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Old 07-31-2009, 09:55 PM
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WTB: A couple of W123 parts

dimmer/rheostat in cluster, good rack damper pin (the gold one!!), and a blem free dash.

Let me know!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:04 PM
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You should really buy a new rack damper. I have a used one... but why go there? Try lubing yours by removing it and squirting thick oil onto the piston and retracting it repeatedly. If that doesn't smooth it out, buy a new one.

PS - you should be able to get alot of oil / grease in there.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:38 PM
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You should really buy a new rack damper. I have a used one... but why go there? Try lubing yours by removing it and squirting thick oil onto the piston and retracting it repeatedly. If that doesn't smooth it out, buy a new one.

PS - you should be able to get alot of oil / grease in there.
Good idea! I'll give it a go. If the new pin doesn't help with idle, I suppose I should go ahead and change out my engine shocks. It's this a big job?
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not the shocks, the motor mounts. The shocks primarily help with shutdown and startup or any severe, sudden shakes.

Shocks can be annoying b/c of stripped allen bolts, the mounts are not that difficult.. but require the removal of the shocks... I guess its a 5/10 on the PITA-o-meter.
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:18 AM
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not the shocks, the motor mounts. The shocks primarily help with shutdown and startup or any severe, sudden shakes.

Shocks can be annoying b/c of stripped allen bolts, the mounts are not that difficult.. but require the removal of the shocks... I guess its a 5/10 on the PITA-o-meter.
Ah! So shocks don't really do much to smooth out the idle?

I took your advise. My pin actually seemed okay when I removed it. I reinstalled it, then bottomed it out only to have the idle smooth up a bit at that point.

So I can just visually inspect the mounts, huh? How do you remove the mounts and shocks? I suspect a floor jack is required.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:12 AM
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dont waste money on a rheostat, just solder a wire across its two terminals.
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