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Old 04-06-2008, 12:20 PM
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Rear Springs W123 no compressor

Have others removed/ changed springs on the rear of a W123 without a spring compressor like this:
Question on Rear Spring Removal
-go to post #5 by BabyJames
I bought a bad compressor and no way is it going to work on the rear of my 300CD, so I'm thinking of trying this method instead and am looking for advice/tips/tricks
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:33 PM
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I've dropped the lower subframe on a w126 and the springs just fall out... but its a bear getting the subframe back into place..It's the same on a w123
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:34 PM
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Have others removed/ changed springs on the rear of a W123 without a spring compressor like this:
Question on Rear Spring Removal
-go to post #5 by BabyJames
I bought a bad compressor and no way is it going to work on the rear of my 300CD, so I'm thinking of trying this method instead and am looking for advice/tips/tricks
I had to use this method even though I never saw this post, I did figure it out. I had a damaged rear wishbone I had to replace and yes, the rear shock has to come out. It will make it easier.
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:03 PM
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wish me luck

Well my 6'4" boy pried himself outta the sack,filled up on that famous power food (cheerios, how do they eat that!), and we are out in the shop trying this out. I came in to reread 'Baby James" post, & I'll check back now and then to see if anyone has added any advice.
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1983 300CD ('Stinky')155k miles, 2.47 diff, EGR removed, AAZ injectors with 265 nozzles from Sean,and vogtland lowering springs.
1984 300SD ('Old Blue')150k Klicks from Japan originally, came with rear head rests, no sunroof and never had an EGR
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:17 PM
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WAIT you are heading into trouble!!

DO NOT under any circumstances unbolt both sides of the rear suspension. I did, and it was a pain to get back lined up!!

This also applies to the W123. I have done it....

http://www.peachparts.com/Wikka/W126RearShocksSprings

30 minutes to pop springs out. You will need to pull down on the control arm to ultimately pop the spring out.

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Old 04-06-2008, 02:46 PM
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This will not work on a 85 123, and maybe others.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:07 PM
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I swim in oceans of satisfaction

It worked like a dream. Had to drop the exhaust too of course.
2 hours, me with a gimpy right elbow, and two coffee breaks and its sitting on it's new vogtland springs. pix to follow soon.
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1983 300CD ('Stinky')155k miles, 2.47 diff, EGR removed, AAZ injectors with 265 nozzles from Sean,and vogtland lowering springs.
1984 300SD ('Old Blue')150k Klicks from Japan originally, came with rear head rests, no sunroof and never had an EGR
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