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Which Bilstein struts?

Post by smtguy » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:29 pm

My '83 e24 needs new struts, and I am thinking Bilstein., but the question is which ones? I see they have Touring, Heavy Duty, Performance, and SP (whatever that is). I use my car strictly as a street car; no track or performance use. My car is stock, and I am running the stock rims/tire size. I like a nicely controlled ride, but don't want harshness; especially considering the really crummy roads we have here locally in S. Cal.

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Re: Which Bilstein struts?

Post by jps635 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:29 am

If you don't want a harsh ride stay away from the B8's. Can't speak about the others
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Re: Which Bilstein struts?

Post by bpoliakoff » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:20 am

B6 Heavy duty. B8s are for lowering springs. The B6 will give you a firm sporty ride Touring is just a plain cushy factory type feel.
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Re: Which Bilstein struts?

Post by smtguy » Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:58 am

I appreciate the advice. Thank you gentlemen!
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Re: Which Bilstein struts?

Post by Ronnie Wilson » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:39 pm

Hi

Bilstein B4’s are the standard replacement for the factory fitted ones.

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Re: Which Bilstein struts?

Post by Masked Man » Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:29 pm

Hey smtguy!

As someone who had decorative stock shocks (for far too long) on Grace, I'm here to tell you that I went with the B4 (touring) and they are anything but cushy. They give a firm ride that (depending upon whether you're running a 16, 17 or God forbid, an 18" wheel) will provide you with a solid comfortable ride and that I've flung quite happily through twisties here in the Los Angeles area, specifically Angeles Crest highway, and they performed safely, predictably and did I mention that they are substantially less expensive than the other shock absorber/struts mentioned previously? The touring is going to give you all you might need for confident driving.
And that's my two cents.

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