View Full Version : Alternatives to Bilstein?

11-12-2010, 07:38 AM
I am looking forward buying 4 new shock absorber for my B5.
Where can I get some Bilstein real cheap or perhaps another good alternative?

Ebay doesn't return a lot of parts...

This is to pair with H&R sport spring!

11-12-2010, 10:55 AM
KONI's are a much better alternative to Bilsteins, however they're considerably more expensive.

You're not going to find much in terms of shocks that are lower priced than Bilstein, unless you get something used.

11-12-2010, 01:16 PM
yeah i would say bilstein and koni are the best bang for your buck, anything cheaper then you risk blowing a shock out(i speak from experience) then you wish you would have spent the extra 100 on good shock, dont be cheap on suspension parts

11-12-2010, 01:19 PM
You can try finding a used set of Bilsteins and send them to Stewart Development for revalving to your springrates as that would give you the best ride vs. an OTS solution.

I just sent them my Bilstein Sports from my e30 to have them matched for my ride height and spring rates and can't wait to get them back.

11-12-2010, 02:50 PM
Alright! Thanks

11-12-2010, 03:18 PM
Dude, CANADIAN TIRE ;) if you dont really care too much, get some monroe's. they often go on sale for buy one get one half price. The've got a lifetime warranty.

11-12-2010, 11:06 PM
Bilsteins are designed to be valved for a specific configuration. They tend to have a more harsh ride due to their high pressure gas charge.

Konis will still ride better and will handle as well as the Bilsteins. The only advantage Bils have is with extended use since their monotube design dissipates heat better. This leads to more consistent performance on the track but even then it doesn't matter unless you're getting paid for that performance.

My Avant has the Bilstein HDs that Dick Shine used to develop the Real Street suspension for the B5 (S4) chassis. They have been revalved about a dozen times. Even after all of that tuning my 1.8t Avant with Shine's 400 pound linear springs rides rougher than a friend's S4 Avant with off the shelf Koni Sports and Shine's 500 pound linear springs.

11-13-2010, 08:32 AM
After reading a few reviews about Monroe's, Bilstein it is!
What would be the cheapest place on the net?
So far the lowest a found for a complete set is 529.00 $us
Or somewhere else in Montreal for 675.00 $can

Even a rebuilt set, I wouldn't care much

11-13-2010, 08:45 AM

Comes up to 572 CAD including shipping plus tax, since they are in BC probably will only have one tax on them.

11-13-2010, 12:08 PM
Awesome! Thanks!

Why are they cheaper for 1999 than 2001?

11-13-2010, 08:59 PM
Okay, so Bilstein list different shock for each years... confusing... and 2001 don't have rear SPORT listed... so what model you guys bought?

11-13-2010, 09:05 PM
96 to 2001, all the same shocks, just buy older years. Et bienvenue :)

11-13-2010, 09:07 PM
96 to 2001, all the same shocks, just buy older years. Et bienvenue :)

Not necessarily true if you've got an '01.5

11-13-2010, 09:10 PM
A4 have 2001.5? thought those were only s4's? And what's different from the 2001.5 and all the others?

11-14-2010, 06:21 AM
Ok so, where do I look for to be sure... a production number? I hope it wasn't on a sticker somewhere on the car, as this car was repainted and a lot of things are gone...

Moar low!

11-14-2010, 07:25 AM
Just look at your shock, if it looks like the one on the site, buy it. Its not like the A4 gained 500 pounds in a half year.

11-14-2010, 08:20 AM
Right! Merci Thomas