Bilstein has been in the performance suspension business for decades. It all began in 1954, when Bilstein wanted to improve on the telescopic shock absorbers that were commonplace. Soon, Mercedes was replacing their telescopic shock absorbers, with Bilstein mono-tube gas shock absorbers taking their place. It is these decades of experience, both on the road and across the racing tracks of Europe, which makes Bilstein the best when it comes to shock absorbers.Bilstein B8 Shock Absorbers are the result of all of these years of designing, manufacturing and refining. Which means you are getting the very best when you use Bilstein.
What our customers say about BILSTEIN B8 Shocks "The Bilsteins are a huge improvement over the stock shocks. They work well with the lowering springs that I have as well. Great shocks for the price" [/blockquote] Problems such as body roll and lateral drift become things of the past, as the vehicle is able to cling to the road much more effectively. Cornering at speed takes on a much tighter, sporty feel. Rather than fighting your vehicle in the corner, you have total control.
- As well as looks, there are real performance boosts from using Bilstein B8 Shock Absorbers
- A lower centre of gravity means a more responsive ride, which the B8 Shock Absorbers enhance further
- You no longer need to fight against the vehicle when cornering or handling at speed
Over 80 years ago, since Bilstein provided the chrome-plated bumpers for Germany's very first mass-produced cars, Bilstein has been about innovation and excellence. Over the decades between then and now, Bilstein has dedicated itself to producing the very best suspension systems available. The aim has always been to produce the best components that deliver excellence in ride quality, safety and comfort.
For example, Bilstein developed the very first mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers in 1957 - teaming with Mercedes, which offered a far more comfortable and responsive shock than traditional telescopic shock absorbers.
From there, Bilstein grew and grew. Decades of involvement with racing teams across Europe only helped the Bilstein reputation. With expertise and an unmatched history, Bilstein is dedicated to delivering the very best.
In order to develop and create the very best suspension systems and components, Bilstein oversees every step of the life of a component - from the drawing board to the moment it leaves the shop floor.
Bilstein uses its own dedicated engineers in factories in Europe to design and test every part - from each bolt to the whole suspension system, to make sure that everything meet their high standards.Bilstein believes that its components should always deliver the best, and that is why they offer a two-year warranty on each suspension component.
Bilstein recognises that a suspension system will experience many different road surfaces and environmental stresses over the years, so they test every component to the limit. Bilstein know a suspension system does its best work when under the most strain, and their strict testing means a Bilstein part will never let you down.
What our customers say about Bilstein SuspensionWhat our customers say about Bilstein Suspension: "Excellent shock absorbers, the best I have ever seen after years in the motor trade. Perfect damping on all road surfaces and almost no roll when cornering. They are not the cheapest but are worth every penny and well worth the wait."
When designing and making their shock absorbers, Bilstein knows that every driver wants or needs something different.
That is why Bilstein shock absorbers come in six different varieties. In order to provide the right solution for you, Bilstein shock absorbers come in a range of different set ups and tunings. The Bilstein B6 Offroad, for example, has a set up specifically to counter harsh terrain and responds to deliver a safe and controlled drive in even the worst conditions.
Whether for the ultimate in sporty performance, for working in harsh terrain, or for holding up under repeated heavy loads, Bilstein shock absorbers are the perfect solution.
Like many other areas of how a vehicle looks and performs, lowering a vehicle is a matter of the driver's preference.
Bilstein has a wide range of different options for lowering your vehicle. Bilstein provides many different set ups, meaning that you never have to settle for anything less than perfect.
For example, the Bilstein B14, as well as lowering a vehicle by 30-50mm has an adjustable range of up to 20mm across both axles. This means that whatever you want - a lower sportier look, or a higher profile for a harsh surface, BILSTEN has you covered.
Each Bilstein lowering kit uses the best materials and their patented Triple-C-Technology to ensure that corrosion is never an issue.
Whatever you are looking for - a sporty, low profile and suspension, or something that can handle the rugged outdoors, Bilstein offers the best possible solution.
Quality and performance are at the centre of everything Bilstein does and this is obvious in every part, no matter how big or how small.
WHAT'S THE LIFESPAN OF A AUDI SHOCK ABSORBER?When most people think of the most important parts of their car, they are likely to talk about the engine and its capabilities. However, AUDI shock absorbers provide vitally important functions in terms of both handling and ride comfort.
AUDI Shock Absorbers
It is when you experience bad shocks that you realise just how important they are. Many drivers do not realise their importance and the huge difference they make, continuing to use the OE shocks that came with their vehicle.
Europerformance has a massive range of AUDI shock absorbers from the best manufacturers in the world, designed to suit any driving style or need.
Superior Materials Means Superior PerformanceAs was said above, shocks serve two key purposes: handling and comfort. The levels of handling and comfort depend on a few different factors. Performance shock absorbers, such as Bilstein B8 Shocks use shortened piston rods to reduce travel and provide much greater 'feel' for the road. This means a much more responsive, tight ride that comes straight from Bilstein's involvement with racing teams. Other performance shocks offer adjustability, such as front adjustable shocks absorbers by AVO. As the name suggests, this enables you to tinker with shocks until you find a setting that suits your driving style. This could be firm and very sporty, or you might prefer a looser, more laid back feel. Neither of these features comes with OE shocks. Another important difference between OE and replacement performance shocks is the materials used in their construction. Many OE shocks, whilst perfectly useable, will not use the superior materials and construction techniques of performance shocks. SPAX Front Shock Absorbers, for example, are krypton gas filled, giving them superior damping. Along these lines, shock absorbers such as Eibach Pro Dampers use aircraft grade steel, giving them strength and durability far beyond any OE shocks.
How Long Will They Last?The consensus for shock absorber life span is around 50,000 miles. The lifespan of your shocks depends on what they have to deal with and how good quality they are. The rougher the ride that your shocks have to deal with, the lesser their lifespan. Unless you use a superior shock absorber that is. A shock designed for great responsiveness and dealing with hard graft, such as Koni Yellow Sports Shocks, can handle harsh conditions and sporty driving styles much better than any OE shock ever could. As shocks wear down, their responsiveness and handling capabilities decline, leading to a squishy, unpleasant drive - many OE shocks feel like this from the start. With performance shocks, the ride remains crisp and sporty and, with adjustable shocks, you can mix and match your shock characteristics as you need to. As many shocks age, they reveal their problems with either oil leakage or worrying new noises. These failures in shock integrity also translate to other problems, like:
Any of these problems points to a deteriorating shock absorber. An OE shock, especially for a driver who likes a sporty drive, could soon show these problems. Not to mention the inferior handling and ride that is present from the start. Performance shock absorbers are designed to withstand the harshest driving environments and styles without breaking down. What's more, they offer superior handling and cornering, letting your car reveal its true potential.
- • Nose dive - excessive dipping of the nose during braking
- • Increased 'bounciness' when you hit a speed bump or dip in the road
- • A bone-rattling, harsh ride
- • Oil leakage or oil bubbles emerging from the shock
- • Uneven wear to the tires
- • Body roll - the car wants to pull away from the inside track when cornering