State-of-the-Art Shocks and Struts from KYB

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Neal O'Neal

Founded over 50 years ago, KYB is Japan's largest manufacturer of automotive shock absorbing equipment. Superior steering control is achieved by using Kayaba hydraulic technology to generate smooth road conditions through absorption of road vibrations and leveling for uneven road conditions. The variety and reliability of KYB products have been demonstrated well beyond typical automotive applications in the harsh conditions found in motorsports. Their experience with high performance racing applications is applied to the design of their passenger vehicle line of products. Auto manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda and many others use KYB as Original Equipment.

AGX Adjustable

  • Designed for sport compacts, sport coupes and sports cars
  • Easily adjustable external dampening rate for the street, strip or track
  • Damping adjustment changes compression and rebound


  • Rugged durability, fade-free performance
  • High pressure, high strength monotube design for better towing control

GR-2/Excel-G Cartridge/Strut/Shock

  • Affordable twin-tube design
  • Smooth ride quality with increased road control
  • Consistent ride even under rough conditions


  • Designed with high performance light trucks in mind
  • 1/2" diameter hardened piston rod and large diameter piston for strength

Strut-Plus Assembly

  • Restores ride, handling and control of your vehicle
  • Pre-assembled for a quick and easy install
  • Specifically designed for domestic or import car/minivan applications

Shop for KYB products for your vehicle today!

Restore Ride Quality with KYB Shocks and Struts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

If you're looking to restore ride comfort and replace your worn-out factory shocks, take a look at the KYB line of suspension products. Their shocks and struts are reasonably priced and feature a lifetime warranty when used with factory springs. 

KYB has been recognized around the world as a leader in the design and production of state-of-the-art gas shocks and struts. They employ a process of continuous refinement and improvement of their products since its founding over 50 years ago.

KYB's most popular model, the GR-2, features dampening rates that are similar to factory for a familiar feel and an emphasis on ride quality. If you are using an aftermarket lowering spring and have a need for an adjustable shock up to the task of effectively controlling your high performance car, be sure to check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. Depending on the application, the AGX Adjustable features 4-8 way adjustability that controls both compression and rebound with the turn of a knob.

Also, when you purchase any four KYB Shocks, Struts or Strut-Plus before April 30, you can receive a $40 mail-in rebate.

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?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Monday, January 28, 2013 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 X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

1999 Mazda Protege ES
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Hopkins, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2012

I put these tires on my '99 Mazda Protege which I use to commute back and forth to work and leave the truck parked to save on gas. I purchased these in August when Tire Rack had a closeout on them, and Michelin was offering a $75 rebate, which means I got the tires for around $60/ea! Anyway, we had our first couple storms the other weekend. First was just a inch or so which turned into pure ice on most of the roads. Could not believe how well the tire performed. A couple days later we got hit with 13" of snow, along with the ice still underneath. I decided I had better take the truck out since it is 4wd. Was I shocked! I couldn't believe how much better my little Mazda was than my 4wd Silverado. Now, the truck has Destination A/T's on it which are awesome, but have about 50,000 on them so they are down to around a 1/4 tread left. The roads were completly messed up for the next 3 days and I had no problem with the snow tires on the packed snow, honestly driving around other vehicle's stuck on hills. I will never not have a vehicle without snow tires on it again!

KONI Sport Shocks Now Available for 2011-2013 Mustang GT and V6

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

After a considerable wait earlier in the year, KONI Sport Shocks are again available for the 2011-2013 Ford Mustang V6 and GT. While the rear shocks have the same part number as 2005-2010 members of the Mustang S197 chassis, the front struts utilize a different strut mount and have previously been very difficult to find.

Fitting a firmer shock body to this chassis helps reduce some of the front-end dive during breaking and also reduces some lateral movement. As with all KONI Sport Shocks, these are adjustable and offer a twin tube, low pressure gas design.

Shop by vehicle to ensure you grab the right parts for your pony.

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.

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Monday, April 23, 2012 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.

Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2008 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 52,000
Location: Monroe, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 52,000 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2012

I am nearing the time to replace my OEM tires of this type and am shocked at the reviews I am seeing. Because I was so pleased with the performance of these tires, I was comparing them against others available. For the price I don't think they can be beat, however I may pay a bit more and upgrade to the Continental LX20. I will probably have 65000 miles on them when I change and up to this date without so much as a flat. Since the car was new I have averaged about 26 MPG which is at the high end of mileage but then again 90% of my driving is highway.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, March 16, 2012 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.

Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43

2003 Infiniti G35 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Bogota, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

I have a 2003 G35 Rear Wheel Drive. Everyone who drives a G35 with RWD and not AWD knows how bad these cars are in rain and snow. Just a tap on the gas in rain and the rear tires a spinning out like crazy. In snow your lucky if you can even start moving. This is to be expected in a rear wheel drive car. However, now lets get to the New Continental DWS Tires that I have just installed about 2k miles ago. The first difference i noticed when they were installed was the stability of the car. At first my handling wasn't the same. Before i was ridding low and hard to the ground because of my worn out Nexen 5000 all seasons which mad my drive feel more stable but harsher to the bumps. Now with the Continentals, my car felt very smooth and almost a lifted feeling. This was due to the fact that they were just installed. For the next week after installing them i drove regular while every now and then slamming on the brakes and gas pedal. Too my surprise there was no tire spinning what so ever. So the next day to test the tires out more, at every corner that i knew i usually had trouble going around fast, i purposely went around faster. Too my shock again these tires did not break at all, it was like ridding on rails without a doubt. Now for the best part, how would they handle in the RAIN. Before installing these tires i was deeply afraid of driving in the rain. Every corner and especially highway merge ramp i was slip sliding all over the place. So finally after two weeks and now rain, it finally rained and i was able to test these tires. Everyone, it was night and day. It was like i was driving on dry pavement and thats no joke. Every corner and curve that i knew i had trouble with before, i made it my job to test those places with these tires. Before i used to press the gas at a stand still in rain and spin the tires and get no traction. Now, i press the accelerator in the rain from a stand still and just all straight grip. No tire spin!!!! No problems in rain what soever.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Thursday, February 2, 2012 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.

General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 45000
Location: Troy, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2012

After 45,000 miles I could not be happier. Still have plenty of tread and the ride is as if the tires are new. Dropped the gas mileage a bit from the previous Dunlop's that were oem, but that was also because they were like q-balls with no resistance and consequently no tread to absord the noise and shock either. The popularity of these tires has also led to a price well as the cost of materials......but I would not hesitate to buy another set based on this experience. By the look of things, I may get 70,000 plus, not bad for a truck tire.

How to Choose a Suspension Upgrade

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Logan Woodworth

Coil-Over Kits The most popular upgrade for cars and trucks is new custom wheels and tires. After that, suspension upgrades are very common on both late model and older vehicles. Typically, drivers will want to simply raise or lower their car or truck for aesthetic reasons, but there are often performance reasons for suspension upgrades, as well.

Raising, often referred to as lifting, is most common on trucks and jeeps. In addition to creating a taller ride height, this is regularly done for performance reasons such as allowing for larger wheels and tires than what the factory (O.E.) suspension will allow.

There are two primary ways for lowering a vehicle: lowering springs or an adjustable coil-over suspension kit. Both of these options will give the car a lower center of gravity and stiffen the car's chassis, which will allow for less body roll in corners and improved handling and cornering. Coil-overs give the added advantage of ride-height adjustability and with certain models, dampening adjustability for fine tuning the balance of ride quality and handling.
Coil-Over Kits
Whether you're looking for performance shocks, gas shocks or other products to upgrade your suspension, it's important to consult with an expert. Changing a car's suspension will require alignment adjustments and may create fitment challenges with your custom rims (wheels) and tires.

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.

Stability and Control

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Porter Pryde

A wide variety of vehicles have been installed with KYB shocks and struts because of their proven reliability and finely tuned ride quality. Tire Rack offers KYB gas shock absorbers for use on passenger vehicles, performance cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. KYB offers two distinct lines of shocks and dampers to match your performance needs.

Use KYB GR-2/Excel-G gas series shock absorbers, strut cartridges or complete struts when you want to blend like-new vehicle ride qualities with a little more control.
KYB GR-2 CartridgeGR-2/Excel-G gas shock absorbers, strut cartridges and complete struts are affordably priced, twin tube designs that blend smooth ride quality and enhanced road control. A low-pressure gas charge and patented check valve minimize foaming and aeration providing a consistent ride, even under rough conditions.

Use KYB Gas-A-Just shock absorbers when you want more road control when towing or for higher performance.

KYB Gas-A-Just Shock

Gas-A-Just shocks are high-pressure gas shock absorbers designed to deliver driving control and performance by keeping the tires stuck to the road. These high strength, monotube shock absorbers provide extra-rugged durability with fade-free performance.

Increase your handling without breaking the bank

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by Connor Klink
Are you looking to increase the way your car handles but you don't want to spend a small fortune doing it? Consider the KYB AGX Adjustable Gas Shocks. With an externally adjustable valve rate you can fine tune your vehicle’s ride to suit your specific needs. Take your car to the track or conquer the streets with this simple upgrade. The KYB AGX Adjustable Gas Shocks are made in hundreds of fitments for vehicles ranging from the Honda Civics to Chevy Camaros. Check out what other customers are saying about the KYB AGX Adjustable Gas Shocks on our survey page.

Looking for Original Equipment Replacment Shocks?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 by Mac McNabb
KYB Gas-A-Just ShockKYB Gas-Adjust are the perfect replacement for your worn out shocks. How long should you wait? Your shocks and struts start to show age as early as 40,000 miles! 

KYB has both the Gas-Adjust and GR-2 lines that are perfect for replacement. Don't let the name fool you, these are non-adjustable factory setup shocks that will fit many of your damper needs.

Bilstein Shock Absorbers

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

50 years ago, Bilstein revolutionized the shock industry with their monotube gas pressure shock absorber technology. And to this day, Bilstein shock absorbers lead the market.

Bilstein offers a number of gas shock absorbers, but also single and twin tube McPherson strut style suspensions that are equally impressive. No maximum load challenge goes unaccepted, thanks to specific design techniques that provide high durability.

But will they fit your vehicle? All Bilstein shocks and struts are built based on the individual fit and performance needs of a vehicle. Search by vehicle to see if they are a fit for yours. And with an excellent lifetime warranty, you can rest assured you'll experience continual satisfaction with the product.

Check out the 5100 Series Adjustable Shocks, or search by vehicle to fine-tune your suspension.

KYB Shocks

Monday, January 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

If you're looking for state-of-the-art gas shocks, you'll be interested in KYB shocks.

KAYABA Industries is Japan's largest manufacturer of automotive shock absorbing equipment, and as such, they've been continually refining their products for over 50 years. As a result of their efforts, KYB shocks employ Kayaba Hydraulic Technology to generate smooth road conditions leading to greater ride comfort and steering control. And all of this technology comes from their experience with high performance racing.

Tire Rack offers a wide variety of KYB shocks for your passenger and performance cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. A simple search will produce a specific list tailored to your vehicle.

Gas Shocks

Friday, December 11, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Shocks typically come in three different forms: mono-tube high pressure gas shocks, twin-tube low pressure gas shocks, and twin-tube hydraulic shocks. All modern automotive shocks are filled with fluid, and as their piston moves through that fluid, they will produce increasing amounts of foam (cavitation) as the piston speed increases. Pressurized gas is added to modern shocks to delay the foaming. It keeps the gas apart from the fluid, which keeps performance levels up for longer.

And that means a decent ride and great handling, regardless of the driving condition.

Tire Rack stocks a number of gas shocks from the following brands:

What are adjustable shocks?

Friday, December 11, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
The most integral part of your suspension system is, surprisingly, your shock absorbers. They adapt to the roads and your vehicle's weight, as they must be able to absorb every last pothole and bump your vehicle comes in contact with. But, did you know that some performance shocks are adjustable? 

Adjustable shocks allow for a certain level of fine-tuning, which brings the vehicle to the ride comfort and handling preferences of the driver. It also allows the driver to adjust dampening, and that compensates for wear. (Read more.)

Tire Rack carries the following adjustable shocks:

Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
KYB AGX Adjustable Gas Shocks & Struts 

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Koni Shocks

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

KONI has been producing equipment for the transportation industry since 1857, but now they are primarily known for high performance and racing KONI shocks.

And those KONI shocks are known for producing superb performance and enhanced car control. KONI experts know that every vehicle has a different dampening system, which is why they custom build a wide variety of shock absorbers using three different technologies: twin-tube hydraulic, mono-tube high pressure gas, and twin-tube low pressure gas. The result is a shock absorber tweaked to perfection that lasts a lifetime—and often outlasts the vehicle itself. 

Koni shocks are available in two different performance categories:

• KONI Special shock absorbers Typically painted red, these KONI shocks please drivers seeking to improve general vehicle comfort and handling.

• KONI Sport shock absorbers Typically painted yellow, these KONI shocks focus on exceptional road handling.

Search all of Tire Rack's suspension products by vehicle.