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Old 12-12-2012, 10:53 AM
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If your butt is sagging, but the wheel camber is normal (itself a debatable amount), then it is the road springs; if the rear end is sagging and the camber is quite negative. Then the compensator comes in to play and is likely defective.
Well my butt isn't sagging as much as many people my age, but that will come in time. The wheel camber is definitely quite wonky so I guess I start with replacing the conpensator hydraulic thing in the 1967 with the spring thing in the 1968 (which isn't sagging). Is it plug-and-play swap?

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If you move the mounts, springs and shims all over to the new car, they will bolt right up.

You can get your compensator rebuilt, too.
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Well my butt isn't sagging as much as many people my age, but that will come in time. The wheel camber is definitely quite wonky so I guess I start with replacing the conpensator hydraulic thing in the 1967 with the spring thing in the 1968 (which isn't sagging). Is it plug-and-play swap?

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Yes, kit comes with mounting plate and spring.
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Yes, kit comes with mounting plate and spring.
Is there a "kit" sold? I was considering just taking those parts from my parts car.

And where does one go if one decides to have the hydraulic compensator rebuilt? Any guess on cost?

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Sure, parts car stuff should work fine. 250s and 280s had the same rear ends.

No idea on who would rebuild. You might contact Boge (manufacturer) directly:
ZF Friedrichshafen AG | Startseite | Antriebstechnik und Fahrwerktechnik, contact (tradition@zf.com ). Black Forest in WI might have another (domestic) answer: 414-228-4899. Neither would be cheap.

Used compensators pop up on ebay w some regularity, there's one up there for a couple hundred at the moment.
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Rebuilds easy to find but pricey

You can get rebuilt units from Tom Hanson at the Classic Centre, or for slightly less from SLS:

http://www.sls-hh-shop.de/Andere-typen/32-35-i-Info-Hydromat-W110-W111-W108/?_artperpage=10

Note that used ones or old-stock are not a good idea. The nitrogen gas in the compensator escapes over time whether in use or not...

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No idea on who would rebuild.
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You can get rebuilt units from Tom Hanson at the Classic Centre...
Not too long ago, I asked him and Tom will sell one under two circumstances; only if a rebuild able core is sent in (expensive), or if you send your 108/109 in to them for restoration, they will consider putting one on it (just a wee bit pricier).
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I have a 1973 280SE 4.5 and my problem is when I make a sharp right turn I have a knocking sound from the drivers side rear. I also with have the same problem with I have two passengers in the rear seat (noise on drivers side, rear end). My car seems level, but does have a rear sag when passengers are in the car. When I'm driving straight, with passengers, everything seems normal.
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I have a 1973 280SE 4.5 and my problem is when I make a sharp right turn I have a knocking sound from the drivers side rear. I also with have the same problem with I have two passengers in the rear seat (noise on drivers side, rear end). My car seems level, but does have a rear sag when passengers are in the car. When I'm driving straight, with passengers, everything seems normal.
I had this problem on a 114. I looked under there and the seals were leaking on the differential. So while I still didn't see what was causing the knocking noise (and it could be a lot of things) I did have a parts car with the same rear end so I just swapped them out. This is a bigger job on your 108 than it is on any 114 so don't just do this on a whim.

But to my amazement the noise went away. I don't know if I moved something just enough to keep 'it' from banging or if the trouble was in the rear end. All I know is that I had this noise from the back when turning and then, after installing the spare rear end, the noise quit.
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