Bilstein – innovative coilovers produced 100% in Germany
Bilstein’s history stretches back more than 140 years. When the company was established in 1873, no one had ever dreamed of what it was going to be today and what a great influence it would have for the automotive industry.
August Bilstein was the head of the company the first many years. It was within these years that the fundamentals of the company were formed and their patented products within fitting became a huge success. In 1920 Hans Bilstein took over the director post from his father in Bilstein. Before this he had travelled to USA and had gotten some new ideas to methods for using nickel and chrome for surface treatment.
Bilstein took the automotive industry
It was first in 1927 in cooperation with the Levator-Hebezeug factory in Berlin that Bilstein as a company stepped into the automotive industry. This was thanks to Hans Bilstein’s stay in the USA and the technical ideas from there. They now produced chromed bumpers to the industry and delivered their first jacks for side lifting cars.
In the 1950’s Bilstein invented the first pair of monotube gas shock absorbers. It was these that later gave Bilstein a huge success in the chassis world. An engineer named Bourcier de Carbon accidently discovered that by putting 10% nitrogen in the shock absorbers instead of air, gave a constant pressure and no air bubbles. It was this discovery they used to invent a whole new production process, which later became a revolution to how monotube gas shock absorbers were developed.
Since then Bilstein have delivered gas absorbers to many different cars and car models like Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche models 911, Boxter and Cayman. The list over vehicles that takes advantages of Bilstein in OE, Serie production or spare parts is among others like Aston Martin, Audi, BMQ, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Subaru and Volkswagen.
Bilstein shows the way with their many unique technologies behind adjustable coilovers
Bilstein’s 1-way, 2-way and 4-way gives maximum flexibility to the driver of the vehicle. This is done by an easy and accessible way: By turning the easily accessible round regulation button on top of the shock absorbers to setup your coilover and easily adjust the rebound and compression (with 2-way) completely individual for the open roads. You can also get this for motorsport coilovers, SUV’s and light trucks. Bilstein have also named their program of shock absorbers and coilovers as so: B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B12, B14 and B16. Read more here:https://www.bilstein.com/int/en/products-and-services/
Test, test and more test on the road!
To obtain the wanted Bilstein driving experience, the engineers make sure that the technology is on point compared to the competitors but also their equipment which have been through the ultimate test: How the coilover feels for the driver. All Bilstein’s lowerings springs, sports suspensions and coilovers go through a strict test program in Nürburgring and their own test center on Papenburg test track. The products can first carry the name Bilstein when the have passed this test program. In this way you will always be guaranteed the famous Bilstein driving experience.
Bilstein triple-C-Technology ® - ultimative durability
Bilstein triple-C-Technology is a high performance three-layer coating. Specially developed for effective corrosion protection for coilovers. These coilovers have been through laboratory test where they were exposed to the ultimative DIN 50021 SS salt spray test. They were exposed in over 600 hours in the the salt chamber and there were no signs of any problems.
Bilstein monotube / Upside Down technology
“The original and best”
The Bilstein monotube gas shock absorbers were the first in series production and have become the equipment for those who demand the best for their vehicle. Whether you are driving in challenging conditions, sport driving or motorsports, Bilstein’s monotube technology provides greater damping power due to the larger surface area of the piston.
This results in better handling, even performance and longer lifespan. Bilstein also use upside down technology which makes it possible to mount the damper upside down. A durable chrome pipe moves freely up and down by incorporating low friction bearings. By using 1o% nitrogen in the damper, a much better damper is obtained in comparison to normal air. By missing air and oil together during use creates a form of foam the significantly reduces the damping. But nitrogen completely prevents the formation of foam. This benefit the comfort for the driver of the car.
Bilstein’s rounded thread
Compared to the traditional thread, Bilstein’s thread are rounded and therefor don’t have any sharp edges. This means that the thread is less susceptible to wear caused by environmental impacts such as dirt or road salt. The damper can therefore bed adjusted evenly and securely even if it is mounted on your car.
All undercarriages from Bilstein are initially approved by TÜV.