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Old 12-23-2005, 12:27 PM
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WTB 126 Euro Lights/Wheel upgrade

Good used preferred. I'm too cheap to buy new stuff unless that's my only option.

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Old 12-27-2005, 06:44 PM
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Still looking. Hoping someone returns from the Christmas holiday and finds this. I'm looking to upgrade to 17's, seeking Euro lights and lowering springs.
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:18 PM
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I come upon them from time to time, keep an eye out as the next set I plan to sell off... not keep.
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:42 PM
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Just my opinion but don't get sucked into 17" wheels and lowering springs on a W126. The car is a "luxobus", not a street racer. I put 16" 8-hole wheels (from The Tire Rack) on the car with Bilstein HD shocks. It rides great if a little stiff and handles as well as can be expected of this big, heavy car.

The Euro lights are great. Stock (US version) suck ass. Get the clear plastic sheeting to protect them, however.
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Old 12-28-2005, 06:06 PM
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Just my opinion but don't get sucked into 17" wheels and lowering springs on a W126. The car is a "luxobus", not a street racer. I put 16" 8-hole wheels (from The Tire Rack) on the car with Bilstein HD shocks. It rides great if a little stiff and handles as well as can be expected of this big, heavy car.

The Euro lights are great. Stock (US version) suck ass. Get the clear plastic sheeting to protect them, however.
Thanks Ata, but I'll politely disagree on two points. I just ordered 17" Lorinser RS1's that are quite beautiful on the 126. In addition, modern tire technology can certainly provide ride quality similar, if not equal to what you get with your 16's, or even what you got with your stock 15's. As for lowering springs; I haven't ordered any - yet. Understand that the ride-height on your US model "luxobus" is notably higher than what the engineers who designed it intended. A set of 1.4" lowering springs is but a step back toward what those engineers designed. Makes the car look better, to boot. I'll have my set of springs soon.
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Old 12-29-2005, 04:31 PM
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Real world

I am sure those 17' Lorinsers are gorgeous but they are not "real world" where all live and drive. The 16" wheels took a 55mm profile tire which I consider the outside minimum for city driving so as to not bend wheels. This is especially true for a heavy beast like a W126.

As you may note my other car is a W201 190 16V. There is NO WAY the W126 can measure up in tossability so why try? I know more about lowering these cars than many, having turned a W124 E420 into an E500 from a handling perspective. If you want your ride height reduced, ask Phil to get you the European-spec [I]SportLine[I] springs with the single bump spring pads.
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1969 (2) and 1980 Porsche 911T, S, and SC - alas gone
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Old 12-29-2005, 06:11 PM
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I am sure those 17' Lorinsers are gorgeous but they are not "real world" where all live and drive. The 16" wheels took a 55mm profile tire which I consider the outside minimum for city driving so as to not bend wheels. This is especially true for a heavy beast like a W126.

As you may note my other car is a W201 190 16V. There is NO WAY the W126 can measure up in tossability so why try? I know more about lowering these cars than many, having turned a W124 E420 into an E500 from a handling perspective. If you want your ride height reduced, ask Phil to get you the European-spec [I]SportLine[I] springs with the single bump spring pads.
Actually, I'm hoping that I'll find that I have the 23mm pads now (haven't even looked yet). If so, I'm furthing hoping that switching to the 8mm pads will give me enough drop (I'm not looking to "slam" the thing, nor do I believe I can get it handle like a smaller car - my motives are purely aesthetic) that I can save a few hundred dollars by not having to buy springs at all. As I mentioned in my original post, I'm basically a cheap-skate and don't want to have to spend any more $$$ than necessary. Thanks for your input and insight!

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