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Do the springs also need replacing when the shocks are replaced?
No.

Sachs Boge may be OE.
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Do the springs also need replacing when the shocks are replaced?
In all probability, your springs are fine.
You won't be disappointed with Bilsteins.

The springs I removed from my '87 with 65k miles looked and performed as new.
H&R offers a set that drops the front 50mm but raises the rear 15mm...not sure how I feel about that rake yet...might return to stock.
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I am probably going to put less than 3000 miles on the car each year also. I am curious to know if anyone has strayed from Bilsteins and if they worked out OK or not.
I have been running Koni adjustables with SPAX lowering springs for 6 years. Not
cheap but no complaints.
https://www.koni-na.com/en-US/NorthA...505&mk=26&mt=1
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I am probably going to put less than 3000 miles on the car each year also. I am curious to know if anyone has strayed from Bilsteins and if they worked out OK or not.
I got Sachs and they seem fine. The reason I say "seem" is that I'm only doing normal (unstressed) driving. However, My indie thinks they are good.
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Does it make sense to replace the steering damper at the same time?
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Does it make sense to replace the steering damper at the same time?
I replaced mine at the same time I installed the idler arm rebuilt kit. I don’t know if it needed to be replaced or not but it was 30 years old, the part was cheap enough and easy to install.
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Buying shock absorbers is one of those purchases that can get confusing. I wanted to limit the unknowns and based my decision on the reputation of Bilstein and the feedback from members on this forum. I also like a little bit of a firmer ride so I chose HDís for the rear shocks.
I believe @PanzerPuff has KYBís
Yes I had KYB's on my 450SL and have Bilsteins on my 560SL. The ride was about the same; the primary difference was the KYBs cost less at the time.

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Does it make sense to replace the steering damper at the same time?
Yes only if the steering damper is shot. Just disconnect one end of the damper and push and pull. You should feel significant resistance. If you can move it stop to stop in a few seconds the damper is done, replace it.
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Ideally the shock valving should be matched to the spring rate. This accounts for different valving (HD, Comfort) front-to-rear.

Where it gets complicated is when the spring rates have changed, either through fatigue, coils removed, or aftermarket springs.

Ideally you would put the shocks on a shock dyno to measure them and then match to the revised suspension (including spring and bushing changes)

Of course that's an ideal. . . not sure I have heard of anyone in the R107 community who has done this.

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