Singapore - As with all standard suspension systems that come with the car, they all have a life-span and our 9tro Toyota Estima, which would be entering its 10th year of service pretty soon, was no different.
The old worn-out factory suspension was already showing signs of wear and tear and we thought that it would be adept to give the workhorse a new lease of life by swopping the old dampers out for the best coilovers in the business - Bilstein!
Seeing that the Estima would be used mainly for events and hauling manpower, we picked the Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit as our weapon of choice for the Toyota. The B12 offers the perfect start to lower any ride while getting that sporty driveability that everyone desires.
The kit features four high performance shock absorbers (B8s) and four Eibach springs, all perfectly calibrated and tuned by Bilstein. This maximizes performance while keeping ride quality and comfort as close to factory levels as possible. The B12 kit will lower vehicles up to 40mm while having the perfect combination of sporty dynamics, aesthetics and load bearing capacity.
With that in mind, we brought the Estima to our good friends over at D’Motorwerkz to get the Bilstein B12s installed. As always, the set was a breeze to install being a direct replacement for the original factory unit.
In a matter of hours, the Estima was fitted with the B12s and we took it out for a road test. Also allowing the suspension to settle in. Whilst the old suspension was boat-like in response and dynamics especially when shown a couple of high speed bends, the B12s gave the Toyota precise steering and controlled bodyroll that ensured that we could now go even faster through corners without ever breaking a sweat.
The car’s dynamism has also been vastly improved as damping and the rebound are now executed with authority and perform with precision.
We noted that lane changing and complicated manoeuvres could now be performed with barely any drama. As a final test, we loaded up the Estima to the brim with people and the suspension was more than up to the task of handling the extra load without any issues.
Thus, if you have an ageing ride that has an equally old suspension, why not give your car a new lease of life with a brand new set of coilovers from Bilstein to feel the difference and benefits!