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Old 07-16-2001, 12:54 AM
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I recently rescued a 190E, 1984 from going to the recycling yard. After replacing the radiator and expansion tank (leaks), alternator (volt reg was bad), and cleaning the injectors (rough idle and, no, it was not the OVP problem), it runs smooth. Got the engine mounts and struts to add. Also, looking into lowering the springs a bit. Any comments on springs? Maker, price, where to get them, and how much lower and firmer would it get? Also, any good wheel upgrades? Prefer +1 or +2 to 16" wheels. Comments are very welcome. Only a recent member to this great chat room and I want to get this puppy (250K miles) as good as my bimmer in terms of handling. Oh yes, no vibration. Thurst arms seem good. Any particular bushings and other rubber parts needing replacement? With some TLC, want this to go to 500K miles. Dont see why not as the frame and body seem solid. Engine has 150 to 160 psi compression. Not bad for such a long mileage car. Tranny, though, a bit sluggish. Will probably go for tranny filter and oil change. Anything to look there once I open it up?

Thanks, Hector
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Old 07-16-2001, 03:17 AM
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as for lowering/ suspension mods, here are some good options to start investigating for you.

1. Sportline Susepnsion upgrade. - check with partsshop on this site for prices for your car.

2. 190E 16V Suspension upgrade

3. Pieced together kit consisting of various ocmponents.

If it were me, I'd have a tough time deciding on which one to get.

I think any of them will suit you nicely. The sportline or 16v ones, would be the best way to go if you want factory designed suspension.

If you want to go with a good non factory setup with much more of a height drop, you should go with more customized route consisting of brands like eibach, H&R, Bilstein, koni, jamex, intrax, etc etc. I know there are other places out there with stuff for 190E's, thats just a place to start.

There are lots of mods to 190E cars that can be done, and several members here have very nicely modded ones.

You will definately get some really good advice here.

on my 1992 300CE, I have already installed neuspeed springs (they are H&R's but rebranded and sold by neuspeed - they have same part number as H&R's for my car), to lower the car. I plan on going with bilstein sport shocks, and then updating the bushings to sportline bushings, and updating the swaybars to sportline or from a 400e or 500e. coupled with 17" wheels, my car should handle quite well.

If I hadn't gotten the neuspeed springs, I would have done the full sportline conversion like JCE did to his 300E.

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