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Who Is Bilstein?

Germany is known for creating some of the most technologically advanced and sophisticated vehicles in the market, and it also goes the same with its automotive parts. When it comes to suspension products, there is one company whose name always stands out - Bilstein. 

Bilstein is a company founded by August Bilstein, who laid its foundation way back in 1873. At that time, they never imagined that Bilstein would become one of the leading forces in the suspension market.

 It was in 1954 when Bilstein realized the potential of catering to the automotive industry. They developed a shock absorber that would eliminate the disadvantages of a conventional telescopic shock absorber while also making it light and has the ability to position it anywhere. 

After tons of research and development, they created the first monotube gas pressure shock absorber and was used by Mercedes Benz. Today, their design has become the benchmark and standard followed by all shock absorber manufacturers worldwide.

BILSTEIN B12 (Pro-Kit)

Bilstein B12(Pro-Kit) is a performance suspension kit perfect for those who prefer a quick upgrade to a sports suspension system that improves vehicle handling and allows the user for easy lowering. 

Features and Benefits:

  • Improved handling and comfort over factory suspension.
  • Easy to install.
  • Direct fit. The spring compression and height ratio is similar to the original suspension geometry, which means no rubbing or grinding issue.
  • Allows you to lower your vehicle up to 50 mm, giving it a more aggressive stance and lower center of gravity.
  • Perfect for both street and track performance applications

BILSTEIN B12 (Sportline)

The Bilstein B12 (Sportline) is the perfect combination of high performance, great looks, and sporty dynamics. This kit increases your car’s handling performance suited to those who like a quick responding and aggressive handling vehicle.

Features and Benefits:

  • Superior performance and precise handling.
  • Allows quick and easy lowering up to 50 mm.
  • Fitted with an EIBACH Sportline sport spring which is perfect for comfort and performance.
  • Sporty and comfortable.


For those who prefer a more race-inspired suspension, then the BILSTEIN B16 (PSS9/PSS10) is the perfect set for you. It allows you to adjust your compression and rebound setting up to 10 stages, and its threaded body enables you to control the spring rate allowing you to get the proper ride height you desire. 

This kit gives you the technology that was previously only available with race car suspensions. Now, you can experience the same handling performance and turn your daily driver into a competitive weekend track machine.

Features and Benefits:

  • Provides user suspension adjustability with just a twist of a dial - 9 stages on B16 (PSS9), 10 stages on B16 (PSS10).
  • Allows lowering of up to 50mm.
  • A special aluminum alloy is used for the spring plates and lock nuts to ensure a proper and secure lock.
  • Finished with a Triple-C-Technology®for better and longer-lasting corrosion resistance.

BILSTEIN B8 Performance Plus

The B8 is designed to enhance the look of your vehicle while maintaining the ride comfort you get from your factory suspension. It gives your vehicle a sporty ride and a lowered look, perfect for those who seek a performance lowering shock absorber that is compatible with daily use.

Features and Benefits:

  • Designed explicitly for lowering springs and production sport vehicles.
  • Monotube gas pressure construction.
  • Combines sportiness and comfort.
  • Improves handling and vehicle control.

BILSTEIN B16 Ride Control

The B16 Ride Control is a suspension system that enables the driver to adjust its damping mode between comfort and sports performance remotely. Its quick reaction time allows the user to change all four suspension settings within seconds, all at the comfort of the driver’s seat. There is no need to go down and jack up your vehicle, all it takes is just a push of a button, and you are good to go. 

Features and Benefits:

  • Allows for an on-the-fly switch between sports mode and comfort mode.
  • Threaded body design that allows adjustment of up to 20mm.
  • Allows for a quick lowering for up to 50 mm.
  • Illuminated control panel for ease of use.
  • Triple-C-Technology for better corrosion resistanceRound threads for easy adjustment.

BILSTEIN B8 5100 (Ride Height Adjustable)

These shock absorbers are designed for SUVs and pickups with a coil-over setup. It uses various snap rings that groove in certain positions that position the spring at different levels. It allows for height adjustment of up to 2.75 inches, perfect for fitting those bigger and meatier tires.

Features and Benefits:

  • A better and safer alternative to coil spring spacers.
  • Superior monotube design using Bilstein’s patented technology.
  • Allows the user to use the vehicle’s stock front coil springs.
  • Finished in Bilstein’s special zinc coating for optimum protection.
  • Independent rebound and compression tuning and self-adjusting deflective disc valving. 


The BILSTEIN B6 4600 series are specifically designed to improve the performance of most SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans in the market. It allows you to have a better handling vehicle without compromising the factory suspension's ride comfort.

Features and Benefits:

  • Limited lifetime warranty.
  • Designed using Bilstein’s patented Monotube gas pressure technology.
  • Quick and easy installation and fits directly onto the vehicle with no modification required.
  • Improves the vehicle handling, stability, and control while maintaining a factory-like ride comfort. 
  • Utilizes Bilstein’s unique piston design that provides better sensitivity and optimum vehicle control.


These are a stock mount, remote reservoir shocks system that perfectly fits any lifted truck, SUV, or Jeep. These are perfect for people who want to turn their vehicle into a proper off-road machine. 

Features and Benefits:

  • Direct fit and requires no cutting and welding.
  • Uses Bilstein's patented and industry-leading monotube design.
  • Finished in Bilstein’s specially formulated zinc coating for longer-lasting protection.
  • Increases shock oil capacity, which helps improve heat dissipation and damping sensitivity.
  • Special swivel banjo fittings allow for 360° of rotation for a more flexible. 
  • It comes with a vehicle-specific mounting kit for ease of installation.


If you are someone serious about offroading, then the Bilstein B8 6112 is a suitable kit for you. It is the ultimate suspension solution that allows the vehicle to have an optimized driving capability on and off the road.

Feature and Benefits:

  • Adjustable spring seat which allows vehicle leveling, and increased ground clearance.
  • Kit includes (2) front 60mm shocks, (2) spring seats, and (2) springs.
  • increased oil capacity, cooling, and long-term durability thanks to the large 60 mm tubing design.
  • Bigger piston for improved ride comfort and control over any rough terrain.
  • Reuses OEM top mount and rubber isolator.

BILSTEIN B8 8112 (ZoneControl® CR)

The Bilstein B8 8112 (ZoneControl® CR) suspension kit is a revolutionary suspension system that provides sensitive damping in both compression and rebound. It is one of the most comfortable shock absorbers available in the market, perfect for everyday driving conditions, 

Features and Benefits:

  • Fully rebuildable.
  • Has a position-sensitive damping with 3 compression zones and 2 rebound zones, controlled by 3 independent pistons.
  • Provides superior bottom-out control through a 2-stage, telescoping internal compression stop. No need for an external bump stop.
  • A secondary rebound stop will dissipate spring energy helping stabilize the suspension. 
  • Triple piston design delivers comfort during everyday driving conditions.
  • Adjustable threaded spring seat for ride height adjustment.
  • It comes with a threaded body design for height adjustability.
  • Aerospace-grade materials guarantee superior quality.

BILSTEIN B8 8100 (Bypass)

BILSTEIN B8 8100 (Bypass) is a shock kit that has a position-sensitive damper design. This kit is specifically designed for use with light trucks and SUVs.It provides the optimum ride in all driving conditions while providing increased performance when the road gets rough. It is like having two sets of suspensions in one.

Features and Benefits:

  • Dual tube external bypass design offers a better rebound and compression performance, thanks to its position-sensitive damping capability. 
  • Precision damping force adjustment.
  • Fully adjustable to any vehicle application.
  • 60mm large-bore aluminum piston offers a wider range of damping control and durability.

Purchase Bilstein Shocks At Vivid Racing

If you are in the market for quality shocks, whether for your sedan, pickup truck, or SUV, then choose the best and choose Bilstein. They are considered the premier brand when it comes to shock absorbers and other suspension-related products.

To know more about them, visit Vivid Racing and check out their list of products that fit your specific needs.

Are Bilstein shocks good?

Yes. They are so good that they have been supplied shock absorbers to some of the best aftermarket and OEM markets, such as Mercedes Benz.

Are Bilstein shocks worth the price?

Bilstein may cost more compared to the regular shocks that you can buy elsewhere, but with its features and industry-leading patented technology, every penny is worth it. Plus, its heavy-duty construction guarantees that it would last for long periods. It means less chance of premature wear and tear, which would save you money in the long run.

How long does Bilstein's shock last?

Bilstein shocks are made up of aerospace-grade materials and aluminum alloy, known for their strength and durability. Bilstein also uses a specially blended coating finish that allows it to perform better against corrosion which is also good against fighting off harsh elements. This means that Bilstein can last for a long time. 

Where are Bilstein shocks made?

Bilstein’s main production facility is located at their U.S. Headquarters in Hamilton, OH. It is where they produce their world-renowned monotube shock absorbers for high-performance automobiles, motorsports, and off-road vehicles.

Are Bilstein shocks better than OEM?

Yes. At its core, Bilstein was created to be an improvement over the factory's original shock absorber. What is good about Bilstein is that it maintains the original geometry of the original part while improving the performance and aesthetic aspect.