Nothing rides or drives like a Bilstein Suspension, and their B12 kit is a best-value balance for a reasonable cost. The B12 is their street-legal sport suspension kit that offers the best of Bilstein’s racing suspension technology without violating automotive codes and statutes.
The Pro-Kit is a no-frills, plainer option, whereas the looks of the Sportline stand out with more vibrant colors and tones. Whatever look suits your build best is the one to choose.
Reputation aside, Bilstein makes consistently excellent OE parts for every conceivable make and model of car. B12 kits in particular have some specific technology and features that makes them stand out from the competition. Check these specs out:
Conventional automotive oil shock absorbers used in classic cars tended to cause oil foaming under extreme stress, reducing their damping power and significantly shortening the lifespan of suspension systems.
Since the 1950s, Bilstein has been using gas pressure shock absorbers with monotube and twin-tube designs that provide more reliable shock absorption regardless of load, and make your car safer and more comfortable to drive.
Twin-tube shock absorbers offer the most comfortable ride, and Bilstein’s “upside down” mono-tube provides exceptional control. Pick the tube design that’s right for your driving style and preference.
There’s not a suspension component built by Bilstein not thoroughly road tested and retested under myriad different conditions to meet their exacting standards. As far as the manufacturer is concerned, the only real test of high quality suspension is the road test, and how their suspension feels to the driver. The B12 Pro Kit and Sportline kits both provide that racing, track style performance without compromising the quality or safety of your car’s ride and handling.
For anyone looking to lower their ride height for performance, B12 kits from Bilstein are the answer. Drop it down as low as 40mm and still get the same rail-like ride. With shock absorbers, four springs, and the best quality tuning on the market, the B12 is going to deliver the ride you’re looking for without breaking the bank.
Is it time to upgrade your ride’s suspension? Want that sporty handling and low-low drop suspension? Choose a Bilstein B-12 Pro-Kit or Sportline suspension kit and make it happen today.
Your car’s suspension matters almost as much as what tyres you mount or what type of wheels you install. Suspension controls your car’s handling, drive feel, responsiveness, and ride comfort. Anyone looking to get the best performance out of their car should be investing in a precision engineered suspension that suits both their budget and driving style. Discriminating gearheads know that Bilstein is the first and last name in performance suspension, and they have been for well over a century.
Today, Bilstein is internationally known for engineering and building the most advanced performance car suspension for everything from sedans and SUVs to high performance race cars. As fate would have it, they didn’t actually get their start in precision vehicle suspension, but in the world of metal window fittings. Selling their excellent metal window fittings under the name AUBI (a clever adaptation of founder Augustus Bilstein’s name), they rapidly began to gain a a global reputation for both precision and excellence in metalworking.
Building on this success, Bilstein began to develop an array of technical marvels. Their patent catalogue began to grow, and their innovations laid a solid foundation for what was still a young company in 1919. It was in this year that Bilstein started their first strip iron rolling mill to meet the ever-increasing demand for their precisions metalwork and machining. It was around this time that Augustus Bilstein’s son Hans returned to Germany to assume control of company operations after completing his education in the United States.
Hans was the driving force behind the company’s new nickel and chromium plating processes, and it was he who began to transform the company into the powerhouse of automotive engineering it would become. Beginning in 1927, Hans Bilstein partnered with the Berlin-based lifting gear manufacturer Levator-Hebezeuge-Fabrik to manufacture various car accessories. Within a year, Bilstein was supplying the chrome-plated bumpers that would grace the front and rear end of the first generation of German mass-produced cars. The following year they would go on to manufacture of portable car jacks that could be kept in the car and used by the roadside in the event that a tire blew while out on the roadway. This would prove to be just the start for Bilstein however.
1954 marks the year that Bilstein came into its own with the development of their innovative suspension system and vibration self-dampening shocks. The company poured its development capital, time, and resources into developing their technology and the production infrastructure necessary to mass produce it. Their first monotube gas pressure shock absorber system was installed in a Mercedes-Benz production car, an innovation still considered a landmark automotive engineering event that made cars safer and more comfortable to drive.
Production facilities have been upgraded and expanded and suspension systems continue to evolve and improve, but the heart of what makes Bilstein who they are hasn’t changed a bit. Car manufacturers and performance race car builders continue to clamor for Bilstein products and technological developments to improve their own designs.Even after they were acquired by ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG in 1988, Bilstein has continued to lead the way in suspension technology innovations.
Automotive performance engineering and racing teams like Mercedes-Benz AMG continue to use Bilstein suspension kits exclusively, and many endurance and performance racing teams who compete at Nurburgring each year also rely on Bilstein to continually improve both their cars’ safety and performance levels. It is the racing world and high performance car companies that continue to inspire engineers at Bilstein to push the envelope further. They continue to keep those racing teams and manufacturers constantly expanding their understanding of the possible as they develop and manufacture record-setting technology and manufacture custom suspension systems for every possible implementation.
The rich history and traditions of Bilstein have led to new and improved car suspension and an ever-expanding idea of what can be accomplished with precision design and uncompromising manufacturing standards. No matter what they have built since 1873, they have carried on their tradition of excellence in design and manufacturing. The podium finishes riding on Bilstein suspension continues to grow each year, and racing teams the world over continue to accept nothing less than Bilstein’s most exceptional shock absorbers. If you are considering a performance upgrade for your car, Bilstein should be your first stop. Are you ready to upgrade your car and experience the Bilstein difference on every twist and turn you make on the highway or around town? Check out our full selection of Bilstein products. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.