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1999 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 80,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: IRVINE, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 6

Bought this Bilstein HD for my 99 4Runner. I gave it an overal 6 because these are great shocks but not the right ones for me. After reading the reviews from everybody, I was expecting this super stiff ride. I was so wrong. It was total opposite. I got a squishy bouncy ride. More than I preferred. I really wanted a stiff ride for better handling and the stock shocks were stiffer than these. Dont get me wrong, the ride is equal to riding in a smooth Cadillac sedan, but that s not what I want. If you prefer the smooth ride then these are for you. Installation was about a 6/10 difficulty. Front ones were easy but the rear was a little tight getting in. Really, trying to tighten them once they were on was a pain due to little space on top. Again, these were to squishy for me. I prefer the stocks which were Tokico. -- Review submitted: 2013-11-23


2001 Audi TT Roadster
Vehicle Miles: 84,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: MAGALIA, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 78,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

The rear shocks were installed about as easily as it gets. Up front, however, the struts (#35-046370) were far more challenging! The problem, was the location of the support brackets for the wheel speed sensor wire, welded to the strut housing. On the struts I received, those brackets prevented the struts from fully seating into the wheel-bearing housings (a.k.a. steering knuckle) strut receptacles, by about 4-mm to 6-mm, which would ve resulted in about an 8-mm to 10-mm increase in ride height at the front axle. Once enough of that wire-support sheet-metal was carefully removed, providing the necessary 60-mm of free strut tube length, the struts fully seated into their receptacles. Back on the road, combined with a new set of Michelin Primacy HPs (and the vehicle s electronic stability system engaged), the car felt better than it ever had, instilling a heretofore unattainable level of driver confidence! On a properly engineered and maintained paved road surface, the car handles virtually as if it s riding on rails, and goes where the steering wheel "tells" it. Now, if I could just have the chance to put my car s improved handling to the test, on a proper race course...! Hm-m-m! -- Review submitted: 2013-11-05


2000 Ford Expedition 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 125,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: HARRISONVILLE, MO Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 3,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Best shocks on the market just wish they made them for more cars! -- Review submitted: 2013-11-01


2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 82,715 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: JAY, OK Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Other
Other
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 4,435
Satisfaction Rating: 4

I installed this set of Bilstein HD shocks in place of the originals with 73,800 miles on them. There is no noticeable difference in handling, ride, or body motion control over the worn-out, original factory dampers. Very disappointed. Additionally, when I reported my disatifaction directly to Bilstein, I received an acknowledgement of my complaint, but never a call, email, or other message addressing my concerns. Certainly not what I would have expected from a company with Bilstein s reputation. -- Review submitted: 2013-09-30


2007 BMW Z4 3.0i Roadster
Vehicle Miles: 70,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: THE WOODLANDS, TX Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

The Bilstein HD for the Z4 is very firm. More firm than other vehicles on which I ve used them. This is probably consistent with the sports car design. The "digressive" design does reduce the severity of large bumps compared to other shocks, but the high base stiffness yields a pretty jiggly/jostly ride on some concrete roads around my area, which tend to be lumpy... You basically get total road sensation with these shocks, all the time. But dips and other road conditions that cause many cars suspensions to wildly oscillate are totally controlled with these shocks. If your roads are mostly smooth, with occasional bumps, then they would be truly great. They have definitely been breaking-in over at least a month of driving: Becoming more compliant, less jiggly. At the beginning they were so stiff that I may have removed them if I hadn t seen another reviewer s rcommendation to give them a few weeks to break in. -- Review submitted: 2013-09-24


2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 87,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: SAN MATEO, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 82,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

The Bilstein HD shocks improved the over all handiling of my 2003 Tahoe. It has significantly reduced body roll & given more confidence while braking. Wish I would have installed Bilsteins HD s long ago. -- Review submitted: 2013-09-16


1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
Vehicle Miles: 220,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: AUBURN, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 6,000
Satisfaction Rating: 2

I Purchased a set off Bilstein shocks to replace the 14 year old factory installed Bilsteins on my 1997 Landcruiser. The 14 year old Bilstein handled better than the new Bilsteins. The shocks are very soft to point of being dangerious when cornering. The rebound on the shocks is horrible, the vehicle bounces through corners. Due to the soft shocks the ride quality has decreased, the vehicle is constantly rocking side to side. I have lost towing capacity since installing the shocks by about 30%. Tire rack will only take them back if there is a defect. I called Bilstein and they told me to purchase another set of shocks and send them mine and they would inspect them for a defect. Yea right, that will not happen. I have talk to 2 tire store managers that I know and both have told me that Bilstein s quality has decreased over the years. They recomended for SUV s NAPA s line of shocks. I am warning Tire Rack customers looking to purchase Bilstein shocks for their SUV. You are rolling the dice with these shocks whether you are going to get quality shocks or not. I have been a driving instructor for more than ten years in emergency vehicles and these shocks are dangerous to the unsuspecting driver. -- Review submitted: 2013-09-09


2004 Ford F150 XL Sup Cab 4wd Standard Payload 6-Lug
Vehicle Miles: 145,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: HONOKAA, HI Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

Very good service and lowest shipping rate! -- Review submitted: 2013-08-12


1999 Ford F350 2wd SD Dualie
Vehicle Miles: 174,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: WAYNE, NJ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 2

Way too stiff for this application. Without the trailer attached, the truck hops from bump to bump. With the trailer attached it is better but still offers a jarring ride. Have pulled the shocks out and have put the Monroe Reflexes back in. Ride is much more compliant. I have Bilsteins in all of my cars. I love them but they just didn t work in this application. -- Review submitted: 2013-07-22


2004 GMC Envoy XL 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 101,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: HATFIELD, PA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 7,500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Purchased the front and rear Bilstein HD shocks to replace OEM s that lasted to 100K miles. These units fit perfectly and eliminated some extra bounce (ok a lot of bounce) the install was completed in the driveway in relatively short order. I highly recommend this combination and would purchase again. -- Review submitted: 2013-07-08


2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Manual
Vehicle Miles: 138,500 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: ORLANDO, FL Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

On a vehicle such as the Mazda RX-8 these shocks work great...not stiff to the point of back pain and not soft to the point to get motion sickness...i find these to have the perfect balance for spirite driving city/highway. the vehicle feels very stable and responsive compared to stock. these new struts have me hanging ont he edge of my seat as i try to find out how much they will hold. along with my new set of tires and upgraded brakes...I m a happy rotor head. -- Review submitted: 2013-07-04


2000 Chevrolet Corvette
Vehicle Miles: 150,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: WESTON, FL Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 0
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I purchased 4 billstein HD shocks for my 2000 Corvette from Tire Rack. I was told the ride will be siff, that wasn’t correct the ride is just right great riding shock. Stability when cornering very good, expectation very surprise.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. -- Review submitted: 2013-06-29


2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 73,800 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: JAY, OK Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 1,500
Satisfaction Rating: 3

Replaced the OEM shocks on my Trailblazer at 73,800 miles in an effort to improve control and handling. No noticeable improvement in body motion control, responsiveness, or ride quality over the old factory shocks. Very dissappointed as my expectations of Bilstein products, based on manufacturer claims and consumer reviews, were much higher. -- Review submitted: 2013-06-24


1997 Dodge Ram 2500
Vehicle Miles: 67,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: PORTLAND, OR Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Easy Going
Miles of product use: 5,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Immediate improvement... Got the front shocks next. They made my 15-year-old truck ride like new. -- Review submitted: 2013-06-06


2013 GMC Sierra 1500 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 4,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: ELMHURST, IL Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 4,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Had many GM trucks with factory Z71 suspension option. Recently purchased a 2013 GMC Sierra without the Z71 suspension and the Monroe factory suspension is bouncy to say the least. The dealer told me after going round and round that the basic Monroe suspension is bouncy and cant be changed. After looking thru a few forums and Bilstein s site these shock were close to what the Z71 factory option is. So I upgraded them and glad I did. Suspension bounce is gone. Ride and handling are back to normal as if I purchased the Z71 option from the get go. If you don t like you stock ride, I would recommend these.......... -- Review submitted: 2013-05-29


2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Wagon
Vehicle Miles: 83,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: WEST DES MOINES, IA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 6,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I am thrilled with the Bilstein HDs on my car. Being the wagon, I have a bit more weight over the sedan. Both the Tokico and KYB shocks I had previously failed to properly handle the weight. They both allowed the car to bob a bit, and even allowed too much body roll after just a few months. (And that is with the MazdaSpeed swaybars and GT-Spec braces) The Bilsteins are more than capable of controlling body roll, and I get no bobbing on undulating roadways. Wish I d saved money by buying these before the Tokicos and KYBs. -- Review submitted: 2013-04-05


2004 Buick Rainier CXL 2WD
Vehicle Miles: 120,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: BLACK EARTH, WI Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 5,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Rainier came with factory Bilstein but the aftermarket HD product is much better. Initially stiff, it only took a week to break in and now the vehicle handles like it should have from the factory. One OEM rear shock was toast. I should have done this sooner. Installed myself with spring compressors available at local auto parts stores. Rear shocks took 10 min each. -- Review submitted: 2013-04-02


2003 Honda CR-V
Vehicle Miles: 140,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Daly City, Ca Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 20,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

I had KYB struts on for about 20,000 miles but they were just too soft like the worn OEM Honda struts. The Bilsteins really woke up the suspension but passengers are complaining that the ride quality is like an old pickup truck. If you want driver control in corners, these struts are great; however, if you are driving your family or older people around and want comfort on long road trips, forget Bilsteins. -- Review submitted: 2013-02-03


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Vehicle Miles: 98,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Abilene, KS Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Easy Going
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

When I first put the Bilstein HD shocks on my truck I thought I d made a mistake. The ride was rough. But now I ve got a few miles on them and they re much better and I really like them. -- Review submitted: 2013-02-01


2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Without TRD Optional Wheels
Vehicle Miles: 50,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Gainesville, VA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

Installed these on all 4 corners after all 4 of my factory Tokico shocks started leaking. The suspension rebound over large bumps is amazing. Night and day difference compared to the factory shocks. Couldn t be more pleased with these. Highly recommend. -- Review submitted: 2012-11-18


2001 Audi TT Roadster Quattro
Vehicle Miles: 77,500 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: MAGALIA, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 220
Satisfaction Rating: 9

The rear shock replacement task went about as perfectly as one could hope for, since the installation at that end of the car as about as straightforward as can be; using rubber grommeted eyelets with transverse fastening bolts. The FRONT (strut-shocks), however, was almost a completely different matter. I have photographically documented the modification work needed to insure these (#35-046370) "HD" front strut shock absorbers get fully seated within their corresponding machined receptacles on the tops of the mark-I Audi TT front "wheel-bearing housings" (a.k.a. "steering knuckle"). As to how I m able to pass on the photos, I haven t quite yet figured out. Putting it succinctly, at least 6-centimeters of shock housing (tube) must be free of surface obstruction for it to fully seat within the strut wheel-bearing housing/steering-knuckle top receptacle. If it fails to fully seat, the ride height for that corner of the vehicle will be proportionally increased. The flaw pertains to the lower combination-wire-fastening & insertion-guide-tab bracket, welded onto the shock outer tube near there. The amount of incursion that had to be removed, in my case, was between 4-to-6mm. Failing to do this will result in an increase in the strut s effective length, equal to about an 8-to-10mm increase in ride-height at the corresponding wheel. (I would like to have passed my notes on to Bilstein-online. However, after devoting what I felt was a reasonable amount of time, I was unable to learn (on the web) how one would contact Bilstein about this matter, as it pertains to the Mark-I (1999~2005) Audi TT front-struts.) One could, I suppose, try reaching me at [anodyne-roadster(at)comcast(dot)net], for the specifics. -- Review submitted: 2012-11-06


2009 Dodge Challenger RT
Vehicle Miles: 71,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: ELMA, WA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 1,500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I love these shocks. I have them on all 4 corners. I recently removed my Eibach R1 suspension and replaced it with the OEM spings and the 4 Bilstein dampers. I like the the $410 Bilsteins better than the $1,700 Eibach suspension system. I think Bilstein really hit it out of the park with the dampoing rates in this application. Plus the build quality really appears first rate. The rear shocks include new upper hardware and bushing, and high quality dust covers - nice. I like to feel the road and these shocks provide allow it, without the wallow and pitch of the OEM dampers. I would say the ride is similar to a Japanese car like say a WRX. The car still weighs 4,000 pounds, but the dampers still do a great job of minimizing cornering pitch under the circumstances. I definitely am impressed with this fitment. -- Review submitted: 2012-11-05


2001 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6
Vehicle Miles: 165,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Morrisvile, NC Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Other
Other
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 50,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

Excellent, fast reacting mono-shocks. The Bilstein HD shocks assisted in transforming the Accord from a plain point-to-point sedan to a very responsive sports sedan. The ride is good. Ride height was lowered 1 3/4" all around with the spring change (spring rate increase of 5 to 10%). The increased low speed damping results in responsive handling and almost no body roll. But the smaller impacts, tar strips, concrete patchs, etc. coming through more than the big bumps. I purposely switched to a better riding tire, from the 215/55/16 Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S to the Yokohama Avid Envigor , which really helped stop the constant small nippling impacts. With the Michelin Exalto s the handling was almost kart responsive, but the Avids are a better everyday compromise with the Bilstein HD s. Mid to large bumps and transistions are taken with great composure. The ride has actually improved slightly beginning the Bilstein s third year. The suspension is not set up for the track, as pushing the car near its limit on turns above 70 mph causes the car to felt a little "floaty". -- Review submitted: 2012-10-19


2004 BMW X5 4.8is
Vehicle Miles: 130,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Palo Alto, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
H&R Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 25,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

When the air leveling system finally went out on my 4.8is, I decided to replace it with a good setup of springs and dampers. The ride quality went down significantly, but that was to be expected, I m used to it now and happy with the result, but it is firm. The performance increase has been great overall. Lowered enough to improve performance and look good, it looks factory with plenty of travel to hammer around city streets, construction, etc. The dampers were a huge improvement in body control. The stock setup would get over whelmed when I would hammer on it, now I have to really be getting crazy for the setup to loose control of the body, and its not a light suv. At 9/10ths it manages itself very well for a 6000lbs suv with regular triple digit offramps/onramps and tight back road hammerings, its fun to drive. I can make use of the 275/315 spec Conti DWS (great tire, highly recommend), I can still tow boats, blast through snow storms, etc. This setup also did a lot to help cure the inherent wallowing understeer, as did -2.5 deg camber at all 4 corners . Its a great setup if you want to drive your suv hard. If I were to do it again I would consider whether or not I really need to go this fast in an suv. I might go for Touring dampers instead of HD s in the name of comfort and ride quality, but def keep the HR Sports, if you drive in the fast lane its the right spring to have. -- Review submitted: 2012-10-18


2005 GMC Sierra K1500 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 103,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: richmond, ky Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Other
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 75,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Pros:The HD shocks were bought as replacement shocks I wanted to maintain the great ride quality on the road of this truck but needed to improve the offroad performance. When Installing I noticed the torsion bars had begun to sag and no shock would solve the body roll and responsivness of the front suspension. I added the leveling keys to help with those issues and the result of the two is better than OEM highway ride quality with greatly improved body roll charateristics and good solid offroad handeling. The impressive thing is I have hauled 6 or 8 chords of wet oak over the last couple years and there is no noticeable change in ride quality and a 1 or 2 MPG improvment in economy. I thought id loose some by raising the front end but the change in weight on the axle must be the cause. Great shock for the money handled the 1.5 in lift without spacers. These shocks have a lifetime warranty. I am running Highway tires. The combination works well all around on my light duty crew cab 4x4. Cons: THESE ARE NOT FOR YOUR GROCERY GETTER. off road stability is good but the truck does ride rough on anything but smooth road. Before the keys and shocks it was really spungy off road at any speed but a crawl. Now it acts like a 4x4. -- Review submitted: 2012-10-06


2001 Toyota Tundra Limited 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 170,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: BLAINE, MN Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 750
Satisfaction Rating: 9

Great product, totally satisfied overall. -- Review submitted: 2012-08-20


2004 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
Vehicle Miles: 70,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: St. Louis, MO Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Hotchkis Sport Suspension Comp. Anti-Roll Bars
H&R Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 0

The springs were of unacceptable quality. The indicated lowering was 1". The actual drop was closer to 3". There was no suspension travel and the springs were coil bound to the point 4 coils were touching in the front. Numerous calls and emails with both Tirerack and H&R insisted there was no issue with the springs. After numerous photos and installs I was eventually refunded ONLY the price of the springs after Tirerack shipped the springs to Germany for H&R analysis. I am out time and labor of both installs and the cost of two alignments as a result. I was completely dissatisfied with the level of service I received on this transaction. Had this been my only transaction with Tirerack I would not have come back. I hope this transaction is a minor glitch on what has been an otherwise great business relationship. -- Review submitted: 2012-08-17


2007 GMC G3500 8-Lug
Vehicle Miles: 50,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: IRVINE, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 8,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

07 GMC3500 Long Wheelbase Cargo Van Usage: 100% roadtrip- hauls roadrace bikes to the track, dirtbikes to the desert, and mountain bikes to the mountains. With 2 motos + gear the van weighs 8000#. Stock the van was a wallowing pig when loaded: no roll control and no vertical body control. I spend a lot of time driving mountain roads and the vehicle was unpleasant. GM seems to have tuned this vehicle for unloaded ride quality—not the smartest tuning for a 1 ton cargo van. Chassis: - Stock Bridgestone R265 tires: GM puts pure summer tires on their vans. No I m not kidding, the tires are not all seasons. They track well and wear well, just stay away from snow. - Hellwig R Sway Bar: This was the first mod that showed up in the mail so it was the first to go on. Yes it helps roll control, but it screwed up the roll/yaw couple. Stock the van had no yaw issues but it would flop over onto its side when cornering. W/sway bar the rear roll stiffness increased dramatically, so it wouldn’t flop over but instead it would just yaw with a massive front-rear phase delay. Adding poly front sway bar bushings helped balance it out some, and the Bilsteins improved the balance yet some more but there is still too much rear roll stiffness with the bar on the back. One of these days I pull an end link off and see how it feels... - Poly front end links: OEM endlinks are already very firm so save your $$. Poly bar bushings are a worthwhile mod. - Bilstein shocks F+R: These things are STIFF. The shocks really tie the body motions down, but holy cow does the ride get harsh (both loaded and unloaded). The stability is dramatically better- it is well worth the ride and noise degradation. I dyno’d the rear shocks (we didn’t have adapters for the fronts) and the rear Bilsteins have 2-2.5 times as much midspeed rebound damping as the OEM shocks. Low speed compression damping is increased, and high speed is reduced. The OEMs weren’t worn out or blown, they are just tuned very very plush. -- Review submitted: 2012-08-01


2005 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
Vehicle Miles: 63,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Brick, NJ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 5,000
Satisfaction Rating: 0

I ve replaced numerous sets of shocks on the different vehicles I own. I mostly use KYB Gas-A-Just and have had a good experience with handling improvement and better ride control. My last truck-a Dodge-had KYBs installed and it rode significantly better. I m not sure why thes shocks don t perform much better then the original factory shocks. I was expecting a much bigger bang for my buck and I am really disappointed in the minor ride and handling improvement.I had the front end and alignment checked after install because I was so surprised in the poor performance, so there is nothing mechanically wrong with the truck. I have Bilsteins on my Mercedes and they work great. Unlike other reviwers opinions about these shocks on a truck, I would skip these and buy KYBs -- Review submitted: 2012-07-09


2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 134,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: OMAHA, NE Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 6,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

Made a noticable improvement. Especially on rough roads. I m very happy with the Bilstein Shocks, they have a great product. I d strongly recommend them for the Z71 Avalanche. -- Review submitted: 2012-07-02


2003 Lexus IS300
Vehicle Miles: 118,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: SAN RAMON, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 10,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

Got all four corners done at once to repair a leaking shock. Turns out the ride had gradually deteriorated with normal wear and tear. I didn t realize how bad it was until the new dampers were installed. They removed all of the worn slop and firmed up the ride. Just a touch too firm cruising over a bouncy section of road but by no means rude and it passes after a few seconds. However, the ride improves to "very nice" with the addition of a passenger. At levels past cruising, the ride and handling is better than new. All in all, this was a wonderful upgrade. Even the wife approves! -- Review submitted: 2012-06-23


2004 GMC Sierra K1500 Reg Cab
Vehicle Miles: 199,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Belleville, ON Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 2,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Miles on vehicle are in kilometers, not miles. If the truck was brand new I think 10 s all the way down. Give these shocks about 2 - 4 weeks to break in before you judge, trust me, you ll see what I mean. :) -- Review submitted: 2012-06-23


2009 Mazda RX-8
Vehicle Miles: 60,100 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: kissimmee, fl Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Other
H&R Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 800
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Definitely lowered below expectations and rough estimates from the info given for my RX-8. Wheel gap eye sore is gone for good. Firmness is great and quick to catch itself on the rebound from a bump. Not really enough compliments on this setup. One funny thing that happened after this and my brake install (namely: brake lockup when parked on my garage that makes a loud clank sound when the gear puts the brake loose). Only happens when my car is left overnight in the garage for a while but sometimes if I leave it alone for a full day or two nothing may happen. Weird. Can t recommend this setup enough. Feels great, looks are much approved. Of course to be more careful when it comes to speed bumps and other things. My car is lower than my coworkers 370z w/sport package. A notable feat since everytime he gets in my car he mostly only says it s loooow. Only time I really feel it is when I get in and out the car. It makes me laugh at 6 1 that I have to curl myself and practically throw/pitch myself in the driver s seat. Getting up from the car is a matter of putting one foot to the floor which is like right there as I call it and pivoting that foot to bring my body out the car in one motion. A bit of an art but I am still young so it s not a complaint. Needed to get a rear camber kit due to a naturally aggressive camber setup already that got exaggerated slightly due to the modification of the suspension. A must do for the other RX-8s if you don t want premature wear of your tires on the inside. Right now it feels very suitable for autocross but the highway merging and passing can be too light and touchy to the feel after 80mph. It settles down fine and think the camber kit will correct that. Needless to say next shop will be new tires and tirerack is absolutely my go-to for that purchase. Great support and no slack in the customer service. It has been a great experience and a total pleasure for this setup. Please set up a rear camber kit to be purchased for Mazda RX-8s -- Review submitted: 2012-06-11


1997 Chevrolet K1500 Z71 Pick-up
Vehicle Miles: 110,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Winder, Ga Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 15,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

My Regular Cab, Stepside used to ride very badly, enough that I thought about purchasing a newere truck. However, after putting on the Bilstein HD shocks all the way around, my truck drives as good if not better than most of the new trucks that I test drove. They were that impressive, an amazing difference in the quality of the ride and control. They are a little expensive put well worth the money. I have also put them on my 1970 Chevelle and it exhibited the same profound difference! I am now going to put them on my 2001 Acura CL-Type S and expect the same quantifiable results. -- Review submitted: 2012-05-28


1996 Lexus LS400
Vehicle Miles: 148,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: HOUSTON, TX Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
H&R Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Te LS400 is a heavy vehicle and even though the stock suspension at 150K miles was still in good condition the ridehad gotten too spongey for my liking. The H&R 1" drop sport springs with the HD Bilsteins gave me exactly what I was looking for in both ride quality and appearance. The 1" drop does "NOT" take away from stock appearance like the 1.8 and 2" drops do. -- Review submitted: 2012-05-16


1990 Volvo 240 Sedan
Vehicle Miles: 184,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: MANSFIELD, MA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Other
Other
N/A
Driving Style: Easy Going
Miles of product use: 10,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

The Bilstein H/D were used in the rear along with IPD rear "overload" springs. No more rear sag, and the Bilstein s control the higher k-rated springs well. A good combo for a daily driver. -- Review submitted: 2012-05-10


2005 Mazda RX-8 Automatic Touring Package
Vehicle Miles: 112,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Cumming, GA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 90,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

Did my rear suspension first and then 8 months later did my front end on my RX-8. Car runs awesome and feels great with Bilstein suspension. I had a 97 Chevy z71 Silverado before this and used the same shocks and they were great on that truck. I would always recommend Bilstein shocks for a firm, aggressive ride. -- Review submitted: 2012-03-17


2001 Dodge Durango 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 55,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Miami, FL Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Bilsteins installed about 1000 miles ago on the front, and the ride is wonderfully controlled without being harsh. It is on a 2001 Durango, which is not known for its great ride due to leaf springs on the rear and tendency to bounce a bit! What is more interesting is that these were installed because the Monroe Sensa Tracs that had been installed 2 years and 5000 miles before (truck not driven a lot, but consistently short hops to the market and for errands on a weekly basis), had sprung an oil leak on one of the seals and had stopped working effectively. The second front shock had a minor leak on the seal, but was not covered in oil as the fist one was. The Monroes, when they were new, had given the Durango a nice ride,not as nice as the Bilsteins, but not bad, and I have used Monroe in the past successfully. I was very dissapointed in the Monroes, and although I could have gotten a replacement from their warranty, why? The warranty does not cover replacement costs or bolster my now low-confidence on that brand. Every time the Durango is at the Mechanic, I now have them check the Rear Sensa Tracs for leaks... If they are found, Bilsteins will be installed. -- Review submitted: 2012-02-13


1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport Package
Vehicle Miles: 107,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: TUCSON, AZ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

The shocks were installed to get the car road worthy in an effort to sell it. The shocks were a big improvement toward this goal. -- Review submitted: 2012-01-18


1998 Mercedes-Benz E320
Vehicle Miles: 100,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: LOS ANGELES, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 2,000
Satisfaction Rating: 1

Customer service was professional and friendly, and follow up was terrific. But based the rep s advice, I bought the wrong shocks for my car. He said the shocks were not heavy duty in their ride but heavy duty in their construction quality. While they are doubtless well made, they are definitely for heavy duty applications and have a heavy duty ride. These shocks simply are not for a car; they are for a truck. My car now rides way, way too stiffly. Bumps are hugely unpleasant, and here in LA, we have rough streets. I will have to buy a different set of shocks as soon as I can afford them. Of the choices TireRack had for my car, I should have chosen the KYB shocks. I ve sort of ruined the ride of a very fine car with these HD shocks, and I am not looking forward to the great expense of buying another set and paying again to have them installed. Again, in my view, these are truck shocks, not car shocks. I believe no one would like the ride these provide in a car. -- Review submitted: 2012-01-17


2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Vehicle Miles: 62,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Overland Parrk, KS Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I love this setup. I previously owned an Audi A6 and lowered it with H&R Springs and Koni shocks. Big mistake! Those products are fine, but I live in the Kansas City area, where it can be minus Zero in the winter and 100 plus in the summer. As a result, roads are generally crappy with potholes and repairs from spring till fall every year. Lowering isn t practical unless you have a weekend or track car. The Bilsteins are made to work with your factory springs. The ride is firm but comfortable and cornering is tight and level. Feels like a new car! I know the car would look and corner better if it was lower but this is a great compromise and I don t have to cringe over speed bumps. Now,an APR ECU upgrade and exhaust and my budget Bimmer will be complete! -- Review submitted: 2012-01-06


2004 Toyota Land Cruiser
Vehicle Miles: 114,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: FREEHOLD, NJ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

Cornering stability less than expected. However, in part may also be attributed to stock sway bars. -- Review submitted: 2012-01-01


2003 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 Ext
Vehicle Miles: 50,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Palatine, IL Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 5,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

These shocks were installed on the truck I use to tow my race car. I did not cycle them on a dyno but just feeling them by hand I can feel considerably more compression and rebound stiffness than stock. Surprisingly they do not feel that firm. I would assume they are regressive and bleed off in high speed compression. They are not going to make your pickup truck feel like a sports car. You still have a high roll center, high center of gravity, its heavy, etc but they do make it feel a little more responsive. I have an open rear differential on my two wheel drive. If I stop at a stop sign, make a right or left had turn and hit the gas when the light changes the inside wheel will now lightly chirp. The stiffer rebound setting is not letting the inside wheel drop to the pavement when the body rolls to the outside. Also I initially only changed the two rear shocks. A few days later I entered a small diameter traffic circle. I turned to the right, touched the gas started to make the left hand turn around the round about. As soon as I did the rear of the truck went into the slowest drift I ever saw. The truck actually spun out and ~ 10 mph. I counter steered, got off the gas and it stopped perpendicular to traffic. Those stiffer rear shocks just overloaded the rear tires like a large sway bar would. Felt like a drift car. But on a truck that is NOT safe. I installed the front HD Bilstiens the next day and the problem is gone. Now the roll stiffness is equal again. So only buy in sets of 4. -- Review submitted: 2011-12-12


2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 145,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: MEMPHIS, TN Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 145,000
Satisfaction Rating: 6

About average in the boncing overall it s good so far. Thanks! -- Review submitted: 2011-12-03


2006 Dodge Durango Limited 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 93,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Prior Lake , Mn Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,250
Satisfaction Rating: 9

I had the origional shocks on my 2006 durango limited. They were like riding on marshmallows.I went with the bilstein HD because I read alot of good things about them on the blogs. At slow speeds you definately feel the uneveness of the roads with these shocks. At higher speeds I am completely satisfied. I am able to live with the slow speed stuff because the durango handles like a dream now. -- Review submitted: 2011-11-20


2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 69,595 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: TULSA, OK Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,900
Satisfaction Rating: 9

The Bilsteins are not really "broken-in" yet so they re still a little stiff. Within another 5000 miles I expect them to smooth up a bit. They are so much better than the OEM shocks it isn t funny. They handle better, ride better, corner MUCH better (especailly with my sport suspension and towing package), and the truck stops much better too. I can t think of many better shocks I could have bought than the Bilstiens for my truck, even if they stay on the firm side. Firm is better than sloppy, and with a load or towing, the Bilsteins will give me confidence in what the back of my truck is doing. -- Review submitted: 2011-11-11


2004 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 69,585 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: TULSA, OK Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,600
Satisfaction Rating: 10

These aren t "broken-in" yet, so they re still a little firm, and I m still "tuning" the tire pressure on the General Grabber "H" rated tires,but I think in another 5000 miles, the Bilsteins should be working with my Sport Handling Pkg, just fine. New, different tires and new high quality shocks (one of my OEM s extended under it s own weight) have a break-in period. Gus, at Tire Rack and I discussed my options, and I think we made the best compromise. -- Review submitted: 2011-11-11


2004 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 79,987 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Grove City, oh Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 10
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Ordered On Monday 11/07/2011 received them Tuesday 11/08/2011. Installation was very easy once I got the tires and old shocks off. Only bought the fronts will be buying the rears in a couple weeks. Has already returned the steering and handling back to almost like new . That''s great since the truck is 7 yrs old, one owner. Will defintetly be buying the rears in a couple of weeks. Highly recommend Tire Rack for all your tires and wheels and suspension parts. First Class company all around. -- Review submitted: 2011-11-09


1996 Chevrolet C2500 Pick-up 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 114,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: DAYTON, OH Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

I put these shocks on and it was like my truck was new again. Suspension was tighten up a lot. I recomend these shocks highly. They are a great combination with my new tires. -- Review submitted: 2011-11-01


2004 Ford Ranger Sup 4wd FX4
Vehicle Miles: 128,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: TEMPE, AZ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 500
Satisfaction Rating: 9

These are replacements for OE Bilsteins at 128K miles. Regards reliability, since OE lasted that long saw no reason to change brands or models. Overall performance regards bound/rebound is very good and well matched to this FX4 Level II Ranger s stock suspension. -- Review submitted: 2011-10-30


2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Manual
Vehicle Miles: 44,500 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Knoxville, TN Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 3,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

No wonder the Bilstien HD s come stock on certain higher level RX8s. Excellent product. Perfect for the daily driver. I got better handling and smoother ride with these compared to the stock. -- Review submitted: 2011-08-26


1997 Honda CR-V
Vehicle Miles: 255,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: stacy, mn Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 80,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

The HD line is valved about 20% stiffer than stock. This is a HUGE amount guys.I installed these on our CRV as the OEM units were worn out. There is one main word to describe these.."STIFF"!! Where the car used to float around at hiway speed now it feels firmly planyed. Its almost as stiff as my RSX-S! The ride is not a "comfy" ride and can get a little old on the freeway, but the brake dive has been all but eliminated (upon hard braking the nose drops a bit and then stays put) and during emergency cornering these things are literally lifesavers. You spend a bit more with Bilstein but I feel if you are serious about your car these should last your car s lifetime and spending a few extra dollars over KYB (which are very good in their own right) you won t feel like you wasted your money. Goof value, awesome product. Better than OEM. You ll notice usually very expensive vehicles have these as OEM. -- Review submitted: 2011-07-31


2003 Lexus IS300
Vehicle Miles: 106,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: San Ramon, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Other
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 300
Satisfaction Rating: 8

Ride is in the seat of the car holder. I was concerned the car would ride rough with more aggressive dampers. The ride is a bit more firm but it is only noticable over foul roads. Even then, it isn t bad, just a buit more firm. The handling is noticably better than stock. Since I was replacing the stock dampers, I had no idea how tired they were. The new Bilsteins actually ride better in most cases, which suprised me. I would definitely recommend and purchase these again! -- Review submitted: 2011-07-08


2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Manual
Vehicle Miles: 42,240 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Knoxville, TN Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 2,500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Excellent upgrade. I was looking for a better ride without sacrificing handling...I feel I got a better ride and better handling for real world daily commuting. The problem with really stiff upgrades is the deterioration of ride quality on our imperfect roads. This upgrade seems to take into account that I do not race the car on weekends and just want a smoother ride without sacrificing the car s natural great handling. I love it. -- Review submitted: 2011-06-24


2003 BMW 330xi Sedan With Run-Flat Tire Option
Vehicle Miles: 124,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: roselle, nj Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
H&R OE Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

My car s suspension was very old (8 years - 122K miles). The change is very dramatic.

A little stiff over bumps, but great handling on the road. -- Review submitted: 2011-06-16


1994 Honda Accord Sedan EX
Vehicle Miles: 56,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Corral de Tierra, Ca Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Other
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 12,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

The Bilstein HD shocks changed this Honda Accord from a boat like ride into a sports car ride. I kept the stock springs, added just the shocks, and sway bars. It has become a sweet little sedan, and although it rides a bit harsher, it behaves so much better. I did also add a Neuspeed strut tower bar to stiffen the front up a bit. I m a happy camper! -- Review submitted: 2011-05-27


2000 Honda Accord Coupe EX 4cyl
Vehicle Miles: 100,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Thunder bay, On Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 0

I bought these Bilstein HD shocks with great expectations as I have them in my 3000GT and love them.

Installing them in my Accord turned out to be the worst experience ever. They simply had a compression rate that made the car feel like it had no suspension , rock hard. Rebound rate was much too slow to let the spring keep the wheels on the ground. Over uneven ground the shocks would not let the springs do their job in keeping the suspension reacting with ground level changes , this made the frame of the car twist to accommodate for large imperfections in the road. I tried these shocks with OEM springs and with H&R .75"f/.5"R springs , no difference. I returned the Bilstein HD s for refund and they would only refund half of my purchase price and said they were "in spec" (Very poor customer service)I now have Koni Yellows with the same OE spring rate H&R s and I am very happy with these shocks. -- Review submitted: 2011-05-23


2003 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 Reg
Vehicle Miles: 100,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Alexandria, VA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 5,000
Satisfaction Rating: 5

After reading the reviews (one in particular stated that his ride felt "way better than ever, a HUGE upgrade over stock"), I decided that new Billstein HD s all around would be the best bang for my buck. About $400 in parts and another $200 to install. BOOOOO!!! A slightly noticeable improvement overall, but had I not known that they were all swapped out, I d still assume that new shocks could have an impact on my daily driver. I don t haul that much anymore, nor do I tow anything anymore, but I do drive the truck like a sportscar (gotta in this Northern Virginia I95 traffic every day). Weaving and bobbing feels the same. The potholes don t feel any less deep. I d definitely spend a little more next time and try to make it worth the time and money... -- Review submitted: 2011-05-03


2005 Nissan Titan Crew Cab
Vehicle Miles: 95,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Miami, Fl Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 150
Satisfaction Rating: 9

I had the original Nissan shocks and didn t realize how bad they were until I installed these. Wow, like a new ride. I should have replaced at 75K miles. I have 305/50/R20 Sumitomo HTD tires and the cornering is excellent. Price at TireRack was $100 cheaper than my mechanic using NAPA shocks which is no match to these. Can t beat German quality. -- Review submitted: 2011-03-06


1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL
Vehicle Miles: 110,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: sparta, nJ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 200
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I install Bilstein HEAVY DUTY shocks in ALL my collector cars ( when available ). It makes a car ride like new. -- Review submitted: 2011-03-05


2005 Toyota tundra 4wd reg cab
Vehicle Miles: 39,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: vineland, nj Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 10
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I recently had rear bilstein shocks installed on my toyota tundra. What a big difference in the ride quality. I think I should have struts installed in front for a even better ride. -- Review submitted: 2010-03-24


2002 Chevrolet Silverado K1500
Vehicle Miles: 133,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Red Wing, mn Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 100
Satisfaction Rating: 10

What a difference these shocks made! It is like a different truck. -- Review submitted: 2010-03-07


2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 77,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Rockland, NY Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 5,200
Satisfaction Rating: 9

I installed these shocks on my 2001 Chevy 2500HD. I use the truck for plowing snow and towing my boat. These shocks made the truck ride a 100% better. I didn''t realize how bad the old shocks were until I installed the new ones. I have read that some people have installed these shocks in a car. From my perspective, I would rate these as great "TRUCK" shocks. I plan on putting them on my 2004 Chevy 1500. -- Review submitted: 2010-02-21


1998 Chevrolet S10 2wd Extra Cab
Vehicle Miles: 130,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Louisville, KY Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 110,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Put these on my S-10 after 20K miles. Handling was instantly improved over stock, High speed driving was more stable, cornering improved, slightly firmer ride. Great shocks. After 8 years they still don''t leak & work great. -- Review submitted: 2010-01-12


2002 Honda Accord Sedan EX
Vehicle Miles: 65,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: sterling, va Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 65,000
Satisfaction Rating: N/A

I had these HD Bilsteins installed on a 2002 Honda Accord Sedan.I used all new hardware. These struts are way too bouncy on regular roads. I was surprised when I initally pushed down on my hood they felt very stiff, so I figured it was going to be an awesome ride but I''m now bouncing like a bucking bronco. At higher speeds it handles the bumps better. My option now is to send back to Bilstein to have them revalved and pay a shipping, revalving, re-install fee.I''m hoping with time they will smooth out. -- Review submitted: 2009-12-24


2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 65,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Dover, De Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 5,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Every review I''ve read has another componenet lowering their score, as opposed to just the Bilstein shocks. I bought new Bilsteins for my truck because I didn''t like the dipping in corners and the wallowing over bumps. I had no idea that it came factory with Bilsteins, but they were nowhere near the girth, capacity, or quality of the HD''s. The ride is a little firmer now, but the handling and hauling is way better. The truck stays level in hard cornering and doesn''t bounce over bumps and dips. It actually handles as well as it performs now. I thought about lowering it too, but don''t see any reason to, since it drives so well now. Not an SS, but with my engine mods so far, it sure feels like one. -- Review submitted: 2009-11-22


2004 Audi A6 2.7T
Vehicle Miles: 62,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Brooklyn, NY Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 50,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Fantastic ride I''m using Bilstein HD in the rear and Kony Sport in the Front. Wow what a ride and handling! Fun and safe to drive. -- Review submitted: 2009-09-12


2003 GMC Yukon 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 98,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Eveleth, mn Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 500
Satisfaction Rating: 10

I had the nivomat shocks on the rear,at 465.00 each I thought them too expensive, so I got on the net to see if I could find some less expensive replacements. Bilstein seemed to meet my needs, so I ordered a set.The whole set of 4 cost less than one nivomat shock. I '' extremely happy with the Bilstein shocks and I would buy them again. -- Review submitted: 2009-09-04


2000 Chevrolet S10 4wd ZR2 ExtraCab
Vehicle Miles: 119,500 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Southington, CT Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 115,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Bilstein HD''s are OEM on my truck and after almost 120,000 miles are only now being replaced. They are not leaking and still provide a decent ride. I am replacing them MAINLY for cosmetic reasons ( a bit of rust ) and so that all suspension and brake components have same installation date. Definitely worth any difference in price to purchase the BEST!!!! -- Review submitted: 2009-07-19


1986 Volvo 2 Series Sedan
Vehicle Miles: 276,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Wellsboro, PA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 25,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Far and away the best money I ever put into my car. I can catch air on tarmac and the wheels stay planted, and she sits up and begs for gravel. Heading for the outside cuz you took that turn too fast? Just turn the wheel harder and youre back on track! I love these shocks!!! -- Review submitted: 2009-05-20


2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Vehicle Miles: 53,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: fresh Meadows, ny Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 20,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

After about 25000-30000 I can start to feel the car not riding as good as it use to, stop distance get longer, nose dive more, loss of steering response, lots of rattling, car pull alot during take off and unevent pavement. In general car start to feel old and time for a new car, something you don''t notice it because it happen gradually over time. But all you need are a good set Bilstein HD Shock, and the car will feel as and/or better than the day you drive of new dealer lot. Handing, ride quality, firmness have it all with out any sacrifice. They can tend to feel a little too harsh on rough road then brand new, after a few hundred miles or thousand they start to break-in they smooth out nice and comfortable. I have had them on previous cars and they don''t deteriorate as much if any at all even at over 100,000 miles. I live in NYC were the road can get very rough and lots of pot-hole at time especially after winter so these shock get to work and they hold up very well. I highly recommended these as stock replacement with a added bonus of better all around performance. They are all so direct fit no mod what so ever. -- Review submitted: 2009-04-30


1996 Ford Ranger Splash 2wd
Vehicle Miles: 152,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Houston, TX Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: N/A

I knew they were HD shocks going in. I didn''t bet on them being so firm though. Not to many things you won''t feel pretty harshly with these unless you are at high speeds. I work with my truck so I carry loads on the back. They do excel in that arena. They keep me flat and feeling like I''m in control. So I like the shocks overall but would say if you just want a smooth everyday ride might try a different shock. If you need them to perform say load handling as I do then they are exceptional. -- Review submitted: 2009-03-07


2003 Audi A4 Avant 3.0 Quattro Base Model
Vehicle Miles: 50,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: North Vancouver, BC Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 666
Satisfaction Rating: 0

Have not been able to install the rear shocks. The shock shafts are 2 inches shorter than the stock shocks and can not be installed. The Part no. is correct for the car, model and year but it is not the correct length. Tire Rack did ship the (supposedly) correct units and have been helpful.

If the shocks could be squeezed into place, the car would be at full jounce (shocks topped-out) at normal ride height.

Not what I would expect from what should be a quality European Parts Supplier.

As an aside, I have run into parts issues with Audis previously and it tusually takes two or three tries to get the correct pieces.

Overall, disapointed to say the least. -- Review submitted: 2009-03-03


2004 Ford Econoline E150
Vehicle Miles: 52,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: lakeland, fl Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 100
Satisfaction Rating: 2

2004 E-150 with new Michelin tires that ride better than OEM Michelin. I wanted to eliminate some bounce over large speed humps and body roll.I purchased the only Bilstein shock offered for the E-150. ( The HD. ) I have owned the vehicle for 3 years and know how it used to ride vs the changes after installing Bilstein HD shocks and can say without a doubt these are the worst riding shocks I have ever felt on a 1/2 ton vehicle. I would expect this type of ride from a 1 ton. You feel every little crack in the road. I spent $350 for these shocks and intstalled them myself to save another $200. I''m sick at the thought of having to drive this vehicle like this for years or spend another $350 on replacements. Please learn from my mistakes and don t purchase HD shocks unless you like feeling every crack in the road. If anybody has a solution to fix the ride I don''t know of please email me at stkshooter@gmail.com



Thanks

Jon -- Review submitted: 2009-02-26


2001 BMW 325i
Vehicle Miles: 73,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: chicago, il Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Eibach Sportline Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 500
Satisfaction Rating: 8

I''ve only had the springs for a short time, but already, I''m loving the setup. With the Bilstein HD''s, my car now turns and corners on a dime. The ride is definitely stiffer, since I had a non-sport, but I can''t get over how much better it looks without all the wheelgap. I m planning on front strut tower and maybe larger shoes...perhaps 235''s? Now that would make it complete. -- Review submitted: 2009-01-09


1998 Acura 3.0CL
Vehicle Miles: 145,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: San Francisco, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 10,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

These struts are probably the best OE replacements that I have purchased. They are very compliant on the highway and soak up bumps very well in the city (And there are a lot of bumps in the city I live in!). They also don''t make any noise like some other brands of shocks (like the KYB AGX) when going over bumps. Handling is excellent - even without any lowering springs or other suspension mods without compromising ride quality.



They come with the dust boot and all the mounting hardware. I d highly recommend these as a replacement shock / strut for your car, whether its lowered or not.



My old car now drives better than it did new with the stock struts. Highly recommend these! -- Review submitted: 2008-12-09


1998 Acura 3.0CL
Vehicle Miles: 145,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: San Francisco, CA Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 144,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

These struts are probably the best OE replacements that I have purchased. They are very compliant on the highway and soak up bumps very well in the city (And there are a lot of bumps in the city I live in!). They also don''t make any noise like some other brands of shocks (like the KYB AGX) when going over bumps. Handling is excellent - even without any lowering springs or other suspension mods without compromising ride quality.



They come with the dust boot and all the mounting hardware. I d highly recommend these as a replacement shock / strut for your car, whether its lowered or not.



My old car now drives better than it did new with the stock struts. Highly recommend these! -- Review submitted: 2008-12-09


2002 Lexus IS300
Vehicle Miles: 120,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: houston, tx Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
Hotchkis Sport Suspension Sport Anti-Roll Bar
Hotchkis Sport Suspension Sport Springs
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 10,000
Satisfaction Rating: 2

The Bilstein shocks and the Hotchkis swaybars are great. The Hotchiks springs provide far too little suspension travel. The suspension was bottoming out severely over minor bumps. Switched to the Eibach ProKit springs and my car is now transformed. MUCH MUCH better ride and handling feels just as good. -- Review submitted: 2008-11-28


2003 Honda CR-V
Vehicle Miles: 109,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Long Valley, NJ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 7

I purchased the Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set and the Bilstein HD shocks since our Honda CR-V was way overdue for new shocks and I was tired of that marshmallow SUV suspension. I have mixed feelings about the new setup...



Pros: Body roll has been substantially reduced, cornering is much improved and the overall responsiveness is a lot better. I probably should get an after market anti-rollbar for the full effect, but the handling is close to perfect.



Cons: First, let me explain I owned a 2004 Subaru WRX and currently also have a 2005 BMW 330xi so I m used to suspension on the firm side. The Eibach springs are just too firm at sub highway speeds. I take a lot of secondary roads to work, not traveling above 50mph, and uneven roads, cracks, patches in the road are felt pretty bad. You are bounced around to the point where you drive looking to avoid any uneven patches. I even had the installation checked by another dealer, but they found nothing amiss. One other con, the body was not lowered very much - an inch at the most.



Conclusion: Would I buy the springs again? If I drove the Honda mostly on highways, I would say yes, but for what I use the car for right now, I would have to say no. I m still debating whether I should sell them on eBay and go back to the stock springs or spend more money on H&R springs. -- Review submitted: 2008-06-07


2004 Honda Civic EX Coupe
Vehicle Miles: 80,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Budd Lake, NJ Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Eibach Pro-Kit Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 40,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

This setup is absolutely amazing. I have had these on for 40,000 miles and cannot be happier. Bilsteins last forever, you will thank yourself when you don t have to replace the shocks and struts again in 40,000 miles like other brands. -- Review submitted: 2008-04-14


1998 Toyota Tacoma 2wd Xtra Cab
Vehicle Miles: 86,530 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: silver Spring, md Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 100
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Great shock made my smallpick up drive like its brand new. Cornering is great and the ride is firm but very stable. I had my doubts with these shocks and the way this pick up truck rides and handles. All my doubts have gone a way I would recommend these shocks to anybody with this year truck for a simple way to improve the handling of these truck.



-- Review submitted: 2008-04-09


1990 Toyota 4Runner 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 80,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Sacramento, Ca Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Easy Going
Miles of product use: 25
Satisfaction Rating: 10

i absolutely agree with the 97 4runner reviewer. these may be called HD shocks but don t let that scare you, the ride is only slightly firmer like a new car ride (remember this is german engineering!) my tires now stay plastered to the ground and the very first thing i noticed was no more tire squeal cornering (i always thought it was the tires even when i keep them 3 lbs above recommended). However, don t think these shocks will raise your 2nd generation 4runner ( 90 - 95)which were designed to be slightly lower in the rear by about 2" (i wonder if all the complaints people have about rear end 2nd gen.sag is valid, that s the way they were designed when they went from leaf to coils). you 2nd gen. stock suspension 4runners will like these shocks! (although i can only comment on paved areas cause i don t off-road anymore. -- Review submitted: 2008-04-06


2002 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDi
Vehicle Miles: 130,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: CRANSTON, RI Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
H&R OE Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 17,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

This setup was perfect for the Golf TDI. The suspension rivals my VW R32, it makes the TDI a blast to drive now. I wish I installed this suspension a long time ago. Lowering is mild, perfect for New England and there were no camber issues. -- Review submitted: 2007-11-29


1983 BMW 320i
Vehicle Miles: 200,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: pasco, wa Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
Stock
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 9

made it handle well alot better than stock,handles like new again,fun to drive again,its like a go cart on wheels. -- Review submitted: 2007-11-28


2001 Ford F150 Supercrew 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 98,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Whitefish, MT Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Average
Miles of product use: 15,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

At 25K put on Edelbrock IAS s -- after about 50k they seemed shot - so went back to Bilsteins -- won t shop around again - very happy -- Review submitted: 2007-11-17


1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4wd
Vehicle Miles: 132,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Fridley, MN Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
N/A
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 1,000
Satisfaction Rating: 10

Very pleased with the replacement Bilstein HD shocks on a 1997 4Runner with 132,000 miles. Previously sloppy, mushy, and rather unstable ride has my 4Runner riding like a new vehicle. I was concerned after reading some of the reviews regarding a stiffer and significantly harsher ride but that is absolutely not the case. I can say that the ride is great, not at all stiff (just a "new ride" feel), and very flat and stable in cornering. One major improvement: the "hopping" sensation when cornering or driving over pavement bumps that would previously cause the rear-end to shift is no longer an issue -- the vehicle stays planted at all times. No cause for concern with regard to the issue of a ride that is too stiff! Highly recommended. -- Review submitted: 2007-09-24


1998 Acura Integra
Vehicle Miles: 152,000 All Suspension Products on Vehicle
Location: Birmingham, AL Shocks:
Chassis Products:
Spring:
Coil-Over:
Bilstein HD Shock
N/A
H&R Sport Spring Set
N/A
Driving Style: Spirited
Miles of product use: 8,000
Satisfaction Rating: 8

Comfy but take out a lot of the body roll associated with a abrupt turn-in. They would be too soft for a race car, but would be okay for auto-cross. The car still is on the understeer side of neutral, so it s safe and stable. A millameter or two bigger in a rear sway bar would probably take the car to the other side of neutral. Also, the car is almost too low. I have to watch my angle a lot of the time, and I ve scraped the paint off on the bottom of my front fender becasue of it.



Threshold-brake, turn in, and nail the throttle to pull it though the corner. -- Review submitted: 2007-05-30


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