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!

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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 does ride and handling change with H&R lowering springs?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Chad Hocker
H&R Ever wonder what to expect when changing out Original Equipment (O.E.) springs to lowering or race springs? The information below is a quick comparison between H&R O.E. Sport Springs, H&R Sport Springs and H&R Race Springs.

 H&R OE Sport Springs H&R Sport SpringsH&R Race Springs
ApplicationAverage Everyday DrivingSport Everyday DrivingTrack Use, Limited Street Use
LoweringSubtle .025-1.0" DropAverage 1.25" DropAverage 1.9" Drop
HandlingSame as O.E.Less Roll/Sqaut/DiveVery Little Roll/Squat/Dive
RideSame as New O.E.Firmer than O.E.Very Firm
AlignmentSame as O.E.May Require Alignment KitAlignment Kit Recommended
ConsiderationsNoneMay Require Alignment KitMay Require Suspension Modifications

Check our suspension fitment guide for the exact options and average lowering height for your vehicle.

Just A Little Lower Yet. H&R Sport Springs.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Chad Hocker
H&R Sport SpringsH&R Sport Springs are a great way to lower your vehicle for an aggressive look and high performance handling. Each H&R component is made in Germany and tested and approved by the German government's TUV Agency for quality, safety and reliability. They are further tested and tuned in the USA just outside of Seattle, Washington following the philosophy "build the best and the rest will follow."

Popular Applications for H&R Sport Springs*
ModelYearApproximate Lowering Front/Rear
Audi A5'08-'091.3" Front 1.25" Rear
Ford Fusion'06-'091.6" Front 1.9" Rear
Honda Accord Coupe'08-'091.5" Front 1.3" Rear
Honda Fit'07-'091.6" Front 1.3" Rear
Scion xB'08-'091.4" Front 1.3" Rear
Volkswagen GTI'06-'091.5" Front 1.4" Rear

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

See pricing and options for your vehicle.

Performance Winter Driving

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Chad Hocker
As I was looking through some recent tire survey comments, I came across this review for the Bridgestone Blizzak LM60.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM60"I've driven two winter seasons on these tires. I have complete faith in getting around in Ohio's mix of winter weather with these tires. Have had no problems in deep (10' snowfall) or light snow. I was amazed too, at how well they preformed on ice. I gave no second thought to buying a set for my wife's Honda Civic. Well worth a little time and effort, and dirty hands to make the tire change in fall and spring." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review

Bridgestone Blizzak LM60 is a great Performance Winter Tire that concentrates more on snow traction within the winter performance tires category. It is designed for the driver that wants good handling on dry and wet roads with improved snow/ice traction for winter driving.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM60 RFT is also available exclusively to the following O.E. makes:

Vehicle ApplicationTire Size
Mini Cooper195/55R16 87H
Mazda MX-5 Miata205/45R17 84H
Lexus IS225/40R18 88H (Front)
255/40R18 95H (Rear)
BMW X5 & X6255/55R18 109H

Do you have lowering springs and need to buy shock absorbers?

Friday, July 30, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Do you already have lowering spring or are planning to get them and are confused about what shock absorbers to get? This can be confusing with so may choices out there. I recommend the KONI Sport Shocks.




1. KONI Sport Shocks are adjustable. You can adjust the damper for the amount of rebounding damping that you want. This allows you to change the handling characteristics of the car for your driving preference. Just about every aftermarket spring company uses a different spring rate. With the KONI adjustables you are able to set the dampers to work best with your aftermarket springs. Dampening of a shock/strut decreases with tens of thousands of miles and with the adjustability KONI offers you can continue to increase the dampening over time.

2. KONI's are designed to improve the handling of the car from the moment they are installed and I can personally attest that they do. I like the fact I can set them softer for the street and then if I am doing a track/autocross event I can firm them up for better handling.

3. KONIs are built for a lifetime. They have a limited lifetime warranty for the original purchaser. These will be the last shock/struts you will ever need to buy. My original shocks and struts for my car started to leak at around 38,000 miles. I now have over 109,000 miles and my KONIs are going strong. Here is a picture of my 04 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon lowered on H & R Sport Springs with KONI Sport dampers.

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.



Looking to lower your vehicle?

Monday, June 21, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Tire Rack offers a number of high-quality suspension products that can take your vehicle down a notch, but first, make note that you shouldn't go any lower than 1.5 inches below stock settings. We'd hate for you to negatively affect ride and drive performance.

That said, we're big fans of H&R Springs. They're made in Germany and precision-wound with the highest quality spring steel available. You can choose from Sport and Race springs depending on your vehicle and how you drive it (H&R Springs Comparison Chart).

We also like Hotchkis Springs. Sport Suspension, a leader in the suspension industry, engineers high quality products for domestic muscle cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, plus European performance vehicles and Japanese sport compact vehicles. Their Sport Springs are popular among our consumers, and we think you'll like them, too.

Of course, choosing aftermarket suspension products has everything to do with your specific vehicle. You'll want to shop by vehicle, after which Tire Rack will create a detailed list of options that you can choose from.

Not sure you want to lower your vehicle? Take a look at lowering to get a better understanding of what your vehicle would look like sitting a little lower to the ground.

Lowered Cars the Right Way

Friday, June 11, 2010 by Jim Holloman
You have the new plus one or plus two Wheel & Tire Package on your BMW and you are thinking you don't like the wheel well gap. What do you do?

The correct answer -- lower the car with some new springs from H & R. That will take away the wheel well gap without giving up the ride quality you like. H & R Sport Springs have the handling characteristics and aggressive appearance that you are looking for. The good thing is you don't have to give up the comfort to get it. You also get more control from springs engineered for the street. They are crafted from special spring steel to ensure quality and performance and come with a lifetime defect warranty. 

Vehicle performance is also improved by sport springs in two ways: they reduce ride height and have higher spring rates that are carefully tuned to the vehicle. This ensures sufficient load capacity and lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity for added stability. It also improves the vehicle’s responsiveness by reducing body movement, allowing the tires to function more effectively when performing at their limits.

Now that you have the look and the performance for the street that you want, what can you do next?

Suspension Upgrade 101

Thursday, June 3, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
When upgrading your car's suspension, it is important to remember that you're going to be the person doing the driving and will have to deal with the ride quality on a daily basis. Whether it is MINI Cooper Suspension, Corvette Suspension, Mustang Suspension or WRX Suspension there is usually a trade-off in ride quality for performance.

Personally when I upgraded the suspension on my 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (essentially a WRX) I wanted a good balance of ride quality and improved handling. I used the H&R Sport Springs which gave an excellent improvement in cornering and steering response and a more aggressive look, but still retained a decent ride quality. It lowered the car slightly more then an inch in my case which was just perfect for me. Many people go more aggressive, but remember you're driving down the road casually much more often then when your cornering and will have to deal with the ride quality on a permamenent basis.

Have fun!


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.

"It's a Jeep Thing Part" Part 4

Thursday, May 27, 2010 by Todd Galbreath
The Jeep looks good without the H&R springs.
tires no lift
But as I mentioned in Part 2 the H&R sport spring set should make it perfect.

As always, matching your vehicle to the application is the key to success and a mild one-inch lift should be a solid choice by not getting too high and destabilizing the ride yet enough to achieve the goal of a weekend warrior. I have selected the 1-inch kit from H&R Springs to achieve the lift with four new springs. I would rate the installation of the kit as a 5 on a 1-10 difficulty scale and easier than that if you have a hoist to swap the springs out. You simply need to remove the bottom shock bolts from the lower A-arm in the front and the axle mount shock bolts in the rear and the bottom sway bar bolts (two front, two rear). If you are going to do this at home make sure you have a safe plan to lift the body of the Jeep with a floor jack or high-lift jack that will allow enough clearance to slip the springs in and out and, of course, someone to operate the jack. The other option is to use a spring compressor that can typically be rented from a local auto parts store, however, I found the spring compressor to be a cumbersome method on the Jeep. 

The lift looks great and the feel of the Jeep has returned to its original feel...mission accomplished!

My next step will be to upgrade the shocks and brakes.
 

BMW M Roadster Suspension Upgrade

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
1999 BMW M Roadster

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 I wanted. At the same time, I lowered the vehicle with some H&R Sport Springs with a very mild drop of 1.3 inches. Here is a picture of the finished product!



"It's a Jeep Thing" Part 2

Saturday, May 15, 2010 by Todd Galbreath
After fitting up the new tires and wheels I think the BFGoodrich tires look perfect on the Dick Cepek wheels! Checking for clearance we are left with over an inch and a half all the way around at full lock to lock with stock ride height.

 


The only real concern is that the tire sticks out from the fender by about 2 inches due to the -12 wheel offset and will cause some mud splatter down the side of the Jeep...small price to pay...and may be minimized by lifting the jeep with the H&R Sport Spring Set.



As with any modification there is always going to be a cause and effect, and suprisingly the Jeep responded very well to the upgrade in size and width. Tire Rack installation went flawlessly with the Road Force balance on the big tires and wheels making shake and shimmy a non-issue and allowing as smooth and comfortable of a ride as possible from an all-terrain tire.

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.

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.

What is a coil over?

Monday, January 11, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Coil-overs are part of your suspension system. They combine the spring, shock and bump stop. More specifically, the spring encompasses both the shock and the bump stop. Most coil-over applications use an adjustable spring perch, which allows for different vehicle ride heights without having to change the springs. And that, in turn, gives your vehicle a very race-like approach to its suspension.

At Tire Rack, we stock a number of coil-over applications. For example, the Bilstein PSS10 is a fully adjustable coil-over system that provides 10 adjustment settings (all of which are numbered so you don't have to count clicks). And the H&R Coil-Over Premium Performance Kit is a ride height-only option, which means you can't physically adjust them once they're on your vehicle.

See all coil overs.

H&R Springs

Monday, January 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team


One simple philosophy catapulted H&R Springs into a worldwide experience that overflows with racing success: "Build the best and the rest will follow."

As the prime supplier to World Championship-winning Porsche and AMG Mercedes teams, H&R Springs continually exhibits a true edge in suspension tuning and design. A product of Germany, every H&R component is thoroughly tested by the German government's TUV agency for quality, safety and reliability—then tested again in the United States to fine tune handling, balance and ride quality.

What results is an expertly created suspension product destined to get your approval.

The Sport Cup Suspension Kit and Anti-Roll Bar are our featured H&R products, but to see all of the H&R products that fit your vehicle, just search our inventory according to your vehicle's specifications.