Bilstein was earlier involved in making window fittings. With constant effort in research and development, they could bring about a variety of products, like struts/shocks, performance suspension kits, performance shock absorbers and electronic suspension systems.
Bilstein shocks Australia produce performance systems for various kinds of vehicles namely, heavy trucks, motor homes, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, motorsports vehicles, lifted trucks, motor homes etc. These are also used for car brands, such as Jaguar, Lotus, Audi, Ferrari, BMW, etc.
Basic principle of the working of shocks:
The shock rods extend all the way down to the strut tubes. The thickest part of the shock is used to distribute evenly the side loads and enhance the efficiency of the total system. The latest and updated designs possess pressure tubes with large diameters and extended surface area enhancing the load handling capacity. Thus, the users can realise that they are able to handle their vehicle better, with great level of stability and steering control.
Characteristics of the shocks:
• Pistons with high flow
• Bodies made of zinc plates
• Compression tuning apart from the capability to rebound independently
• Enhanced surface area which allows exact damping capability
• Deflecting technology along with the ability to self-adjust the valve system
• Improved control
• Capable of handling tiers of large diameters
Technology adopted in the shocks:
Gas pressure technology:
The gas pressure technology is adopted in automation construction as a standard. In this technology, the pressure on the oil inside the shock absorber is constantly maintained. When the pressure in the absorber is maintained at high level then the oil does not foam up. If the oil starts foaming up then the suspension shall not work up to its optimum level. The car shall also lose its damping power.
Twin/Mono tube technology:
This kind of technology is mainly used in motor sports vehicles, trucks and all kinds of jeep. In this technology, the heat is evenly distributed so that there is improved durability that enhances the life of the shock absorber. The maintenance cost is also low. These shocks adjust the speed automatically depending upon the road conditions. The mono-tube technology provides for ample of shock absorption even in the roughest terrain so that the rider can enjoy a smooth ride. This kind of shock package can be used in variety of vehicles.
When should they be replaced?
Replacement of the shocks depends upon the number of miles travelled and the conditions in which they were used. If the vehicle travels in the city then the wear and tear are considerably low as compared to the road conditions in the country side where there are lot of turns and bumps.
Some indicators for replacement of the shocks are:
• Any visual damages
• Mileage over 60,000 miles
• Excessive rolling, turning and braking
• Number of bounces when it hits a bump