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Old 07-16-2001, 11:59 AM
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Hi-I'm looking to replace my original shocks on my
1992 500sl (~70K miles) with Bilstein HDs.

Couple of questions:

Should I replace anything else at the same time?

Is Bilstein's the way to go?

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Old 07-16-2001, 12:16 PM
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What makes you think they are worn out? I recently replaced the Bilsteins on my 300D at 220k miles and they had some life left in them. No matter what you do - stick with the Bilstein shock.
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Old 07-16-2001, 02:48 PM
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Shocks at 70K ?

Brother of The Benz, lymlyt
Why are you replacing the shocks at less than 70,000 miles?
They are just starting to perform properly.
Typical Bilsteins last more than 170,000 miles.
But if you must, then use the billy Boy Comfort grade.
Try the Fastlane for price and delivery.
Typical rear <$100.00, front approx. $125.00.(W124030 chassis)
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Old 07-17-2001, 03:04 AM
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Thanks for the advise and questions!. the reasons I am thinking about it are:

-Ive had problems with tire wear..specifically "cupping"

-Ive upgraded tires and wheels from 16" to 18". thinking
new shocks...newer technology... will help smooth
out the bunps and rough roads.....


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Old 07-17-2001, 08:36 AM
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What Size Cup

Brother of The Benz, lymlyt
Shocks don't normally cause abnormal tire wear, especially cupping.
Tire cupping is caused by two items.
Tire unbalance, it's quite apparent what the correction is.
The other and not quite as simple is "Steering Geometry".
This is when the outer tire in the steering circle is not tracking in the same geometric circle.
A tire is either skidding to the outside and cupping on the outside tread;
Or skidding to the inside and cupping on the inside tread.
Steering Geometry can be adjusted on a frame alignment or front end alignment machine.
I hope this helps.
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Old 07-17-2001, 04:52 PM
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If you must change shocks, I really recommond that you stick with the Bilstien comforts. On an SL, u don't want a harsh ride. But before you change them, take it to a reputable MB shop and have them inspect your suspension. Bilsteins can last up to 200,000 miles, if driven carefully.


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Old 07-19-2001, 09:23 PM
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I agree with the others, I doubt your shocks are worn with such low mileage. I just changed mine, they were 16 years old with nearly 200,000 miles, and they were just starting to go, not bad, but not good enough for any car I want to drive. Yours should still be good for years. These aren't crappy american car shocks which are barely made strong enough to hold the car up to begin with. I would check other other components first. Donald has some good suggestions.

Jason Priest
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