Softer ride

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by BAZZER1, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. BAZZER1

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    Can anyone suggest a softer compound tyre for my w210 e320cdi to get a more comfortable ride, Have checked all the normal things like suspension, spheres & shocks etc., nothing wrong with them, it just seems that the Avantgarde is a more hard ride than other type of Mercs.

    Advice of softer ride tyres would be appreciated without having to pay the earth for them.

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    What size wheels do you have, my old W210 Avantgard with 16" wheels was fine, fitted 18" and it became a bit harsh, went back to the 16s
     
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    215/55/R16, It is not uncomfortable, but just seems to be a hard ride, not what I would expect from a Mercedes, maybe the Avantgarde because it has apparently a lower suspension than others gives this hard/firm ride and I thought that by using a softer compound tyre when I change them soon, that it would improve the ride comfort.

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    Are you 100% sure of all your suspension bushes?

    If so, then Michelin and continental give the best ride quality IMO.
     
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    Are you sure the suspension spheres are OK. The diaphragm may be unruptured but if the internal gas pressure has dropped? I would suggest getting a ride in the same model of the same age for comparison if you can?
     
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    I would agree with above re wheelsize. Tyres of same size are unlikely to make a huge difference to the ride, whereas if you opt for smaller tyres & more rubber, then this should be noticably better comfort.
    However to some degree you will have to put up with a degree of firmness if you have the sport suspension
     
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    It is the Avantgarde...or Sports model in other markets. It is designed to be lower and firmer.
     
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    Many thanks, I thought this might be the reason, but was not 100% sure about this. Is there anything that can be done to get the Avantgarde W210 a softer ride ?? apart maybe for different tyres with a softer composition. ?

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    -I meant to write smaller wheels!
    eg 17s or even 16s
    -smaller wheels, or softer springs!
     
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    The Elegance springs and dampers are softer.
     
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    If you are really serious about a softer ride, you could try & source an elegance at a breakers yard & replace all 4 'legs'- springs/dampers & axles- easier to get them & exchange them complete rather than splitting the parts up
    When I upgraded the brakes on my c-coupe, the chap sold me the 2 front legs for iirc £100-150 the pair. I just changed the discs/calipers & ended up disposing of the springs/dampers as not needed
     
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    With older cars [ no offence] its likely the car may not be on its orginal MB rated shocks or springs. If one of the previous owners was a budding Tommi Mäkinen he may replaced the standard avantgarde suspension with some ultra stiff components just to get that extra 0.5 of a second on the trip to Tesco's
     
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    A very good suggestion. will the Elegance Springs & Dampers be suitable for the 2002 Avantgarde W210 E320CDI and do you know how much they might be, Is this possible to do this as a DIY Project, I would imagine special tools may be required for this, sorry for the three questions in the same post.

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    I have no reason to doubt that they are the original Shocks & Springs, I might make some enquires about having the parts changed to the Elegance Shocks & Mounts as now suggested, if they are compatible, will wait for Renault 12TS to come back to me on this.
    Thanks again for your reply.

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    It will sit quite a bit higher if you put elegance suspension on it. My w211 e320cdi avantgarde has sport suspension but when i needed to replace the rear shocks & springs i didnt know it has sport suspension & got i reckon elegance suspension, fitted it & the rear was sitting up rediculously high. (Nice soft ride tho).
     
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    Yes they are compatible...yes it is DIY, but with the special spring removers.
     
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    Should perhaps remind everyone this is an estate with hydraulic struts and air spheres at the rear- replacements wont be cheap if I have got the spec correct.
     
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    You are correct Graeme, my Mercedes is a 2002 7 Seater, Avantgarde Estate e320cdi, will this make any difference to the cost of having the suspension changed.
    Thanks to everyone for their input on this.
    Greatly appreciated.

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    I believe the rams are the same whether Ag or Elegance...but the springs are different.
     
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    Whilst on the subject of hydraulic rear rams & slightly OT, I am interested to know about this:
    Are the rear hydraulic rams/dampers identical on a standard sport estate compared with an airmatic one?
    -Has the airmatic car simply got an extra pair of hydraulic rams at the front?
    Cheers
     
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