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Lowering front springs for 114-

Hi! Well I have decided to lower just the front of my 1972 280C. Just an inch or inch and a half max would be dandy.

I think best would be if I keep stock springs in tact and shop for lower ones.

I'd love to have replacements ready before I take stock out but not sure how to read stock and shop for inch lower prior to removal.

Anyone know stock height / specs and/or can suggest a plug and play lowering spring for 114?

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I think that these are the only ones that are commercially available. They are from Germany and expensive plus shipping. I may be wrong but there is basically only two ways to accomplish this task.

1, Use a torch and heat a coil until it softens enough to collapse onto the coil below it. Biggest problem with this is that you can make the spring very brittle if overheated and it could break.

2. Remove the existing coil or go to the Junkyard and buy coils from a W114. Then you cut the springs and reinstall. The proper MB spring compressor is not readily available. Very expensive to buy. There is no alternate compressor that works safely. The other option is to unfasten and lower the lower control arm to replace the spring. Very dangerous if not very carefully done. MB has a cradle to do this task in their maintenance manual. If not marked very carefully before removing, you will also incur a front end alignment doing this procedure.

This is why this conversation never goes away and probably never will. I have been wanting to lower my '71 250C for a few years and still have not done so due to me not being able to determine a safe way to it without the proper tools. I'm sure others have different opinions and methods. Search the forums. you will find more info than you really want. Different ways to do this are described in detail. Just nothing that I was comfortable with.

I am by no means an expert on this. These are just my opinions. Do your homework, make your decisions on how you want to lower your front end. If you are successful, Please share your experience with the rest of us. We ARE very interested.

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there is a easy way to do that , just use a torch and heat up one coil , this will cause that coil to collapse , and lower the car .i know , it is just too easy .
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Called a local Benz independent shop to ask about springs : the dude said "if it's just an inch the easiest thing is to take the rubber shim out and replace with a thinner one.

Range of them available from 23mm down to 8mm.

Assuming stock is 23mm. (Is it?) then swapping to thinnest available is still only 15mm difference (0.6 inch)

Easy way to drop a half inch I guess.

Thoughts? Does anyone know if Is it possible to to completely remove the shim or is it necessary component?

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While I've owned a 115 chassis before, I've never removed the springs or played with them. If they're open coil springs on one end, then it's possible to cut them (I prefer to use a cut-off saw) in quarter coil increments. I've done this with 124 chassis cars. The result is "ok", and definitely something I could live with, but it doesn't compare to purpose built lowering springs. Since you're just focused on the fronts, I would try putting in thinner spring pads as a first step.
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They look much better lowered a bit ....

Mercedes Motoring usually lower these coupes as part of their restoration process, they have had some of the best looking one I have see.....

Mercedes Motoring - 1973 280C Gasoline Coupe

Mercedes Motoring - 1973 250C Gasoline Coupe

Mercedes Motoring - 1975 280C Gasoline Coupe

Mercedes Motoring - 1972 250C Gasoline Coupe


1993 500E 040 / 271 - Porsche Type 2758 ~~~~ 1971 250C Ivory / Cognac Leather

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Here is mine,
Lowered 3.5" at the front and 3" at the back.
I couldn't stand the front height of the car as it looked like an SUV or as if I had three bears in the trunk all the time.
The springs were heated by springs shop and I absolutely love the height, ride and steering.
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shes a beaut kav!!
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Done! Dad and I cut 1 and 1/4 coil off the bottom of each front side springs and it dropped EXACTLY 1" as I had hoped. Couldn't be happier with the result. Second one took 20 min. First one took an hour or more -- with extra time because there was a bend in one of the receiving ends of the frame where the control arm bolts through. And it was hard to knock that pin out.

Simple. Does not require a spring compressor surprisingly.

I wouldn't cut more than what I did myself. Id say if you want to drop more than a trivial 1" then shop for lowering springs but cutting off a single coil off the bottom is no big deal.

Just make sure you have a few jacks. One for the car. Axel sands. A floor jack to hold the lower control arm while you tap out the bolts. Once you do the spring will want to fire it down. Not as dangerous as folks would have you believe as spring is quite captive.

Chiltons says nothing about compressors or special tools.

I had all I needed in my garage:
Sockets and or box wrenches.

Factory crank jack
Axel stands
Hyd. Floor jack.
Scissor jack

Center punch (mark eccentric washers to frame before taking out).

That's about it.

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