Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

Bought these to replace OEM Continentals. Huge, positive difference. Felt like I'd installed a new set of shock absorbers/struts. They smooth out bumps and potholes, sidewall roll on turns is definitely minimized, reducing oversteer. Significant reduction in noise. Deep channeling maintains confidence in the wet, only hydroplaned when going way too fast for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

I got these tires as warranty replacements for noisy Contiprocontacts that where loosing chunks or rubber on the shoulders at 500 miles. The Contipurecontacts offer great grip on dry surfaces and really grab on to the corners, they are firm, but bumps or potholes are absorbed without much jarring or shock. The one quality of these tires that I find...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

First off the treadwear, because I'd give it a 12 if I could. They have been nothing short of astounding for a tire in this class. A full set of super sports was the first purchase I made when I got my car 3 years ago. Since then, I have taken the car to the track for 7 weekends, twice my girlfriend also went out in the car, totaling approximately...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo2

This tire is awesome, have them on my stage 2 wrx and love them. They are very quiet and comfortable. Dry traction is prime. Wet traction is even better! Never been able to make them slip or skip on pavement and they do pretty decent on other surfaces too especially when absorbing pothole shocks. The only complaint I have is they feel a little sloshy at the...  Read More

State-of-the-Art Shocks and Struts from KYB

Founded over 50 years ago, KYB is Japan's largest manufacturer of automotive shock absorbing equipment. Superior steering control is achieved by using Kayaba hydraulic technology to generate smooth road conditions through absorption of road vibrations and leveling for uneven road conditions. The variety and reliability of KYB products have been demonstrated...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

The DWS is in a different league as the original Michelin. While the DWS is slightly noisier than the OEM Michelin, it more than makes up for it in how much better it absorbs bumps and shocks to the wheel. Also, with the Michelin's, even though the TLS is all wheel drive I could easily spin the tires while shifting in to 2nd gear and could shake them loose...  Read More

Best Replacement Tires for the Honda Odyssey

When shopping for tires for the Honda Odyssey most customers tend to look for tires that are quiet, comfortable riding and provide good traction in snow and on ice. Because of the large open space inside the cabin of the minivan, road noise is always an issue. Choosing the right tire can really make a big difference. A few great options to consider when...  Read More

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

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...  Read More

17" Alternate Size for the Dodge Journey

Is your Dodge Journey equipped with 19" tires? Then take a look at alternate sizing options by reading "Tire Alternatives and Options for Your Dodge Journey." Since I wrote that blog post, I have been asked about different tire size options for the 225/65R17-equipped Journey. For this particular model, I would suggest looking at 235/65R17 as an optional size....  Read More

Looking for the Best Coil-Over Kit for the Track or Street? Bilstein is the Answer!

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...  Read More

Goodyear vs. Michelin: The Grand Touring All-Season Tire Showdown

Many tire buyers know Goodyear and Michelin as two nameplates synonymous with quality, but it can be difficult to compare these premium brands head to head. The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring and Michelin Primacy MXV4 are one such case as both tires are considered benchmarks of being the smoothest, quietest and longest wearing Grand Touring...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum

The car, a 95 BMW 540. It's a 4 liter V-8. Southern California, no snow, but can be plenty of rain. The tire, Kumho Exta Platinum. Shock: Bilstein. This is now my 3rd set of Kumho's. Last two sets were on an Audi. These Platinums are nice! I don't race, but am spirited. They corner, they absorb shock, are not noisy.First time I had to do an emergency...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity

OK, so I'm a fairly conservative driver, but I like these tires. The original tires were Michelin MXV4, and I debated over these with the Bridgestones, among others. The Serenitys felt slightly heavier and more stable (better grip) on the road. They instantly provided for a softer ride and absorbed the shock from potholes much better. I have had no problems...  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

Coil-Over Suspension: Look Good and Stay in Control on the Street and Track

Looking for a coil-over system for your daily driver, but also want it to perform at the track? One of the most attractive features of the following options is their ride height adjustability. They feature an adjustable spring perch and a threaded shock body. You can thread the perch up and down, allowing you to customize how much lowering you prefer for...  Read More

Suspension Shopping for my BMW 740i Part II

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...  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

Finding the Quietest Tires for Your Vehicle

Do you find yourself increasing the radio volume because your tires are making too much noise? If so, take a look at some of the quietest tires available in ascending order by performance category. The lower down the list you go the more noise you are likely to hear. However, you will notice an increase in traction levels (wet and dry) as well as...  Read More

Coil-Over Suspension: Is It Right for Me?

Coil-over suspension kits represent the top end of the suspension market, giving the driver the most flexibility in adjusting both the ride height and "firmness" of the shock absorbers to fine tune the handling of their vehicle. Sounds like a great option to have right? Well, the answer lies in how and where you drive your vehicle.The first thing to...  Read More