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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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rear suspension adjustment

i just replaced all 4 shocks with Bilsteins and the ride was marvelously improved. I then swapped the rear springs and rubber mounts because the rear was squatting down and again the ride is so much better. Unfortunately, the rear is now much taller and the camber is off on the rear wheels now and I cannot find an adjustment procedure for this. I am fine to take it to a shop, but I am a guy who likes to know what the procedure is and what is involved. Anyone know ow to adjust the rear end camber on a 73 straight 280?

I'm doing the front springs this weekend and taking it to my shop for an alignment et al and I would love to know what's up with the rear before I get there.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 04:19 AM
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There's no camber adjustment for the rear unless you have the after market trailing arm eccentric bushings.

The odds are you installed a larger spring pad. They come in 2 or 3 different thicknesses.
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Thanks Mike. Indeed I did add a larger pad. I may have misread the chart, but it looked like she needed 19mm pads although the units I removed looked thinner than any I found at parts stores. Hmmm.
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I recently bought a full new set of rubbers from mercedes - I think they were listed in only 1 size though, or maybe they only supply 1 size now. for the forums reference they were pricey at nearly $200 for the full set of 6 rubbers (i think its top + bottom in rear and just bottoms in front or something like that)

Mine are pretty far deteriorated so it was neccessary, when shifting into reverse it used to squat down in rear and more so on left side
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I've got a couple of sets from misc. W114's. If you still have your old ones, measure the thickness and maybe we can come up with a thickness between the old ones and the 19 mm's you installed.

Have you checked with AZautohaus (spelling is probably wrong)? They're in your neck of the woods.

The pads raise the height apx. TWICE their thickness (geometry doncha' know) so a 19 mm (3/4") pad will raise the rear 38 mm (1.5").

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Great as always. AutohausAZ is only 2 blocks from my business, but they will not allow walk-ins, so they get treated like any other online merchant. I did order the smaller pads from mercedesparts. They were only $4 and $7 D&WCali, so I really hope you didn't pat $200 for them.
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Mike D,
Great as always. AutohausAZ is only 2 blocks from my business, but they will not allow walk-ins, so they get treated like any other online merchant. I did order the smaller pads from mercedesparts. They were only $4 and $7 D&WCali, so I really hope you didn't pat $200 for them.
looks like for my w108 they are $50 per side for the rears on autohausaz (i paid $55 per side from dealer after discount)

front are not available on autohausaz and i havent found them elsewhere yet... so maybe I will hold onto these ones... hhhhhhmmmmm
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There's a big difference between the hydro-pneumatic suspension on a W108 and the coil springs on the W114-115's so the price difference is understandable.
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