Which Bilstein Replacement Shock or Strut is Best for Your Vehicle?

Has your vehicle become bouncy and uncomfortable? Or have you recently lifted or lowered your vehicle? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then chances are it's time to upgrade your shock or struts. Depending on your desired result, Bilstein offers a wide assortment of shocks and struts that could be a match for your application.

Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein HD Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Touring Class Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock
Bilstein Sport Shock

For full-sized sedans, SUVs and trucks that are stock ride height and looking to maintain the vehicles original ride qualities, the following options are a good match:

  • Bilstein HD Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • Improved handling and ride control without sacrificing comfort
    • Fade-free, high gas pressure monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
  • Bilstein Touring Class Shocks, Struts or Cartridges
    • For driver who want to restore their vehicle's original ride and handling
    • Valved about 10% firmer than stock
    • Same German engineering and quality as Bilstein's monotube gas pressure shocks, but in a competitively priced, twin tube design
    • Limited lifetime warranty

For driving enthusiast and/or owners of lowered vehicles take a look at the following option:

  • Bilstein Sport Shocks, Struts, or Cartridges
    • For the enthusiast who demands superior handling
    • Bilstein's highest level of control
    • Excellent match for vehicles with lowering springs or upgraded anti-roll bars
    • Superior monotube design provides strength and heat dissipation
    • Lifetime warranty

Off-road enthusiasts with lifted vehicles or larger diameter tires should consider the following 5100 Series options:

Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Adjustable Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
  • Bilstein 5100 Series Shock
    • Self-adjusting deflecting disc valving
    • High-flow piston reduces harshness
    • Independent rebound and compression tuning
    • Larger working piston area for exact damping
    • Superior control for large diameter tires
    • Strong Monotube design
    • Lifetime warranty
  • Bilstein 5100 Adjustable Shock
    • Same superior design as the  Bilstein 5100 series shock but includes the option for ride height adjustment
    • Multiple snap-ring grooves on the body of the shock accommodate different spring seat positions, allowing height adjustments from 0" to 2.5" depending upon the application
    • By raising the spring seat position, the factory rake can be altered to achieve a level front to rear ride height while accommodating up to 33" tires.
    • Lifetime warranty


Friday, January 11, 2013 by Francisco

Pontiac Montana 2004 2WD EXT
I want to put some gooood new front and back strut or shock...it is a minivan...helppp ( not the most expensive, The Best on Performance (
Friday, January 11, 2013 by Zig

We offer the KYB GR-2 which are currently $57/each front and $36/each Rear.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Debbie

What struts do I need for my 2002 chevorlet trailblazer 4wheel drive
Friday, September 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

The most popular option for this SUV is the KYB GR-2 which can be found here: http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/brand.jsp?brand=KYB&affiliate=BF7
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Matthew

What type of Bilstein shocks do you recommend for a softer ride on an all stock 2002 Camaro SS with 72 miles? Very willing to sacrifice "performance" for comfort as my state has terrible roads.
Friday, October 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Matthew, the only Bilsteins we offer for this application are the HD's, which are considered by many to ride slightly stiffer than the O.E. shocks. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by mreid

Best struts for my 05 SRT 4 FRONT
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


We only carry the strut cartrige by Koni for the 2005 Neon SRT4, so you would reuse the housing but replace the damper itself. The Koni Sport is one of the best street and performance dampers on the market: https://www.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?make=Koni&model=Sport+Cartridge&group=Sport&partNum=8641-1474SPORT&autoMake=Dodge&autoModel=Neon+SRT4&autoYear=2004&autoModClar=&affiliate=GU9

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