W204 How to increase the ride height?

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Got a C-Class 2008-W204-C200 Kompressor Sport model (AMG Appearance) on 17inch wheels. It’s ride height seems to be very low since I brought it. Not a being big fan of low ride height. Other C-Class in the same year seems to have high ride height when parked next to mine. Is there any way of increasing the ride height without damaging the car?

Thank you for your help in advance
 

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Spring change is the normal way. You may also need new dampers.
 

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Hello and welcome

Might be worth checking that it hasn’t been lowered by the previous owner.
 
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Hello and welcome

Might be worth checking that it hasn’t been lowered by the previous owner.

Thanks, but the old owner has changed his number. The car is comparable low with C-Class. It is definitely lowered chassis.
 

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If it is a Sport it will ride 15mm lower than the Elegance as standard so putting a set of standard springs and dampers should raise it up
 
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If it is a Sport it will ride 15mm lower than the Elegance as standard so putting a set of standard springs and dampers should raise it up

Thanks, it is a Sport so could I just buy ‘Elegance’ standard springs and dampers and fit it right?
 

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Thanks, it is a Sport so could I just buy ‘Elegance’ standard springs and dampers and fit it right?
Yes. You'll need to get it re-tracked as well as it will alter suspension geometry.

Finding the right spring combination could be difficult as there are more than a few combinations for some cars.
 

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Hi Guys,

Got a C-Class 2008-W204-C200 Kompressor Sport model (AMG Appearance) on 17inch wheels. It’s ride height seems to be very low since I brought it. Not a being big fan of low ride height. Other C-Class in the same year seems to have high ride height when parked next to mine. Is there any way of increasing the ride height without damaging the car?

Thank you for your help in advance


What's the tyre sizes ?
 
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Yes. You'll need to get it re-tracked as well as it will alter suspension geometry.

Finding the right spring combination could be difficult as there are more than a few combinations for some cars.
Cool, Thanks
 

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It may be as simple as getting some 18" AMG 7 spokes , the diameters are bigger but my experience and others of plus sizing is the difference is bigger due to tyre manufacturers varying widths and profiles to the stated size depending what they want the tyre to do .

Plus sizing = plus rising .
 

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It may be as simple as getting some 18" AMG 7 spokes , the diameters are bigger but my experience and others of plus sizing is the difference is bigger due to tyre manufacturers varying widths and profiles to the stated size depending what they want the tyre to do .

Plus sizing = plus rising .

What would be the point??? going from a 225/45 R17 to a 225/40 R18 (the correct size on the front of a W204) will only increase the height by 0.1", hardly the 15mm you get by putting the non sport suspension on, you would have to go to a 225/45 R18 to get a 12mm rise (25mm diameter increase) but you are then throwing the gearing out as the circumference has gone up by 4% and the max recommended increase or decrease is 2.5%
 

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What would be the point??? going from a 225/45 R17 to a 225/40 R18 (the correct size on the front of a W204) will only increase the height by 0.1", hardly the 15mm you get by putting the non sport suspension on, you would have to go to a 225/45 R18 to get a 12mm rise (25mm diameter increase) but you are then throwing the gearing out as the circumference has gone up by 4% and the max recommended increase or decrease is 2.5%


You can't apply maths when tyre widths and profiles are not accurate . They manipulate depending what they want the tyre to do .

What's the overall diameter difference between 205 55 16 and 235 45 17 ?
 

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You can't apply maths when tyre widths and profiles are not accurate. They manipulate depending what they want the tyre to do.

Yes you can, all based on standards in the industry, variations will occur depending on tyre shape and construction but they have to be manufactured to a small variance in order to comply with car manufacturers specs

What's the overall diameter difference between 205 55 16 and 235 45 17 ?

+1.6%
 

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