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shock and brake musings, cold start question, '90 200 qw
Thought I 'd fill in in on a few observations I've made after installing new
shocks and brakes on my 90 200 qw.
Shocks: I (had a mechanic) install 4 spax shocks I bought from 2bennet.
According to the mechanic, they don't fit perfectly because both the tube and
rod diameters are smaller than OEM, so things don't self align as they go
together. Once they are together, it's all ok. The strut tower plastic cover in
the engine compartment also doesn't quite fit because the adjusting nuts stick
up higher than OEM. As far as performance goes, I am still fooling with the
settings. I have the fronts set 5 clicks from full soft, and the rears are set
on full soft still. The front seems about right, the rears definitely need to
be adjusted. On my last car (identical car, wrecked), I installed boge pro-gas
(the variable damping rate ones) on the front, and of all things, monroe
sens-a-trac (made in Belgium, more expensive than the boge's) on the rear.
Overall, I think that combo was a better set-up for normal street use. the ride
was better, and the control was sufficient. I will still play with the spax
Brakes: I installed a new rebuilt caliper on the rear ($125.00, foreign
autopart). A word of warning: if you have a 200 wagon, check to see if you have
vented rear rotors (I have mentioned this before). If you do not, then when you
order parts, pretend you have a 200 quattro sedan; All the books think you have
vented rear rotors, but only the 20v 200 wagons really do. Also, the calipers
on the quattro and non quattro 200 sedans are the same BUT THEY ARE REVERSED
LEFT AND RIGHT. If you can, take a picture of the caliper you are replacing
with you when you go to get the new ones. On the front brakes, I installed
REMSA gold pads, which so far, seem quite acceptable. Much less dusting than
Repco/axxis metal masters (which I think suck), no squeaking and they stop OK.
I put ATE pads on the rear, which I think are dusting too much.
Now, for a question. Up until yesterday afternoon, we have had very warm
weather her in new England (~60-70F). Yesterday, it dropped to ~35, and when I
went out to the car from work, it first started and died, then wouldn't catch
at all, then started an died a few times, then finally started and ran fine. I
checked for error codes, there were none. I have not yet checked the intake air
temp sensor, which is my first suspicion. The other would be the could start
injector or the warm up-regulator. Any other suggestions of things I should
90 200 qw 143k
87 milano 3.0 147k
86 190E 2.3-16 117k (wifes car)