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Old 10-06-2006, 01:25 AM
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Body rolls

Compared to my '85 300TD (wagon) the body on my '83 300D rolls much more when making turns. It did this when I purchased the car. I verified the sway bars are attached. All the shocks have been replaced with Bilstein comforts. The tires are good.

What would you suspect is contributing to the problem?
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:28 AM
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spring rating/wear maybe?
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:30 AM
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You say the tires are good but have you verified the speed rating... some tires are more marshmellowy as well.
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Old 10-06-2006, 01:39 AM
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Marshmallows?! yum!
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Old 10-06-2006, 02:11 AM
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I have the exact same tires on both cars. They were even purchased at the same time.
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:56 AM
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Hmm. Do the swaybars have much play in them? I noticed that in my 300D, so I did the sway bar bushings. Big thick rubber things that had been really compacted after 20 years. It eliminated a good amount of body roll. How is the rest of the suspension? Any work been done (I kind of assume that it has at that mileage but you never know)
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:37 AM
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the sedan lacks the automatic leveling system. that may be the difference.

i always felt my td handled superbly.

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Old 10-06-2006, 10:24 AM
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upper control arms at front.sway bar connects there with two big rubber bushings on each side.replace them.about $12
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