Welcome to the Balance Motorsport website where we continue as dealers of Bilstein Suspension since 2004 - Technical advice and product knowledge is our USP.
Please use the links below or the search box at the top of the page - please get in touch if you require service, modification or repair to your Bilsteins. If you prefer to use the Bilstein Catalog to look up your parts please use this link and then paste the part number in the search box.
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Bilstein Suspension present their prestigious range of dampers, and suspension kits. From a simple Bilstein B4 damper on an original Fiat Panda to the very latest "plug and play" suspension solutions for Porsche, Bilstein has it covered. What makes them unique is the monotube principle in the yellow Sport B6 and B8 dampers as well as the B14 (PSS) and B16 (PSS9/PSS10) coilovers.
If you don't know what a monotube damper is you must find out before buying a Twin Tube unit! Bilstein Monotube dampers present the ultimate "plush" suspension experience. Once driven - forever will you be smitten by Bilstein Suspension.
You have a right to experience your car the way it should have been from new.
Balance Motorsport have been a Bilstein dealer since we opened our doors in 2004. We have installed Bilstein suspension and also sold via mail order. We've had just 3 warranty claims in all this time. The product is made to very high standards and is OE equipment on some of the worlds greatest marques such as Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus.
A lot of people ask us Bilstein B4 vs B6 vs B8. The answer is simple. If you want the very best damping performance and enjoy the control a monotube damper can give then always go B6 or B8 over B4 (B4 is an OE spec replacement - very good quality but Twin Tube and therefore smaller piston, less resistance to fade, less consistent damping response). When it comes to B6 vs B8 - the rule is simple again - for a car with factory fitted sports springs or aftermarket lowering springs - go for the B8 if it exists. This shorter unit will not only ensure positive spring location on droop but will reduce droop for better control of body roll. That said sometimes only a B6 unit is listed - these are fine for lowering 40mm but much more than this would require the damper to be shortened, which can be done before it is supplied if required.
Tip - if you can't find a Bilstein suspension kit for your car try we recommend buying B6 or B8 dampers and then matching to a Eibach or Apex lowering spring kit. This will give excellent handling without ruining the ride comfort. For less body roll consider this combination with uprated anti-roll bars as well.
Shock absorbers for the car tuner
The top car tuners from ABT (VW, Audi) to TechArt (Porsche)look to Bilstein for their suspension solutions having been a reliable supplier to these firms for decades. Their multi-height and damping force adjustable suspension systems currently dominate this sector. Many products are developed exclusively for the aftermarket tuning world, something which obviously also has an influence on Bilstein mass production units. Their engineers tune the suspension both at the design stage and in the course of road tests to create optimum driving conditions for all sports-minded motorists.
Shock absorbers for the carmakers
As partners of such world renowned automobile manufacturers as DaimlerChrysler, Porsche or Ferrari, and a major force in motor sports, BILSTEIN suspension leads the way in the design of innovative, high-efficiency shock absorbers in both twin-tube and more famously monotube design. The original Monotube design was a DeCarbon invention which Bilstein acquired the patent to produce back in 1950's.
The name of Bilstein has been synonymous with top quality Monotube dampers and high performance in the fields of motor sports and production vehicles for years. After acquiring the De Carbon design, it was Bilstein who brought the monotube principle into mass production, featuring excellent ride comfort and safety. Today BILSTEIN partners such highly reputable carmakers as Ferrari, General Motors, Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche and Subaru in the development and manufacture of production components. 2.000 employees produce approx. 40.000 shock absorbers at four plants, daily. As a member of ThyssenKrupp Automotive, ThyssenKrupp BILSTEIN stands world-wide for innovative, high-tech suspensions.
Motor sport into road.
With the B14 PSS and the B16 PSS9 Bilstein engineers offer you race bred suspension that turns your car from Elise to Exige. The Upside-Down design - based on the monotube gas pressure principle - is applied in numerous motor sport application areas (e.g. 24 hours Nurburgring). The vehicle's height can be varied from around 20mm to 50mm. In addition, with a thumb wheel on each shock absorber it is also possible to set nine different compression and rebound characteristics in parallel with the base bump and rebound settings (only B16 PSS9). With a combination of height and parallel damping force adjustment it is possible to find the perfect setting for all situations.For additional cost we can supply selected PSS10 units with separate reservoir and double adjustment of damping.
Also witness the new Clubsport product ("bilstein clubsport" in search bar) and MDS - Modular Damping System (tip put "bilstein mds" in search bar)
Bilstein Motorsport News
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Bilstein Product Range
PSS9 & PSS10 (B14 & B16) - a height adjustable coilover kit with adjustable monotube dampers and matched lowering springs.
B6 & B8 Sports Dampers - Bilstein High Gas Pressure Monotube Shock Absorbers. Uprated by around 10-15% on standard damping the biggest difference between these units and their twin tube rivals is their ability to combine a smooth ride with excellent spring control.
B4 Standard Spec dampers
Made to exceed OE spec where a twintube damper was originally specified these high quality units make an excellent upgrade for a road car and also work well with moderately uprated suspension springs.
BILSTEIN DAMPER REBUILDS, REVALVE, SERVICE, REPAIRS, SHORTENING - Price on application
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If you prefer you can still search using the Bilstein Online Catalog and then search for the part numbers on the Balance Website.
Twin Tube vs Monotube - The monotube principle shock has several key advantages over a Twin Tube
- Larger Piston size
- Lighter weight
- Better cooling
- More resistance to cavitation through ultra high gas pressure.
- Less stiction and side loading in inverted Mac Pherson Strut Applications.
- In essense the Monotube shock is a faster acting shock able to keep consistent tyre to ground contact in extreme situations.
Installing Bilstein Shocks
I thought it might be useful to post a guide here to installing a set of Bilstein Shocks (in this instance new springs were also fitted to replace two broken ones).
|Just glorious weather for an Al Fresco Bilstein Suspension Installation! The workshop already had a car in so this was a good start to the job. I figure that working outside with basic tools will replicate the kind of environment many DIY car mechanics will work in.|
|Loosen wheel nuts, before jacking up the car. I always use a manual wrench for this rather than an Impact wrench. I just prefer the control and often nuts are so tight (from receiving full power from an animal with an impact gun) the gun struggles to budge them.|
Next step, jack the car. I used to run a Microbrewery and I find that the plastic shives make great insulators to prevent damage when jacking on a sill. Yes you can jack elsewhere but that often leaves nowhere to put the axle stand.
Make sure you jack up and support each side in turn. You can work on one side at a time but if you don't jack up the whole end the anti roll bar will make life harder.
Next step - clean the strut mounting bolts thoroughly before trying to buzz them off. Especially important if you aren't using an impact wrench but this should always be done regardless. You might be unfortunate to have a car with annoying plug type mount (Golf Mk4, Citroen C1). These just require lots of whacking with a copper mallet. Truly hateful bit of design the plug mount. A bit like rear wishbone bushes that mount in the wrong plane.
|This is how the bolts should look before you attempt to undo them. Clean and sprayed with penetrating fluid. They should now release without major issue. Some cars have there design issues here though. On the Alfa 156/147 & GT the bolt through the wishbone fork is steel passing through alloy with a 10mm allen head. It "welds" in through corrosion and can take literally hours to remove just one bolt. Had they fitted a 17mm hex it would have been much easier.|
Next with the strut removed use some decent coil spring compressors. These ones are great as no matter what they will not slip around the strut - avoid the ones with narrow width and that come with 3 not 2 compressors - they are dangerous with factory springs which have lots of preload.
I got these spring compressors from Screwfix - they are Hilka - cheap but work superbly. Remember do not undo the top nut until the spring has released all presure from the top mount.
This picture doesn't show it but the B8 is slightly shorter than the unit coming off. Although I was not using a lowered spring I favoured the B8 as it reduces droop. Generally speaking choose B8 for lowered springs and B6 for stock springs.
The real reason was I got these units cheap as they were old stock... Notice how these are not inverted monotube units on the front - they are B8 Twin Tube units. Bilstein tend to make a twin tube first and dependent on sales volume then go to the full monotube one. They never did this on the smaller engined Stilo only on the 2.4 version.
The vast majority of B6 and B8 units on strut applications are inverted, noticeable by the large chrome tube sliding into the body.
|New Bilstein B8 strut in place with the ARB droplink reattached ( i forgot to mention clean the ARB bolt thread before removing as well). It's good practice to clean any rusty bolts before undoing.|
|While I was doing the job I fitted new discs and pads - always check disc runout with a dial gauge - most garages never bother. If you don't check you'll never know. I got 0.01mm on one side and 0.03mm on the other, but only after two attempts on each side.|
The rear is so easy on this car - takes no more than 30 mins to do both sides due to the beam axle and easily accesible shocks. I realised after fitting I could have actually mounted the rear shocks upside down as they are monotube. This would have given a minor benefit of less unsprung weight. Still with the beam being so heavy and it not being a fire breathing monster I didn't bother to change the orientation.
Next step check everything, then check again and again....
Remember we offer competitive installation rates for Bilstein Suspension in East & West Sussex from our workshop in Small Dole, BN5 9XH.