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Old 06-07-2016, 09:07 AM
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Default Re: Replace your Steering Stabilizer, you'll be surprised.

Already have the Bilstein damper ordered from FCP Euro along with a spare CPS.

I've noticed since it's gotten warmer the car is tramlining much more than before and now really has a tendency to wobble when going over bumps. This makes some sense to me as a warmer damper would naturally have more travel in it.

Hoping the damper will clear some of that up. It's an inexpensive and easy place to start at least.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:10 AM
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CPS.

This makes some sense to me as a warmer damper would naturally have more travel in it.
Warmer weather means warmer oil and warmer oil is thinner and passes through the valves easier.
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:25 AM
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Febi 01263 or 01261? 510N or 800N what is better for us?

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Febi 01263 or 01261? 510N or 800N what is better for us?
Bilstein 18-140651 ( Part # BIL-18140651)


https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/mer...mper-18-140651





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Old 10-09-2016, 03:21 PM
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If you want the OEM original, then you want the Stabilus 1244630432 (Part #: STB-SG203004)

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/mer...per-1244630432





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Old 10-09-2016, 03:43 PM
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I'm from EU (Germany is my neighbour) and I have many option for buy new stabilus.
I want buy Febi stabilus but I not know what newton power is better 510[N] or 800[N] (both fit to XFire).
Anybody know?
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:07 PM
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I'm from EU (Germany is my neighbour) and I have many option for buy new stabilus.
I want buy Febi stabilus but I not know what newton power is better 510[N] or 800[N] (both fit to XFire).
Anybody know?
The Bilstein 18-140651 is the same match to the Febi 01261 which is the 800 N Eject Force.
Also, the Stabilus
1244630432 is the Mercedes Original OE Part #

https://www.rexbo.eu/febi/shock-absorber-steering-1261
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:15 AM
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I changed my stabilus for Febi/Bilstein 01261. Old was totaly broken (oil leak).
Now is much much better. Car/steering wheel is more comfortable and stable on uneven roads.
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just tell them you have an '04 SLK and you will get the right parts.
I will be installing this steering damper tonight so i will post my findings as to weather it fixed the problem.
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I replaced mine because it was leaking, but the steering on mine still is very odd. When I come to a full stop on a road with a tilt, or a rut, the steering wheel pulls significantly. If I knew a good spot, I would catch a video of my wheel turning 90* when I let go at the last two seconds of full stop.
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I replaced mine because it was leaking, but the steering on mine still is very odd. When I come to a full stop on a road with a tilt, or a rut, the steering wheel pulls significantly. If I knew a good spot, I would catch a video of my wheel turning 90* when I let go at the last two seconds of full stop.

Brakes 'grabbing?

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Old 04-27-2017, 10:50 PM
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In this 26 pg thread I'm sure its been covered, but Mercedes dials in a lot of caster in the steering and depends on the dampner to even it all out. I have found different tires make a lot of difference I've found Continentals to be best yet. Had some front tires that wore out in 6000 miles Discount Tire said the " belts were wrapped wrong".. OK.
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I replaced mine because it was leaking, but the steering on mine still is very odd. When I come to a full stop on a road with a tilt, or a rut, the steering wheel pulls significantly. If I knew a good spot, I would catch a video of my wheel turning 90* when I let go at the last two seconds of full stop.
Mine is significantly reduced and I barely notice any "play" since making the following changes which collectively improved this:

New Febi steering stabiliser
Eibach pro kit lowering springs
Bilstien shortened performance shocks
Updated the brake discs and pads in case they OEM" units were "grabbing"
Always check tires are inflated to 32 and 33 PSI (front/back).

Car is so much better as a result. Keep in mind the car will react to the road differently owing to its dimension, large tires and the steering mechanism it comes with.

There definitely is a limit to the improvements one can make but that said they do make a massive difference.

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I finally got around to changing my Steering Dampner. It cost a bit more than I anticipated...I had to buy new 16mm combination wrench (20 piece Gearmaster ratcheting sat at Sears), then I had to buy a set of ramps, as I only had one jack stand. In the end, I couldn't drive the car up the ramps, so I jacked one side, put the ramp stand in place, then repeat for the other side. I had previously tried to remove the stabilizer without turning the wheel: We all know that that can't be done.
Anyway....task is complete. Here's the issue. The original unit is significantly stiffer than the new one. I bought the recommended Stabilus. As presumed, the original unit is also a Stabilus. I took photos of the important details...everyone knows what a used dampner looks like.



Any ideas why the original would be so stiff? What I mean is, I pulled open the new unit laying on my back under the car. I then tried to collapse the original one from the same position, and I couldn't do it. I had to stand up and brace it against my leg to close it. Opening is a challenge as well.

Regardless, I've swapped it out, and I'm not about to put it back in. But, I will keep the old unit for a while just for kicks.

I'll find out how she drives tomorrow.
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