German suspension manufacturer explains mono-tube shock absorber technology

Bilstein says its B4 series replacement dampers offer “100 percent OE quality” and are a good choice for most drivers.
However, it states that people whose journey sometimes takes them through difficult terrain or who own a particularly sporty vehicle should keep an eye out for the Bilstein B6 at their dealer.
In Australia, this improved series replacement shock absorber is available exclusively with the advantageous mono-tube technology.
This applies to both the normal B6, which stands for maximum street performance, and the off-road version B6 4600.
Bilstein says the improved lane stability and optimum handling delivered by the Bilstein B6, compared to the standard equipment or normal series replacement dampers, simply pay off.
It explains that sports and off-road vehicles can benefit most from this technology, stating that the mono-tube design allows for a larger effective area of the working piston, ensuring higher damping force and better handling.

Due to the so-called upside-down design with the characteristic “thick piston rod”, Bilstein says the front axle strut can also absorb much higher lateral forces, which results in even more precise steering behaviour.
It says drivers notice this when there are poor or winding roads (B6) or no roads at all (B6 4600), and states the vehicle also rides much better when towing a trailer or with a heavy load.
Bilstein says that the precise handling of all B6 gas pressure shock absorbers improve the driving experience in every conceivable situation.
Thus, it states that there are many arguments in favour of this “amazing” product and further, it says the replacement is very simple.
Bilstein explains that thanks to the B6 having the same functional dimensions as the standard damper, replacing the springs is unnecessary and the conversion is therefore cheaper than a complete suspension.
Further, it says drivers need not fear the loss of valuable features, stating that special B6 versions with DampTronic even retain all the functions of a standard active suspension with electronic control.

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