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Well I just put the treads on. Below are a few pics. first one the front end had not settled yet from coming off lift but even after i want to drop the front just a bit.
1. How easy it to change nubs. Searched around some but have not found any actual information on the job.
2. How easy is it to see what you have before removing so I get the right ones if this is an option. (assuming they are tall spacer's) If not an option (spacers small) what will I need to drop her about an inch.
I want about an inch of the front. Let me know what you guys think. And by the way photo's not my specialty with old Iphone.
 

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Nice wheels! That Greg is a good egg.
 

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The nubs are tiny little bumps about the size of a match head along the bottom edge of the rubber spring pad. I think there are two sets of nubs on each pad. Easy to find if you remove the tire/wheel and using a flashlight.

Henric is right - the springs have to come off to change pads. Be sure to get a Mercedes appropriate spring compressor and not one of the cheap auto parts store kind. The rear springs are not near as easy as the front. My Gen I SEL (should be the same for Gen II SEC's) requires the shock to be removed first (shock is inside the spring). But the shock can only be removed after removing the rear seat backs and accessing the top of the shock mount nuts through the rear bulkhead. After dropping the shock down through the bottom of the spring perch, the spring can then be removed. If you don't have the tools or are uncomfortable with a major job, you'll need to have an indy do this. Kinda sucks because a ton of effort to change a cheap rubber spring pad in the rear. Most people change springs and shocks while you are at it because they all have to be removed anyway.

BTW - nice score on the Euro ECE coupe. You have instant equity of $4-$6k (easy) over what you paid for the car.

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8, 13, 18 & 23 are the options on the front. So only 15mm difference available there. Might make all the difference tho, if youre on 23 and go to 8. Its looking better already though.
 

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8, 13, 18 & 23 are the options on the front. So only 15mm difference available there. Might make all the difference tho, if youre on 23 and go to 8. Its looking better already though.
Since I just want to drop the front every so slightly the 15mm may do it but big assumption that 23mm would be in there is my guess. Hmmm. May just be springs.
 

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Your SEC is looking great DBMB! Looks like you have cleaned them up some already!

Mike, thanks for the compliment but the other thread may have been misunderstood a bit about the wheel transaction. DBMP paid me fairly from his hard earned cash. I have been known to be cheap, but have never taken Big Macs for payment :D .

Again, it was really nice meeting you Dan.

Just a heads up about dropping your front end....I never did get any noticeable lowering results by swapping spring pads. They did help slightly, but nothing was very dramatic until I swapped out stock springs for lowering springs.

I am currently running 1 nib front pads and 2 nib rear pads on my SEC. I am going to roll my fronts since I am getting just a slight fender rub over big bumps but I heard a vicious rumor that your Gen II SEC fenders are slightly wider at the lip than my Gen I fenders.
 

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Your SEC is looking great DBMB! Looks like you have cleaned them up some already!

Mike, thanks for the compliment but the other thread may have been misunderstood a bit about the wheel transaction. DBMP paid me fairly from his hard earned cash. I have been known to be cheap, but have never taken Big Macs for payment :D .

Again, it was really nice meeting you Dan.

Just a heads up about dropping your front end....I never did get any noticeable lowering results by swapping spring pads. They did help slightly, but nothing was very dramatic until I swapped out stock springs for lowering springs.

I am currently running 1 nib front pads and 2 nib rear pads on my SEC. I am going to roll my fronts since I am getting just a slight fender rub over big bumps but I heard a vicious rumor that your Gen II SEC fenders are slightly wider at the lip than my Gen I fenders.
He is right. I did pay him a fair agreed on price. I did not realize it would run off as serious. Thanks again and nubs did not seem viable after hearing the diff. I have already been searching springs. Really just want front right now but all seem to be sets. I don't want to drop it everywhere and only an inch to maybe 1.5 in front.

Now back to what I was doing. Eat like Italians, drink like Russians, drive like Germans, and live in the USA
 

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Arg, I would do just about anything to have that sec with the wheels. I think it looks great just the way it is, except its not parked in my driveway.
 

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Arg, I would do just about anything to have that sec with the wheels. I think it looks great just the way it is, except its not parked in my driveway.
Thanks.

Love the 84 GTI's. Bought one when they came out and modified the hell out of it in High school. That thing was awesome.
 

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Looks gerat.Like the white color a lot,is that gray on the bottom?
Front drop will make it a killer looking car
 

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I was able to see the nubs on my SEL without removing the wheels. I bet I could have even seen them without jacking it up. I laid on my back and used a flashlight.
 

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Looks gerat.Like the white color a lot,is that gray on the bottom?
Front drop will make it a killer looking car
Yes grey on the bottom. Thanks and by the looks of your stash thats coming from someone that has some experience.
 

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DBMB,

Looks fabulous! I have H&R springs all around #1 nub in front with Bilstein HD's. Wheel well is even with top of tire.

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DBMB,

Looks fabulous! I have H&R springs all around #1 nub in front with Bilstein HD's. Wheel well is even with top of tire.

Mike
your car looks great. What size treads you running on there as a reference point
 

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your car looks great. What size treads you running on there as a reference point
235/45/17 Pireli P6's on 17x8 ET11 wheels

Mike
 
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