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Old 04-20-2017, 02:52 PM
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W111 Suspension & Brakes


I own a 1965 W111 220se Sedan.

The previous owner lowered the vehicle, by cutting the front springs. I want to maintain, or be close to current lowered ride height, but stiffen the ride up, as the car "floats" when turning or hitting bumps due to the cut springs.

Also, The car is drums on all four. Are there any disc kits, or conversions I can do to improve on stopping. Car is not 'Benz powered, and it needs the stopping ability to match the go.

Any aid in moving towards the right direction is greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-20-2017, 04:41 PM
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Really cool looking MB man, that RB26 looks super clean - what kind of numbers are you getting? I would think it's terrifying to have drum brakes and that kind of power. I wasn't able to find springs for the 220, but I've attached a link to brake upgrades, as I'm sure that is a must. Let us know if you have any questions or if there's something else that we can help you with. - 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Base All - Brakes

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Old 04-20-2017, 06:40 PM
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Try a custom spring set:

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Old 04-25-2017, 06:23 AM
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Are you sure it's a '65?
A '65 W111 should already have factory power-assisted front disc brakes, with a dual circuit master-cylinder.
But the dual master-cylinder and booster would have been located about where the turbo plumbing is on your Nissan conversion.

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Old 05-05-2017, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark DiSilvestro View Post
Are you sure it's a '65?
A '65 W111 should already have factory power-assisted front disc brakes, with a dual circuit master-cylinder.
I agree with Mark. It would have had front disks. I saw that car for sale recently (I think). Hate what was done to the suspension.
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:47 AM
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disc brakes on a finwagon

The front discs from a 6 0r 8 cyl 108 will bolt on, you will need the front spindles also. Keith
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Is that single circuit brake master and the actual clutch master on the firewall or just the clutch master reservoir? if it is actually a 220se which trim would say it is, it should have discs in front. either way 64 is the last year for a 220se. 65 would be a 230se. that looks like a early 63 before the larger front disc upgrade or if its drums even earlier. The clutch master is under the dash with a hose and separate reservoir and the power brake booster is in the conventional place after the late 63 change. the firewall mount is completely different for the master. power brake booster is remote mounted in the front behind the driver headlight. I have all the parts you need to upgrade the front brakes to either stock w108 vented, Slightly larger r107 vented or even better 300mm from a w126. THe master will have to be changed and some firewall fab work will most likely be necessary. I will have to look at my cars and see if a r107 spring is the same diameter as a w111/108. I do have w108 v8 springs too which should be heavier. I know this thread has been idle awhile but i came across it while looking for info for one of my project w111's.
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