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Old 08-06-2006, 03:59 PM
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Hi, Could anyone tell my the PN# for bilstine shocks I am trying to buy a set but there are alot of choises? Yellow, blue or black? HD or Comfort ! thanks for your help?
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:17 PM
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Every crack on the Road is disturbing

This 1984 300SD with brand new Pirelli Tyres, evry crack on the streets jars me. Is it time to replace the absorbers? If it is, which Bilsteins ought I to get?

On smooth roads, no problem - smooth as silk.
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:49 PM
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I bought my new bilstiens from a german auto parts store here in san diego for $53 each. They didn't say comfort or HD, they where the exact same ones that came with the car. I figured that they must have been old stock. It sure did make a difference with cornering.
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:40 PM
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This 1984 300SD with brand new Pirelli Tyres, evry crack on the streets jars me. Is it time to replace the absorbers? If it is, which Bilsteins ought I to get?

On smooth roads, no problem - smooth as silk.
New shocks will not fix this issue. The suspension on the W126 is especially sensitive to pavement cracks, small bumps.......concrete pavement, etc.

The only reason to change shocks is when the vehicle can't corner and keep the tires on the ground..........you'll feel the rear end hopping around on bumps........I've not witnessed this on the front end. Changing shocks on the front of the SD was largely a waste of time and money.

If you figure out a set of progressive rate springs for this vehicle..........please let me know..........I try to avoid concrete pavement whenever possible because the ride is so harsh.
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:08 PM
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This 1984 300SD with brand new Pirelli Tyres, evry crack on the streets jars me. Is it time to replace the absorbers? If it is, which Bilsteins ought I to get?

On smooth roads, no problem - smooth as silk.

The only fix for this problem is to sell your W126 for a W140 or W220. W126's are great cars but they ride like a freaken M3.
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:54 AM
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www.proamauto.com lists HD for the W126 (300SD) for $317.20 a set of 4.

http://www.proamauto.com/page15bco39.htm

I just ordered a set (of Heavy Duty - HD) and got excellent service.
I do recommend calling because they offer free shipping on a set of 4.
Website fails to do this.
Here is their phone number: 1-800-847-5712

Heavy Duty -
Front: F4-B36-0501-H0 is Bilstein number 36-0501

Rear: F4-B46-0511-H0 is Bilstein number 46-0511

Comfort -
Front: F4-B36-1183-H0 is Bilstein number 36-1183

Rear: F4-B46-1184-H0 is Bilstein number 46-1184


And I wish I had seen comments like this before.
I was trying to get the 300SD to drive as smooth as the 300D.
You all seem to say this will not happen.
Although the 300SD had original shocks at 223,000 miles, it cannot have hurt to replace them.






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Old 08-07-2006, 06:53 PM
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I paid about $70 each for my Bilsteins. I know Brian has found them in the $50 range!
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I know Brian has found them in the $50 range!
$49.
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I just changed my rear shocks. it fixed alot of control problems. but the problem i'm having now is when ever i have people in the back seat my but hits the grouns when there are small bumps in the pavment... what do i need to change next? how can i lift the rear end?
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:00 PM
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I just changed my rear shocks. it fixed alot of control problems. but the problem i'm having now is when ever i have people in the back seat my but hits the grouns when there are small bumps in the pavment... what do i need to change next? how can i lift the rear end?
First up are subframe bushings and a differential mount.

If that doesn't give you enough, then the springs or the pads need to be changed.
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:21 AM
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Yep, I have had the back seat of the SDL full of people and stuff many times, never bottomed out. Although its a bit tough with fire wood for camping, SLS would be nice in that case.
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:26 AM
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what are you guys talking about?????? my mercedes was the smoothest riding car i have ever been in.
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Old 08-08-2006, 05:09 AM
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My W123 300D rides very poorly compared to new cars. Some of the bushings are old though. However it is somewhat of an all terrain vehicle, it can go faster over ****ty roads than any sedan I know... and not even flinch or ever, ever, ever bottom out. Interior remains rattleless despite me treating it like a jeep.
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:31 PM
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what are you guys talking about?????? my mercedes was the smoothest riding car i have ever been in.
Drive a W220/W140 and report back. Or any other late model car of similer type, 745IL/750IL, XJ8, LS430.
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