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Hi,

While replacing my front brakes on my '05 C230 Kompressor Sport sedan I noticed the beginning wear signs of my front struts failing (the car 73K miles on it so its probably due for them to be replaced). I've decided to go ahead and replace both the front and back. To that end I've been looking at the following suspension kits:

Koni FSD Kit
Koni Sport Kit (these are the chear sport shocks/struts)
Bilstein HD set
Bilstein Sport set

Does anyone have any experience with them (if not what are you using)?

Besides purchasing the front/back shock/strut mounting kits and the sway bar linkage should I replace anything else (control arms, bushings, etc)?

I've done this on a BMW E46 w/o any problems - is the C230 more difficult? Is there anything that I should be aware of before I start this project?

Thanks for any input!
 

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I'd add the sway bar bushings to the list. Easy, cheap and they commonly make noise as they age. If you remove and replace the entire strut assembly as a unit, you shouldn't need a spring compressor.
 

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Parts List

For anyone interested I've compiled this parts list for the suspension job.

Koni Sport Strut/Shock set (Yellow ones)

Miscellaneous parts listed below...

Front Upper Strut Mount - Mercedes-Benz Part #: 2033200273
Rubber Buffe - Mercedes-Benz Part #: 2033220344
Dust Cap - Mercedes-Benz Part #: 2033230038
Stop - Mercedes-Benz Part #: 2033230232
Shim - Mercedes-Benz Part #: 2033240084
Shock Mounting Kit - OES Part #: W01331630112
Sway Bar Link - Lemforder Part #: W01331766763
SHIM - Mercedes-Benz Part #: 2033200156
Sway Bar Bushing (Front) - Febi Part #: W01331808356

After scouring the internet I've found that the cheapest place for the listed parts was ecstuning.com (they beat tirerack's price for the Koni set by $94).

The total (including shipping) came to just over $1000.
 

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That's not a bad price for all that. I figure that's a good one-day DIY job.
 
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