Join Date: Sep 2017
Vehicle: 05 SLK55 & 06 Kleemann 55K S8
Other Toys: 335Xi (modded) Suzuki GSXR1000
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SLK55 Coil overs
So I am not too impressed with the suspension on my SLK55. I had test drove a car that had the Black suspension setup on it and it was very nice. My car has 83k miles and I know the suspension is tired. The front struts were replaced 25k miles ago, but I am still not impressed with them. I am replacing control arms up front too. So, with that said I have searched here and not found too much about suspension upgrades.
I am looking to go Bilstein as they have a good reputation and the price isn't nuts. Has anyone used the B16 (PSS9) in their car or rode in an SLK with them in? Bilstein says you can use them in a 55, but also lists the same ones for the other models. I don't really want to put down the cash for the KW V3 ($3k) as this is just a fun car. I was looking at the V1, but they say it is for the SLK350 on down. H&R are too low, but they also say they fit all models.
So I have it narrowed down to the B16, B14 and the KW V1. The B14 is a non-adjustable B16, but I am worried they may not be optimal for the 55 and the adjustable compression damping on the B16 might help. For $400 less though, it would be nice to go with the B14 since everything else is the same. So, does anyone have some input on these 3 options?