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Old 12-15-2006, 02:29 AM
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w123 300TD (wagon) and front shocks

I need to replace the front shocks in my '85 300TD (wagon).

What shocks would complement the rear self leveling system/struts best?
1983 MB 300D - > 430,000 miles - Deep Blue - Bilstein Comforts - 0-60 in 24 seconds - 27MPG
1985 MB 300TD (wagon) - > 275,000 miles - Manila Beige - Thule rack - 0-60 in 18 seconds - 22 - 25MPG
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Old 12-15-2006, 02:58 AM
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Bilstein Comforts. Bout 50 bucks a piece. Avoid HD's, they ride like ass. I might change my HDs out for comforts when I get some more money.
1985 CA 300D Turbo , 213K mi
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Old 12-15-2006, 09:54 AM
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Bilstein Comforts. Bout 50 bucks a piece. Avoid HD's, they ride like ass. I might change my HDs out for comforts when I get some more money.

That is absolutely 100% correcto-mundo!!
MTU Power had 2 wagons, one with each, and the comforts were his preference by a large margin.
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'95 E300 188K "Batmobile" Texas Unfriendly Black
'85 300TD 235K "The Wagon" Texas Friendly White
'80 240D 154K "China" Scar engine installed
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'81 240D 293K"Scar" Rear ended harder than Elton John
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Old 12-15-2006, 09:57 AM
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i like the hds and dont really notice that much difference between them and comforts.

i always order the hds when they are available.

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Old 12-15-2006, 10:08 AM
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I also like 4 HDs on a sedan (they are still a little softer than what I would prefer), but I have no idea how well they would work on the front of a wagon.
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Old 12-15-2006, 12:14 PM
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Comforts work well on my wagon. The main thing is you get Bilsteins.
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1977 280se (donor for the 280c)

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2000 subaru wagon 5-speed

1971 220 Diesel 420k

81 240d 670k - retired
84 300D turbo 250k - sold
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:03 PM
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Jimmy got me and it right. Sedans and coupes I dont know- but w123 wagons by far the better shock is the comfort, IMHO. Another small trick is to install the short spring pads- I even went so far as to install w123 617 non turbo (sedan/coupe or wagon) front springs. Together they lowered the front end (a bit more than 5/8 inch; so not very much) and gave much better highway lane changing ability- noticeably less body roll. I'm getting close to starting the building of my 84 wagon with some of these changes and quite a few engine bay modifications. I still have the 82 wagon (wifes car), but sold my first one- the 1980.
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