Bilstein high pressure gas units are available in a wide variety of sizes and stiffness settings,
depending upon vehicle type and use.
Bilstein Heavy Duty Valvings-
For most vehicles including full-size sedans, wagons and most trucks, these units provide
improved handling and stability without sacrificing the ride. Their superior damping ability
makes them ideal for heavy hauling or occasional off-road use - while still maintaining an
exceptional "street" feel. As with all Bilsteins, these units instantaneously self-adjust
to changing road surfaces. In addition, their performance does not gradually decline from age,
use or heat - requiring no compensating manual adjustments as with conventional multi-tube
units. All Bilsteins listed in our Online Catalogs are considered a Heavy Duty Valving unless specified
otherwise in the catalog listing.
Bilstein Comfort Valvings -
Some vehicles come equipped from the factory with a Bilstein made shock. Specifically GM vehicles, Mercedes,
and others. These units, while built by Bilstein, are made and valved to the car manufacturer's specs, not Bilstein's.
They will have a soft or "light" valving. While they are still a monotube shock, they typically do not dampen as well
as a Bilstein with Heavy Duty or Sport Valving. (most Customers upgrade to a HD or Sport valving Bilstein if more
performance is desired.)
Bilstein Sport Valvings -
For the performance minded driver, Bilstein Sport units deliver absomute mastery of the road
surface. Designed to push a car's suspension to its performance peak, these super-firm units
are well suited for use with special springs, anti-sway bars, and other suspension upgrades.
As with other Bilstein units, Sports are uniquely self-adjusting.
Bilstein Ralley and Race Valvings -
Bilstein units designated Ralley or Race are specifically set to meet the rigourous demands
of driving competition. Their success should be measured by the unprecedented levels of
acceptance and use by professional drivers in virtually all major motorsports.
Ralley and Race units may include such features as spherical bearings, adjustable spring-seats
longer or shorter than standard dimentions. They and not suited for street use.