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Old 12-19-2003, 05:56 PM
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Better handling for a 300te???

1989 300te...I would love it to flatten out on turns, I don't like the amount of body roll it gets. Any ideas?
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Old 12-19-2003, 06:01 PM
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500E rear sway-bar and bushings.
W124 Limo front sway-bar and bushings.

Need more?

Early 500E front struts
Early 500E springs all around

If your front control-arms, diff bushings, and rear subframe bushings are over 7-years old, get them changed. Use the 500E rear subframe bushings in the rear.

:-) neil
1988 360TE AMG
1993 500E

PS: do a search on the above and you'll find more info.
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Old 12-19-2003, 07:09 PM
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lower springs

Many shops will install shorter, stiffer springs....which are available on the internet. I don't know how they compare to 500E springs, but I'm sure it will be an improvement.

In fact, I believe PartsShop link on this site shows an entire suspension mod that emulates the early 90s "SportLine" suspension for the 300E, 300CE, 300TE.

p.s. My 300TE rolls, but in single curves, I just add 20mph to the posted limit, and let it hang out. My wagon still kicks the snot out of any SUV around a curve. Truth, baby. 200k and 28mpg.

1990 300TE
210k miles
Engine: 103.983
Chassis: 124.090
17/27 mpg
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Old 12-19-2003, 08:17 PM
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The 500E setup is the best compromise for a controlled and comfortable ride.

Want stiffer, try SportLine springs all around and Sportline front struts or Bilstein "Sport" front struts.

If it's an everday car, go 500E and you won't be sorry.

:-) neil
1988 360TE AMG
1993 500E
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Old 12-20-2003, 08:52 PM
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The easiest is probably lower profile tires on existing rims, then bigger rims with lower profile tires, then Eibach springs with Sport Bilsteins.
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Old 12-21-2003, 12:20 PM
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It may seem trivial, but if the sway bar bushings haven't been replaced - try that first. Cheap, and the results are very satisfying, without sacrificing the ride.

'91 MB 190E 2.3
'08 RAV4 Ltd 3.5
'83 Lazy Daze m'home 5.7
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