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Thanks Ian and KRH...that's kind of what I was looking for- adding a rubber spacer to top of spring pad.

Is there ample room in the spring perch (metal cup) for adding more than 5mm cut up as you suggested? For example, using a #2,3, or 4 pad?

Also, it is my understanding from researching, that for each amount of shim added to the spring, it raises the body double that amount.... ie, 1/2 " shim will raise body 1". Is that true?
 

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FYI...The original tire specs for 85 Mercedes 126 are AS FOLLOWS:
205/70/14
SECTION 8.7
tread 6.7
TIRE DIAMETER 25.8
On 16 inch rims, 225/55/16 is the closest to stock circumference with negligible speedometer difference, but I agree the 50's look better.
 

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@RNT i changed spacers on mine not long ago and measured before and after. I don't remember the measurements but it will be in one of my threads.
 

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Thanks Ian and KRH...that's kind of what I was looking for- adding a rubber spacer to top of spring pad.

Is there ample room in the spring perch (metal cup) for adding more than 5mm cut up as you suggested? For example, using a #2,3, or 4 pad?

Also, it is my understanding from researching, that for each amount of shim added to the spring, it raises the body double that amount.... ie, 1/2 " shim will raise body 1". Is that true?
You're close. A 5mm shim raises the body 9mm.
 

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Thanks to all...Gonna try adding a #2 pad (ring part only) to top of current pad and see what happens. Maybe #1 pad if not enough room.)
 

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or go back to stock springs and cut a coil as needed
 

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Hi IAN....Thanks for input. When I installed H&R, knew it would drop 1.8-2 inches and chose the 225/60/16 to keep diameter as close to original spec. I didn't want to go too low and wanted to avoid a large gap. The rubbing is only front right and slight, not an issue generally. Lifting front end .5 -1.0 inch would be ideal. Can't do it with different tires, though. Back to spacers:)
No you did not size your tires close to original spec . You chose much taller tires then original

as everyone has said , 225/55/16 is closest to original .
 

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No you did not size your tires close to original spec . You chose much taller tires then original

as everyone has said , 225/55/16 is closest to original .
225/55/16 drops the front another 1/2 inch. I want to lift front end. That is why I am asking about use of spacers.
 

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126321/0784 /0884 /0984 /1084, 1-4, respectively.
126-321-10-84-M155

pelicanparts.com

Coil Spring Pad - (4 Burrs - 23 mm, Front Left or Right) (Mercedes-Benz S-Class (1981-1991) W126)
$4.50
 

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put your stock front springs in, i have a set ill sell you if u like
 

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Therer is no problem adding in a rubber ring spacer to the top side of the spring pad as Ian suggests.
I have done that in the past and it works a treat by cutting up a 1nib and making your 4nib thicker by 5mm

I also feel you are running the wrong tire up front and at the rear - it should be 225/55/16 all round.
Most with lowered springs are using 225/50/16 but i reckon that tire height is too low
Also by the look of your pic the rear is sitting too high which puts more down force on the front.
If you sort out the rear first so you dont have that front slant happening it will rectify half your problem
KRH....Are you using this 5mm + in your car now?
 
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