Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: NE Texas
Vehicle: '01 SLK320 6 speed manual
Other Toys: Modified Cessna 140, 300E 5 speed manual
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Yes, I have learned over the years, that on almost ALL production cars, if you are going to make only ONE handling modification, adding or stiffening the rear sway bar is the one to make. It takes out some of the ever present understeer.
I still haven't taken delivery of my car, but from what I've read, I fully expect that it will have no rear sway bar. I will get one in one way or the other. From what I've been able to determine there are studs for the upper bar mounts. Hopefully a bolt can be inserted from the top and tacked in place. Failing that I will remove the rear suspension as attached to the subframe and weld or other wise fix up the upper mount.
All the pictures I can receive underneath an R170 with a rear sway bar mounted, will be helpful.
I'll know more once I got my new baby home and on the lift.
BTW, I fully expect the 00-03 rear bar to be the correct shape and configuration for the earlier R170 cars.