Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Bang for the buck! If the tires last as long as they appear at this point,(1/32) of wear or less, they will rank up with the best tires I've owned for everyday driving. They are very quite, and smooth riding. Water on the road is of little concern until pooling occurs, then a little grab. My biggest complaint is the slowish response to input. They on my...  Read More

KONI Sale Continues for One More Month!

Time is approaching for the end of our KONI sale that has been running for the past few months. However, there is still time left to secure your products before the summer season ends. Now through September 2, 2013, select KONI products will remain 20% off regular price. Whether you are looking for performance and adjustability with the famed KONI Sport or...  Read More

The Difference Between Eibach's Pro-Kit and Sportline Spring Set

For customers looking to upgrade their car with lowering springs, Eibach offers two options that are designed to be street friendly, eliminate fender gap and provide an increase in handling and control. Starting with their most conservative option, the Pro-Kit Spring Set is designed for drivers looking for a moderate reduction in ride height, ride quality...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

I have worn out a number of very high performance tires on this car. All have their quirks. These are still low miles, so I haven't really tested them much, but so far so good. The PZero Nero offer surprisingly civilized ride, fairly low noise, with strong and predictable cornering. My suspension is mostly stock with Koni shocks, and these tires will out...  Read More

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

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...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Please ignore phrases like: great tire for the money. This is a great tire. Period.I went from Dunlop SP Sport Signature non-run-flates and then Michelin PIlot Sport A/S to these Kumhos, and he Kumhos are easily as good or even better than both of those much more expensive tires, all on my slightly modded MINI Clubman S. Haven't had a chance to push them...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Sport

The only complaint with this tire is that I bought the OEM size. I should have went with a slightly wider size for more bite. From a standing start into a sharp corner at speed the rear tires hop a bit. At higher speeds the tires slightly float in turns (now I am doing 85 in a 45 curve on the highway). Not much, but a wider tire would probably help and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

2001 Camaro SS Performance Springs, Koni Shocks & Struts, Performance Tubular Lower Control Arms, Performance Tubular Panhard bar, 35mm Front Sway Bars/22mm Rear sway bar, Subframe connectors.My suspension is tuned for corner carving performance and these tires are TERRIBLE! It felt as I was driving an old land boat! My stock truck felt safer than my car....  Read More

Factory Style Shock at a Reasonable Price: KYB GR-2/Excel-G

Not everyone is looking for or needs a stiffly valved adjustable race shock. For those looking for comfort and a return of factory ride quality, an Original Equipment style replacement shock will do just fine. These shocks and struts feature a lower price tag due to a lack of adjustability and features, but aim to stop the bouncing associated with old,...  Read More

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

As many sports cars have been coming out of storage and back into their summer wheel and tire set-ups, I've been getting a lot of inquiries about replacement performance shocks. Shocks play a vital role in a vehicle's handling characteristics. Replacing worn shocks with a new set of performance shocks not only will increase handling, but also improve the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Bought these to replace 3 year old (39,000) Perelli P6's that began to cup. These Conit's are impressive. I started to feel the same tell-tale shaking that I associated with the failure of the P6's. Replaced shocks and struts with some higher end Koni's. The combination of the Conti's and the new suspension has proven to be the best investment that I have...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta V710

I ran 225/50R16s on my SRT4 ACR. With stock shocks, these tires were a little mushy, the turn in wasnt precise and was a bit slow. After installing some nicely tuned Konis, the car behaved much better with these tires (turn in was sharper and faster). The first set of tires lasted 150 autocross runs, though only 12 were on concrete. The second set lasted...  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

Which Shocks Are Right for My Car?

Have 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...  Read More

Bouncing along? Need new shocks?

Has your chariot lost some of that new car handling and ride? Do you feel like you're on a trampoline after hitting a bump? It might be time to get new shocks and struts (dampers) for your car, truck or SUV.  Tire Rack offers a wide range of options from Original Equipment style replacements to performance upgrades. The KYB GR-2 line will firm up the ride...  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

Refresh Your Ride With New Shocks

If you notice you are bouncing up and down more compared to other cars going over bumps in the road, you may want to consider new dampers (shocks or struts.)  Here are a few options to replace your Original Equipment shocks: I would recommend the KYB GR-2 or the KONI Special (KONI Reds) to recoup that O.E. feel. Take a look to see which suspension products...  Read More

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

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...  Read More

Ever get that uneasy feeling?

Worn out shocks and struts can not only give your vehicle that unstable feeling, but can also contribute to abnormal tire wear, pre-mature suspension wear and can affect your car's ability to handle in an emergency situation. Typical life expectancy is about 50,000 to 60,000 miles. Your shocks may look fine, but internally the components have worn and are...  Read More