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Bilstein Performance Suspension

Why lower your suspension?

Lowering your car makes it look and handle better. Lowering your cars Centre-Of-Gravity will reduce body-roll. Reduced body-roll keeps your wheels and tyres in contact with the road better. More of your tyres in contact with the road means better grip through corners.

Lowering your car will also make it look better. Smaller arch gaps will make your wheels look bigger, and give it a more sporty, aggressive stance. Even a small amount of lowering can have quite an impact.

Why lower your suspension?

Sportier suspension with high quality springs and dampers will make your car stick to the road better for more confidence inspiring handling. Choosing the right suspension set-up will mean your tyres stay in contact with the road more of the time.

A sportier suspension set-up will enhance driver feel, both through the steering wheel and through the seat of your pants. A more direct connection with the car will help you feel more in control and allow you to better exploit the grip on offer.

Lowering your cars centre-of-gravity and firming everything up will give reduced body-roll. This will make your car quicker through corners, particularly where rapid transitions are necessary. Flatter cornering is safer and faster.

Lowering your car will increase the visual impact of your wheels, making them fill the wheel arches better. It will also give your car a sportier, more aggressive stance.

Why Bilstein?

Almost anyone can lower a car but lowering a car and keeping it driveable and not overly firm is an art.

Make a car too stiff and you can render it unpleasant to daily drive. You can make it handle worse too – the suspension must be compliant enough to keep the car in contact with rough road surfaces otherwise you start losing grip as the wheels bounce off the road.

Bilstein know all about this. Their dampers are designed to be firm, but not overly stiff. Splitting development time between their own development circuit and the "Green Hell" means they have lots of very varied tarmac to play with. Their dampers are designed to cope with it all gracefully. Firm enough to offer significantly enhanced handling, but smooth enough to be comfortable and quick on real roads. If it's a coilover, the springs are perfectly matched to the rest of the set-up.

This kind of knowledge is not acquired overnight. Bilstein have been making dampers since the 1950s and have been involved with competition cars since the glory days of the 1960s. This means every Bilstein product is the result of a lot of expertise.

Bilstein test all of their products on their own test circuit at Papenburg in Germany, at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and on the best back-roads in California. This variety of testing surfaces allows Bilstein to tune their suspension to cope with a variety of real world road surfaces, unlike some other suspension which only functions on perfectly smooth tarmac.

Bilstein's own triple-C anti-corrosion coating technology. This three-step process starts with Zinc, but adds two additional layers on top to help protect against wear and corrosion. This coating actually survives salt-water spray better than Stainless Steel.

Fitting aftermarket components can often be a bit of a gamble quality-wise. Bilstein extensively partner with vehicle manufacturers so you know that every Bilstein component we sell is high enough quality to have been fitted right from the factory.

With almost 70 years in the shock absorber game, very few companies know as much about making shock-absorbers as Bilstein. They were early adopters of gas/oil shock absorbers and have been continuously developing this technology ever since.

There's never been a better (or cheaper) time to buy Bilstein coilovers, but which one is for you?

Bilstein B14

Bilstein B14

The Bilstein B14 is a height adjustable monotube coilover kit. Monotube dampers offer smooth, controlled damping, and better resistance to heat fade. This means the Bilstein B14 will stand up to very demanding, technical driving for extended periods of time. Bilstein offer their own triple-C anti-corrosion coating to keep these working and adjustable, even on British roads.

Almost all dampers used in Bilstein's coilover range are monotube. This means that instead of a narrower piston inside a double-walled skin, the piston takes up the entire inner diameter of the damper. Monotube dampers also have much simpler internal valving arrangements. This leads to a smoother, better controlled motion of the damper. Because the oil and gas are separated by the piston, there is no chance of them getting mixed together as with a twin-tube damper. This and the higher volume of oil in the damper unit to help control heat mean that this type of damper works well for much longer under heavy use.

Bilstein Coilovers are height adjustable. The threaded part of the body is anti-corrosion coated. Bilstein also specify a rounded thread which helps reduce the tendency of using the thread adjusters to strip off the anti-corrosion coating. This helps stop the coilover seizing up which is a real hazard of salty roads.

Bilstein's own triple-C anti-corrosion coating technology. This three-step process starts with Zinc, but adds two additional layers on top to help protect against wear and corrosion. This coating survives salt-water spray better than Stainless Steel.

One of the most vulnerable parts of any coilover are the threads the adjustable spring seats sit on. If care is not taken to maintain them, they can seize up. While these do still need taking care of, Bilstein have used special rounded thread to help avoid the anti-corrosion treatment rubbing off.

Bilstein B16

The Bilstein B16 offers everything the B14 does but adds adjustability to the formula. With one- way adjustable damping, the Bilstein B16 lets you fine-tune exactly how your car handles. With a set of these, you can tailor your suspension to the roads you will be driving ensuring your set-up is always perfectly suited.

Bilstein B16

Almost all dampers used in Bilstein's coilover range are monotube. This means that instead of a narrower piston inside a double-walled skin, the piston takes up the entire inner diameter of the damper. Monotube dampers also have much simpler internal valving arrangements. This leads to a smoother, better controlled motion of the damper. Because the oil and gas are separated by the piston, there is no chance of them getting mixed together as with a twin-tube damper. This and the higher volume of oil in the damper unit to help control heat mean that this type of damper works well for much longer under heavy use.

Bilstein Coilovers are height adjustable. The threaded part of the body is anti-corrosion coated. Bilstein also specify a rounded thread which helps reduce the tendency of using the thread adjusters to strip off the anti-corrosion coating. This helps stop the coilover seizing up which is a real hazard of salty roads.

Bilstein's own triple-C anti-corrosion coating technology. This three-step process starts with Zinc, but adds two additional layers on top to help protect against wear and corrosion. This coating survives salt-water spray better than Stainless Steel.

One of the most vulnerable parts of any coilover are the threads the adjustable spring seats sit on. If care is not taken to maintain them, they can seize up. While these do still need taking care of, Bilstein have used special rounded thread to help avoid the anti-corrosion treatment rubbing off.

B16 coilovers offer a single adjustment knob. This adjust both rebound and compression at the same time. The knob offers 9 or 10 positions depending on model. This allows you to very quickly and simply adjust how the coilover handles.