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#1 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 12:23 AM
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124 Sportline Springs

Does anybody know if MB offered a rear "short" red spring for the Sportline E320 Cabriolet - Non SLS?
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Is it me or...

Silly question - why does the blue 'longer' spring have 10 coils against 11 coils for the red 'shorter' one? Looks shorter too, possibly down to the pics?

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Front and rear......??
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Front and rear......??
I see. Thanks.

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I'll get a pair in a week.

I can ask Phil at Peach Parts about it Monday, and I will let you know what ships to me as the "300 CE Sportline II" kit. I have a feeling since the drop is less than an inch and its for the cabriolet (heavier than coupe) it will be the longer spring out of the two, but we shall see.

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Yes it will be good to see, thanks for that Robert.

I have a feeling this is not going to be an easy search and that MB do not use a part number for the short spring anymore. You should have an MB part number stamped on the last coil of the springs, even that number would tell me something. I have pretty much all the Sportline Spring part numbers for the Cabriolet (care of another member on here) except the red rear one.

Can you please do me a favour and measure the ride height of the car before and after the fitment, take pictures of the springs in there at the moment and the new ones. I'd be very keen to see the markings, the part numbers and the ride heights - good data to have and share.
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Be glad to.

Here are some shots of the springs that are currently on my cab as well. I'll look for numbers when they come off.

As for the measurements, I will measure from the ground to the fender as well as the center of the hub to the fender. I just mounted staggered 17" AMG IIs and had rubbing up front so I have 235s on the 8.5 rears and 215s stretched on 7.5 fronts. I don't think it will be much, but I am thinking that's not going to be an equal sidewall height. The measurements should prove that anyway.
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Thanks for that Robert, looks like you have the long blue ones: bet you can hardly wait for the bits to arrive and get them fitted........
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I took that photo of the springs and yes, it is a front and rear spring. It was just to show the paint stripes. You cannot order a red or blue, you get whatever Mercedes sends you, and you adjust the height via the spring pads as stated in the EPC. The difference between any red & blue springs of the same part number will be approx 5mm.

Inspector, if you replaced rear suspension components and the rear end is now significantly higher... I'd suspect the link attachment bolts were tightened with the car in the air, which is a BAD thing to do. However if your subframe mounts were collapsed and you replaced all four, that could change the ride height a bit. It would help if you posted a photo of the problem, or took measurements as shown here (to wheel center, NOT to the ground).


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Thanks Dave,

The car definitely had the suspension bolts tightened sitting on a ramp hoist. Was done by a man with 20 years experience working for MB, Forman of NZL's largest Dealership, Factory trained on 124's.
ALL suspension rubber was changed and this is known to raise the ride height. I'm half a planet away from the car at present so I can’t measure and it is academic in any case, I estimate the car would have raised by about 3/4".

The 5 mm you refer to above, that is spring length yes? Which would correspond to 10 mm ride height change....??

I am on No 1 pads now so cannot go lower. Note also that the rear rubber for these now carry 129 & 210 part numbers, I wonder if this also contributes to the effect I’m noticing.

Is there any way at all to influence what the man at MB sends? Is this possible?

Note that there appears to be a separate part number for Sportline Cabriolet short front springs' 124 321 40 04. Does this make sense to you?

If all else fails what springs out there are the closest to the Sportline springs; H&R’s?? & can you run them with the standard Sportline shocks and bump stops??

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