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Old 03-06-2001, 02:53 PM
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Hi all...

What's the best way to lower the W124 series and improve handling?

I have an E320 Wagon 1995 - and am wishing to start improving her in stages...

An addiitonal project would be to look at a turbo or supercharged set-up.. again, anyone done this before on a W124?

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Old 03-06-2001, 08:55 PM
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Joe:

The problem with the wagon is the hydraulic rear shocks--they're pretty darn expensive and I don't think a "sport" version is available (I may be wrong about that). I just put some Eibach lowering springs on my 94 E320 wagon and am pleased with the results. Not sure what my next move will be. I asked the folks here about Sportline equipment for the wagon and they gave me a detailed response, but if memory serves me, there isn't much to be had for the rear axle in terms of shocks or anti-roll bars. I lost the info they sent me; I asked for it again (and apologized for losing their first response) but I never heard from them again. I musta cheesed them off somehow. Anyway, a good place to start is with the springs. I'm about an inch lower but there has been no noticeable degradation in ride quality and I haven't bottomed out on anything yet. It feels a little more confident in the curves now too.

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Old 03-07-2001, 05:22 AM
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Bill -thanks for your help..

I'm sure I had the full Sportline spec somewhere... but that was ages ago! I'll post the info once I get it back.

The Eibach lowering springs is the 1st move it seems, although I do seem to remember that advice was given to also replace the roll-bars at the same time - that is to help the "curve confidence".

I'll go with that!

Do you have the p/n of the Eibachs?

thx

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Old 03-07-2001, 08:03 PM
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Joe:

Sorry for taking all this time to get back to you...I'm on the west coast USA and I only visit this forum in the evenings...

I'm not sure that a sportline or sportier roll bar is available for the rear suspension, unless perhaps a 400E/420/E430 or a 500E would fit. The gents here know the answer to that question, and as I said, I rather sloppily forgot to save the detailed info they sent me several months ago...

I had my mechanic buy and install the springs as I just wasn't comfortable trying this as a DIY project. The Eibach box says I bought a "Pro-Kit 2517-140".

Hope this helps, and good luck with your project, let me know how it turns out...

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Old 03-07-2001, 09:23 PM
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I discussed with M.B.DOC the subject of Sportline mods on wagons. He has done front AND rear conversions on wagons. He said they ended up removing the rear conversion because handling suffered. In his words the car felt strange.

He reports that the front conversion makes a major difference and is well worth while.
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Old 03-08-2001, 01:37 PM
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As I undertood it, I think you can Sportline the front end (it's effectively the same as the sedan), and in the rear you can just replace the springs with Sportline pieces and set the ride height accordingly; the load-leveling system's "set point" can be adjusted.

Further clarification from MBDoc would be appreciated on this. I'm planning on Sportlining (suspension only)my '88 300TE soon

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