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Old 02-22-2006, 12:11 AM
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Talking New wagon! Well, sort of.....

Well, I bought this wagon back in May, as a replacement for the smoker (God rest it's soul). Well the rear end bounced like nothing I've ever driven before, so I knew it needed accumulators.
Well, I finally installed them this evening after I got home from work. This is my second wagon to install them on, and it is not a hard job at all. And what a difference! It is like driving a real car, and I forgot what an awesome setup MB came up with on these wagons.
I also had motor mounts installed last week, which made almost as big a difference. Apparently my engine was riding on the frame somewhere, which is why it vibrated so horribly. Cost me a rack dampner screw which I may not have needed.
Had a semi-frontend rebuild last week also, but it didn't make quite the difference I was hoping for. Is there a way to tell if the front shocks are HD's or comforts? I asked for comforts, but the way it rides I'm scared it may be HD's. Will it be notated on the shock, or will there be a number I have to decipher?
Wagon folks, new accumulators are the Bee's knees. Life is good. I am broke...

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Old 02-22-2006, 03:11 AM
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The new shocks I recently installed on the SDL are a bit stiff, more than I thought. I'm glad I went with the "normal" units, but I do REALLY enjoy them. Such a better ride... it's great even at 95mph down the freeway.

Congrats on the Wagon, motor mounts are a very significant rebuild item. The recent pick ups on my end are coming along.
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:45 AM
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i dont think

there is a huge diff between comfort and sport.

they will soften with use.

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Old 02-22-2006, 08:44 AM
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Excellent!

After looking at how well the SLS system works, it simply amazes me when someone wants to junk it and put in shocks. I replaced accumulators on Marlene about two years ago and, like you discovered, the difference was amazing. Now I need to figure out how to rebuild the positioning valve since mine sometimes sticks and whistles at you until you hit a bump.

Around here, you see the occasional down-on-their-luck SEL or SEC schulbbing down the road, a** es dragging like lowriders, in need of barely $150-$200 worth of parts and some TLC.

Recently, a friend was given an '86 500SEL which he drove back from Arizona. On his way home, he stopped by the house to show it off and we went for a cruise. I hadn't driven a block before I realized that the backend didn't match the frontend's and commented that the rear suspension was bad. Mind you, this car is damned near perfect with stealership service it's entire life and has had all the top end and timing chain mods performed...very nice but, the accumulators are shot and the poor thing rides like a buckboard. Some experts just aren't.
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:10 AM
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240d sls

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After looking at how well the SLS system works, it simply amazes me when someone wants to junk it and put in shocks.

Randy,

What did you end up doing with the Euro 240D that came with SLS?

Neat car.
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:36 AM
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Randy,

What did you end up doing with the Euro 240D that came with SLS?

Neat car.
I plan to rehab that one and give it to my daughter as a college graduation gift (so I can have my 115 back). It will have a 4-speed in it then because I'm going to swipe the 5-speed and stick it in my wagon. The engine condition is still undetermined...it has some sort of coolant leak but, I need to get it in the shop and assess what needs to be done. It needs some body work too...the trunk is rusted out behind the wheels and the clear coat on the trunk is shot.

I have a 123 sedan parts car with decent sheetmetal in back. I'll probably take a cutoff tool or sawzall and whack-out those pieces for use in the Euro.

First, I have to get Sybill out of the way. The replacement a/c condenser should be arriving today from FastLane...once the a/c is going and the freshly-rebuilt frontend is aligned she'll be out of my hair (hopefully) for a while and I can focus on the Euro's issues.
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:46 AM
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Nice to know the Euro 240D was not parted out.

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