R107 HANDLING UPGRADES
Take your R107’s handling into new territory
As the world’s leading SL specialist, we’ve tried all sorts of modifications to improve the handling of both the six- and eight-cylinder R107 variants, and if we had it our way, every single R107 should have this one improvement. Our anti-roll and drop-link upgrade will give your 107 cornering capabilities akin to a modern car. The turn-in and reduction in body roll will give you sharp handling and coupled with a finely adjusted steering box, you’ll be seeking out the corners.
Read what Nigel Thomas has to say about the difference it made to his 1988 300SL.
Are you creaking over bumps?
Cracked and leaking shock absorbers or split springs will result in a variety of acute and chronic issues such as poor handling and stopping power, putting yourself and other road users in danger. Replacing these components will not only improve safety, but also reduce unwanted noises and stop you from taking a detour to avoid speed bumps or gravel tracks.
Keeping the R107’s nose from ascending
By design the earlier R107 models from the pre-1986 era is well known for lifting at the front upon harsh acceleration. To reduce this, anti-squat bars mounted on shackles were implemented but over time these can perish. Replacing these will improve the way you accelerate and prevent the notorious ‘front-lift’.
Opt for a bigger tyre
It might be frowned upon by the purists but opting for a slightly bigger tyre can give a slightly more stable feeling on the road for some. The 215/65-15 (slightly bigger tyre and fatter in the wall) was only fitted to the 560SEC and provides more footprint on the road to offer a more planted feel.
Swapping out the steering wheel
The R107’s steering wheel is known for its large diameter reminiscent of the classic styling from whence it came. Opting for a smaller steering wheel such as those from the 124 or 201 can give offer a more direct feeling. This will also improve accessibility.
Big is better
As with all our SportLine commissions, bigger breaks offer you better stopping ability, while also improving economy and handling on A roads. We utilise vented discs across the front and the rear of our R107 commissions, improving the overall feel of your car during day-to-day driving. Performance breaks also allow for more aggressive breaking with guaranteed improved longevity.
Limited Slip Differential
For those with 300SLs, we will remove the casing of the differential and replace the internals with the components of a Limited Slip Differential. This will immensely improve traction and acceleration from standing and when at pace.
This is just a selection of the opportunities you have to improve the way your R107 handles. Speak to our SportLine team to discuss your specific needs and we can work with you and your budget to determine the best setup for your R107.