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Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico #5285544 12/05/19 04:02 AM
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I installed Bilstein B6 (4600) shocks and struts onto a 4th Gen 4Runner.

I thought Bilsteins were Made in Germany. I was a little bit surprised to find Made in Mexico printed on the strut, especially when the box had numerous references to Germany.

When did this change?

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Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: The Critic] #5285545 12/05/19 04:06 AM
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Not necessarily. I've got Bilsteins on my Grand Marquis and Envoy, all eight shocks were made in U.S.A.


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Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: The Critic] #5285637 12/05/19 07:24 AM
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Nothing wrong with Mexico. Long history of auto parts manufacturing and quality production. Now if it said China...

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Nothing wrong with China either if the company is producing the product in its own factory with its own QC. Companies like Hilti, Makita, Milwaukee, Nikon, Canon, Hella/ Behr,
and thousands of others are manufacturing product in their own owned factories in China.
Example.

https://www.hilti.group/content/hil...te-information/production-locations.html

http://www.makita.biz/company/abroad.html


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Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: Trav] #5285687 12/05/19 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
Nothing wrong with China either...



Yeah, ok.





Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: Trav] #5285697 12/05/19 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
Nothing wrong with China either if the company is producing the product in its own factory with its own QC. Companies like Hilti, Makita, Milwaukee, Nikon, Canon, Hella/ Behr,
and thousands of others are manufacturing product in their own owned factories in China.
Example.

https://www.hilti.group/content/hil...te-information/production-locations.html

http://www.makita.biz/company/abroad.html


Thats a personal opinion. I have problems with that but sadly almost eveyting is made there.

Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: The Critic] #5285707 12/05/19 08:40 AM
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Assembled in Mexico using German parts.

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Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: Trav] #5285709 12/05/19 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
Nothing wrong with China either if the company is producing the product in its own factory with its own QC.


It's not so much the production as it is the raw materials. No way they analyze the batch of steel, aluminum and rubber that makes the components of a suspension part like they would in the U.S. or EU. And lets face it, the reason companies have factories there is because it's cheaper for them. The old saying, you get what you pay for, still applies. Personally, I bought a pair of Mevotech ball joints that seemed fine, but when I looked at them a month later, they were all rusted through whatever surface coating they had on originally.

Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: The Critic] #5285862 12/05/19 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by The Critic
I installed Bilstein B6 (4600) shocks and struts onto a 4th Gen 4Runner.

I thought Bilsteins were Made in Germany. I was a little bit surprised to find Made in Mexico printed on the strut, especially when the box had numerous references to Germany.

When did this change?


I am really interested in the Bilstein over the KYBs...

Which application was this for and how was the ride?

Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: painfx] #5285955 12/05/19 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by painfx
Originally Posted by The Critic
I installed Bilstein B6 (4600) shocks and struts onto a 4th Gen 4Runner.

I thought Bilsteins were Made in Germany. I was a little bit surprised to find Made in Mexico printed on the strut, especially when the box had numerous references to Germany.

When did this change?


I am really interested in the Bilstein over the KYBs...

Which application was this for and how was the ride?

It is a good kind of firm, but firm.

4th gen 4Runner (03-09).


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Originally Posted by The Critic
Originally Posted by painfx
Originally Posted by The Critic
I installed Bilstein B6 (4600) shocks and struts onto a 4th Gen 4Runner.

I thought Bilsteins were Made in Germany. I was a little bit surprised to find Made in Mexico printed on the strut, especially when the box had numerous references to Germany.

When did this change?


I am really interested in the Bilstein over the KYBs...

Which application was this for and how was the ride?

It is a good kind of firm, but firm.

4th gen 4Runner (03-09).


My next set of shocks will be from Bilstiens. Heard great things about it.

Toyotas suspension are usually soft. Bilstein will definitely help firm things up.

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Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: The Critic] #5286103 12/05/19 03:08 PM
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Either the fronts or rears for my Blazer were Mexican made and the other was US made.

Nice shock and I love the way the truck rides now, but whoever made the fronts made the shock bushings about .100 too long and they wouldn’t fit inside the mounts. Had to grind them down. $400 shocks shouldn’t have needed this.


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Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: dlundblad] #5286164 12/05/19 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by dlundblad
Either the fronts or rears for my Blazer were Mexican made and the other was US made.

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AFAIK, didn't GM install French-made DeCarbon shocks on the ZR2/Z71-spec S/T and C/K(GMT400) platform SUVs? GM was mighty proud of their DeCarbon shocks in ads for the older trucks and Camaros.

Since Bilstein does count Toyota, GM and VW as customers and TRD-package Tundra/Tacomas as well as higher-spec GMTs come with Bilstein shocks, it would make sense for Krupp Bilstein to make shocks in the US and Mexico.

Re: Bilstein B6 = Made in Mexico [Re: nthach] #5286266 12/05/19 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by dlundblad
Either the fronts or rears for my Blazer were Mexican made and the other was US made.

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AFAIK, didn't GM install French-made DeCarbon shocks on the ZR2/Z71-spec S/T and C/K(GMT400) platform SUVs? GM was mighty proud of their DeCarbon shocks in ads for the older trucks and Camaros.

Since Bilstein does count Toyota, GM and VW as customers and TRD-package Tundra/Tacomas as well as higher-spec GMTs come with Bilstein shocks, it would make sense for Krupp Bilstein to make shocks in the US and Mexico.


This is connected to the NAFTA zone agreements most major tier 1 auto parts vendors do the same thing, not that I'm happy about it. Mexico wages are too low and that gives them an unfair advantage to compete, this is why Trump wanted to get rid of NAFTA.

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KYB's are made where?

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