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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Also, If someone has the SLS shocks for a decent price, i'd consider keeping the SLS system.
The shocks are $370 each at autohausaz.com, free shipping, no sales tax. The accumulators are $103 - $145 depending on which of 3 different ones you need. About $1000 in parts to maintain the ride that everyone wants. It's a lot to spend on a w126 so it kind of depends on how much you like the car and if you are going to keep it. I'm sure you could get the parts for under $200 at a junkyard if you want to try and do it on the cheap. The accumulators can be tested if you disconnect the hydraulic line by inserting the eraser end of a pencil inside it. If you can feel the rubber diaphram and it has resistence, it's not broken so that means it's probably good. If the pencil bottoms out on the back of the accumulator and you hit metal, that means it is bad. Shocks and accumulators don't have to be replaced in pairs. If one shock leaks, replace that shock, not both.
I'm only bothering to write this because I have a W123 wagon with SLS and when I fixed it I fell in love with the ride.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...