Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Newburgh, NY
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 300 w/ AMG package
Other Toys: 2 VW TDIs / 2001 Triumph Bonneville
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New Bilstein B8 struts - what a difference!
My 09 came with the AMG sport suspension and when I bought it 2 years ago w/ ~32k miles, I could tell it was under dampened. A year later, one strut was leaking so I started working on replacements (not easy to find a set of B8s!!!). I planned to install them over the winter, but spent the time working on my garage (insulating) - this year the struts were noticeably worse with 5k miles. Last weekend I figured a had a little spare time so I swapped them in with new mounts. Wow - amazing improvement! These are what the car should have come with from the factory. The originals were Delphi 22215322. I have a rear pair on order (hopefully!) as I was unable to find any last year. We'll see.
These were some of the easiest struts I've replaced - little tricky compressing due to the extremely short springs. I have a Branick 7600 and it would max out just before fully releasing the nut.