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Old 12-18-2002, 11:07 PM
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lowering front end

The front of my W126, as every other 126, sits noticibly higher than the rear. I was wondering if there is a way of lowering the front to make it more even with the rear. I know suggestions for H&Rs are gonna be made, but I like where the rear sits, I also like the ride since I use the car for highways and not really anything curvy, so I don't want to sacrifice ride quality (ie H&Rs). So therefore, as stated before, I just want to level the front with the rear. Can it be done (correctly, not some botch job)? Cut springs? take out the spring pad?
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Old 12-18-2002, 11:29 PM
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Maybe spring pads? I know W124 owners have played around with ride hieght by swaping spring pads. I have the same issue to and might try this approach for ride quality reasons.
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Old 12-19-2002, 01:21 AM
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NEVER cut springs, they are engineered to work over their entire length. I suggest different shims
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Old 12-19-2002, 01:52 AM
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IMH Opinion, I would first replace the rear springs.

Our 126 was an "ass sitter". I replaced the rear springs and was delighted with the difference it made. No squat under accelertion and no looking up to the front passengers from the rear seat.

I decided not to change the front springs but instead just used thinner spring pads all around. I then I got it re-aligned.

Keep in mind that Mercedes measures correct ride height by suspension arm angles.

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Old 12-19-2002, 09:18 AM
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I'd think lowering the front is treating the symptom, not the problem. You car did not come from the factory like that , something has happened. Over time, rubber fails and parts like rear subframe bushings need to be replaced (even though not many do or even know they exist). I'd have a check of the suspension parts in the rear before making the front compensate.
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