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#1 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 06:09 PM
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Has anyone ever tried the rubber coil spring boosters? My springs are getting a bit saggy. Pros or cons?
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Nope, never tried. They are cheap, that's for sure, but if it was me, I'd do it the right way.
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It takes away from the coils ability to compress evenly, and changes the spring rate.
It also (since it is uneven) might tend to promote a broken spring. I say this because on both my Benz's it seems like these coils have a tendency to snap easily. (Dunno the truth to my last statement.)

I would also do it right.

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Use a 97 rated tire to improve the spring ratio. The tire wall is the extension of your spring in your car. Original equipment calls for 93.

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Of course I'd rather "do it right" but doing it right is $1000 and boosters are $10. If it "stiffens" it up for a year thats great, then maybe I'll "do it right". Sometimes ingenuity and common sense is better than a fat wallet. All I wanted to know is if they worked. Can anyone answer that?
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I've always been afraid to try such a thing.
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Likewise
, and if you throw boosters in and snap a spring or two....Now the money goes out.
Plus, you are going to distort the ride/handling for no good reason.

For about $150 you can get custom springs (all 4 wheels).
For less, you can get some used from folks here on the site, if you ask. Many that have done suspension drops, sell off their old springs.
I bought lowering front springs here for $50.oo, and cut the backs to match.

Your biggest outlay will be the "clamshell style" spring compressor, (which is essential), and some here rent theirs out. (I have them but don't loan/rent tools)

Don't is my advice.

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All I wanted to know is if they worked. Can anyone answer that?
If they didn't work, I guess they wouldn't be for sale anymore.

And 1000 bucks for spring replacement??? Damn! At dealer?
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Yes...
They work if you are out to achieve a increase in ride height.
No...
They don't work to correct ride problems and will cause more problems than worth.

I've used them on old Chevy's to jack up the back some. It made the car ride rougher, and the springs bottomed out easier, and threw off the handling as well, to the point I removed em.
On a Benz, the springs are tightly sprung in there. It would be worse. I don't know for a fact, but suspect they would (A) be hard to twist in, since the coils are tighter together in spacing between coil twists, and (B) you chance breaking a spring, not to mention (C) your ride and handling will be screwed up in adverse conditions and noticable in average conditions.

You do what you want, and experiment.
Let us know what you break or wreck,,,ok?

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AND NEVER Chille, NEVER, take an old Benz, to a Stealership for work.
$1000 is about 2 times what it should cost, and about 6 times what the springs (parts) cost.

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