Bilstein Set to Enter the Motorcycle Suspension Business

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4/14/2020 7:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/14/2020 8:00 PM

Do you remember Bilstein shocks?

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4/14/2020 8:52 PM

I’m sort of young at 24 but I do remember my dad would always put Bilsteins on our motorhomes we had. I work in the industry now and we put bilsteins on our mahindra Roxors.

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4/14/2020 8:57 PM

I think they were the first big company to take up the (Dr) DeCarbon shock tech, way, way back in the 70s

Just a side note - it seems a bit silly for Bilstein to have Yellow springs on their shocks pictured, when it has become, over so many decades, one of the key 'identifiers' for Ohlins.

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4/14/2020 9:12 PM

Just put a set of 5100's on my truck last month.

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4/14/2020 9:23 PM

I was on an off road race team in the early 80s (1980). I was on the pit crew, I was 16. I had a prerunner that I ran bilsteins on. I met Walker Evans and Bud Feldkamp and many others. Great suspenders. Good times.

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4/14/2020 9:34 PM

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"If you are going through HELL, keep going."-Winston Churchill
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4/14/2020 10:54 PM

oldblood wrote: Photo

Greg Tracy has a car similar to that
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7o5nCdpLqA/?igshid=csuckaket1f5

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4/14/2020 10:58 PM

Bearuno wrote:

I think they were the first big company to take up the (Dr) DeCarbon shock tech, way, way back in the 70s

Just a side note - it seems a bit silly for Bilstein to have Yellow springs on their shocks pictured, when it has become, over so many decades, one of the key 'identifiers' for Ohlins.

How long have they both been around?
I have always remembered Bilstein as being yellow/blue.

Bilstein was always a popular choice for old British Ford's, Escorts, Cosworths, etc.

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4/14/2020 11:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/14/2020 11:18 PM

Bearuno wrote:

I think they were the first big company to take up the (Dr) DeCarbon shock tech, way, way back in the 70s

Just a side note - it seems a bit silly for Bilstein to have Yellow springs on their shocks pictured, when it has become, over so many decades, one of the key 'identifiers' for Ohlins.

kieran_macca wrote:

How long have they both been around?
I have always remembered Bilstein as being yellow/blue.

Bilstein was always a popular choice for old British Ford's, Escorts, Cosworths, etc.

Bilstein since 1873 I believe.

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4/15/2020 3:49 AM

I got some Bilstein 52mm shocks on my ’84 Volvo, they are still alive and kicking in the rally/racing euro scene cool

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4/15/2020 5:43 AM

Again? I remember them being offered as an option on the DG Monoshock frames for the Honda XR75 back in the day. Had a choice of Gas Girling or Bilstein.smile

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4/15/2020 6:48 AM

Who doesn’t know about bilstein? They make great motorsports dampers.

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4/15/2020 6:54 AM

I had them on my 1974 TM125 after I had the swingarm modified to move them forward.

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4/15/2020 7:45 AM

I had them on my 1974 Pursang 250 after I had the swingarm and frame modified to move them forward.

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4/15/2020 8:31 AM

Remember them? Just put on some fresh 5160's

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"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

4/15/2020 8:32 AM

If you had an early 2000s TRD Tacoma, you had Bilsteins on it. Maybe still to this day, but I'm not sure.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

4/15/2020 8:45 AM

Let us know when they make something for Moto.

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2015 Beta 500 RS, history: 99 KTM 300, 87 CR250, 84 KLR 600, 82 GPZ 550, 81 KX 250, 80 KX 250, 79 Montesa 414 VE, 78 250 VB, 77 360 VB, 76 360 VA, 75 YZ 125, 74 TM 125, 72 TS 125, 60's West Bend Go Boy Kart

4/15/2020 9:05 AM

Johnny Depp wrote:

Let us know when they make something for Moto.

They are big into the Dirt Late Model stuff so dirtbike stuff shouldn't be much of a leap on a shock.

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4/15/2020 9:13 AM

Put a set on the truck when we put the 4K lb. camper on it's back. They work great.

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4/15/2020 9:42 AM

Have some on my old E46 BMW. Time for some new ones actually.

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4/15/2020 9:50 AM

RoflCopter726 wrote:

Just put a set of 5100's on my truck last month.

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Sweet! What kind of truck? Ram?

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4/15/2020 9:53 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/15/2020 10:11 AM

Bilsteins were the shit on 70s cr!!!

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4/15/2020 9:58 AM

RoflCopter726 wrote:

Just put a set of 5100's on my truck last month.

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I put a set of 5100's on the front end of my 2007 Tacoma to lift it 2.5" essentially leveling it out and also installed a brand new set of rear OEM Bilstein's specific to the TRD Offroad model (which is what my truck is) these have stiffer valving than the TRD sport model.

I did not want to go with the brackets at all because I know they're not worth a dam for leveling out the front end. Id already done a ton of reading on the 5100 series shocks and knew the 5100's were really good but I was blown away at just how good they actually are! For a suspension shock that looks OEM'ish in size and diameter I could not believe how well they enhanced the performance of my front suspension!! The improvement was astounding, my truck can handle bigger hits I used to cringe at and slow down for but now it rides like a Cadillac over bumps and G-outs. Replacing my old worn out rear OEM Toyota TRD Offroad spec bilstein shocks with brand new takeoffs on which I got for free, my truck rides like its brand new again with MUCH better suspension as an added bonus.

Long story short...... dont let the appearance of the Bilstein 5100 series shocks deter you from giving them a shot, they aren't very expensive and their "bang for buck" ratio is off the charts!!!

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4/15/2020 10:02 AM

Falcon wrote:

If you had an early 2000s TRD Tacoma, you had Bilsteins on it. Maybe still to this day, but I'm not sure.

They're still yellow/blue on my 2007 Tacoma TRD Offroad ... I put a set of 5100's on my front end and they work exceptionally well....see my post just above this

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4/15/2020 12:49 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/15/2020 12:50 PM

i think the evo 8/9 comes with these stock and bilstein shocks are popular w/ certain cars who are known to be good track cars (spec e30 comes to mind)

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4/15/2020 1:21 PM

Surprised they didn’t touch on their dominance back in the day and put re-enter into the article. Wonder when they quit the motocross shocks ? Don’t remember hearing much from them in the 80’s after most of the manufacturers went to the single shock. Any Old School Moto guys here have an answer ?

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4/15/2020 1:29 PM

RoflCopter726 wrote:

Just put a set of 5100's on my truck last month.

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Premix4Life wrote:

Sweet! What kind of truck? Ram?

2017 Silverado, I have the fronts set to the 3rd ring for a 1.25" lift in the front. Not completely level but took out a lot of the factory rake so it doesn't look ass-end high. Also put a set of BF Goodrich KO2s on.

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4/15/2020 1:46 PM

I’m pretty sure they come stock on my 19 tundra limited. I’ll give it a look next time I’m outside to be sure.

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why does Kermit's fingers always smell like pork?

4/15/2020 1:50 PM

Bilstein never made rebuildable tunable shocks for bikes, or most cars. They do have remote reservoir, but most of their lineup is low tech with no ability to pressurize. Automotive disposable stuff for OEM's mostly. Z71's were some of 1st to use them.

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2015 Beta 500 RS, history: 99 KTM 300, 87 CR250, 84 KLR 600, 82 GPZ 550, 81 KX 250, 80 KX 250, 79 Montesa 414 VE, 78 250 VB, 77 360 VB, 76 360 VA, 75 YZ 125, 74 TM 125, 72 TS 125, 60's West Bend Go Boy Kart

4/15/2020 3:57 PM

Remember Bilstein shocks? I've put them on all my performance cars over the years. My Bimmer rides on Bilsteins...this beast handles like a car half it's size. It will be interesting to see what they do in the 2 wheeled market.

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