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How to Install Bilstein Shocks & Struts

Bilstein B8 5100 Series Front Shock

When it comes to extra stability and comfort, custom-crafted, performance shocks can't be beat. They deliver extra stability and comfort, while also improving your ride's handling.

Installation Tip: When installing Bilstein shocks on your truck, be sure to reference the exact install instructions that we send you with your order. Installations vary due to different part number applications.

About Bilstein, A Well-Known Brand Indeed

Of course, when shopping for your new performance shocks, you always want to stick with the brand names. And, one of the biggest brands in the biz is Bilstein. Since 1954 when they invented the mono-tube gas pressure shock absorber, Bilstein shocks have been synonymous with cutting-edge performance technology. Now, Bilstein shocks dominate in every category, from street racing compacts to off-roading trucks.

Choose from Bilstein Heavy Duty Shocks, Bilstein Sport Shocks, and more. If you're having a tough time choosing your new suspension parts, be sure to check out the customer reviews on our website. You can see exactly what our numerous consumers have to say about the various Bilstein shocks available.

Search for Bilstein 5100 Series Shocks or Bilstein Touring Class Shocks for general product reviews. Or, you can do a vehicle-specific search to see how well the Bilstein Comfort Shocks lift kits work with your Chevy Silverado.

Bilstein Shocks & Struts Installation Steps

Once you've chosen your new shocks, the hard part is over. Installing Bilstein shock absorbers is simple and can be completed in your own driveway. Although the instructions may vary slightly depending on the style of shock you choose and the vehicle, these directions for how to install Bilstein shocks allow you to see just how easy the job is. Before you install Bilstein shocks, make sure the mountings on the vehicle chassis are in good condition. Then, proceed with the following steps:

Step 1: Remove your existing shocks from fittings. Check your new shock's instructions to see if they require the retention of your stock bump stop, dust cover, or protection tube.

Step 2: Insert your new shock. Be sure to follow the recommended torque settings on McPherson front suspension and all other mounting hardware.

Step 3: Slip bellows dust covers into their proper condition. On the seal end, slip the cover completely over the bead. On the other end, completely cover both lugs on the hook.

Step 4: Tighten the rubber buffers, making use of the stops provided. Then, you're all set. Be sure not to remove the slight film of oil on the seal.