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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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What Lowering Springs For The Best Ride???

Hey all,

Just wondering if I could get some feedback from owners that have lowered their Benz. I have a 97 C230 and I'm looking to lower my car and put 18" wheels on it. I wanted to know what spring set should I get and what kind of ride would I expect. I can't stand the stock look but I also can't stand it when I have to angle my whole car just to get out of a driveway. I there a way that I can get the best of both worlds?
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RE: What Lowering Springs For The Best Ride???

If you find a solution, please make sure you tell me too. Alot of us here have made angling a part of our lives.

I even do it in my landcruiser sometimes by mistake,.... hahahahah!

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RE: What Lowering Springs For The Best Ride???


I just lowered my W140 Coupe. I did a lot of research and decided to go with the H&R Spring set. Mine retail for $460 but I found them on Tire Rack for just $310.

The ride is superb. It is not too stiff but when you take a tight corner it feels like on rails.

The w140 has rubber shimms that fit ontop of the springs. They range from level 1-4 with 5mm increments. Those shimms allow to fine tune your final ride hight.

I went with the thinnest shimms all around and it looks sweet. I do some times have to angle just a bit. Regular speed bumps are no problem and I also have a lower bumper than the factory one.

Remember just because you lower the car doesn't always mean you are going to hit the ground faster. (depends on the drop amount)If you lower your car 1" around it might even hit less than before depending on the spring rate of the new springs because the factory springs bounce a lot to give you the best comfort. The nice thing about the H&R springs (at least for my car) is that it still feels very comfortable in normal driving conditions. But the moment you start cornering it will get to the stiffer range really quick.

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RE: What Lowering Springs For The Best Ride???

I have a 99 C230 Kompressor with 17" wheels and H&R springs. The ride quality is great and the tires are not rubbing anywhere. The rake of the car is classy but low, rear rubber is just up above fender lip and about 3/4 inch on front. Make sure you lube where the spring sits on the lower control arm, if not if creaks a little. Check ebay, My spring set cost me $245.00 including shipping. I couldn't be happier, and believe me the handling has been tested at very high speeds!

1999 C230 Kompressor, 17" Lorinser wheels, H&R Springs, Koni shocks, SL Grille
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