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Old 02-23-2001, 07:02 AM
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I lowered my 300e tonight. I used B+G springs, from and install was a cinch. I used them upon advice of a friend that knows high performance and spends a lot of time at the track . He said they are as good if not better than H&R's, Eibach's etc. I was hesitant as I had Eibach's on my 190 but took his advice. I left the stock spring pads. 2 Front and 3 Back. The quality looked top notch and the ride seems to be great. The only problem I am having is that the back doesn't look as low as the front. I know that the spring pads are thicker in the back, but shouldn't it lower almost equally? Does the difference between 2 and 3 (5mm) make that much difference? I was wondering before I swap out the pads at the back to 1. I still want to be able to align the car to spec. Thanks.

[Edited by Steve190E 2.3 on 02-23-2001 at 05:32 PM]

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Old 02-23-2001, 11:30 AM
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The difference between the #2 and #3 pads is exactly 5mm and will be visible by the gap between the tire and fender. If you change the rear spring pads into #2 pads, the gap between tire and fender will be 5mm smaller...
The difference in the thickness of the pads is exactly the difference in height of the car's chassis above the tires.

Personally I like the side view of a car that is lower in the front as in the rear...

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Old 02-23-2001, 11:38 AM
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According to the MB manual, a change in 5mm for each pad number will change the ride height 9mm. In other words, almost double the difference between pads. You come up with your own conclusions. Just my two cents...
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Old 02-23-2001, 12:41 PM
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I posted my few cents worth a few days ago on this... I changed the 4 road springs and also added a set of 4 Bilsteins adjustable gas struts about 6 months ago on my 500 SEL. I opted to set the struts as low as they would go. I have a Euro edition, M117 engined W126 without the hydraulic suspension to worry about, it gives me the optimum ride I could select from the new coil springs plus, the minimum clearance between the tyres and and the rear wheel arches,,,, The car looks likes, squats, and drives like, a million dollars. Sit at the lights at the red,,,, grin at the guy next to you,,,, hit the the pedal and I can be at 60 mph before 7 seconds and still reach 150 mph before he even knows what time of the day it is ! ! !

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