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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, April 3, 2014 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 Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Wow. Fantastic. Expectations met and then some. I upgrade from Hankook Ventus V12's and even though these tires are in the same class, the PSS is a revelation. The PSS were a little noisier than I thought they'd be when I first got them, but the noise is of a different quality, lower frequency but not boomy, so it is not an issue. Compared to the V12's, the PSS feel like suction cups going down the road; my car has never felt this planted before. I first put them on the day before I went down to Tail of the Dragon, so they were immediately pushed to their limits. At the limit, they do not squeal; the V12's squealed quite a bit even when they had grip in reserve. Grip was noticeably increased in all situations. I even ran them in a torrential downpour the 4th day I had them; never felt a loss of grip once in heavy rain. Even the reduction in feedback from the wheel during the rain was noticeably less than the loss of feel for the Ventus V12's. These tires are multi-talented wonders. They ride more comfortably, although that could be related to running slightly lower pressures than I ran on my V12's.

The only gripes I have is that for my particular setup, steering response seems dulled. I am going to try slightly higher tire pressures this summer to see if that can remedy that without reducing ride quality or the incredibly planted feel they gave. Also, grip is noticeably less, although still very progressive, when the temperatures head south. Compared to the V12's, grip falls off quicker below 50 degrees. A shame because Michigan can bounce between 30 degree mornings and 60 degree days in the spring and fall. But overall, these are excellent tires I would recommend to anyone wanting to run a summer tire, regardless of price, which is also not bad for a Michelin. This feels like a pinnacle product, I can't wait to see where they go next!

Raise Ride Height and Go Big with Traxda Lift and Level Kits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

"How big of a tire can I install on my truck?" This question is one I receive on almost a daily basis. While each truck is different and some can occasionally accept taller tires with the factory suspension in place, the easiest way to insure proper fitment of a taller or wider tire is to increase the amount of travel between the top of the tire and fender well.

Leveling kits increase the amount of clearance on the front axles between one and three inches on average and will often enable the owner to increase tire size without rubbing issues. Most trucks tend to have a rake from the factory that causes the front of the truck to sit lower in the front when the bed is unloaded. With a leveling kit, this rake can be corrected and clearances improved.

Traxda Lift and Level Kits relocate the mounting point of the spring that holds the truck up without changing the location of the stock suspension arms. Installation of this kit allows for use of up to 35" tall tires (17"-26" rims, stock offset, depending on application) without rubbing. Most kits are a direct bolt-on style, simple and easy to install with nothing more than common hand tools and require no modifications to your vehicle. The kits retain stock ride quality.

Lift and Level Kit Features:

  • Precision laser cut solid steel technology engineered to exact tolerances
  • Does not change preload
  • Maintains stock ride quality on most vehicles
  • Requires no disassembly of the strut
  • Depending on application, stock shocks or stock-length aftermarket shocks can be used
  • Shock brackets included where applicable
  • Alignment specs provided
  • Truck can be returned to stock when required
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

Search by vehicle to find a Traxda Lift and Level Kit for your truck.

Free Shipping on Coil-Overs, Pads, Rotors, Springs, Shocks and More When You Spend Over $50

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Most drivers know us for our tires and wheels, comprehensive tire testing and billions of miles of review feedback. However, we offer more than tires and wheels. We've got coil-overs, pads, rotors, springs, shocks and a myriad of other items that are now eligible for free shipping. All it takes is $50 of qualifying products and the shipping's on us.

For example, if your light truck is ready for new shocks and struts, it's hard to beat the offerings from Bilstein. Bilstein makes the HD products for many light trucks, as well as passenger cars. We hear many trucks owners rave about their Bilstein HD shocks and struts.

Bilstein's shocks and struts are built to meet the fitment and performance needs of specific vehicles. And their patented design reduces the need for a compromise between ride, handling and control. Their rigorous development, testing and attention to detail combine to provide exceptional ride comfort and a product that will out last and out perform Original Equipment. Additionally, with Bilstein's aftermarket lifetime warranty, you can be assured they're built to last.

When engineered properly, a strut or shock will exert only moderate rebound damping on the high-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on tar strips and small road imperfections. They also increase rebound damping on lower-velocity damper piston speeds encountered on curvy roads and exit ramps. This leads to a great combination of ride compliance on rough roads combined with handling. One of my co-workers raves about how the Bilstein HD performs on his first-generation 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double Cab.

Free shipping offer does not apply to tire and wheel purchases. It is valid for retail customers in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. For complete details on our free shipping, visit here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2010 Toyota Corolla
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Miami Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Recently put four of these tires on my 2010 Toyota Corolla S, they were added after several major upgrade to the car, such as: Bilstein B6 HD Shocks, Eibach lowering springs, TRD rear sway bar & Strut strut brace,car definitely rides better, comfort has increased especially with road imperfections when compare with Michelin own MXM4 tires. Not sure if the MXM4 were too soft and the Bilsteins were too stiff but every road imperfection found their way to me while i was driving. wasnt sure if these would help in anyway to smooth out the ride, but thankfully they do.those who are considering lowering springs and stiff shocks, should give these a try for their stiffer side wall which seem to help absorb bumps better than Grand Touring tires.

 

H&R Sport Cup Kit and Touring Cup Kit: What's the Difference?

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Ben Rooney

When lowering your car, tuning the shocks to match the springs is essential to achieving the best possible ride and handling. The H&R Cup Suspension Kit is a popular option for drivers who want to lower their vehicle with a matched set of dampers and springs. Suspension gurus at H&R make your life easy by doing all the trial and error themselves, and providing you with a carefully researched package of lowering springs and custom-valved shocks.

You may notice that for many vehicles there's a "Sport" and "Touring" version of the Cup Suspension Kit. What's the difference?

Briefly, the Touring Cup Suspension Kit usually lowers the vehicle about 1.5" and is intended to preserve a smooth ride while giving sportier handling and a lowered stance. The Sport Cup Suspension Kit will provide more lowering, generally about 2", for a more aggressive stance. This will close even more of the gap between the fender and tire and provide a firmer ride.

If you consider yourself an average or moderately enthusiastic driver looking for a nice upgrade to the look and handling of your car, the Touring version is probably right for you. If you're a more hardcore enthusiast looking for the most aggressive stance, the Sport version is likely to be what you are looking for.

To view all suspension products available for your application, shop by vehicle.

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.

KW Variant 3 Coil-Over: Race Technology That's Comfortable on the Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Having just purchased a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, I felt that many aspects of the vehicle's performance were phenomenal, however the suspension left me wanting more. While the car provides good lateral grip in corners and performs better than any other generation of stock Mustang, the soft spring rates contribute to excessive body roll and front-end pitch under heavy braking.

To cure this, I pulled out the big guns and installed KW's Variant 3 Coil-Over. While the Variant 1 allows only for height adjustment with KW factory pre-set damping, and the Variant 2 provides height adjustment and adjustable damper settings, the Variant 3 gives drivers independent control of both rebound and compression, along with a wide range of height adjustment.

Installation only took two hours with a lift and a few of my friends. KW even includes vehicle specific install instructions and recommended shock settings. While the car now rides on a much higher spring rate than factory, the dampening takes out some of the harshness associated with lowered cars. It really rides quite nice and shows a huge improvement in handling. The car lays flat into corners with minimal roll and is much more stable under acceleration and braking.

Stay tuned for more changes I'll be making to my vehicle, up next: tires and wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Common Myths About Using Lowering Springs to Lower Your Car.

Friday, June 21, 2013 by Gary Stanley

If you've already upgraded to performance tires, the next step to improve the handling of your vehicle is to upgrade to a better suspension set-up. Typically, the most cost-effective way to do this is to replace your vehicle's Original Equipment springs with a set of performance lowering springs. Lowering springs lower your car's center of gravity for better handling, but there are many other benefits to using them. To read more about the benefits of using lowering springs, read "Springs for Spring!"

Vehicles also benefit from an improved sportier appearance when lowered. So what stops many drivers from lowering their car? Here are five common myths that often stand in the way. 

Myth 1: If I buy lowering springs, I can't use my original shocks.

Fact: Springs that produce mild lowering of about an inch work well with newer factory shocks. In fact, Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set and even their more aggressive Sportline Spring Set are designed around a vehicle's original suspension. 

Myth 2: I will need an expensive alignment kit if I install lowering springs on my car. 

Fact: According to Eibach, a leader in spring engineering and production, most vehicles do not require an alignment kit after installing a set of lowering springs that result in mild lowering of about an inch. 

Myth 3: Lowering my vehicle will hurt the ride quality of the car and make it ride like a truck.

Fact: Some spring sets, like the Eibach Pro-Kit, are designed to maintain much of the car's original suspension travel distance and are only about 15% higher in spring rate to preserve quality. 

Myth 4: Lowering springs will sag and settle in, making the car too low to be practical.

Fact: High quality springs from H&R and Eibach are pre-compressed down to full coil bind and tested before they are shipped. They do not sag. In fact, Eibach warranties their springs for one million miles. 

Myth 5: Upgrading my vehicle's suspension with lowering springs is expensive.

Fact: The price of lowering a vehicle can be as inexpensive as a set of lowering springs, plus the cost of installation. For current pricing of lowering springs for your vehicle, check out our suspension page.

Is Camber Correction Necessary When Lowering?

Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

One of the byproducts of lowering a vehicle can be an increase in the amount of negative camber. When looking at the wheel and tire assembly, this can be identified when the top side of the wheel/tire slants inward towards the vehicle's center.

Negative camber is a positive trait for those looking to track their cars or drive spiritedly. It helps the car turn in and the tire's contact patch to remain flat when one side of the car is loaded entering a corner. Also, it's not uncommon for some race applications to see as much as five degrees of negative camber. 

Not everyone is looking for large amounts of negative camber for race use. Typically, most passenger vehicles tend not to exceed 1-1.5 degrees as they leave the factory. Having a lesser degree of camber helps with tire wear and is the primary cause for camber correction. Cars with large amounts of negative camber will tend to wear the inside shoulder of the tire more rapidly than the outboard.

If you have lowered your car on a conservative or moderate spring such as an Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set or H&R Sport Spring Set, your camber specs may still be acceptable according to factory spec ranges without any other modification. However, as you begin to look at more aggressive set-ups, such as coilover kits, you may want to consider camber correction if you're interested in the best possible tire life on the street.

Camber correction can be done using camber correction bolts, adjustable control arms or adjustable camber plates. While all of these methods work great, which type you'll need is dependent on your vehicle type.

For more information on camber, read our tech article on alignment.

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?"

Best Tires for Roadrace and Autocross Events

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Colin .

With spring here, many drivers are getting ready to purchase tires for roadrace or autocross use.  

For those who want tires they'll use mostly on the street, but want to do some racing, the Extreme Performance Summer category offers some good options. Tires in this performance category won't give you the fastest lap times compared to competition tires, however they are a good choice for the less serious racer. If this sounds like what you're looking for, consider the following options:

For the more serious race enthusiast, take a look at our selection of Track & Competition DOT tires. These are options that shouldn't be driven on the street and are for the track only. If you are looking for a tire for your roadrace event, consider the Hoosier R6. If autocross is your event, take a look at the A6 from Hoosier.


BFGoodrich g-Force Rival

Hoosier R6

Hankook Ventus Z214


Hoosier's set-up process to maximize treadwear and handling is more involved than other tires, however their tires are hard to beat! For those that want a good competition tire at a lower price point, the Hankook Ventus Z214 is available in both a roadrace and autocross compound. 

Will your new set of tires need to be saved? If so, how far should they be shaved? Read "Shaving Tires for Autocross / Track Use / Competition" to see how this service can help you maximize your tire's performance capabilities early in their life.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Monday, April 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

1998 Ford Mustang Cobra Conv.
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Location: Alpharetta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

I have a 1998 Mustang Cobra with 280 HP at the rear wheels. I had a set of BFgoodrich g-force sports in 245/45/17 and would spin through 1st and 2nd gear and slide in most hard corners. To be fair, I impacted weight transfer with an Eibach kit that included lowering springs, sway bars etc.(Love the kit) and then I added caster/camber plates and set camber for cornering. That said, the 255/40/17 Potenza RE-11 is a dream come true. Better ride, no wheel spin, no slide in corners. If tread wear isn't a concern (no wear claim or warranty.)Then this is the only tire to consider. I went from years of un certain launches and corners to feeling like a pro behind the wheel. This is the only street tire I will purchase.

 

Eliminate Fender Gap with Eibach Springs

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Looking to get rid of the empty space between the tire and fender arch? Many people think they need to use taller tires to fill the space, but the right way of doing this is with lowering springs. A well tuned set of lowering springs will make the car look better, handle better and unlike oversized tires, it will not make the speedometer, odometer and other systems overestimate vehicle speed and mileage.

The good folks from Eibach dropped by to visit us last week and reminded us of all the wonderful things they do. All Eibach springs, from the popular Pro-Kit springs for street cars, to the special titanium springs they make for the Bugatti Veyron, to the custom springs they manufacture for the premier professional racing series are built to the same standards of quality and durability.

If your car is a daily driver, the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set is one of the best options available. It gives a nice boost to performance without compromising ride quality. The lowering is usually between 1" and 1.5" depending on the application. This amount of lowering generally doesn't require any special alignment parts to be added in order to obtain a proper alignment. It's recommended to have an alignment done after the springs are installed.

View all Eibach products and choose the one that best fits your vehicle.

Improve Performance at the Track with Eibach Lowering Springs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

An easy and inexpensive way to increase the performance and handling of your vehicle is to add lowering springs. By lowering the vehicle's center of gravity, you can reduce body roll in the turns, dive under braking and squat during acceleration. Eibach offers two different kits, the Pro-Kit Spring Set for performance street use and the more aggressive Sportline Spring Set for autocross and track use.

A key to choosing the one best suited for your needs is the amount of drop the kit can provide. The lower the drop from the spring kit, the lower the center of gravity - which provides the best performance. However, the lower the spring kit drops, the stiffer the ride for everyday driving will become. It's important to choose the Eibach Spring Kit with the appropriate amount of drop for your driving needs.

 Eibach Pro-Kit Set
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set
 Eibach Sportline Set
Eibach Sportline Spring Set


Eibach's Pro-Kit Spring Set is designed to provide improved handling and improve the look of the vehicle. It's the perfect balance between performance and handling, while still maintaining the original ride quality of the vehicle. Eibach Pro-Kit Springs minimize the fender gap that makes a car look lifted. The Eibach Pro-Kit typically lowers the vehicle 1.00"-1.25" depending upon the application.

If you're looking for the ultimate in track performance, the Eibach Sportline Spring Kit will give your car a low, race-replica look. A radical reduction in wheel well gap and improved handling is achieved for serious track and autocross enthusiasts. The Sportline Kit provides a drop typically between 1.50"-2.00" depending upon the application. This kit is for someone willing to give up some ride quality in exchange for the best cornering grip and turn-in response.

Shop by vehicle to see if an Eibach kit is right for your application. Also, be sure to read "Altitude and Attitude Adjustment" for more information on properly lowering your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.3
 
 

2007 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2013

These were great tires. Mine wore out quickly but this was not unexpected as I had the suspension setup on the car with a -1 degree camber on the rear and -.5 degree negative on the front. Caster and toe were set to factory Honda specs. These tires gave excellent dry traction and cornering stability as they were used on a sporty Civic that had been lowered 2 inches and had a fully adjustable autocross suspension setup. I am considering purchasing these tires for my 2012 Civic Si that is fully stock and has not been modified in any way just to see how many more miles I can get out of them. These are a great set of All Season tires for spirited driving or for those wanting the flexibility of an All Season but with the performance of a Max Performance Summer Tire. These Pilot Sport A/S Plus' were used in Northern Arkansas for the majority of their life and were purchased over a summer tire due to the inclement weather conditions that Arkansas receives during the winter months. Obviously I wouldn't recommend venturing out into a blizzard with these tires but they fared will on freshly snowed roads and over a few day old black ice spots along the highways. Spring and Summer times rainy and dry days are what these tires were meant for and they are made to be driven hot!

 

Caring for Your Tires: Even the Experts Aren't Perfect

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Ben Rooney

I was having lunch with a colleague today, and he was telling me that when he took his summer tires off, the inside edge was down to the cords and the outside was almost at full tread depth. He guessed the culprit was excessive negative camber, probably from his custom springs settling lower than they were when the alignment was set. 

The life of a tire expert usually means that we're paying attention to the tires of many other people: customers first and foremost, but also friends and relatives. Sometimes that means we forget to pay enough attention to our own. I have seen my colleagues (and yes, sometimes myself) running with tires over-inflated or under-inflated. Or driving with too much negative camber, bent wheels, winter tires in the summer, and numerous other sins against proper tire care. 

While defects do happen, modern tires from reputable brands tend to have extremely good quality control. But since everything the car does goes through the tires, it's the tires that often show the results of other problems.

Next time you see strange or premature wear on your tires, talk to an expert about what might be causing it. Finding the real problem early will often save you a lot of expense and frustration later. 

To make sure you get the most out of your tires, check out our Tire & Wheel Owner's Manual. This manual also has links to relevant articles about checking air pressure, proper rotation and other topics on properly caring for your tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-SeasonReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Pelham, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
October 23, 2012

'13 GT (brembo / track pack) Car came with PZero summer only, which worked tremendously as long as temp is above 50F. No plans to drive car in any snow however in NH we have quite a few days in the fall and spring that are obviously below 50. Wasn't ready to "park it" for the winter so ordered these with a set of ford track pack wheels.

Steering and handling - no noticeable change. Progressive break-away, recover nicely as well. Steering response / turn in just as immediate as the PZeros. Does provide a bit more feedback information through wheel (mostly because of stiffer sidewalls)

Braking - Under hard braking tire does induce more ABS action however still can generate similar braking #s. Wet road braking is probably better than PZeros

Ride / Comfort - Do ride stiffer than the PZeros. Road noise is lower. No change in tracking for car

Wet traction is great; equal to PZero. Zero issue with hydro-planning.

Dry traction is more than adequate but not nearly the bite that PZeros have (provided it was 50 degrees out). My best 0-60 time on Pzero was 4.2 with these it's 4.5 (according to onboard track app)

Overall = Good looking tire, tremendous in wet conditions, rides very quiet. Ride is stiffer and dry-road traction is 90% as good as summer only tires.

Tire-Rack Service : Ordered tires at 3:00pm on monday afternoon. Had them on my car by 10AM tuesday (next day). Wheel balance is spot-on.. no shakes or vibrations on speeds fast enough for a few week stint in the pokey ;)


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.