When it comes to suspensions, specifically shocks, two brands are head and shoulders above the competition. Eibach and Bilstein, both old German companies with a long history of superior engineering, innovation, precision manufacturing processes, and extensive experience with high-end vehicles and the racing world make shocks. However, Eibach and Bilstein take different approaches in their product design, raising the question, which is best?
The end-user defines “Best,” and different people have different expectations. For example, the driver of a RAM 1500 with a 6-inch lift has other suspension concerns than the driver of a Formula 1 machine that sits 2 inches off the ground. And then there are the luxury vehicles like Mercedes-Benz and BMW that will never voluntarily go off-roading or ripping around a track. The best shock is the one that meets the user’s specific requirements. One size does not fit all.
Check out these popular products from Eibach and Bilstein and make up your own mind.
The Eibach Story
Founded in 1951, Eibach started as a spring manufacturer providing high-quality springs for toys, nuclear power plants, residential earthquake protection, and other uses. Then, in 1975 they jumped into the automotive industry and became an Original Equipment Manufacturer of springs, dampers, and other components for the likes of Audi, Bugatti, and Lotus. Those relationships led to the racing world with virtually every Formula 1 team riding on Eibach. Today, the same engineering and high-quality manufacturing are available to everyone as an aftermarket product.