Bilstein is known for crafting some of the most capable shocks in the automotive industry. From off-road to on-road and track, Bilstein has options for every kind of enthusiast. We had a chance to catch up with the company at the 2019 SEMA show and run down some of the new products it is bringing to market for the coming year.
If you’ve been jonesing for a suspension option for your Jeep that offers amazing adjustability without having to seriously modify your beloved rig, Bilstein has something new for you. Rife with exciting new valving technology, the blue and yellow brand has come up with something for enthusiasts who want vastly improved off-road capabilities, without sacrificing on-road feel and comfort.
The 2019 SEMA show genuinely catered to the burgeoning “Overland” market, and Bilstein was at the top of the heap in terms of new technology. We had a chance to speak with Shane Casad from Bilstein, who broke down some of the latest and greatest tech that enables Bilstein to stay at the forefront of all things off-road.
“We’ve got two new applications for our 8100 series of shocks this year. We are displaying a Toyota 4runner 8100 series application that has a front coilover with position-sensitive technology called “Zone Control.” The rear shock is a two-tube external bypass, also position-sensitive, that you can adjust for varying loads or whatever your taste might be.”
“For Jeeps, we have something slightly different in terms of setup. The Jeep has a separate coil and shock, so it has the 8100 bypasses at all four corners. Again, those are double adjustable – one rebound, one compression. The adjustability is roughly 100-percent from open to closed. That’s a massive adjustment! It’s not just a minor thing that you might feel, or might not. It’s a huge advantage for users to be able to fine-tune. You can make it extremely soft or extremely stiff.”
The adjustability is roughly 100-percent from open to closed. That’s a massive adjustment! It’s not just a minor thing that you might feel, or might not. It’s a huge advantage for users to be able to fine-tune. You can make it extremely soft, or extremely stiff.” -Shane Casad
“On the Jeep, we have two ride heights to choose from. One is a two to three-inch lift application, and we also have a three to four-inch lift application that can go on anybody’s lift kit. They’re 60mm, which is 2.5-inch, on the 4runner and the Jeep. They’re a direct fit, they don’t require any modification, and they include the reservoir mounts.”
Bilstein also offers the shocks for the Jeep in a smooth-bore application that is housed in a larger body. Shane told us, “It doesn’t have the same level of adjustability, but it allows for much more capability.”
Of course, these were just a handful of options Bilstein had on display. For more info about all of Bilstein’s products, check out its website here.