Hello everyone. I come seeking your counsel and experience with regard to suspension issues on my 2000 SLK 200(k). Before posting I have read through forums both here and elsewhere on the web. Whilst I have gleaned some "general" information, my search has not given me enough confidence on what to do next.
My challenge is as follows - my cars suspension and driving dynamics have put me to the point of considering selling and buying something "regular". The ride over cobblestone pathways for example is actually quite acceptable. However, uneven spots on roads (think patchwork repairs) cause the rear end to get thrown up to the point that I get thrown off my seat. Also, at speed the car feels nervous - tends to follow road imperfections readily. Which makes it quite tiring to drive long distances.
I realise that the car has a short wheelbase and has also been lowered (by the previous owner), but still the ride seems to be too extreme for a Mercedes. Through a process a trying to change things I have had suspension components checked (and re-checked) to change out bushings, one swing arm, the front trailing arm, and also installed Bilstein B4s at all corners. The Bilsteins helped somewhat, but overall the ride is still unacceptable.
While I had the alignment checked and "corrected" previously, this week I asked for it to be checked and for a print out. Turns out the camber is excessive and so is the front toe-in (read out attached). I suspect that the camber has always been excessive and that they didn't think it could/should be fixed. I assume the camber issue is due to the lowering - which btw results in a wheel center to wheel arch top height of 30.5 cms front and back (got more pictures here).
My theory to get things sorted is to do the following - install Eibach pro-kit which I think will be better than whatever is in there now (not able to determine this by looking at the springs). This way it's still lowered, but at least on springs that are supposed to have a decent ride. Also for front camber/caster to install camber bolts and for the rear to install the adjustable arms. With this I think the ride could/should be better in terms of comfort and handling.
1. In general is a lowered SLK always going to be the way mine is or do I really have a problem?
2. If I do have a problem - is my approach of new springs + camber adjustment going to rectify (within reason) the issue? Especially the nervous handling?
3. Am I just overthinking it and missed out on something else?
Thank you for your patience with reading such a long post and for any inputs you can provide.