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When August Bilstein laid the foundations for the innovation incubator BILSTEIN in Altenvoerde in Germany's Westphalia region in 1873, nobody had any idea of the crucial influence the company's products would one day have on the driving comfort and safety of cars. Instead it was metal window fittings - sold under the catchy name of AUBI, an abbreviation of August Bilstein - that soon made the company famous far beyond the boundaries of Bilstein's local region and even abroad.

A whole series of technical innovations followed and the revenues earned through these patents provided a solid basis for the later successes of what was still a young company. In order to meet the exacting quality demands already in the preliminary stage of manufacturing the fittings, the company set up its own strip iron rolling mill in 1919. In line with the motto "A rolling stone gathers no moss", Hans Bilstein, who had taken over the running of the company from his father, returned to his native Westphalia from the USA, which in the 1920s was still a long way away, bringing with him new concepts for nickel- and chrome-plating processes.

Entry into the automotive business: 1928-1954

It was in 1927 that Hans Bilstein made the first move towards the automotive accessories industry, through his co-operation with the Berlin-based lifting gear company Levator-Hebezeug-Fabrik. He did not have to wait long to see his activities bear fruit. In 1928, four years before the opening of the first motorway between Cologne and Bonn, BILSTEIN supplied the first chrome-plated bumper for mass-produced cars. Just one year later the company began producing car jacks. In typical BILSTEIN style, it entered this market with a resounding technical innovation, introducing the first usable side jack to a world that was only slowly getting used to the car. But the true world sensation was still to come.

Gaining the lead through expertise and technology: 1954 to the present day

In 1954, BILSTEIN was the first to realise the potential offered by an idea of Prof. Bourcier de Carbon, a French researcher in the field of vibrations. The aim was to eliminate the physical disadvantages of the conventional telescopic shock absorbers, whilst at the same time making the dampers lighter and able to be fitted in any position.

Enormous effort went into development, accompanied by substantial investment in the necessary production facilities, in order to achieve this ambitious target. And it paid off. The introduction of the first mono-tube gas pressure shock absorber in a standard production Mercedes-Benz vehicle in 1957 by what was at the time the 'Fittings and car jack manufacturer BILSTEIN' (Beschlag- und Wagenheber-Hersteller BILSTEIN) is still today considered a major contribution to active driving safety.

Gas pressure technology is now used in all types of telescope shock absorbers developed for use on powerful, high-class cars. The latest highlight is the development of the air spring module that BILSTEIN supplies 'just in sequence' to the Mercedes S-Class production line.

To this day, the demands of its customers in the automotive and tuning industries, combined with its commitment to motor sports, are what drive development and innovation at BILSTEIN. All AMG Mercedes in the DTM and over half of the teams in the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring approach the starting line with BILSTEIN accessories. The name BILSTEIN has for many decades been closely associated with high tech in the field of suspension design, driving comfort and safety. In order to expand this position in the future, BILSTEIN became a division of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG in 1988, and a wholly-owned subsidiary in 2005. The partnership and co-operation within the group will enable the company to continue to inspire with innovations in the traditional BILSTEIN way.


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Bilstein B12 | Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN2 Bilstein B14 | Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN2
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NEW PRODUCT: Bilstein B12 | Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN2

BILSTEIN Performance Suspension Kits - B12 System (Pro-Kit) is the result of two companies atop their industries collaborating to present the ultimate solution in suspension for the passenger car market. The shock absorber experts at Bilstein and the spring professionals at Eibach used their 120 years of combined experience and knowledge to spawn Performance2. The B12 system consists of four high performance Bilstein dampers, four hi-tech industrial Eibach lowering springs and together you have the best handling and most comfortable system available.

If you're looking for the perfect combination of sport dynamics, superior appearance and high performance for your car, you are on the right track with the BILSTEIN B12 Pro-Kit. This suspension kit provides a dramatic increase in your vehicle's performance handling characteristics and is designed for drivers wanting precision control and superb driver comfort, while seeking out more curves to conquer.

The product benefits at a glance:

  • Professional Cornering System (PCS)
  • Precise response, excellent performance and predictable control
  • Lowering up to 40mm
  • Provides for a lower, action-ready looking vehicle
  • BILSTEIN damper and EIBACH Pro-Kit performance spring road-tested and fine-tuned to perfectly complement each other

NEW PRODUCT: Bilstein B14 | Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN2

The Bilstein B14 PSS kit features both coilover and standard monotube gas shocks with performance-level valving, with application specific, progressive rate coil springs. The solid aluminum spring seat and lock nut allows for precise adjustment of the vehicle's lowered ride height from 30mm to 50mm, even while installed. Bilstein's patented Triple-C-Technology coating ensures long-lasting resistance to corrosion. This kit is ideal for the driver looking to set a car's ride height for both looks and performance.

The product benefits at a glance:

  • Threaded body adjustable range of 20 mm
  • Lowering of approx. 30-50 mm at front and rear
  • Road-tested and fine-tuned by BILSTEIN ride engineers, under extreme motorsports conditions
  • Aluminum Spring plates and lock nuts
  • Surface coating using Triple-C-Technology for long-lasting corrosion resistance
  • Round threads for easy adjustment
  • Quality sport springs made from highly durable material
  • Gas pressure technology
  • BILSTEIN monotube technology
  • Made in Germany
Bilstein B16 | Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN1 Bilstein B16 | Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN2
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Bilstein B16 | PSS10 Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN1

BILSTEIN Performance Suspension Kits - B16 PSS9/PSS10: The engineers at BILSTEIN have created the ultimate race inspired suspension—the BILSTEIN B16 PSS9/PSS10. This innovative suspension system delivers unsurpassed driving performance. The manually adjustable damping mono-tube gas shock absorbers feature 9 or 10-stage precise compression and rebound settings, from comfort to competition. The threaded body allows accurate adjustability of the front and rear progressive rate springs to achieve the vehicle ride height, center of gravity and level of performance handling desired. The Bilstein B16 system puts you in complete control, providing the kind of precise suspension tuning formerly available only on race cars. From a weekend of competition to daily driving, this system provides perfect handling performance for every situation.

The product benefits at a glance:

  • Individual settings ranging from maximum comfort to aggressive Sport can be selected by the twist of a dial (9 on PSS9, 10 on PSS10)
  • Threaded body adjustable range of 20 mm at both axles
  • Lowering of approx. 30-50 mm at front and rear
  • Road-tested and fine-tuned by BILSTEIN ride engineers, under extreme motorsports conditions
  • Spring plates and lock nuts made from a special aluminum alloy
  • Surface coating using Triple-C-Technology for long-lasting corrosion resistance
  • Round threads for easy adjustment
  • Quality sport springs made from highly durable material
  • Quality sport springs made from highly durable material
  • Gas pressure technology
  • BILSTEIN monotube technology, made in Germany

Bilstein B16 | PSS10 Performance Coilover Kit for the MINI Cooper | GEN2

BILSTEIN Performance Suspension Kits - B16 PSS9/PSS10: The engineers at BILSTEIN have created the ultimate race inspired suspension—the BILSTEIN B16 PSS9/PSS10. This innovative suspension system delivers unsurpassed driving performance. The manually adjustable damping mono-tube gas shock absorbers feature 9 or 10-stage precise compression and rebound settings, from comfort to competition. The threaded body allows accurate adjustability of the front and rear progressive rate springs to achieve the vehicle ride height, center of gravity and level of performance handling desired. The Bilstein B16 system puts you in complete control, providing the kind of precise suspension tuning formerly available only on race cars. From a weekend of competition to daily driving, this system provides perfect handling performance for every situation.

The product benefits at a glance:

  • Individual settings ranging from maximum comfort to aggressive Sport can be selected by the twist of a dial (9 on PSS9, 10 on PSS10)
  • Threaded body adjustable range of 20 mm at both axles
  • Lowering of approx. 30-50 mm at front and rear
  • Road-tested and fine-tuned by BILSTEIN ride engineers, under extreme motorsports conditions
  • Spring plates and lock nuts made from a special aluminum alloy
  • Surface coating using Triple-C-Technology for long-lasting corrosion resistance
  • Round threads for easy adjustment
  • Quality sport springs made from highly durable material
  • Quality sport springs made from highly durable material
  • Gas pressure technology
  • BILSTEIN monotube technology, made in Germany
   
 
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