This is a very timely thread for me.
I replaced my old worn out shocks and struts 3 weeks ago with new Bilstein HD shocks and struts, and my car is definitely sitting higher, especially in the front.
I have been considering going with shorter spring pads, but am not sure it'll make a big enough difference.
Let me know how it turns out.
2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".