Understanding BILSTEIN's Product Line
Deciphering the "B" Designator and Number Series in BILSTEIN's product line
Whether you are a die-hard Bilstein fan or just starting to investigate what product might be available for your vehicle, the time is probably right for a refresher on understanding the BILSTEIN product line.
B4 - Touring Class (TC) Shocks & Struts
Bilstein B4 Touring Class gas pressure shocks and struts are designed to be the economical choice for maintaining the original equipment ride performance while incorporating Bilstein's world-famous durability and precise construction. (black paint, steel body)
B6 - Comfort (C) Shocks & Struts
Bilstein B6 Comfort gas pressure shocks and struts are for the driver who wants maximum ride comfort, with the virtual elimination of "bottoming out" and vehicle sway. These shocks generally maintain and, in many cases, enhance a vehcile's original ride qualities while increasing road-handling and overall stability. (yellow paint, steel body)
B6 - Heavy Duty (HD) Shocks & Struts
Bilstein B6 Heavy Duty monotube gas pressure shocks and struts are the ideal choice for most vehicles, including full-size sedans, SUVs and trucks. These shocks provide improved handling and stability, without sacrificing ride comfort. They offer super damping ability that makes them ideal for the driver who demands superior performance, while maintaining an exceptional street ride. (yellow paint, steel body)
B8 - Sport (SP) Shocks & Struts
Bilstein B8 Sport monotube shocks and struts deliver absolute mastery of the road surface for the performance-minded driver. Designed to push a car's suspension to its performance peak, these shocks are specifically suited for use with special lowering springs in combination with anti-sway bars or other suspension upgrades. (yellow paint, steel body)
B12 - BTS Kit
The B12 Bilstein Tuned Suspension (BTS) kit is a high performance system that includes four coil springs with a specially-tuned spring rate and Bilstein's monotube gas pressure shocks or struts featuring valving specific to your vehicle. The B12 system provides a lower stance and more stable ride for better road handling and control. This is the most economical way to vastly improve your car's performance AND appearance. (yellow paint, steel body)
B14 - PSS Kit
The Bilstein B14 PSS kit features both coilover and standard monotube gas shocks with performance-level valving, with application specific, progressive rate coil springs. The solid aluminum spring seat and lock nut allows for precise adjustment of the vehicle's lowered ride height from 30mm to 50mm, even while installed. Bilstein's patented Triple-C-Technology® coating ensures long-lasting resistance to corrosion. This kit is ideal for the driver looking to set a car's ride height for both looks and improved handling.
B16 - PSS9/PSS10 Kit
The Bilstein B16 PSS9/10 kit is a race inspired system, providing the ultimate in high performance tuning. The manually adjustable monotube gas shock absorbers feature 9 or 10-stage precise compressiong and rebound settings, from comfort to competition. The threaded body allows accurate adjustablity of the front and rear progressive springs to achieve the vehicle ride height (30mm to 50mm), center of gravity and level of performance handling desired. Bilstein's patented Triple-C-Technology® coating ensures long-lasting resistance to corrosion.
B16 - Electronic ridecontrol® Kit
The Bilstein B16 Electronic ridecontrol® kit allows the driver to electronically select between a comfort oriented or a significantly firmer, aggressive performance damping mode with a push of the dash-mounted button. The integrated control unit switches the damping settings on all four shocks/struts in fractions of a second to deliver the handling characteristics you desire. The threaded body additionally allows for adjustable lowered vehicle ride height of 25mm to 50mm, depending on application. Bilstein's patented Triple-C-Technology® coating ensures long-lasting resistance to corrosion.
B16 - Bilstein DampTronic® Kit
The Bilstein B16 DampTronic® kit is designed to integrate directly with the exclusive Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. This coilover system of monotube shock absorbers has been fine-tuned to produce the finest performance possible from the car's electronically controlled suspension module. The threaded body additionally allows for adjustable lowered vehicle ride height of 30mm to 50mm. Bilstein's patented Triple-C-Technology® coating ensures long-lasting resistance to corrosion.
5100 Series - Shock Absorbers
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock Absorbers are high gas pressure monotube shocks designed specifically for lifted pickups, SUVs and Jeeps. The shocks feature a 46mm digressive piston with self-adjusting deflective disc valving. They offer super damping ability that makes them ideal for heavy hauling or occasional off-road use, while maintaining an exceptional street ride. (zinc-plated steel body, Triple-C-Technology® coating)
5100 Series - Ride Height Adjustable
Bilstein 5100 Series Ride Height Adjustable Shock Absorbers are designed for front coilover style pickup suspensions. The monotube shocks feature a 46mm digressive piston with self-adjusting deflective disc valving. Multiple snap-ring grooves in the shock body allow for different spring seat positions, providing 0"-2.5" of front end lift, depending on application. Provides increased wheel travel and improved handling! (zinc-plated steel body, Triple-C-Technology® coating)
5100 Series - Steering Stabilizers
Bilstein 5100 Series Steering Stabilizers utilize the same high gas pressure monotube design found in our shock absorbers, offering instantaneous response to suspension inputs. These steering stabilizers feature digressive valving, reducing vibration and wear & tear on steering components. Designed specifically to replace the vehicle's OE stabilizer, for easy installation. (zinc-plated steel body, Triple-C-Technology® coating)
5150 Series - Fixed Reservoir Shocks
Bilstein 5150 Series Fixed Reservoir Shocks combine our high gas pressure monotube shocks with a race-inspired, fixed CrossFlow reservoir. Designed specifically for lifted and custom applications, the adjustable shock mount allows unlimited reservoir positioning. The 46mm digressive piston is available in a variety of valvings for single or multiple shock applications. (steel body, platinum powdercoat finish)
5160 Series - Stock Mount Remote Reservoir Shocks
Bilstein 5160 Series Stock Mount Remote Reservoir Shocks are direct-fit to each specific vehicle application, avoiding the fabrication generally associated with being able to run a high performance reservoir shock. The monotube shocks feature a 46mm digressive piston with self-adjusting deflective disc valving. Benefits of the reservoir include increased cooling capacity and increased shock travel. (zinc-plated steel body, Triple-C-Technology® coating)