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Lowering springs?

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500eguy

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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #15 on: 16 May 2007, 12:44 PM »
Ok guys, i am going to bring this thread back from the dead with a new question. When i get the pentas for the 450, i would like to lower it about 2 inches, to have the wheels fill the wheel wells just a bit, handle a bit better. So, my question... what other mercedes chassis springs are compatible with the 116?
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #16 on: 17 May 2007, 12:58 AM »
Once my car is finished and I have chosen some wheels for it, I will probably be getting some 2" lowered springs made for my 116, if you like I can get 2 sets made then ship them over to you (do you have anyone local who can make springs  ??? )

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« Reply #17 on: 17 May 2007, 04:22 AM »
Yes, that would be great! hawaii has no place like that. Just let me know how much and i will be glad to take care of it! thanks so much for the offer:)
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #18 on: 17 May 2007, 03:31 PM »
Hey Oscar,

would these pics relate to my 1978 450SEL? (It's not a 6.9)

If i wanted to lower the ride height, is all i need to do - adjust these?
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #19 on: 17 May 2007, 05:53 PM »
Hey Oscar,

would these pics relate to my 1978 450SEL? (It's not a 6.9)

If i wanted to lower the ride height, is all i need to do - adjust these?

Absolutely.  If you've got those components in your car listed in those photos, then you will have self-levelling rear suspension.

shortened rod means up - lengthened rod means down  It has no effect on front suspension which is a standard coil and shock absorber setup.

If you look at this thread, http://forum.w116.org/mechanicals/oops-rear-self-levellings-stuck/0/ you'll see how high it can go.   It was all sorted in the end.  My 350 also sits a bit too high but I still haven't adjusted it. 

If you want to lower the rear - keep in mind the lever and valve have a null region of maybe 10o movement either way before it pumps up or lets down the rear end.  So if you lengthen the rod by a few mm's, nothing will happen until you bounce the rear end up and down for a bit with the car running and reveal its new height. 

When I try and level my 350, I'll probably remove one end of the adjusting rod, then with engine running I'll move the lever down then neutral, down then neutral, then up if I go too far down, until the car looks level, then reattach the rod adjusted to the right length.
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #20 on: 17 May 2007, 06:45 PM »
Thanks mate, you're true blue!!   ;D

I'll give it a go over the weekend.  It already looks nicely levelled with the 17"'s on there.  Just wanna make it look a little lower.  8)
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #21 on: 18 May 2007, 01:11 AM »
ahhh... i am just the standard suspension setup.... :(
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #22 on: 18 May 2007, 01:20 AM »
Sorry about that Johnny. ;)  I was going to start another thread but I thought bugger it.  A quick rear self-levelling post wont hurt. ::)

Besides, regardless of self-levelling in the rear, if your dropping all four corners, the fronts would have to be done like what you're contemplating.  So you're going about it the right way IMO.  Will be great to see how Mercules' lowered stance looks and performs.
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Re: Lowering springs?
« Reply #23 on: 18 May 2007, 01:51 AM »
no problem.... i didn't want to start a new thread about springs so i brought this one back from the dead!:) i can't wait to see if mercules will be able to make that set of springs! :):):)
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