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I am new to SlkWorld & new to driving the SLK350.
Last December I purchased a 2008 SLK 350. The roads here are punshing for such a car so I have set out to ensure the machine is roadworthy so as to enjoy the what she is designed to do.
As the original 17" wheels where beaten to death I instaal 18x9 on the rear and 18x8 on the front and from recommendations from your forums put ContiSportContact 3 all round.

My next job is the suspension, front struts need to be changed as there is evidence of damage. I also want to look at the rear shock absorbers.

In the city the main roads are good but once off of these you have to take care.
At present the car is wonderful to drive but given the above what do you guys recommend

Mike
 

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Hi Mike - if the roads are (still!! ) that bad there, I would have kept with 17" wheels. On 18" the ride will be a lot harsher, and also, the lack of additional "cushioning" from the higher profile tyres could cause more stress on the running gear.
 

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Mike,
I'm getting ready to put Bilstein's all around (B6 HD) so I'll let you know how they work out. To be frank I don't expect the softness of the ride to improve, but they should last significantly longer than the OEM's. I have 16" wheels, so I have as much rubber "cushion" as I can get. :)
 

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Hi Mike - if the roads are (still!! ) that bad there, I would have kept with 17" wheels. On 18" the ride will be a lot harsher, and also, the lack of additional "cushioning" from the higher profile tyres could cause more stress on the running gear.
That actually never occured to me Thanks
 

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Bilestein B6 HD

Mike,
I'm getting ready to put Bilstein's all around (B6 HD) so I'll let you know how they work out. To be frank I don't expect the softness of the ride to improve, but they should last significantly longer than the OEM's. I have 16" wheels, so I have as much rubber "cushion" as I can get. :)
I have read a Thread from slk350ncls63 on the same subject. Looks like the bits I need. Anybody know the part numbers for my car??
 

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Mike,
Bilstein has recently changed the part #'s here in the States. These are the HD Series (Used to be B6). They also have a B4 OEM style series as well as a B8 Series made for lowering springs. I do not have the Sport Suspension (Your Datacard will tell you) , and I have ordered the following:

Front:
Part Number: BIL 35-113430
Item: 36mm Monotube Strut Assembly
Fits: 2006 MERCEDES-BENZ SLK280 Base


Rear:
Part Number: BIL 24-113441
Item: 36mm Monotube Shock Absorber
Fits: 2006 MERCEDES-BENZ SLK280 Base

The web site I ordered from says that your car will use the same parts. TIFWIW : http://www.ajusa.com/Bilstein-Monotube-Shock-Absorbers-and-Struts-c2ddev30c7q67a9.html
 
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