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sl600 remove self leveling with standard shocks

OK folks,
I am serious about replacing the self leveling system with standard shocks. If anyone has information on this I would appreciate it. I have the skills and equipment to do it myself.
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did they make any sl with reg shocks. If they did i would think that you can buy them. not 100% sure on that.
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I am not sure if this is relevant as I am talking about an E320, but I just replaced my self leveling rear shocks.

I was only able to get the replacement shocks from the dealer parts window as they are a special part, and there are no aftermarket parts that substitute (caveat), that I could find...

when I found out the cost, $350 apiece, that's right over $700 with tax, I was a bit <shocked> ho ho, and told my service manager (an MB guy that I trust to tell me what I can fix and what I should have the dealer fix) that due to the cost I might do as you are doing and replacing the hydraulic shocks with standard shocks.

His response was that I could do that, and it would work, however, I would be by passing the ASR systems that is the stability control system...... after deliberation I thought that I wanted the car to have the parts it needed to perform that function and with some knowledge of what I was buying was an investment in a little bit of safety for my wife and son (he just got his learners permit) when they drive........

I did save some money installing them myself with access to the lift at the hobby shop at McGuire AFB

thus, if you don't think you'll need the car to be safe in the snow or if you skid a lot in the rain then balance that against what you'll get for bypassing the car's systems
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