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Old 01-11-2001, 12:21 AM
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Redflash and Jason P.

Yes weren't you pleased with the Lifetime Warrantee. Jason P. they do make Heavy Duty or Sport Shocks. You can identify the sport by its Yellow Color. Happy Trails Beep Beep from comforts for me Houston.

Donald.
what a difference new shocks
and steering damper make
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Old 01-11-2001, 08:17 AM
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You're right Donald, I just had a new steering shock put in yesterday and it feels like a new car.

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Old 01-11-2001, 10:53 AM
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Sorry for getting basic... How do I know I need shocks? I know I bounce the car, if it firms in a bounce or two I don't need shocks. But I just recently got my old car... I don't know how old the shocks are, but would love the 'new car again' feel mentioned throughout the thread.
They look easy to replace. Are they?
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Old 01-16-2001, 12:13 AM
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PCU2000 and Jason P. up north

Bite the Bullet Bob, the old bounce is the on car test. Push down with all your mite and the car should go up past neutral and settle back to neutral. Simple! Unless you are a F-1 Racer, renew with OEM type. I use Billy's Comfort Type. Hey jason did you ever think $30.00 could make such a difference, I didn't? Happy Trails Beep Beep from Houston.

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Old 01-16-2001, 08:20 AM
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The old test for shocks is pretty stnadard, but how do you know when your springs might be getting weak?

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Old 01-16-2001, 11:28 PM
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Just did my steering shock too....

and did it make a difference.

The one I pulled out, might be original equipment. It has the same part # as the replacement, but is marked W. Germany, Starbilus and has the three point star at the end of the part #. It also has absolutely zero resistance in or out, definitely needed replacing.

I can find no torque specs for the steering shock in my MB manual though. Is there a specific torque for this or should I opt for a 1-2 grunt torque?
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Old 01-17-2001, 07:04 PM
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If you are in question about your "Benz standing height", that information is available in "The Technical Data Book " your Model. Try 1-800-FORMERECEDES and ask for the book. All the inportant specs for your model Benz is there. And Mike, your right on the torque for that nut/bolt holding the Steering Dampener. Have you ever spent a better $30.00? I'll bet there will be a run on dampeners now, don't you think? Now that it drives so well, how about a 4-wheel thrust angle alignment? Then it will really shine. Happy Trails Beep Beep from Houston.

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Bilstein HD front end height

J. Hidalgo. I have a 88 260 E and I'm thinking of installing some Bilstein HD on all 4. My only concern would be if there is any increase in height and if so by how much. Is that normal when installing Bilstein HDs? Thanks.
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Nice dig up of an old thread! Good search use.

Anyway, shocks, unless they are air shocks, cannot increase ride height. They merely take the existing ride height, dictated by the springs, and work to keep the car at that height. A simple explanation, but hopefully it helps.
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Old 10-21-2002, 12:24 PM
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Zachv thanks for the fast reply. Can you check out this link and take a look at minman's blue benz pic. I think he installed Bilstein HD. Why do you think his Benz seems so high? or will it go down after awhile.

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Old 10-21-2002, 02:02 PM
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If I may...

The HD's will not settle down as easily as the comfort shocks because of their increased damping so you could concievably see an increased ride height compared to your old shocks. If you insist on HD's I would get spring pads -1 or -2 bumps all round.
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yal thanks for the info. I made a search in Fastlane for spring pads and came up empty. Is there another part name for the spring pads?
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My 2c:

DIY'd the HD Bilsteins ... rides a bit firmer, but not a lot. Would never go back. Perhaps the differences in experiences on the HDs is related to the weight of the car. While the engineering design should take all this into account, I have a feeling size does matter.

The R&R was a piece of cake on these .... very simple to do a wheel at a time. Total time for all four using simple car jack and stands was about 3 hours.
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Old 10-21-2002, 03:31 PM
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George thanks for the reply. I think I'm going to do it myself with Bilstein HD. I don't mind the firmer ride, I don't want the car to ride like a Lincoln or a caddy. Just a question what's R&R?
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Sorry ... remove and replace.

Don't forget to measure the distance the rods extend up past the top of the mount ... just serves as secondary check as you are reinstalling.
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