As good as the C5 Z06 suspension is from the factory, there's always room for improvement.
Part 1: Manufacturers A-K
Do you feel like you're spinning your wheels looking for the best suspension parts for your Corvette? If so, you're not alone. The sophisticated world of shocks, struts, springs, sway bars, bushings, and other apparatus can be difficult to navigate, especially if your goal is to pick the perfect underpinnings without breaking the bank.
Our official guide to Corvette suspension kits and components will help you select the suspension parts best suited to your car-and your budget. By the time you're done reading, you'll know which of these manufacturers will help you steer with certainty, corner with confidence, track with tenacity, or just improve the daily ride and handling of your street machine. And if you're a drag racer, we'll help you choose the right components to propel your Corvette through the quarter-mile as quickly and consistently as possible.
Because choosing a suspension system is based upon a number of variables-such as vehicle age, weight, horsepower, and intended usage-we didn't favor one of these manufacturers over another. Instead, we listed them all (half this month and half next month, due to space limitations) and allowed them to state their case. All that's left for you to decide is which one is right for your Corvette.
Bilstein offers a complete selection of replacement and upgrade shocks and struts for all generations of Corvette. Many Corvettes came with Bilstein shocks as original equipment.
Ride, handling, and control are what a shock or strut provides. Compromise in one area may create a problem in another. Bilstein's unique high-pressure monotube design eliminates any compromise. The rising-rate valving of the Bilstein shock absorber provides the necessary damping to react quicker to road conditions without sacrificing ride comfort. This combination of valving and high-pressure nitrogen gas keeps the tires in constant contact with the road, helping to ensure the highest level of vehicle control.
Unlike other manufacturers which provide a minimum selection of shocks to cover a broad range of applications, Bilstein shocks and struts are built for each specific application. Our engineers take into account everything from external dimensions to internal valving, mounting hardware to the weight and type of vehicle, and intended use.
Quote From Company
"Many Corvette owners have reported to us they are pleasantly surprised when running Bilstein shocks and struts, as the handling, cornering, tire contact, and ride have significantly enhanced the Corvette experience. Bilstein also offers a personable tech department that will help you choose the perfect shock for your application, including custom fitments."
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