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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.
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.
Bilstein Street performance shock absorbers have been specifically designed for on road driving conditions, valved to handle continous tarmac driving, there is nothing quite like a Bilstein shock absorber.
The Bilstein B6 Sport gas-pressure shock absorber is ideal for those who refuse to compromise between performance and comfort. Built to OE standards, the Bilstein B6 Sport shock absorber offers increased levels of handling performance. The Bilstein B6 Sport shock absorber is the perfect suspension solution if you’re looking at better handling dynamics for your vehicle without lowering ride height, providing comfortable performance in all sorts of driving conditions.
The Bilstein B8 gas-pressure shock absorber has been developed to offer improvements in handling performance as well as aesthetics without compromising on comfort. Essentially a shortened shock absorber designed with high performance in mind, the Bilstein B8 shock absorber is matched perfectly with virtually every lowering spring set and series production sport vehicle.
Designed specifically to suit off-road vehicles, the Bilstein B6 Offroad gas-pressure shock absorber is the perfect suspension solution. This version of the Bilstein B6 shock absorber has been adapted to fulfil Australian 4 Wheel Drive requirements. The Bilstein B6 Offroad shock absorber has been developed to reduce the kind of undesirable handling dynamics such as uncontrolled movements that are so inherent in 4WDs thanks to their high structure.
Bilstein B8 off road gas-pressure shock absorbers offer the perfect performance enhancement to go with the sporty look of lowering suspension kits. The specially shortened high-performance shocks guarantee the required spring tension for lowering springs and therefore support the sporting and dynamic driving experience.
For the absolute ultimate in heavy duty offroad capabilities, nothing surpasses the Bilstein B60. Featuring tough steel monotube construction, a 60mm piston, housed in a massive 66mm steel tube, the B60 shock absorber provides unsurpassed heat durability and precise handling.
Bilstein have gone the extra mile to ensure maxium performance off road. Their team in Australia has set out and designed a set of shock absorbers (B6, B8 & B60) specifically for Australian 4x4 driving conditions.
We have teamed up with Bilstein, combing both our suspension expertise to create a range of reliable, comfortable, yet heavy duty 4x4 lift kits.
Our Bilstein Lift kits are each designed and assembled for specific applications, all our lift kits are modifiable for specific vehicle use. Whether you are an off road junkie, a tradie or a weekend hobbyist, we can organise the right lift kit for you. Each lift kit can have its spring rates modified to suit what your 4WD is carrying, this is crucial as not every vehicle carries the same accessories. We ensure that you get the right bilstein shock absorber for the job and the right spring rate, matched for both comfort and practicality.
When you a buy a lift kit online, our experienced suspension technicians will give you a call to make sure the kit is made to best match your vehicles use. We will than offer to have the Lift Kit installed at one of our many Fulcrum store locations, we also offer a complimentary free suspension check.
If you dont want to purchase a bilstein lift kit online or over the phone, the process is very similar. When you visit our store you will be greeted by our suspension technicians who will help organise the best kit for you. They will make sure you get the best shocks for for traction, comfort and practicality. Also ensuring the springs you receive are the best for your carry loads and driving environment.
Bilstein’s entry-level coilover solution, the Bilstein B14 brings technology from the race track onto the street. The Bilstein B14 is a threaded ride height adjustable kit, allowing you to fine-tune your ride height to perfectly suit your needs.
The Bilstein B16 offers a higher level of adjustability, allowing you to achieve ultimate driving enjoyment based on your own individual requirements.
Bilstein’s ultimate coilover offering, the Bilstein Clubsport suspension kit is a coilover package that has been designed for uncompromised performance in the fields of racing and clubsport. The Bilstein Clubsport coilover combines Bilstein’s mono-tube gas pressure technology with the highest levels of motorsport engineering to create the very best motorsport suspension solution.
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.