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Originally Posted by car5car View Post
which year and model of X do I need to buy to get "Lincoln" ride? Mine is 03 base model, definitely not a "Lincoln" suspension.
I was thinking about buying Town Car, it is bigger and more comfortable car with less fuel cost than X. (I have back problem and sometimes drive 700 miles to visit parents in MD.)
See MPG:
https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find...18746&id=36474
I doubt you will get a reply from that poster. He hasn't posted on here since 2014 and I saw him on the Mercedes forum and he has since moved on from there. I think he now has an M4 BMW if memory serves.
 
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Any link to the page and I’m assuming it was the B6
Here is the place I bought my Bilsteins. http://www.dcperformance.co.uk/perfo...ar/x-type.html. And it appears they do carry the B6s for the X. You'll have to check the prices, which for me, at that time, the kit was cheaper than what was listed in the US - if you could even get the B12 kit in the US. Good luck!
 

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Originally Posted by Alfadude View Post
I doubt you will get a reply from that poster. He hasn't posted on here since 2014 and I saw him on the Mercedes forum and he has since moved on from there. I think he now has an M4 BMW if memory serves.
Which Mercedes and Harley models/year do you have?
I don't think European cars have suspension like Lincolns, Cadillacs and Buicks have.
 
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Originally Posted by car5car View Post
which year and model of X do I need to buy to get "Lincoln" ride
You're never getting a Town Car ride out of the X without serious investment. In fact these cars, if not cared for, typically ride like rattle traps. Refresh the suspension and control arms, however, and you've got a reasonably quiet, rock solid highway cruiser.
 

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Originally Posted by Jag4 View Post
Here is the place I bought my Bilsteins. http://www.dcperformance.co.uk/perfo...ar/x-type.html. And it appears they do carry the B6s for the X. You'll have to check the prices, which for me, at that time, the kit was cheaper than what was listed in the US - if you could even get the B12 kit in the US. Good luck!
Back when I decided I wanted a set, (2+ years ago), The fronts had an online price of $159 to $169 each. When I ordered a pair of fronts, I ordered them for $169 each with free shipping. After several months passed, they told me the USA warehouses and factory didn't have any. The few places that actually had them wanted $250+ each. I started writing directly to Bilstein every few months asking when they would be fabricating more of them. Every response apologized and stated that they would make them in a few more months. The last response I received from them was late April, early May 2019. (Obviously the market for X-type B6 shocks is very very low. They probably will push out fabrication again next time I write them.)

I could have purchased the fronts in the $230 to $260 price range many times, but wanted to get them at the lower price I originally ordered them at. Now all of the same companies list them starting at $230, and they still don't have them available to ship. I really don't like all these 15% to 30% price increases every couple of years. My X-type wagon is mainly a winter car, and it really isn't worth the extra money to put on B6 shocks.(B12 kit/B8 struts, I don't really want to lower the car, because it is fine driving in the snow as is. Lowering it some more might make snow driving more challenging.
The current shocks are fine, but I wanted the B6s when I planned to rebuild the front suspension and put on Brembo front brakes.
 

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Originally Posted by Tijoe View Post
I could have purchased the fronts in the $230 to $260 price range many times, but wanted to get them at the lower price I originally ordered them at.
Pretty sure the market is a little better in the UK so they do have them in stock. I think I paid $930 US total for the B12 kit from UK. And I paid another $650 to have them installed in Los Angeles, CA.
 
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Originally Posted by car5car View Post
Which Mercedes and Harley models/year do you have?
I don't think European cars have suspension like Lincolns, Cadillacs and Buicks have.
I have a black 2012 C300 sport. Been a great car so far. I have never owned a motorcycle of any kind.
 
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Looks like B6 Bilsteins are no longer being made for x-types for the USA. Now I'll have to entertain installing adjustable coilovers.

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Hi Joe,

In February our product management and engineering teams did a revision on the B6 front shock for the ‘02-08 X-Type shock and found that the fitment was not correct on US spec’d vehicles. Unfortunately they have discontinued this shock 35-051497 for US sale. Our best recommendation for the front is our B4 shock. We have one for the standard and another for the sport suspension. You would want to choose the shock that matches the OE suspension type fitted to your car. Please see illustrations below. If you have already purchased/installed the B6 for the rear it is perfectly acceptable to use the B4’s in the front with it.
 
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Originally Posted by Tijoe View Post

In February our product management and engineering teams did a revision on the B6 front shock for the ‘02-08 X-Type shock and found that the fitment was not correct on US spec’d vehicles. Unfortunately they have discontinued this shock 35-051497 for US sale. Our best recommendation for the front is our B4 shock. We have one for the standard and another for the sport suspension. You would want to choose the shock that matches the OE suspension type fitted to your car. Please see illustrations below. If you have already purchased/installed the B6 for the rear it is perfectly acceptable to use the B4’s in the front with it.
This is confusing - does this mean that Bilstein revised the shock and so no longer works on our US cars (that's what it sounds like)? In which case wouldn't older US/UK stock work? And, is the UK version of our cars really structurally different?
 
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Jag4.

Write Mr. Trexler and ask for the details. I gave up. For the money sellers are/were asking for the B6 set of shocks, I'll go ahead and purchase a set of adjustable coilovers.
 
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if you want bilstieins comfort , which gives you a comfy ride i have these on mine ,and i dont feel any hard bumps
there here

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...ut+bellow,7592

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Dennis.

The shocks/struts in the X-type wagon I want to upgrade are still in good shape. I have front refurbished/new suspension components with a Brembo Caliper upgrade I've been waiting to install based on a good price on the B6 Struts. I don't want to lower the car much because we use it as a winter/snow car and I would still like to be able to drive through 8-10 inches of snow on the road without plowing it around the front of the car.
 
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As an FYI from my weeks of research, the HDs (B6) are not made to work alongside lowering springs. This is the official word from Bilstein. You need to step up to the B8 struts which as far as I know, are not made for the X-Type (go figure). The B8 struts have a shorter stack, whereas the HDs (B6) are the same length as the factor
The B8's were available for the x-type with Eibach's performance springs but you could only get it from the EU. I bought a set, directly from
Germany, a few years back and am still in awe at the performance difference. I live in So California so I'm not as concerned about my Jag becoming a snow plow in the winter. The lowering makes carving turns a thrill and would recommend the B8 w/Eibachs for anyone looking to improve their suspension.

As I recall the set, with shipping, cost me between $900 - $1000.
 
 
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