Welcome to BILSTEIN's "Shock Talk," the ultimate podcast for automotive enthusiasts and suspension aficionados.
Buckle up as Shane, Mike, and Junior delve into a wide range of topics, exploring the latest achievements in suspension technology, the dos and don'ts of vehicle modification, and the intricacies of achieving the perfect balance between comfort and performance.
Whether you're a novice seeking to understand the basics of suspension or a seasoned gearhead looking to fine-tune your vehicle's handling, "Shock Talk" has something for everyone. Get ready to immerse yourself in the intricacies of suspension technology, gain valuable insights, and unleash the true potential of your ride.
Episode 11: Mark Mollica PART 2 - The BILSTEIN Engineering Process
56:40In this thrilling second installment of "Shock Talk" by BILSTEIN, your hosts Mike, Shane, and Junior are back with Mark Mollica, the brilliant BILSTEIN engineer who's taken us on an incredible automotive journey. Strap in as they delve deep into the heart of shock absorber engineering and the meticulous testing processes that make BILSTEIN a legendary name in the automotive world.Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create those incredible BILSTEIN shocks? Mark Mollica lifts the curtain, sharing insights into the engineering marvels that keep your ride smooth and controlled, no matter the terrain. Discover the secrets that make BILSTEIN shocks the choice of champions and everyday drivers alike.But the conversation doesn't stop at shock absorbers. Mark, Mike, Shane, and Junior continue their discussion from last week's episode, where they explored Mark's jaw-dropping car collection, the ever-changing collector car market, and the burning question: which cars are poised to appreciate in the future? Get ready for some expert insights and predictions that will leave you itching to invest in automotive history.Whether you're a seasoned gearhead or just dipping your toes into the world of automobiles, "Shock Talk" by BILSTEIN is your go-to podcast for all things automotive. Tune in to Part 2 with Mark Mollica and gain an exclusive peek into the BILSTEIN engineering process and the future of collector cars. It's a ride you won't want to miss!
Ep. 10: Mark Mollica - Car Culture and Collecting | Part 1
43:34In this episode of BILSTEIN's Shock Talk Podcast, we are joined by a special guest, Mark Mollica, a Senior Product Engineer at BILSTEIN Shock Absorbers and a true European car enthusiast. Mark's journey into the world of cars is nothing short of fascinating, and his passion for both engineering and the automotive industry shines throughout the conversation.Mark's journey into the automotive world began with a unique twist – buying classic 1972-1989 Mercedes-Benz SL two-seaters and reselling them to international buyers. Not only did this hobby spark his love for cars, but it also helped him pay his way through college. Mark's story serves as a testament to the idea that when you love what you do, it can lead to unexpected and rewarding opportunities. He firmly believes that there's more to life than just chasing money; quality of life improves significantly when you're genuinely passionate about your work.The episode delves into various aspects of the automotive world. Mark provides valuable insights into the ever-evolving car market, discussing collector cars, special editions, and unique packages that make these vehicles so enticing to enthusiasts. The conversation also touches on the vibrant car culture, showcasing how it fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among car enthusiasts.One of the standout aspects of Mark's approach to engineering is his hands-on involvement. Beyond designing products on a computer, he spends a significant amount of time in the workshop and actively participates in testing and research and development efforts. This commitment ensures that the products he works on not only meet technical specifications but also deliver the desired feel and performance on the road.Join us for this insightful episode of Shock Talk as Mark Mollica shares his journey, his passion for cars, and his dedication to engineering excellence. Whether you're an automotive enthusiast or someone looking for inspiration in pursuing your passion, Mark's story is a reminder that the road to success is often paved with genuine enthusiasm and hard work.Watch this Episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxtKBsdysW0Follow us on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/bilsteinus/https://www.instagram.com/41mark/
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Ep. 9: Off-Road Showdown - Bronco vs. Wrangler vs. 4Runner
1:12:56Buckle up, off-road enthusiasts! Welcome to the latest episode of Shock Talk, where we dive deep into the thrilling world of off-road adventures and tackle the ultimate question: Which off-road platform reigns supreme – the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler, or Toyota 4Runner? In this exhilarating episode, our hosts Mike, Shane, and Junior, all seasoned off-roading experts, engage in an epic showdown to determine which 4x4 vehicle truly deserves the title of "Off-Road King." In addition, our hosts speculate and review the newly revealed 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 250! BILSTEIN website: www.bilstein.com Find products for your vehicle: cart.bilsteinus.com
Ep. 8: Special Guest - Wheel Every Weekend
2:04:59In the latest episode of BILSTEIN's Shock Talk, hosts Shane, Mike and Junior are joined by two special guests who are no strangers to the world of off-roading and adventure: Ian and Brittany from WheelEveryWeekend.com. With a strong online presence and a passion for all things off-road, the duo shares their experiences, insights, and partnership with BILSTEIN.The episode kicks off with a warm introduction to Ian and Brittany, delving into their backgrounds and how they embarked on their journey as off-road enthusiasts. The crew discusses the controversial "8112 versus 5100" video where they put two of BILSTEIN's most popular shock absorbers head-to-head in a comprehensive showdown. The video offers an in-depth analysis of the performance, features, and real-world applications of each shock model, providing viewers with valuable insights to aid in their suspension upgrade decisions. They discuss the Overland Outfitters Shock Shootout video series. This series has garnered attention from off-road enthusiasts worldwide, as it offers in-depth evaluations of different shock absorbers in various scenarios. The episode concludes on a high note as Ian and Brittany share details about their current and upcoming off-road builds. They tease their latest projects, discussing modifications, challenges, and their excitement for the adventures ahead. Listeners get a glimpse into the dynamic world of off-road customization and exploration.Take a listen and don't forget to give us a follow!@bilsteinus@wheeleveryweekend
Ep. 7: IFS 101: Navigating Independent Front Suspension
1:14:28In this episode of "Shock Talk," hosts Shane, Mike, and Junior explore the transformative power of Independent Front Suspension (IFS) in the realm of off-roading. They delve into the do's and don'ts of IFS builds and explain how IFS provides a competitive edge to off-road enthusiasts by enhancing traction and handling on rugged terrains. The hosts highlight how IFS's independent wheel movement allows for better ground contact, minimizing wheel lift and maximizing traction—a crucial feature for precision maneuvers in activities like rock crawling. Moreover, they shed light on IFS's prowess in desert off-roading, where its superior comfort, stability, and control offer a smoother ride over demanding landscapes.
Ep. 6: Overlanding: Passing Trend or Lasting Lifestyle?
47:49In this episode of "Shock Talk," your hosts Shane, Mike, and Junior dive into the world of overlanding. With a rise in self-reliant travel, they explore whether it's just a passing trend or something more enduring. The hosts offer practical tips on how to choose the right vehicle and properly set up its suspension to perform with the added weight of camping gear, water, and other supplies without sacrificing ride quality. They debate the pros and cons of indulging in the abundance of accessories available on the market and answer the question, "How much is too much when it comes to outfitting your vehicle for the ultimate overlanding experience?"They discuss the convergence of "wheeling" vehicles and "go-fast" vehicles and how things have evolved in order to meet customer demands.Whether you're a seasoned overlander or a newbie eager to start exploring, this episode provides practical advice and expert knowledge to ensure your next adventure is a resounding success.
Ep. 5 - Street Performance: Dialing In Your Street Car's Suspension
1:06:18In this episode, Mike, Junior, and Shane walk you through BILSTEIN's extensive product line for street and track focused cars. From your daily driver's OEM replacement shocks to race winning coiler setups, BILSTEIN has the right suspension solution for almost everyone. With decades of experience and a true passion for automotive performance, our knowledgable hosts explain the differences between product lines, if and why coilovers may be right for you, and the proper performance-oriented ride height. Tune into this episode of Shock Talk and see what BILSTEIN can do for you and your vehicle!
Ep. 4 - The Dynamic Duo: BILSTEIN's 6112 and 5160 Shocks Explained
54:03In this episode, our knowledgeable hosts dive into a common question that BILSTEIN frequently encounters: Why does BILSTEIN pair their 6112 shocks with a 60mm piston in the front, and 5160 Reservoir shocks with a 46mm piston in the rear? Join them as they demystify the science behind this unique combination and shed light on the factors that contribute to a well-balanced and high-performing suspension system. From understanding piston sizes and oil displacement to exploring the benefits of reservoir shocks, this episode promises to enlighten and empower both off-road enthusiasts and everyday drivers with a newfound understanding of this winning combination.
Ep. 3 Universal Fit: Finding the Perfect Shocks for Your Custom Setup
51:40In this episode of "Shock Talk," hosts Shane, Mike, and Junior dive headfirst into the intriguing world of universal fit off-road shock absorbers. They shed light on the often perplexing task of measuring and deciding what you need for your specific custom setup.They also touch on the importance of suspension geometry. It might sound like a complex concept, but fear not! Our hosts break it down into easily digestible bits, explaining why it's a crucial factor in achieving optimal performance and ride quality. They discuss how suspension geometry affects handling, stability, and overall vehicle dynamics, leaving no stone unturned.Whether you're a seasoned off-roader or a budding enthusiast, this episode of "Shock Talk" equips you with the knowledge to confidently navigate the world of universal fit off-road shock absorber products. Join Shane, Mike, and Junior as they empower listeners to make informed decisions, optimize their suspension setups, and unlock the true potential of their off-road adventures.Tune in to this enlightening episode of "Shock Talk" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, to listen and gain valuable insights from the suspension experts themselves.
Ep.2 Jeep Wars: JK vs. JL PART 2
51:50Continuing our debate from last week's episode, Shane, Mike, and Junior dive headfirst into a heated debate that has divided Jeep enthusiasts worldwide: the ultimate showdown between the iconic Wrangler JK and the newer JL. Each armed with a wealth of knowledge and personal experiences, they examine the key aspects that make the Jeep JK and JL stand out from one another, including performance, design, off-road capabilities, and innovative features. Whether you're a seasoned Jeep enthusiast or just starting your off-reading journey, this episode is a must listen. Tune into BILSTEIN's Shock Talk and decide for yourself! (Note: This episode aims to entertain and inform, but it's important to remember that the "better" Jeep ultimately depends on individual preferences and specific needs.)