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280SLC Exhaust/Suspension suggestions

Hi all,

Looking to stiffen up the ride on my 1980 280SLC along with making it sound more aggressive. I have read new engine/transmission mounts improve the ride a lot and im due for some shocks too. If anyone has some recommendations on what I can do to improve the handling/ride and sound of my SLC that would be great!
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I bought a new Ansa muffler from Partsgeek and had no problems with the order.....some here have not fared as well but my transaction went very well. The Ansa does not create by any means a loud, growling sound, but instead a low, purring sound that when you accelerate gets a bit louder and sounds just right to me. Depends on what you are really after in terms of sound. My memory tells me this is what the car sounded like when I first got it, and it had the same/very similar muffler on it. I did have to paint it, used that stuff for grills that is a very dark gray and it looks pretty darn good to me. Here's a couple pics:

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The muffler comes stock in silver/aluminum looking color and that just stood out way too much, so that is why I painted it so it would more "disappear" rather than be what was to me an eyesore.....
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Replace the rear muffler with straight pipes then remove the center resonator and install two of these https://cherrybomb.com/project/m-80/
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I went with a Magna Flow muffler, 2x2" in and 2x2" out. Went straight pipes to muffler, and it is actually a little louder than I prefer. If I had to do it over again would probably install a resonator, before the Magna Flow.

To stiffen ride I went with a set of Lorinsar 16" rims, 225-55-R16, hoping to install a set of Bilstein HD shocks, maybe this year
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My comment was of course sarcastic.

Check you front subframe bushing. They probably need replacing. A good set of shocks will also help.
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I bought a new Ansa muffler from Partsgeek and had no problems with the order.....some here have not fared as well but my transaction went very well. The Ansa does not create by any means a loud, growling sound, but instead a low, purring sound that when you accelerate gets a bit louder and sounds just right to me. Depends on what you are really after in terms of sound. My memory tells me this is what the car sounded like when I first got it, and it had the same/very similar muffler on it. I did have to paint it, used that stuff for grills that is a very dark gray and it looks pretty darn good to me. Here's a couple pics:

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The muffler comes stock in silver/aluminum looking color and that just stood out way too much, so that is why I painted it so it would more "disappear" rather than be what was to me an eyesore.....
Looks great! Can you send me the link for this?
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My comment was of course sarcastic.

Check you front subframe bushing. They probably need replacing. A good set of shocks will also help.
hahaha I was guna say the m80 looks a little too gnarly for me
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Mark, here's the link:

80 1980 Mercedes 450SLC Muffler - Exhaust - Ansa, Bosal, Walker, Rear - PartsGeek

Scroll down the page until you see the Ansa muffler, I think it is the 3rd from the top.

This is for a 450SLC. I have a 1981 280SL and it fit perfectly. Cross-referencing the numbers shows the 380SL, 450SL and 450SLC all have the same muffler. You might want to call them to double-check, but I'm pretty sure it's the one. Others here with a 280SLC might chime in as to the fitment.
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Here's one exhaust idea...


This guy made pipes on both sides even though I only have pics of one side.

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