BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL.The BILSTEIN B6 is ideal gas-pressure shock absorber for those who refuse to compromise between performance or comfort.Better vehicle dynamics in any situation.For shock absorbers heavy loads or trailering are a big challenge. Built to OE quality standards, the BILSTEIN B6 delivers increased performance when demands are high. Even without lowering you will get better vehicle dynamics for a comfortable street performance in town and on the highway.
BILSTEIN B8 offers optimal performance with sporty looks by lowering springs.
BILSTEIN B8 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.
What's the difference between Bilstein B6 and Bilstein B8?
Can you see it? The B8 is shorter than the B6.
The Bilstein B6 are a performance damper. They have the same overall length as the original equipment (OE) damper and are perfect if you want a sporty ride without lowering your car. You use the B6 with your OE springs or the Bilstein B3 springs if you are replacing them also.
The B8 is designed to be used exclusively with lowering springs or vehicles that are fitted with a lowered suspension from the manufacturer like Mercedes AMG models.
Lowering springs are shorter than OE springs. When you fit springs to the damper they need to compressed slightly so they are fitted tight on the damper. This is called pre tension. Without pre tension the spring could dislocate while driving which could result in losing control of the vehicle and a nasty accident.
So if you are think about fitting lowering springs Bilstein B8 is the best option.