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Old 08-31-2020, 12:54 PM   #1
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Bilstein dampers good for 986 Boxster S?

The dampers on my 2001 Boxster S are tired and it seems Bilsteins are the way to go. Any thoughts, recommendations or experiences you can share? This is not a track car, so I still want compliance on the road. Not looking for super stiff. Thanks.

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The OE are Bilstein B4 easily available aftermarket.
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Is there much ride degradation with the B6 dampers?
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That's a subjective question but B6 is equivalent to M030. If you are thinking stiffer and B6 I would get the Koni FSD/Special Active which kind of gives you the best of both worlds between B4 and B6.
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The dampers on my 2001 Boxster S are tired and it seems Bilsteins are the way to go. Any thoughts, recommendations or experiences you can share? This is not a track car, so I still want compliance on the road. Not looking for super stiff. Thanks.
I rebuilt my entire suspension with stock parts & Bilstein struts & shocks. Ride & handling is like new.
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B6's

I just replaced the struts on my '00. It's not an "S" but came with the Sport Package that included 18" wheels and sport suspension. I went with the B6's. I've only had the car for a short time and the old struts were totally worn so I don't have a fair comparison. The ride is sooooooo much better, but difficult to compare to B4's. I will say that over rough roads as the speed increases it's silky smooth and controlled.

I'm not sure that someone wouldn't say the same about new B4's.
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I'm running the Koni FSD on my 01 Boxster S. As edc mentioned above, best of both worlds. They really firm up when you are pushing both speed and cornering. If you are looking for 100% sporty stiff ride, get the B6 and don't bother with the Koni FSD.

There were some reports of members who got rid of them in less than 1000 miles of road time, and expected the Koni FSD to be stiff all the time, but that isn't how they are designed to work. I like them particularly because the roads are just awful where I am (Toronto) and I need a compliant ride for the street, not a bone jarring driving experience over every bump, crack, and pot hole in the road. The Koni FSD does a good job of absorbing the imperfections of the road. It's not going to be as compliant as a Toyota RAV4, or as stiff as a GT3, so up to you on what you are after.

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