Questions for Bilstein B8 'SPRINT' shortened damper owners

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Questions for Bilstein B8 'SPRINT' shortened damper owners

Post by Phil Bate » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:46 pm

I've just ordered a set of Bilstein B8 Sprint shortened dampers to go with my H&R springs, and shortly afterwards saw on the t'interwebs a few American owners claiming that the damper alone will introduce a slight ride-height reduction at the front because of the spring perch position.

Now, being a bit of a tart in that respect I do like my car pretty low (hence not going for the PZ group buy), but at exactly 3" ground clearance I can't afford for any further droppage. My questions are thus:


How does the perch mount on the front dampers? Is it fixed, or does it sit on a C-clip like other applications?

Did you happen to compare the distance from the perch to the lower bush between the B8 and stock damper, or have you noticed a reduction in height after fitting them with the same springs?



Of course in typical fashion this is all very last minute and I want to take the car around the NC500 in a weeks time. If they do indeed cause any further lowering, I will need to either get hold of some less pimp springs very quickly, or preferably have our machinist turn me a set of spacers to sit below the perches if they are removable.


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Re: Questions for Bilstein B8 'SPRINT' shortened damper owners

Post by Phil Bate » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:11 pm

Image search has answered my first question:


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Any observations about the ride height welcome
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Re: Questions for Bilstein B8 'SPRINT' shortened damper owners

Post by Conan » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:28 pm

Hi Phil,
You can always alter a perch, can be done in several ways so see what you need.
You should have gone for the PZ group buy and we could have modified in ;)
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Re: Questions for Bilstein B8 'SPRINT' shortened damper owners

Post by Phil Bate » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:26 pm

Pete, I felt the suspension gods would frown upon me if I received the Holy Grails and immediately hacked them up for silly aesthetic purposes :D

I'll see what the perch is like when they arrive - it does look like I can get a collar made up in the workshop to restore any lost ride height if needs be. Maybe even a threaded one with an adjustable seat :idea:
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