Bilstiens Hds raised my 200

Fri Jul 26 09:31:18 EDT 2002

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Comparing ride height HD to Sports has nothing to do with effective spring
rate.  The ride height changes because one shock allows the spring to extend
further (HD) than the other (sport).  Remember Bernie, you HAVE to compress
the stock spring to put on any  gas or hydraulic shock on a 200tq.   The
changes in LENGTH are what causes the HD to sit statically higher than the
sport.  Any other conclusion is creating confusion.

Gas shocks tend to be less harsh than hydraulic only (koni) shocks.  Their
downside as I've experienced it, is that as the gas shocks get cold (winter
climes) they tend to "sink" and cause a very harsh ride.  "Undesireable" ride
height changes can be compensated by shortening the effective length of a gas
shock vs hydraulic.  Bilstein used to do this, apparently with the combining
of applications (S4 vs 200, the suspensions are different), the 200 dudes get
the "shaft" so to speak.


Scott Justusson

In a message dated 7/25/02 12:09:08 PM Central Daylight Time,
b.m.benz at writes:

Obviously, a physically shorter gas shock will have a higher spring rate
than will a longer one, but at the design static ride height they  both
are/should be designed to add an identical spring force to the suspension.
IMO, gas pressurized shocks are just hype for street apps. and cause
undesireable ride height changes.

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