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Old 11-26-2002, 09:30 PM
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W209 CLK Suspension Question

Is it really interchangeable with the W203?
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Old 11-26-2002, 09:51 PM
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Maybe. The W208 CLK chassis was the W202 chassis in disguise. Same basic suspension, steering, etc. Same wheelbase, same lots of stuff.

This is not a bad thing. It's widely recognized that the W202 chassis was one of the best compact sedan platforms around. It's a very rigid platform, and you can build a very fine handling car on it. Witness the AMG versions and the CLK's, which are known for having a terrific balance of ride and handling. The only real complaint even the magazines (which usually nit-pick MB) have is the high price relative to it's competitors.

I understand the W209 is based on the W203, but I have no idea of how many components are truly interchangeable.
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Old 11-27-2002, 08:53 AM
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The design is the same, however the C209 chassis uses different front shocks. The springs & rear suspension is the same.
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Old 11-27-2002, 12:25 PM
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Thank you!

So I guess the concept is the same as the W202 and W208... different front shocks but same rear shocks.

MBDOC: what is the main difference in the front shocks? Is it the length or valving?

Knowing that the factory uses different front shocks, can you use a W203 aftermarket shock on the W209?

The reason is that I am curious as to why one of the major tuners use or list the same tuner lowering kit part number for both vehicles.

Thanks to all on this great forum!
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Old 11-27-2002, 01:10 PM
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Haven't measured both shocks!! But assume that like almost all other MB cars, ONLY the valving is different!

W202/203 is correct. W=sedan(wagen)
C208/C209 is also correct. C= coupe
also R=roadster
& T=touring (station wagon)
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