124 coupe suspension kit

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by smoothcoupe, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. smoothcoupe

    smoothcoupe Active Member

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    My 1992 300ce24v sportline has self levelling suspension.on the the last test it was advised to replace pipes as they were corroded.considering i want to lower the ride height, would a conversion to normal springs/dampers be a better bet. And what would the cost be for a good kit + fitting. Eg, spax, bilsteins etc. Also could i uprate the bushes etc. Cheers.
     
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    A Coupe with self-levelling and sorts chassis is incredibly rare. I'd leave it like it is and replace any worn or non-working parts

    Why do you want to lower the ride height?

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    wow that is rare.

    if i were you smoothy, i would +1 to bolide. get that working again.

    will cost you. not sure if you watch Wheeler Dealers?

    They had a 190E 2.5 with sls suspension. They got rid of it and put normal shocks in to save cost. If i remember correctly they were yellow Bilsteins.



    ..so it can be done if you so wish.
     
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    Re ride height

    The reason i want to lower the ride height is the rear looks a tad high compared to the front in my opinion.
     
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    first id start off with the spring shims pads

    its been discussed many a time on here, do a search..

    you able to get any pics up to show the car's height?
     
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    Yes m8 i shall post pictures in next few days.
     
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    On cars with self-levelling there is a limited range of height adjustment via the height corrector linkage on the rear axle

    Once you're at minimum static ride height, which is set by the spring length, you'll have to swop the springs or fit thinner spring pads to drop the car

    The SLS is the thing that sets the Estates apart and makes them ride better than the Saloons, Coupes & Cabs. It's a rarely-fitted option on the other models and is always worth having

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    The springs on self levelling cars are different also being much lower rated than the standard setup I believe so you would have to change springs and shocks. Much better to keep the original setup and adjust the ride height- its a valve attached to the rear anti roll bar via a lever arm and this can be adjusted as Bolide says. If you have self levelling all round - incredibly rare as Nick says there's a similar arrangement at the front.
     
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    I would check the front shocks, springs and top mounts before reducing the ride height at the rear.

    You will probably find that it is a case of the front suspension sagging over the years wheres the rear is close to correct ride height.

    Also, I would like to clarify that shock absorbers *do* have an affect on ride height. They extend themselves to the uncompressed full length, and when new will support a greater load without compressing than when they are worn.

    I would also echo the comments of not removing the SLS, it's a fanstastic system and very rare on a 124 coupé.

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