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Can you tell me wich is the best shocks-absorber and spring combination to buy for my SLK 230?

I want it to turn without all that roll..
I just made 30.000Km (48.000 Miles) last year and my brand new stock shoks seems already fied!
I don't know if it is just my bad feeling or is that true. But the MB dealer told me... "you can go with them for 150.000 Miles!![:0]

Hol long can I ride with factory shocks?
And... do I need to change the springs once in a while?
 

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Springs are usually good for the life of the car...up to 500,000 miles. So no changing is usually needed for them. Mercedes shocks do last a long time...so your dealer might be right. Look to the anti-roll bars - front and rear -- to stop body roll in the corners. A larger rear bar will affect the front end plowing and create a crisper handling car. Check your suspension for worn rubber bushings or cracked parts. If any are found, you might want to firm up the ride with poly-urethane plastic suspension bushings. This will firm up the ride, but at the expense of comfort in the ride department. If you just want more response of the stock roll-bars, add stiffer roll-bar supports and/or links. Use poly bushings on the bar in conjunction with a stiffer bushing block (bolts to the car) and larger stiffer link pieces wherever needed (from the bar to the suspension). This will remove the "slop" from the handling and create a crisper ride....as to turn in or transition from lane to lane (flat ride angle transition to leaning angle--as in a curve)....so that you will not feel the car shift over onto its side and try to loose it suddenly.
Think of it as forcing the car to gradually assume its cornering stance instead of obtaining that "tilt" in a herky-jerky motion. You therefore feel a more competent and less -"on the soap" - motion within the auto.

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MAX BLAKELY - 2/28/2005 5:29 AM

A larger rear bar will affect the front end plowing and create a crisper handling car.
Do you mean.. larger as diameter?



Check your suspension for worn rubber bushings or cracked parts. If any are found, you might want to firm up the ride with poly-urethane plastic suspension bushings. This will firm up the ride, but at the expense of comfort in the ride department.
Do you have any pic to let me understand better where do I have to look to find out this cracked parts?
I'm giung to lower and change the rear suspension axel.





If you just want more response of the stock roll-bars, add stiffer roll-bar supports and/or links. Use poly bushings on the bar in conjunction with a stiffer bushing block (bolts to the car) and larger stiffer link pieces wherever needed (from the bar to the suspension).
Can you show me some picture of this stuff please?
Or at least show me a web site where I can see this pics?
I really do not understand what parts are you tolking about.
Anyway I'll search google to find out more.


Think of it as forcing the car to gradually assume its cornering stance instead of obtaining that "tilt" in a herky-jerky motion. You therefore feel a more competent and less -"on the soap" - motion within the auto.

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Will this feeling be only a feeling or it is also a stability/dinamc improvement?

Thank You
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Are you tolking about these parts:


 

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Cixi - 2/27/2005 11:15 PM

Can you tell me wich is the best shocks-absorber and spring combination to buy for my SLK 230?

I want it to turn without all that roll..
I just made 30.000Km (48.000 Miles) last year and my brand new stock shoks seems already fied!
30,000 Km is approximately 18,000 miles...

Do you want to lower your car for better performance, or do you like the OEM ride?

I used an H&R Cup Kit, and am very pleased with the results. Along with H&R's anti roll bars, the cornering is awesome. Obviously better tires will also help... [:)]
 

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Daniel W. - 2/28/2005 9:14 AM

Check the bushings on the anterior anti roll bar on your SLK 200; they may be worn and/or cracked, and if so, replace them for poly bushings...
I moltiplied so I made 48.000 miles instead of divide it.

I have an 230 but I guess it is the same components
 

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I personally am not a big fan of H&R. I would recommend either Koni or Bilstein for shocks.
 

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430 - 2/28/2005 3:41 PM

I personally am not a big fan of H&R. I would recommend either Koni or Bilstein for shocks.
What's your prejudice against H&R based upon; heresay, or have you had them installed on your SLK? Have you had either Koni's or Bilstein's (or both) on your car? My H&R Cup Kit performs very well... [:)]
 

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No. I have never run H&R. But I know a number of people that have had issues with their products, including sagging springs, uneven drops, increased ride harshness with little if any increase in handling characteristics. That is not to say that everyone has reported these issues but I know too many people that have to consider te H&R products. In the interest of full disclosure I don't believe any of the reported issues were on an MB. I have run Koni's in other applications and have ridden with many friends that have both Koni's and Bilsteins. I have been impressed with their offerings.
 

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hey guys im looking into buying the H&R cup kit and the sway bars for my slk 320 when i get off my 6 month deployment. where is the best place to buy them for my buck?


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aespeedy - 3/8/2005 12:49 AM

hey guys im looking into buying the H&R cup kit and the sway bars for my slk 320 when i get off my 6 month deployment. where is the best place to buy them for my buck?


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I don't know if the H&R anti roll bars are available in the U.S. I purchased my setup at:

http://www.x-t-c.com/
 

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430 - 2/28/2005 8:41 PM

No. I have never run H&R. But I know a number of people that have had issues with their products, including sagging springs, uneven drops, increased ride harshness with little if any increase in handling characteristics.
Lowering an automobile, regardless of the springs used will enhance the car's handling characteristics.
H&R's products are fully guaranteed, and if there wereany issues as you report above, I'm sure H&R would replace the product. All lowered cars with their sport springs and special shocks have a harsher ride after the modifications. I'd say that my car rides about 20% harsher, but is a good trade off for the performance gains...
 

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Daniel W. - 3/8/2005 1:32 AM
Lowering an automobile, regardless of the springs used will enhance the car's handling characteristics.
H&R's products are fully guaranteed, and if there wereany issues as you report above, I'm sure H&R would replace the product. All lowered cars with their sport springs and special shocks have a harsher ride after the modifications. I'd say that my car rides about 20% harsher, but is a good trade off for the performance gains...
Daniel, if you read my post the complaint is not about increased ride stiffness it is about an increase in the harshness with little increase in performance. I have an SLK32 and think the handling could be crisper.

H&R may or may not have stood behind their products if the individuals made a claim. I can't speak for that. What I can say is what a PITA to swap everything out to make a warranty claim and they will not cover your labor costs.

Some people with MB's seem to have good luck with H&R. I have just seen too many problems in other applications to go this route myself.
 

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Daniel.. is that your first SLK?
Is that your first car?
Have you ever drove other SLK with different suspension Kit? (other then H&R)
Have you ever drove any other car with different/many suspension kit? (same car many suspension?)
 

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Cixi - 3/8/2005 11:14 AM

Daniel.. is that your first SLK?
Is that your first car?
Have you ever drove other SLK with different suspension Kit? (other then H&R)
Have you ever drove any other car with different/many suspension kit? (same car many suspension?)
The SLK I currently own is my first SLK...

I've driven it with the OEM suspension, and now the H&R suspension. I have no experience with other brands of aftermarket springs and/or anti roll bars.

Other sports cars I've owned, including a Ferrari and Jaguar, had OEM suspensions...
 

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Daniel W. - 3/8/2005 2:40 PM

Cixi - 3/8/2005 11:14 AM

Daniel.. is that your first SLK?
Is that your first car?
Have you ever drove other SLK with different suspension Kit? (other then H&R)
Have you ever drove any other car with different/many suspension kit? (same car many suspension?)
The SLK I currently own is my first SLK...

I've driven it with the OEM suspension, and now the H&R suspension. I have no experience with other brands of aftermarket springs and/or anti roll bars.

Other sports cars I've owned, including a Ferrari and Jaguar, had OEM suspensions...

A sports jaguar? sounds like an oxymoron to me...besides the xj220 maybe.
 

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QUOTE] A sports jaguar? sounds like an oxymoron to me...besides the xj220 maybe.[/QUOTE]

Perhaps....... It was a 3.8 liter 1964 XKE, which was my first car, and lots of fun in college! [:p]
 

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Daniel W. - 3/9/2005 10:41 PM

Perhaps....... It was a 3.8 liter 1964 XKE, which was my first car, and lots of fun in college! [:p]

In italian college? Or American?
How old are you? 24?
 

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I have Eibach springs, shocks and sway bars. Pretty low and handles like its on rails.

You cant go wrong with Eibach, H&R or Bilstein
 
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