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Thread: 3 months running Bilstein B4s on my SRi

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    Default 3 months running Bilstein B4s on my SRi

    Thought I'd share my views on the Bilstein B4s I had fitted to my car.

    Back in July when my car went in for it's MOT it was noted that the rear shocks were leaking a bit. ATS had only replaced them 18 months before but they were no longer under guarantee.

    So I decided to get them changed with better quality ones. I really wanted the VX SRi dampers but they are quite expensive, so I went for the Bilstein B4s as a pair of them were cheaper than just one genuine SRi damper.

    Then I decided that I would renew the front suspension components as they were all original and the car had done 140k over 7 years.

    I had Bilstein B4 dampers put on the front with a new set of VX SRi Springs. Also the drop links and top mounts were replaced with VX parts.

    When I got the B4s I was under the impression that they were an upgrade to standard VX dampers and a on a par with the VX SRi dampers. After running the car for 5k miles in 3 months I am a bit disappointed.

    The ride quality is certainly better than the VX SRi dampers. Not as harsh and better at riding the bumps in the road.
    But handling is not a patch on the SRi's.

    At least now I know I am more of a handling man than a comfort man!

    So if I were to do it again I would spend more money (quite a bit mind) and get the VX SRi's or maybe the Bilstein B6's.
    Maybe when I get to 280k miles...

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    The B4's are the equivalent to upgraded replacement for standard springs, B6's are the equivalent to upgraded replacement's for SRi springs. B8's are the shortened springs for a full sports set up.

    Got B6's on mine with H&R springs and it's an amazing drive, although you do feel the bumps.
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    Ahh well. You live and learn.

    It does feel like a new car now though so not that unhappy about the changes

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    Just been looking on ebay for rear shockers, think mine need to be changed 7 years old 75k miles, seen KYB gas-a-just for £60 a pair or Bilteins for £79, any views on them before I go ahead and fit them to my Signum

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    I have the B4's on the rear of my SRi (about 3 months-ish too) and they are perfectly fine for me, the ride is a tad firmer after fitting them (as the SRi ones were a bit shot) but has made it much smoother aswell.

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    ANyone have any views on what the B$'s would be like with PI 40/45mm springs? I'm definitely getting the springs but I'm in two minds about whether or not to renew the shocks at the same time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    ANyone have any views on what the B$'s would be like with PI 40/45mm springs? I'm definitely getting the springs but I'm in two minds about whether or not to renew the shocks at the same time?
    I haven't done it yet, but I will lowering mine soon on the B4's.

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    B6's are the way to go for handling along with Eibach springs, runs like its on rails
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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    B6's are the way to go for handling along with Eibach springs, runs like its on rails
    I have a lot of confidence in PI springs and they can be had for about £120, how much are B6's all round?

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    Ask @pipamish how well the B6's with H&R springs handle. He needed new trousers after I took him out for a spin in mine when asked what it was like and took a 90 degree bend in a road I know like the back of my hand at 60mph.

    Literally goes round corners like it's on rails.
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