self leveling problems

got a busted shock in my 87 300td wagon and , instead of relacing it, im going to replace both rear shocks with regular shocks and disable the hydrallic. anyone else ever done this ?

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That is if you don't mind the 'sagging' end when loaded. Don't be too cheap with Mercedes-Benz cars. If you cannot afford the shock, well, there's always lovely Chevrolet Caprice station wagon with all of cheap parts in abundance at the junkyard...
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I've seen posts in the NG in the past where folks have replaced the system with Bilstein shocks and seem to be content. I do seem recall, however, that whether you replace the system with shocks or repair it with original you need to replace the springs. These are usually worn by now and if you do not replace them your "new" suspension will be shot in a couple of years.
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Ditto... sagging springs will cause the hydropneumatic shock to fail because the shock is doing more duty to keep the car level.
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