Bilstein began its involvement in the automotive aftermarket by supplying chrome-plated bumpers for mass-produced cars, and followed this up with the production of car jacks. It was in 1954, however, that BILSTEIN began creating the suspension products for which it is well known today. Partnering with a French researcher in the field of vibrations, BILSTEIN set about to eliminate the physical disadvantages of the conventional telescopic shock absorbers.
This partnership resulted in the creation of the first mono-tube gas pressure shock absorber.
Bilstein's mono-tube design was first seen on 1957 Mercedes Benz vehicles. Since then, it has been used both as standard equipment on heavy duty applications such as pickup trucks and as an aftermarket option designed to improve ride quality and handling over more traditional shock absorber designs.
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