice additional ride control (but not a loss of ride quality, which is nice).

A number of our Tire Rack Consumer Reviews can confirm this:

"I drive all over Colorado mountain passes and through cities as well and the Pro-System package is perfect. It kept the car very driveable in the city even with speed bumps and potholes everywhere, and in the mountains I can hit high speed turns with virtually no body roll or traction loss. When I purchase my next vehicle this will be the first upgrade I make to it."
— Tire Rack Consumer Review, BMW 318i, CO

See all car springs.


Resist the pitch: Check out these springs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As your tires roll that vehicle of yours down the road, you'll need good suspension components—i.e. springs— to resist the pitch that turns and potholes will throw at you.

Though many of our customers choose their springs based on individual requirements (looks, ride quality, handling), we see a lot of them gravitating toward the H&R Sport Spring Set and Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set.
 
Though it's safe to say that these two products fit most vehicles, that won't always be the case. Despite any best-selling list of suspension products, you'll always want to search by vehicle to see a list of products well-suited to yours.