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Upgrading A 2017 Polaris Slingshot SL With Bilstein Shocks

SSB’s Slingshot Bolt-On Series adds Bilstein shocks to our 2017 Polaris Slingshot SL

Part eight of our 2017 Polaris Slingshot project we added a Slingshot Slingshade roof for added style and functionality. For our final mod, we are concentrating 100 percent on upgrading the Slingshot’s handling performance.

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The Bilstein Coilover Shock Absorber Kit adds a vast improvement to the suspension and handling compared to the stock shocks of the Slingshot SL. While driving, especially when hitting the corners through twisty roads, it’s noticeably more entertaining. There is a increase in confidence when pushing the SS through corners without worrying about it bouncing through the corners or feeling off-balance. When the road gets rough, the Bilstein shocks absorb the rough patches and recover far better than the stock shocks.

BILSTEIN Shocks

The Bilstein shocks are like motorcycle gems sitting pretty in a proper jewelry box.

John Zamora

While this was the last modification we did to our Slingshot, in hindsight it should have been the first. Even with the nearly $1,900 price tag, the amount of improvement was worth the cost.

BILSTEIN Shocks

We did have to break out a car floor jack to replace the rear shock.

John Zamora

Installation was fairly straightforward. We did have to dip into our automotive tools for a floor jack to raise the rear wheel off the ground and remove some of the panels to gain access to the mounts. The front was straightforward and the whole process took a little over an hour.

BILSTEIN Shocks

A lot of covers required removal to gain access to the top shock mount.

John Zamora

With the Bilstein shocks added, that concludes our upgrades to our 2017 SL. For our final video, we are going to put it head to head with a 2018 SLR-LE to see just how close we were able to come. Stay tuned…

BILSTEIN Shocks

Here’s a side-by-side comparison versus the stock shocks (top) and Bilstein units (bottom).

John Zamora

BILSTEIN Shocks

The Bilstein shocks are 10-way adjustable to suit the road and the driver’s exact needs.

John Zamora

BILSTEIN Shocks

The front shock went on fairly drama-free.

John Zamora

BILSTEIN Shocks

With a proper shock sitting up front, the handling was dramatically improved.

John Zamora

Buyer's Box: polaris.com
BILSTEIN Coilover Shock Absorber Kit MSRP: $1,899.99

NEXT UP: Our 2017 Slingshot SL versus a 2018 SLR-LE

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