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.

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.

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Having already chosen the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set for my 1997 740i, it's time to turn my attention to the the shocks and struts, known collectively as dampers. The available options include the Bilstein Touring Class, Bilstein Sport and KYB GR-2. 
 

The Touring Class and GR-2 are similar to one another in that they're both premium quality replacements for the stock dampers. They are valved about 10% firmer than the originals to account for the wear that accumulates in other suspension components over time and their goal is to provide ride and handling that equals or exceeds the Original Equipment.
 

The Bilstein Sport is a high-performance shock absorber designed for use with lowering springs. The mono-tube design, while more expensive to produce, has advantages for heat dissipation, longevity and consistent performance. 
 

Do I spend the money on the Bilstein shocks or save some cash and go back with a factory-equivalent part? The Bilstein Sports are the only replacement shock absorbers that are officially recommended to use with the Pro-Kit springs. Using the Touring Class or GR-2 with lowering springs would void their warranties. While this wouldn't be the first warranty I've ever voided when modifying a vehicle, I think that if I'm going to go through the trouble and expense of replacing them, it's worth doing it right. The Bilstein Sport was the winner and will make a great addition to my BMW 740i.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bilstein Shocks: What Shocks are Right for Me?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Derrick Ling
A very common question when it comes to shocks that I get is, "What is the biggest difference between all the shocks?" or "Why are the Bilstein so much more money over the other shocks?" or even " Are they really that much better then KYB or KONI?"

Well here is the answer to that.

There is a reason the Bilstein's do cost more, and there is a performance difference between all of the shocks. Bilstein shocks carry a lifetime warranty unlike KYB or KONI. Bilstein shocks and struts will last 4 times longer then the Orginal Equipment shocks and struts. They are also designed to improve the ride, handling and control of your vehicle. Bilstien is able to do this due to the quality of the shocks material and the specially designed valving system that Bilstien has designed. Bilstein has been in busniess longer then I can remember and for years manufactures have been trying to copy what they do, and have not been able to come close. This is because of Bilstein's extensive research and the quality of material used to build there shocks and struts. By using top notch quality material when building there shocks and struts, is the main reason you end up with a product that works so well and is able to carry a lifetime warranty.  
   
In my opinion, the Bilstein Shocks are well worth the money and will dramatically improve the comfort and ride quality of your vehicle. If you are looking for a way to improve the ride quality and performance of your vehicle, Bilstein is the way to go. Don't settle for second best when you can have the best built shock in the business.

For more information on how to purchase Bilstein shocks and struts for your vehicle visit Tire Rack.





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.

Truck Shocks

Friday, January 22, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Some trucks are meant to be driven in extreme conditions—and we're not just referencing deep snow and rainstorms. Try rugged roads filled with sand and mud. You can only imagine what those off-road conditions feel like on the average passenger. The good thing is, you can combat that excessive bounce with a great pair of shocks. But not just any shocks. Truck shocks that account for the difference between trucks and cars. Even if you stay on everyday roads with always-annoying potholes and bumps. Here are some that have pleased our previous customers:

Bilstein HD Shock: "Put these on my S-10 after 20K miles. Handling was instantly improved over stock, high speed driving was more stable, cornering improved, slightly firmer ride. Great shocks. After 8 years, they still don't leak and work great." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet S10, KY

KYB Monomax: The rear end of my truck bounced like an old car since new, especially when towing. It was so bad that people in the back seat got nauseous...I put the Monomax on the rear to see if they'd help. The difference is dramatic. A HUGE improvement, I highly recommend them. I am ordering a set for the front!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet Silverado, NH 

Find your truck shocks.


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.

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 

See all shocks.

A Replacement Shock Absorber

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
When you start to feel every last imperfection in the road, odds are you need to replace shock absorbers. Shock absorbers play a very important role in the function of your suspension system. They force heat through a series of valves within the shock body, which controls unwanted suspension movement. 

What does that mean? It means that a shock absorber helps your tires stay in contact with the road's surface. The slightest bit of wear can affect ride quality, handling and balance when the vehicle is in motion. Further translation: It gives you a bumpy ride and, quite possibly, a bruised tailbone. (Suspension Basics)

So, if you need a replacement shock absorber, the KYB GR-2 is designed to return your vehicle to it's original ride quality. Or, you can search our suspension products to see a list of replacement shock absorbers—or consider a performance upgrade—to suit your vehicle specifically.

You CAN find shock absorbers online!

Monday, November 2, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we'll do our best to end your exhaustive search for shock absorbers online. We've developed our inventory by compiling some of the industry's best suspension products.

Search our stock by vehicle. It's easy! We'll generate a list of suitable suspension products, like shock absorbers, springs and strut boots—all of which are ready to ship from one of our distribution centers.

You can also search by brand:
Bilstein
Eibach
H&R
Hotchkis
KONI
KYB

Regardless, you'll find the information you need to make an educated purchase. If not, contact us. Our team of performance specialists would be happy to help you find shock absorbers.

So smooth, it's shocking.

Monday, September 21, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we make it really easy to buy shocks online. Search by vehicle, and we'll recommend the best suspension options for your car, light truck or suv. We've done the research, comparisons and testing. From Bilstein to KYB, KONI and more— every brand we offer is an industry leader that meets our strictest standards.

Bilstein Logo Koni Logo

Shocks are an integral part of the suspension system. They help maintain tire performance and driver comfort. Want to learn more? Check out the suspension tech information we've compiled. And if you've still got questions, our knowledgable sales specialists are always ready to help. Just call 1-800-461-5527.

KONI Damper Set Improves the Mini

Friday, July 10, 2009 by Mark Veldman
After hitting 60,000 miles on the my Mini Cooper S, I could tell it was time (and maybe a little late) for replacement shock absorbers.  The car wasn't settling as quickly after dips in road and small bumps were becoming much more noticeable.  I considered shocks from a few different manufacturers like KYB, KONI and Bilstein.  But after reading the shock absorber reviews on tirerack.com, I decided to go for the KONI FSD Damper Set.  I have had great experiences in the past with Koni shocks, so I had high hopes for the Damper Set.

The customer reviews were correct...the Koni FSD Damper Set was fantastic.  The handling was improved with quicker response to steering inputs and less bounce after bumps or unsettling maneuvers.  But true to the customer feedback, the ride quality actually improved absorbing bumps in a more subtle fashion than the stock shocks.

The Koni FSD Damper Set is a definite step up from standard shock absorbers, but there are also a huge step up in ride quality and performance.