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Old 04-10-2003, 06:23 PM
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W126 suspension questions


What is the purpose of the complex guide rod mounting on a W126? What force or vibration is isolated from the rest of the car by those huge bushings?

On a W123, the guide rod ball joint attaches to a bracket welded to the frame. Seems to do as good a job.


Are there bushings between the differential and the subframe? I don't think so but it's not very clear in the CD manual. Looks to me that the rear subframe attachment to the frame is through the differential. Can someone confirm?

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Old 04-11-2003, 01:04 AM
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As I understand the guide rod mounts are also known as caster mounts or bushings. I'd reckon for setting and maintaining proper caster.

I haven't a clue on the diff mounts.
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Old 04-11-2003, 10:34 AM
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W126 differential reseal/refill - illustrated

This should answer some rear suspension questions..
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