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AP Suspension Review

If you want to lower your car and improve its handling without breaking the bank, you should consider getting yourself an AP suspension kit. AP Suspension is a notable brand that provides high quality suspension kits at very pocket friendly prices. The AP suspension kit is designed to provide a firmer ride as compared to original factory fitted suspension kits. The AP coilover suspension kit comprises of 30% up-rated sports shock absorbers paired with progressive wound lowering springs which work together to deliver a comfortable, firm but sporty ride. Since AP has specialized in split drops, the AP suspension kit gives you a wide range of drops to choose from depending on your preferences. With this kit, you can lower your car by anywhere between 30 – 90 mm. The AP suspension kit also provides a stiffer ride, which in turn leads to faster cornering speeds and increased road holding.

To prevent corrosion, the AP suspension kit is powder coated. Apart from preventing corrosion, the unique blue powder coating also gives your car a nice look and sets the brand apart from the usual red and black colours preferred by most other manufacturers.

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One thing I like about the AP suspension kits is that they are not a mass produced kit. Instead, each AP suspension kit is designed for a specific car, which results in a perfect fit and a ride quality that is tailored specifically to your car. The AP suspension kit sport shock absorbers use short piston rods. This ensures full suspension travel, resulting in a comfortable and smooth ride quality, making this kit ideal for those who use their car on a daily basis. To top it up, the AP suspension kits have a German TUV quality approval and are covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

All said and done, the AP suspension kit is a true enthusiast’s kit. With a combination of superb build quality, excellent performance, good looks and reasonable pricing, AP is a brand that you simply cannot afford to ignore.

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Bilstein Shocks Review

Often times, the difference between an okay ride quality and a superb ride quality lies in a new set of shocks. For a while, my truck has been riding on the original factory installed shocks and I thought they were quite satisfactory. Only after installing a new set of Bilstein shocks just recently did I realize what I have been missing.

The Bilstein shocks come with a mono-tube design. The tube is filled with hydraulic shock oil and nitrogen gas, with a floating gas seal separating the two. To prevent foaming and cavitation and to ensure that the damping is effective even on punishing off-road surfaces, the oil column maintains a nitrogen gas pressure of 360 psi.

All Bilstein shock absorbers incorporate a special “rising rate” valving, which has the effect of making the shocks increasingly responsive as the road surface gets more demanding. This ensures that with the Bilstein shocks, you will always have the right amount of ride control regardless of the driving conditions or road surface.

Compared to the stock shocks I had on my truck, there is better dampening action on the Bilstein front shocks. This reduces body motion and sway and makes me feel that the front end of the truck is firmly planted on the road surface.

According to Bilstein, the spring-steel valving discs and the self-adjusting piston regulate the flow of oil with great precision, ensuring optimum compression and rebound control. Since the Bilstein shocks do not have any springs or check valves, you do not have to worry about their wearing out every so often. The Bilstein shocks also use a very strong hardened steel piston rod. It is actually one of the strongest you are going to find in the market. All these unique features are designed to work in unison, providing the optimum performance that has become synonymous to Bilstein shocks.

The superior design and solid performance of Bilstein shocks provides a solid ride with improved handling and vehicle control. On top of that, they are competitively priced, which means you are unlikely to go wrong with Bilstein shocks.

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Car Styling Basics

While owning a car feels great, personalizing your car to fit your personality and style feels even greater. When it comes to car styling, the effect is usually more “show” than “go”. In other words, the aim is usually to make the car look different and stand out in the crowd. There’s a great feeling in being able to easily identify your car even when it’s parked right next to another car of the same model and colour. Think about being able to make a statement and express your personality through your car. While car styling is more concerned with aesthetics, it can also have an effect on your car’s performance.

The good thing with car styling is that you are only limited by your imagination. However, before you get started, I always insist that you should first decide on the end effect you want to achieve. Car styling can be expensive. You don’t want to spend money on something and later realize that you don’t like it.

Below are some changes you can make to improve your car’s looks:

Wheels: This is usually one of the first upgrades most car enthusiasts make. Installing aftermarket alloy wheels on your ride does more than give it a stylish look. Alloy wheels are lighter, which makes your car easier to steer and brake. Since they usually have an open structure, they also dissipate heat from the brakes faster.

Body kit: Installing an aftermarket body kit is the perfect way to give your car a sleek, head turning aerodynamic look. When buying a body kit, search for one that is made from high quality fiberglass composites. It’s good to keep in mind that the body kit will affect your car’s handling. You might also need to be very careful with high curbs and speed bumps.

Lowering kits: Lowering your car gives it a more aggressive and sporty look, while at the same time making it more stable around corners. When choosing lowering kits, make sure to go through reviews by other enthusiasts, since some lowering kits might affect you car’s ride quality.

Stickers: This is the cheapest ways of altering your car’s looks. Stickers can range from logos of popular performance parts to custom designs. If you plan on fitting a sticker on your car’s hood, go for a sticker that can withstand the heat from the engine.

Ultimately, your car is a representation of yourself, and there’s no limit to the number of things you can do to make sure it looks appealing. You should be prepared to spend a few thousand dollars, though this should not be a problem if you really love your ride.

Eibach Springs Review

One of the first upgrades most people make after buying a car is to change to a set of aftermarket wheels and tires, thereby enhancing the car’s appearance and performance. While the aftermarket wheels and tires provide additional stopping and cornering traction, your car’s stock suspension might be unable to handle the increased traction, thereby limiting any gains from the tire upgrades. In order to get the most out of high performance tires, you might need to make a suspension upgrade as well.

If you decide to upgrade your suspension, one of the best options you will find in the market is the Eibach Pro-Kit. Compatible with most popular street cars, the Eibach Pro-Kit is designed to dramatically improve the appearance and performance of your vehicle. The Eibach Pro-Kit springs lower a vehicle’s center of gravity by up to 1.5 inches. This has the effect of reducing the car’s squat as you accelerate, reducing body roll as you go through corners as well as preventing excessive nose-dive as you brake. On top of that, the Eibach pro-Kit reduces the fender-well clearance, giving the car an aggressive, good looking appearance that you are going to love.

To ensure there’s as little disturbance to the car’s ride quality as possible, the Eibach Pro-Kit utilizes progressive spring rates. Additionally, the spring rates on the Eibach Pro-Kit are generally higher than you will find on stock springs. This improves the vehicle’s handling by controlling body roll. The Eibach springs are also built in such a way that they reduce the risk of bottoming the suspension, while still maintaining the vehicle’s load carrying capacity.

If you are looking to improve your car’s handling, responsiveness and braking, you cannot go wrong with Eibach Pro-Kit springs. However, it is good to note that the Eibach Pro-Kit might achieve less lowering on cars that come with factory lowered suspension, such as the M-sport or the GTI.

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