Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.15
 
 

2007 Honda Pilot EX 2WD
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Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2013

So great, I'd just bought my second set. After spending several hours searching reviews for a better set, I decided to go back with the tires I was 100% satisfied with. Very responsive to braking and accelerating. Okay for side stability/cornering... in part due to worn suspension (shocks, bushings and sway bar links) and the high center of gravity for Honda Pilots. Road noise was hardly noticeable compared to the original Goodyear Integrity. Compared to them, tread lasted much longer on the HTS. One advice: do not let their price tag disguise you.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Wendell, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized "family" sedan and spirited driving.

They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car aggressively around corners and the tires will hang on. Though the car's suspension plays a role, these tires won't abruptly "hop" around corners if you hit a bump mid turn. They stay planted and when they do break away, they break smoothly with plenty of warning so you can get the rear end in check. Fuel mileage has not taken a noticeable hit with these more aggressive tires. On 5 hour+ highway trips, they're quiet, smooth with no impact harshness over expansion joints and road irregularities. With 5,000 mile rotations and keeping PSI around +3PSI factory setting, they have worn perfectly evenly on all four corners.

The only downside is that I can only get about 30,000 - 35,000 miles out of them despite the 50,000 mile tread life warranty. Around 30,000 wet traction begins to decrease noticeably. While OK in a straight line on wet highways, sudden/hard turns will make the handling squirrelly. But they're still OK to drive and not bad considering 75% of the tread and the top sipes and grooves are worn. With the down pours we get here on occasion, I would rather have fresh tread so I’ll replace them soon. Fortunately they're reasonably priced and a much better value compared to similar tires. Would I put these on an M3 or Mustang? No. But a Mazda 6, Accord, Optima, Camry SE, etc... most definitely a great match.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Miles driven on tires: 9,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5" & 19x11") on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.

First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which are StopTech Trophy 6P/4P 380mm/355mm 2pc that I use for competition. Braking distance is better with these than anything else that is daily driveable, and in the wet I have more traction than I would have ever thought possible especially from these widths!

With a quite stiff race suspension, these tires have improved ride quality and decreased noise, with no perceptible change in NVH since new.

Control is phenomenal, with very good feedback and they are very communicative as to their limits, while allowing throttle on oversteer but being perfectly easy to reign back in.

Since going with these for my M3, I have also swapped to them on my GT3 RS and they're every bit as good there.

Another benefit is that they weigh in at about 2.5lbs less than other comparable tires, and in my pursuit of decreasing drivetrain loss as much as absolutely possible, the extra 10lbs of unsprung weight combined with the 28lb from the wheels is immense.

11/10.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

My previous set of tires were Toyo Proxes. I burned thru them in about 7,000 miles. I do 6 to 8 track events each year plus drive the car whenever the weather is good. These are simply the best gripping tires I have ever owned. The ride of the car has improved and the traction of the tires have made up for some over-driving errors at the track (Miller Motorsports). If there is a better tire out there for track and road driving, I would like to know. We have taken the Porsche on road trips of over 1,000 miles and my wife says she enjoys the ride. The Porsche has been lowered, new shocks to match suspension, plenum, complete exhaust and intake. 299 rear wheel horsepower. 235 at the front and 305 at the rear. I bought two sets of rear tires because the fronts last twice as long as the rears.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H426

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H426 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2003 Volkswagen Golf GL TDi
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Miles driven on tires: 26,000
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 26,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Put these on about a year and a half ago; great tires while they were on (quiet and pretty grippy) but after about 26,000 miles the tread was down to 3/32. I got them replaced for the prorated warranty amount, but had to pay for installation of the new tires and chose to get the road hazard warranty which worked out to pretty much the same amount that I got back from the warranty (120 for install + warranty, 132 back on the cost of the tires).

As far as traction in snow, I drove in some light snow and they were OK, but not very good (comparing them to the 4 sets of other tires that were all about the same price). I have an under powered car and there was some slipping under acceleration, even light acceleration.

They wore evenly; I rotated according to my vehicle manufacturer's specifications (10K) and kept them inflated WARM at 40-42 PSI. Most of my suspension is pretty new. I corner briskly but am otherwise not an aggressive driver.

Would not buy again, but tread life is really important to me.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Manchester, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

These are great winter tires and offer exception dry and wet grip and solid performance on snow and ice, they may not grip quite as well as a Blizzak or Graspic in really wet snow but they offer excellent all around winter performance and EXCEPTIONAL resistance to hydroplaning. They are a bit slow to react and have lots of flex on initial turn in and are quite noisy on dry roads under acceleration and breaking but thats to be expected of a snow. They offer a very comfortable ride as well though a soft sidewall can lead to a bouncy ride with stiff aftermarket performance suspension. Under braking they offer good grip and track straight unlike some other snows that tend to pull under hard braking. I am quite happy with my purchase of these tires and have driven through a several sever winter storms with them and have found them to be competent and predictable in there harsh condition behavior. If I have one major issue with them its that they can tend to flex excessively during lane changes making them a bit unpredictable as to when they will actually initiate the turn resulting in a dead spot in steering this also is apparent over irregular road surfaces in that you can feel the tread flex significantly laterally making the rear of the car feel unsettled when its not, my Corrado is on aftermarket performance suspension and is very stiffly sprung and has very significant steering feel though which tends to amplify the feel of the flexing in a standard vehicle i imagine it would be far less prominent. I would buy these tires again and if current wear patterns indicate anything they should last me at least 1 or 2 more seasons of aggressive winter driving.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

These tires are the OEM fitment for my car. My first impression of these tires was that they were quiet, had OK grip levels for normal driving and had dull response - to this day, my opinion hasn't changed. I understand Mitsubishi chose an absurd tire size in order to maximize MPG, but having seat time with a car wearing Bridgestone RE92's, the turn in is mushy, even at 40 PSI, and the tires howl a lot before losing traction.

Speaking of traction, there isn't much. Lateral bite is very strong, assuring you they'll deliver in a panic braking situation - longitudinal traction is another story. These tires aren't dangerous by any stretch of the imagination, even in 5 degree freezing cold winter nights, but for someone who has a heartbeat for racing, they'll be disappointed.

My car also has a very conservative suspension tune, designed for countries like Thailand where many roads are poorly paved, or gravel or dirt. I'll be changing my springs and sway bars soon, to see if the soft suspension settings are the bigger culprit to the car's poor quality of handling.

These tires also don't cut through deep snow very well - or my car's 1,950lb weight is to blame. But they'll get you home in one piece. If 165-65R14 is your only choice, stick with the Potenzas. You'll be happier in the long run.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact GX

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact GX Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2013 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

These are the OE tires on my Outback, and I already know I will replace them with the same model when it's time. I've had a Subaru before, and several 4WD trucks, but have never had a vehicle track like this one does in the snow. It's like having a 28 MPG tank at my command. We've had a lot of snow in the past couple of weeks and I am astounded at how this vehicle and tire combination shrugs it off. I am not an overly aggressive driver, but I can safely move faster in snow-covered lanes than other vehicles do on the mostly clear ones. I'm (almost) looking forward to more snow so I can these boys out there again, this time looking for especially difficult driving to see how they do. I am also surprised how well this vehicle rides over rutted unpaved roads and potholes, but I'm not sure whether I should credit the tires or the Subaru suspension. I suppose it doesn't matter. The combination makes for the best riding vehicle I've ever had when it comes to really crappy roads.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Tdi Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Genoa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2013

I had a set of the previous Firestone Winterfire tires on the car for 7 winters before one developed a bubble. Tread still had 50% depth. They were a non-directional "block" style tread. Noise was moderate, dry handling was like dancing with a drunk fat chick, but the snow traction was outstanding.

The current Winterforce tires I installed to replace them appeared like the dry handling would be improved with the directional tread pattern and also the noise level would be lower. Indeed, the dry handling is better (although still pretty queasy) but the snow performance is not as good and even worse, the tires howl like a set of Dick Cepek Crushers. I rotate every season and suspension/alignment are good, but even a low speeds they send a growl throughout the cabin.

I put up with the noise because they provide vital winter traction, but I won't buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.83
 
 

2008 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Tires were purchased to maintain the handling potential of the car. The tires are not smooth, that said, the suspension of the car contributes to the roughness of the ride. I am perfectly satisfied with the ride and expect such a ride with the car and the superior handling tires. I purchased the tires after they were discounted after a newer model was introduced. I did not need state of the art performance tires and the discounted price allowed me to purchase what I consider a high end performance tire. I would buy these tires again (for the discounted price). I no longer autocross but expect my car to be auto cross capable and these Bridgestone's provide the capability.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 4Matic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Lake Mills, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 13, 2013

I purchased my Pirelli tires to replace a set of older s rated tires that did nothing to compliment the ride and handling of my c280. These tires are smoother, quieter, and handle better than my other tires ever did. They bring out a firmness of my suspension I did not know it had. They handle great in the rain and and hold the road very well in the wind. I am eager to see how they do in the snow!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Elyria, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

This is a great tire if you are looking for a comfortable and quiet touring tire. I can enjoy getting on the highway and driving 6-7hours to NY or NC. My car has had a variety of tires on it for the 17 plus years I have owned. May max performance tires will cup and make horrendous noise within 10K and ride very hard over rough roads pom this type a car. I was getting tired of the noise and harsh ride and wanted a comfortable touring tire like the original P6 they came with in 1986. I tried a Pirelli P zero nero, but that tire was poor in all areas of noise and wear. This tire fit the bill perfectly and has had great tire wear with very little cupping. I am running MO30 suspension and being a 16" wheel this tire will give up in a hard corner or when braking when pushed very hard in the dry. It does not squeal or give you a sign, but it will let go because of the larger soft side wall that gives it the comfortable ride. Maybe a 17" wheel conversion with this same tire would improve the cornering. You just have to know the limits of this tire and not get stupid or it may bite you. I would rate it as an excellent touring tire. I will probably buy again when the these wear out unless another model proves to combine the same comfort with an increase in performance.

 

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.

Which Tire Can Make Your SUV Handle Like a Car?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Doc Horvath

While most SUV owners appreciate the added space and "go anywhere" capability of their vehicles, the high speed handling of most SUVs can often leave enthusiastic drivers wanting more. Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli and others have developed Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires in popular SUV sizes which fit this bill.

The new Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS was put in a head-to-head test with the Continental CrossContact LX Sport and Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season. Tests were performed using our Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides to see which tire made our Porsche Cayenne test SUVs handle most like their sports car relatives.

On our 4.1-mile loop of expressways, state highways and county roads, we're able to get a sense for how each tire will perform in real world conditions, like those most of our customers experience on their daily commute. The variety of pavement types, conditions and legal speeds puts each tire through its paces and helps determine overall ride comfort, road noise and handling characteristics. Continental's CrossContact LX Sport made easy work of small- and medium-sized impacts, while minimizing the effects of larger pavement breaks and other issues. Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season was close behind, with the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS allowing just a little more road feel to sneak through the suspension. Road noise was minimal from all three models, and the Bridgestone was able to set the standard with the best handling characteristics. The Continental and Pirelli followed behind, but weren't able to replicate the crisp steering response of the Dueler H/P Sport AS.

Our 1/3-mile test track allows us to replicate extreme maneuvers in both wet and dry conditions that are normally experienced during an abrupt emergency avoidance move. The quick handling characteristics of the Bridgestone carried over to the track, providing very predictable and stable handling in both dry and most notably, wet track conditions. The CrossContact Sport LX wasn't too far behind, but the Pirelli struggled to maintain grip during acceleration and braking, making it a challenge to control near the limit.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires: Can Some of the Newest Help Yours Drive More Like a Car?"

Performance Engine Upgrades for Your Car, SUV and Pickup

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Not only do we offer the best performance wheels, tires and suspension selection for your vehicle, but we also offer performance engine upgrades. I receive many calls from enthusiasts who are overall quite happy with their vehicle, however are looking for a little more power. Hypertech Power Programmers and AIRAID air intake systems are a great addition for the individual looking for safe and reliable horsepower gains.

Founded in 1985, Hypertech has been an industry leader in increasing engine efficiency, horsepower and torque for cars and trucks. Their Max Energy Sport Power Programmer is developed specifically for late model imports, while the Max Energy Power Programmer tunes late model cars and trucks. Some of the expected improvements you'll see from using these products, include:

  • RPM “rev” Limiter
  • Top-Speed Limiter
  • 0-60 mph Electronic Throttle Restriction
  • Read and Clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
  • Return to Stock or Change Option Settings
  • Internet Updateable

Founded in 1997, AIRAID started developing and manufacturing air intake systems for light trucks and SUVs utilizing the cotton-gauze filter technology. Since then, AIRAID evolved to the next level with the introduction of SynthaMax filters. These 100% synthetic, non-oiled and washable filters are easy to maintain and can be reused by simply washing the filter with a mild household detergent and rinsing. AIRAID offers a wide selection of cold air intakes and air box/air intake tube combinations for your gas or diesel pickup and Jeep. Their QuickFit line has shown to increase airflow between 20% to 200% with horsepower gains from 6hp to 18hp, depending on vehicle.

Industry proven safe power gains from two industry pioneers for your vehicle. Which one is right for you?

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.

Tuning Solution for Your Dodge, Jeep or Chrysler: Hypertech Interceptor

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Enthusiasts are always in search of getting "just a little more" out of their vehicles than the factory intended -- whether it's improving the handling with suspension and tire upgrades or increasing power with powertrain tweaks. Tire Rack is proud to offer Hypertech's Interceptor engine tuning system for select Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler applications.

The Interceptor is a dedicated wired-in system that mounts easily underneath the hood while using factory style wiring harnesses that snap into your existing engine management system with no splicing or cutting of wires. It then continually adjusts the factory’s computer performance calibrations to boost horsepower and torque, provide quicker acceleration and improve MPG (all without voiding your factory warranty). In addition to controlling engine functions such as air/fuel mixture, spark timing and maximum RPM, the Interceptor also regulates transmission shift points and firmness for better driveability.

Expected gains by using the Hypertech Interceptor:

  • Dodge / Ram 5.7 HEMI engines will see an increase between 33 and 40 horsepower
  • Chrysler, Dodge and Jeeps equipped with the 5.7 HEMI will see an improvement between 20 and 22 horsepower
  • Chrysler, Dodge and Jeeps equipped with the 6.4 (SRT) engine will see an improvement between 13 and 18 horsepower
  • The new Jeep JK equipped with the 3.6 engine will see a horsepower gain of about eight.

The Interceptor is street-legal for use in all 50 states (C.A.R.B. E.O. or pending) and features a 30-day, money-back, satisfaction guarantee.

If you have one of the vehicles listed above, view what the Interceptor can do for your car.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G2 Caliper Paint: A Nice Finishing Touch

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While I've installed suspension and brakes in the past, it can be some work. This past weekend's task was much easier with the use of G2's Brake Caliper Paint System Set to cover up the factory caliper's tarnished raw casting.

The G2 Caliper Paint System is quite thorough and comes with a can of brake clean, paint color of you choice, hardening resin, stir stick and paint brush. For less than $40 it comes with everything you need to do the job correctly and doesn't require the removal of the brake calipers themselves. While many people resort to spray paint, this method requires masking to avoid overspray and has a finish that isn't temperature resistant to brake heat.

To apply the G2 Caliper Paint System, follow these simple steps:

  1. Properly lift vehicle and place stands.
  2. Remove wheels.
  3. Mix paint and resin, stir for 5 minutes.
  4. Clean calipers using supplied brake cleaned.
  5. Apply paint using supplied brush (Use sparingly as a little goes a long ways.)
  6. Allow a few hours to fully cure.
  7. Install wheels and lower car to ground.
  8. Properly torque all four wheels.

Featuring such an easy installation, anyone that can change a wheel and tire can do this job. While I chose to go with a factory style color (black), a wide range of colors are available to suit your preferences.

G2's Brake Caliper Paint System Set is an easy and cost-effective complement to a Tire & Wheel Package or brake job.

Take a look at these before and after photos of my 2012 Mustang GT to see how much difference the paint can make:

     

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.