Optimum protection against dust even without a tube for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander

Jeeps of all kinds are among the stars of the off-road scene. Even the rather comfortable Grand Cherokee III (WH, WK, built 2004-2011) and Commander (XK, XH, built 2005-2010) models perform impressively off-road.
What’s more, Bilstein says it has various options in its range to further improve the handling of both models – both on and off the road.
Workshops will wonder, however, why most of these Bilstein shock absorbers have neither a boot nor a tube to protect against dust.
After all, this important detail is found on every passenger car shock absorber and should be present on an off-road vehicle all the more – shouldn’t it? Were the accessories simply forgotten in the end?
Rainer Popiol, head of the BILSTEIN Academy, gives the all-clear, explaining that “on both models, Chrysler engineers already decided not to use dust boots or tubes with the original shock absorbers. The problem was solved elsewhere in terms of design. That’s why various Bilstein shock absorbers for Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander are also supplied without additional dust protection and can be installed as they are without hesitation.”
The Bilstein B6 4600 shock absorber, for example, is available as a suspension upgrade for the two Jeep models.
Bilstein says it stands for better handling for off-road and on-road while its precise tuning reduces the uncontrolled movements of the high body typical of off-road vehicles and SUVs. At the same time, steering precision and suspension load capacity are increased, ensuring more vehicle control, safer handling and better traction.
Bilstein says its B8 5100, in turn, is the ideal shock absorber for increased ground clearance and optimum grip.
Thanks to its extended design, it also fits perfectly with height-adjustment kits. Grand Cherokee and Commander Jeeps can be raised by up to 50 millimetres and the Bilstein monotube technology and the patented degressive valve system of the Bilstein B8 5100 are specially designed for these requirements.
For the Grand Cherokee, the “normal” Bilstein B6 is also available, which is not a dedicated off-road damper but an improved OE replacement.
Bilstein states that its additional damping force ensures more traction, more precise handling, optimum road grip and increased track stability in everyday use. At the same time, body movements are reduced.
Bilstein says those who use their Jeep as a towing vehicle for horse trailers and the like can also look forward to improved handling and enhanced driving safety – although this naturally also applies to the Bilstein B6 4600 and B8 5100.

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