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<center><img src="http://www.mbworld.org/upload/2001/e55-lowered-side.JPG"></center><p>I just got the E55 back from the shop. As I posted previously I replaced the stock AMG Monoblock wheels with Chorme AMG Monoblock and lowered the car 1-1/8" using Brabus Springs and Shocks. I think you would agree that it looks great and of course it handles like a slot car. Of course the car rides a little stiffer but it handles like a dream. I honestly did not think that you could improve on AMG, but Brabus has definitely done that. <p>I can't wait for the next track day :)<p>BTW, Here is a close up of the front wheel no space between the fender and the tire, but yet thanks to the brabus suspension I still have fully travel and turn radius :)<p>http://www.mbworld.org/upload/2001/e55-lowered-fw.JPG<p>
 

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I too lowered my E55...I used the euro AMG kit though...looks about the same ht as yours..I really do think it makes the car look and handle better...Has anyone powdercoated their calipers? It looks like the calipers are two piece, so it may be hard to do...the ML55's with the red calipers look great.
 

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No that is the beauty of using a tuner lowering Kit like Brabus. The geometry does not change... just the amount of wheel travel so nothing rubs, bottoms out, or scratches.<p><p>: does the tire scratch the fender wall at all when going fast over bumps after lowering?<p>
 

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Yes they do... but there is quite allot to getting the stock E55 breaks to look like those for one thing the rotors need to be crossed drilled. I checked into a kit to do this and found that it was going be very expensive. The stock breaks work great they just don't look the best. I believe that is why AMG put the monoblocks on the car in the first place. A more open wheel would undoubtly show off the rotots and calipers, etc. That is why I stayed with the Monoblock look instead of going with a more eloborate open wheel design.<p>If you are interested in the "Red" caliper look check out Brabus or Brimble, but be prepared to spend some $$$ about $2K per spindle with braided brake lines and all. I can't see spending this when the stock E55/AMG breaks work so well.<p>My $.02<p><br>: I too lowered my E55...I used the euro AMG kit though...looks about the same ht as yours..I really do think it makes the car look and handle better...Has anyone powdercoated their calipers? It looks like the calipers are two piece, so it may be hard to do...the ML55's with the red calipers look great.<p><br>
 

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Yes they do... but there is quite allot to getting the stock E55 breaks to look like those for one thing the rotors need to be crossed drilled. I checked into a kit to do this and found that it was going be very expensive. The stock breaks work great they just don't look the best. I believe that is why AMG put the monoblocks on the car in the first place. A more open wheel would undoubtly show off the rotots and calipers, etc. That is why I stayed with the Monoblock look instead of going with a more eloborate open wheel design.<p>If you are interested in the "Red" caliper look check out Brabus or Brimble, but be prepared to spend some $$$ about $2K per spindle with braided brake lines and all. I can't see spending this when the stock E55/AMG breaks work so well.<p>My $.02<p><br>: I too lowered my E55...I used the euro AMG kit though...looks about the same ht as yours..I really do think it makes the car look and handle better...Has anyone powdercoated their calipers? It looks like the calipers are two piece, so it may be hard to do...the ML55's with the red calipers look great.<p><br>
 

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Yes they do... but there is quite allot to getting the stock E55 breaks to look like those for one thing the rotors need to be crossed drilled. I checked into a kit to do this and found that it was going be very expensive. The stock breaks work great they just don't look the best. I believe that is why AMG put the monoblocks on the car in the first place. A more open wheel would undoubtly show off the rotots and calipers, etc. That is why I stayed with the Monoblock look instead of going with a more eloborate open wheel design.<p>If you are interested in the "Red" caliper look check out Brabus or Brimble, but be prepared to spend some $$$ about $2K per spindle with braided brake lines and all. I can't see spending this when the stock E55/AMG breaks work so well.<p>My $.02<p><br>: I too lowered my E55...I used the euro AMG kit though...looks about the same ht as yours..I really do think it makes the car look and handle better...Has anyone powdercoated their calipers? It looks like the calipers are two piece, so it may be hard to do...the ML55's with the red calipers look great.<p><br>
 

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: I too lowered my E55...I used the euro AMG kit though...looks about the same ht as yours..I really do think it makes the car look and handle better...Has anyone powdercoated their calipers? It looks like the calipers are two piece, so it may be hard to do...the ML55's with the red calipers look great.<p>How about posing a pic... of your car!
 

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Thanks for posting your car pic.<br>Cost of Brabus springs and shocks please? (aside from install labor & re-align).<br>Car looks nice -- appears to be approx ride height of Euro/ROW AMG. Gregg<p><p><br>: I just got the E55 back from the shop. As I posted previously I replaced the stock AMG Monoblock wheels with Chorme AMG Monoblock and lowered the car 1-1/8" using Brabus Springs and Shocks. I think you would agree that it looks great and of course it handles like a slot car. Of course the car rides a little stiffer but it handles like a dream. I honestly did not think that you could improve on AMG, but Brabus has definitely done that. <p>I can't wait for the next track day :)<p>BTW, Here is a close up of the front wheel no space between the fender and the tire, but yet thanks to the brabus suspension I still have fully travel and turn radius :)<p>http://www.mbworld.org/upload/2001/e55-lowered-fw.JPG<p><p><br>
 

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Brabus Suspension $1680.00<br>Labor $356.00 <br>Alignment $117.00<p>Based on Matt's comments it sounds like it costs about the same as the Euro AMG suspension. I would sure like to know which one handles better. All I can say is I highly recommend the Brabus suspension upgrade to anyone who is serious about driving. Be fore-warnded thoogh that you will sacrifice some ride comfort. Remarks have already been made by passengers that the car seems a little stiffer, but than again when I crank it up its all they can do to hang on tight enough to stay on there side of the car when exiting those sweeping corners at 70+ MPH! on freeway on-ramps! <p>Doug<p><br>Gregg How about a PIC of your CAR? Maybe we could have a special section of the forum with members cars :).<p>: Thanks for posting your car pic.<br>Cost of Brabus springs and shocks please? (aside from install labor & re-align).<br>Car looks nice -- appears to be approx ride height of Euro/ROW AMG. Gregg<p><p><br>: I just got the E55 back from the shop. As I posted previously I replaced the stock AMG Monoblock wheels with Chorme AMG Monoblock and lowered the car 1-1/8" using Brabus Springs and Shocks. I think you would agree that it looks great and of course it handles like a slot car. Of course the car rides a little stiffer but it handles like a dream. I honestly did not think that you could improve on AMG, but Brabus has definitely done that. <p>I can't wait for the next track day :)<p>BTW, Here is a close up of the front wheel no space between the fender and the tire, but yet thanks to the brabus suspension I still have fully travel and turn radius :)<p>http://www.mbworld.org/upload/2001/e55-lowered-fw.JPG<p><p><br><p>
 

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Re: Lowered E55 -- never mind

Never mind Doug -- I see your post in MBworld.<p>: Thanks for posting your car pic.<br>Cost of Brabus springs and shocks please? (aside from install labor & re-align).<br>Car looks nice -- appears to be approx ride height of Euro/ROW AMG. Gregg<p><p><br>: I just got the E55 back from the shop. As I posted previously I replaced the stock AMG Monoblock wheels with Chorme AMG Monoblock and lowered the car 1-1/8" using Brabus Springs and Shocks. I think you would agree that it looks great and of course it handles like a slot car. Of course the car rides a little stiffer but it handles like a dream. I honestly did not think that you could improve on AMG, but Brabus has definitely done that. <p>I can't wait for the next track day :)<p>BTW, Here is a close up of the front wheel no space between the fender and the tire, but yet thanks to the brabus suspension I still have fully travel and turn radius :)<p>http://www.mbworld.org/upload/2001/e55-lowered-fw.JPG<p><p><br><p><br>
 

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Matt and Doug. I am dying to feel the difference between the two! Please tell me you are going to hook up with us at the So. Cal. E55 meet. Mr. V is setting it up.<p>I want to know which one looses more ride. I would probably prefer to keep more ride which I assume AMG does. However, the tight handling is so thrilling which I assume the Brabus does. In conversations with Brabus, they indicated that I would loose more ride but gain more handling. They felt that they push the limit on this balance better than AMG. I am not too sure if they step over the line.<br>
 

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Where in So CAL? As for the ride I don't know which is better. All I can say is mine riders a little rougher than it did, but it is well worth it for the performance improvement. Now all I need is 5-Point harnesses so I can stay in those otherwise non too sporty AMG seats when talking corners at near 1G :)<p>Doug<p><br>: Matt and Doug. I am dying to feel the difference between the two! Please tell me you are going to hook up with us at the So. Cal. E55 meet. Mr. V is setting it up.<p>I want to know which one looses more ride. I would probably prefer to keep more ride which I assume AMG does. However, the tight handling is so thrilling which I assume the Brabus does. In conversations with Brabus, they indicated that I would loose more ride but gain more handling. They felt that they push the limit on this balance better than AMG. I am not too sure if they step over the line.<br><p>
 

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I am definitely planning on attending the run, u can chk the diff for yourself...I am curious about Brabus as well...<br>I posted some info re: a firend of mine bringing a fleet of 55's (CL,CLK,S,ML) to the event, but none responded...Is this of interest to anyone?<br>
 

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Re: Lowered E55 -- AMG parts?

Matt I'm curious about your "AMG kit", What year 55 is yours? You had mentioned the parts were sourced from B&H Auto Collection and involved shocks, spring & pads? Anyway, I have an 01 and I've spent a fair ammount time on the phone w/AMG lately, and their system for my car involves everything down to front & rear anti-sways so sounds a bit different.<p><p>: I too lowered my E55...I used the euro AMG kit though...looks about the same ht as yours..I really do think it makes the car look and handle better...Has anyone powdercoated their calipers? It looks like the calipers are two piece, so it may be hard to do...the ML55's with the red calipers look great.<p>
 

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Where can I source the Euro AMG lowering kit and how much does it cost? If there's no difference between Brabus and the Euro AMG lowering kit, then I would probably go w/the cheaper one.<p>Can anyone help me??<p>
 
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