KONI Sale Continues for One More Month!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

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 performance and comfort with the high-tech FSD Damper Set & Springs, there's a KONI product to fit your needs. The following are features and benefits of the FSD Damper Set & Springs:

  • An engineered suspension system of shocks and springs that complement each other.
  • Body lowering of 1.0"-1.5" depending on vehicle. Improved appearance, but still street-worthy.
  • Better handling. Roll, dive and squat are improved for better driver control.
  • Maintained or improved ride quality, even with lowering.
  • Limited lifetime warranty to the original owner.

KONI shocks lead the way in longevity and quality so shop by vehicle to find the proper products your car.

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

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

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 that closely resembles the factory spring and a moderate increase in spring rate. Pro-Kit springs will typically lower a vehicle .75"-1.5" and can be used with the factory struts and shocks (upgrading your shocks is recommended for maximum performance benefit).

Going a step further, the Eibach Sportline Spring Set will provide an average of 1.5"-2.0" drop in ride height, coupled with a more aggressive spring rate for additional handling benefits. These springs are recommended to be used with a performance strut or shock, such as options from KONI or Bilstein in order to compensate and control the more aggressive spring rate and reduction in travel.

Both springs come with Eibach's 1,000,000-mile warranty which protects the driver against any spring sag or breakage. Also, now through August 31st, you can save 10% when you purchase a select Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set or Sportline Spring Set. View rebate details here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P Zero Nero

Thursday, March 21, 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.

Pirelli P Zero Nero Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1996 Acura Integra GS-R
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Arlington, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 19, 2013

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 perform my suspension with no drama or unexpected motion, and max cornering on ramps is very stable and predictable. I am impressed that wet traction is very good and they still behave well. I can't wait to put them back on after snow season!

 

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, September 4, 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.


Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2009 Mini Cooper S Clubman
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Miles driven on tires: 3,450
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,450 Miles on Tires
August 29, 2012

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 when it's wet yet.

A TireRack salesmen recommended these, even after I told him that price was not an issue. They handle great, have low noise and a good ride for a performance tire, though I can see that tread life will be lower than advertised. The only reason these are cheaper is probably because they are made in Korea...the 4Xs definitely outperform the Dunlops on most levels, and are as good as the Michelins (even better as far as road noise). There is very little tramlining, and I feel confident pushing them.

It's strange to see some people complaining that they feel floppy -- this must be very car and suspension dependent, because on my Clubman S (with Koni FSD shocks and a stiffer rear sway bar) they feel as or more strong than the Dunlops or Michelins that I had, when it comes to sidewall stiffness.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Sport

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
July 30, 2012

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 replacing the stock swaybars (already have koni shocks and ST springs). For the price, they are a good deal though, nice looking tread design too. I would recommend them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta 4X

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Alexandria, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
June 27, 2012

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. These tires felt dangerous to drive on in corners and any speed on the highway. Enroute to work I take a curve at 85mph safely with good tires and I could barely drive 60mph with these on the same curve.

The size is 275/40 17 on my car. Different size tires might have a better performance.

Road noise is virtually not there. Didn't drive in snow or rain.

These do have a 30 day return policy which I took advantage of.

Good luck in choosing the correct tire.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

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, worn out or leaking factory pieces.

Of the shocks that fit this criteria, my favorite is the KYB GR-2/Excel-G.  Featuring shock valving that is typically no more than 10% stiffer than factory, these shocks add a splash of performance without over-doing it. Add in a cost-effective price point and an industry leading warranty and you have a combo that is tough to beat.

It should be noted that the KYB GR-2 is not intended for use with aftermarket lowering springs. If you have these springs installed on your vehicle and are looking for an alternative to a KONI or Bilstein product, I suggest you check out the KYB AGX Adjustable. It features more aggressive valving and 4-8 way adjustability depending on the application.

KYB products are manufactured for a wide range of light-duty passenger vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Find a KYB product that's right for your vehicle.

Bilstein versus KONI Shocks

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Gary Stanley

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 responsiveness and shorten braking distances.

Looking at the options offered by KONI and Bilstein is a good place to start your search. With lifetime warranties offered and decades of producing durable and rugged shocks, you'll be very excited with the performance they bring your vehicle.

While both brands produce great products, KONI's shocks have the added benefit of a product that's adjustable for rebound. Stiffer settings mean more responsive handling, while softer settings give a smoother and more comfortable ride. This allows the enthusiast to tune the shock to their personal preference in regards to this compromise.

And if new tires are also needed, take a look at all our special offers available.

If you're looking to buy shock absorbers online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2012

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 made since the car was purchased new. I highly recommend these to any Mazda 3 lovers out there.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta V710

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Ecsta V710Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.5

2005 Dodge Neon ACR SRT4
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Jackson, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
October 20, 2006

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 about 80 runs, but included about twice as many concrete runs, which is when most of the wear occured. On the first set of tires, I was first in PAX at a local event in Ohio on the day that I finally killed them off, so even if they do loose a little bit of performance with age, they were still good enough after 150 runs to win PAX at an event.

Great Handling with KONI FSD Damper Set

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
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 point when changes occur varies based on how you drive and the conditions of the roads you encounter. Damper wear happens gradually, therefore it can be difficult for a driver to sense it. It may be helpful to have someone else drive and evaluate your vehicle as another driver would have more of a "tabula rasa" perspective.

When the time comes to replace shock absorbers, you should get a damper that gives you proper control in the curves and smooth ride on bumps, tar strips and different road conditions. Proper handling, however, requires a higher rebound setting. A higher rebound setting means a firmer ride on bumps as the vehicle chassis will slam back down as its springs expand.

With older damper technology, most shock absorbers were designed to offer a good ride or good handling. What if you want both? KONI's FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) Damper Set provides lower rebound forces on higher-frequency piston movements (bumps) but higher rebound forces on lower-frequency movements (turns). KONI originally engineered FSD technology for the Lamborghini Murcielago and FIAT is using it on the new North American FIAT 500 Abarth. In our testing we found the KONI shocks with FSD technology provided our E46 test cars with an amazing balance between ride on our rough northern Indiana roads and proper handling on our autocross track. Although the FSD worked well for us as BMW shocks, they're also compatible with a variety of vehicles including, an Audi A3, MINI Coopers (both R53 and R56), the Mazda 3, Volvo S40, VW Jetta and VW Rabbit.

Thinking about lowering your vehicle when you replace dampers? Take a good look at KONI FSD Damper Set & Springs which combines FSD's with Eibach Pro-Kit Springs.

Koni FSD Damper Set
KONI FSD Damper Set
Koni FSD Damper Set & Springs
KONI FSD Damper Set & Springs

For more assistance in picking the proper damper set, take a look at "Choosing the Optimum Damper for Your Vehicle."

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.

Bouncing along? Need new shocks?

Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
KYB GR-2 ShockHas 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 5-10% over factory new. KONI and Bilstein offer higher performance options — some with adjustability to give you that "on rails" feeling.

Look to the professionals at Tire Rack for all of your suspension needs. View specs, shock absorber reviews, and pricing for your specific 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.          

Refresh Your Ride With New Shocks

Friday, February 4, 2011 by Chad Hocker
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.
KYB GR-2 Shocks and StrutsKoni Special Shock
Take a look to see which suspension products work best for your vehicle.

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.

Ever get that uneasy feeling?

Saturday, July 24, 2010 by Doug Moore
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 not operating efficiently.

Shocks and struts are made for all types of vehicles and performance needs.

In the performance category, we have products from Bilstein, KONI and KYB. Each is engineered to provide excellent control and improve the responsiveness of your vehicle.

If comfort is more of a priority, Bilstein and KYB have replacement shocks engineered to bring back that new car feel.

For the off-road entusiast, or if you just need something heavy duty for towing or load carrying on your truck, the KYB Monomax will provide that higher level of control that you require.

As always, you can shop by vehicle to see products sorted by performance category.

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.



Special or Sport: Which KONI product is right for your vehicle?

Friday, June 18, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Shock absorbers can be complicated if you're not precisely sure about your individual needs. There are a variety of shock options, and each option directly affects ride comfort and stability—even safety. Take a look at the following force velocity graph:
The red portion of the graph represents KONI Special shocks and the yellow portion represents KONI Sport shocks. Any crossover in performance is indicated by the color pink. In essence, the graph is a visual representation of the adjustment range. The column marked "A" represents damper speeds that result from braking, accelerating and rolling. Column "B" represents road hazards like bumps and railroad tracks.

Based on the chart, you can see that KONI Special shocks compromise the most in terms of road handling and comfort. Sport shocks, on the other hand, are made for aggressive driving. Read "Comparing KONI Special vs. KONI Sport" in our library of Suspension Tech articles and then shop by vehicle for a specific list of components that are right for yours.