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Old 05-21-2019, 02:10 PM
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W124 300TD spring question

I currently have an '87 300TD and previously owned a '94 E320 wagon. I *think* the later model E320 wagon had a slightly lower ride height than the '87 300TD. I also noticed that the part# for the front springs are different between the models.

Am I correct that the later model W124 wagons had a slightly lower stance than the earlier models? Or is it just an optical illusion due to the body cladding that the later models used.

If the former is correct is it possible to use later model springs on a early model 300TD? Or was the 300TD significantly heavier that I would be creating problems by using later model springs?

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Old 05-21-2019, 02:27 PM
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Just swap out the springs pads.
November 3rd flush the turd.
January 20 lock him up.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:09 AM
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The later years were probably heavier, but I suspect your example simply had worn out suspension.

The ride height can be adjusted with different spring pads. New springs generally are needed to restore original ride height (higher). Replacing all the suspension bushings in the rear suspension should also result in an increased height.

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'87 124.193 (300TD) "White Whale", ~392k miles, 3.5l IP fitted
'95 124.131 (E300) "Sapphire", 380k miles
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