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Old 01-04-2000, 07:42 AM
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Can i use other shock absorber if the original 230TE is not available?
Is there a big difference?
Is the 230TE absorber hydraulic and can i use the 260E or 280 shock absorber?
Thanks in advance.
Azudin O Fuad
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Old 01-04-2000, 09:40 AM
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All of the "touring" (sta. wagons) have leveling systems. Unless you never put a load in the rear of your wagon I suggest you keep the leveling system. Any of the same series of cars use the same rear shocks,ie; W124 chassis.
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Old 01-04-2000, 05:01 PM
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Actually, not all had the load-leveling suspension, I respectfully submit...the first thing you need to do is determine if you have this system (you'd notice that there's an extra fluid reservoir under the hood, with a decal specifying hydraulic fluid). If you do, you're really best served by changing it with the proper replacement; otherwise you need yto close off a big chunk of that particular hydraulic system, and vehicle handling instability WILL be a result!

Wish I had better news....perhaps you lack load leveling, and in that case the shocks are comparatively cheap. Good luck!

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