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Old 05-05-2003, 10:17 AM
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SURVEY: Hydro. Suspension to Conventional Shocks - have you switched?

There has been some recent discussion about switching from the Hydro. System to conventional shocks. In the course of talking about it we realized most of our conclusions were theoretical. We hadn't heard from anyone who had done the conversion. So if you have made the switch, or drive a car that has had the conversion done, please let us know how the job went and what the ride is like. Thanks.

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Old 05-05-2003, 10:53 AM
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This thread reminded me of the 1960's poster that said " What if someone gave a war and no one came " LOL...

If no one ever posts that did it ... what does that mean ?

If ( for example ) one person posts and was not happy with the results.. what does that mean ?

If someone posts not happy with the results does that mean it was a bad concept or that it was not executed well ?

Just some items to take up our time and keep this on the first page long enough to perhaps attract the attention of someone who has done it....
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Old 05-05-2003, 11:37 AM
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The only cases I have seen on the Mercedesshop forums was documented in the Hot Rod section, I believe, and they were done on 190E 2.3-16 models. There are apparently some aftermarket suppliers of what is needed but I do not think it is that cheap or easy to do.

On my (now the older son's) 190E 2.3-16 I noticed he was riding a little low in the back and thought the system was dead. Turned out the ride height control valve was frozen and over time the system leaked down a few inches. So, on Saturday we got it up on ramps and sprayed the lever and whole area with a rust/penetrating oil and freed the lever up. When we started the car the lever, now loose, flipped to the all the way up position and the car rose about 6 inches. Once it was free we played with it for a while, going all the way up and all the way down, checked for leaks and reset it in the adjustable peg coming off the car body. Now it rides correctly again, and I would imagine, handles like it is supposed to handle.

I would be inclined to keep the existing system functional. Spending almost as much or the same on new springs, shocks, custom mounts, pads and so on, and then trusting my own math that the solution would work is hard to justify for something that in the end doesn't work as well. Jim
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Old 05-05-2003, 01:53 PM
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Yeah, leathermang, we were building our case but there turned out to be no court. How about if we forward all results to you for interpretation. You seem to have a grasp of the matrices the could develop. Assuming, of course, that anyone responds.
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:01 PM
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" Assuming someone responds" Sure that sounds good to me.. and RLeo is also interested in this project...
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:05 PM
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Jim does not have a wagon.. so he does not count on this one.. but if I needed someone to do math on a project I would trust his for sure...
I need to get under my wagon and RLeo's and compare...
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:09 PM
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Get out your sliderules. This one is shaping up to be a real bear.
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:29 PM
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UH OH... BIG Problem... did you know that NO ONE produces Sliderules anymore ? A victum of computers....
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Old 05-05-2003, 03:22 PM
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Haven't, wouldn't. wont.

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