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i live in asia and noticed that all w108 types are very high on the backside (see attachment) what makes the wheels going in,i dont see this with the europe and america model.
any one know what the reason is and how to lower them?
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Interesting phenomenon. They must all have too strong of spring over the rear axle.
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My $.02 -

108s had an option "Spring suspension w/ground clearance increased (for countries having bad roads)". Cars sold in Asia probably had this option. This package may have had stiffer springs and/or a hydraulic compensator that raised the body.

Also cars equipped with the hydraulic compensator (expensive) may have had it replaced with a spring at some point.

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thanks a lot,never hear about this it make sense my complements for your knowledge, it looks very ugly so i think i will cut the springs a little to get it strait.
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thanks a lot,never hear about this it make sense my complements for your knowledge, it looks very ugly so i think i will cut the springs a little to get it strait.
You will not have to cut very much. some guys here put thinner rubber shims at the ends of the spring to help lower the back.
Let us know how you get on.
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yes i will try that first,thanks i will let you know the result!
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It is just one spring, not "springs" above the center of axle.
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the car did not come that way when new , the 2 main springs have a adjustable plate at bottom , there are 3 positions , but i would first look at the center spring , it has a lot of action on the car height .the easy way would be to have the rear wheels on floating tables , and then use a torch to heat up one coil , the car will then drop some .[ watch out , the gas tank is near ] .
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Hmm... Heating the compensating spring to lower the suspension ,not aware it could be done on car.
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