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Hey Guys !!

I just bought a 2016 Mercedes CLA250 4matic, and like everyone else in here, I want to start modifying it and start buying some new " stuff" you can say for it. After watching a lot of youtube videos about what to do first for your new car, a lot of those videos put having you change your coil overs as the first thing to do for your vehicle!
I watch a lot of FitmentIndustry videos on youtube too, and they were one of my biggest motivators to go for coil-overs as my first start to this journey that I really am looking forward to going on.

So now, here is where I turn to you guys for help. What type of Coilover should I do or get, and any suggestions or comments would be beneficial for me because, again, I am really excited about this.

THANK YOU :D #CLAGANG
 

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.....I watch a lot of FitmentIndustry videos on youtube too, and they were one of my biggest motivators to go for coil-overs as my first start....
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Welcome Fahmi :)
You may be the first to bring up this subject, Can you provide a link to the video, which impressed you the most?
 

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Welcome Fahmi :)
You may be the first to bring up this subject, Can you provide a link to the video, which impressed you the most?
haha, its one of the things that I am really confused about and want to get soo bad tbh !!!!
of courses though, the link is:
and this is a link of this gallery that gave me an idea of the lowering spring: 2018 Mercedes Benz Cla250 Verde Axis Godspeed Project | Fitment Industries
I posted the same question on Facebook
and a guy told me not to only because he wouldn't want to go cheap on his car but still told me also to do what I want.
 

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Hey Guys !!

I just bought a 2016 Mercedes CLA250 4matic, and like everyone else in here, I want to start modifying it and start buying some new " stuff" you can say for it. After watching a lot of youtube videos about what to do first for your new car, a lot of those videos put having you change your coil overs as the first thing to do for your vehicle!
I watch a lot of FitmentIndustry videos on youtube too, and they were one of my biggest motivators to go for coil-overs as my first start to this journey that I really am looking forward to going on.

So now, here is where I turn to you guys for help. What type of Coilover should I do or get, and any suggestions or comments would be beneficial for me because, again, I am really excited about this.

THANK YOU :D #CLAGANG
As some posters indicated, can't go wrong with KW, H&R or Bilsteins. They all cost about the same, EXPENSIVE. =)

Just curious,
Is it for the bragging rights? the looks? or just having the jarring ride which proves to yourself and your fans that you have a track ready suspension set up?

If you are really going to do it, research in your area who is a certified coil-over suspension specialist, and do the set up right. You don't want to end up with post-installation mechanical issues or a ride that end up being more dangerous than superior. There might be some other suspension components you would want to change out to match the coil-over set up, your professional installer can recommend everything.

Then there is the well known saying, "no matter what, you can never bend the laws of physics" , even with the excellent Bilstein coil-overs, drive safe or test the suspenson limits on the track.
 

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Fahmi, The '14 has a 4" ground clearance, giving us some issues on local driveways and also in snow. What do you figure your new ground clearance goal to be?
 

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Fahmi, The '14 has a 4" ground clearance, giving us some issues on local driveways and also in snow. What do you figure your new ground clearance goal to be?
Yeah, I scraped my CLA lower lip spoiler just 1 day after I picked it up from the dealership. Unerestimated how low the lower lip spoiler is.

Once you start going any lower than that, you literally have to drive on pristine roads , and avoid all parking lots with cement stop bars. your garage driveway better not be a sloped one either.
Honestly, a normally sprung Alfa romeo giuletta sport will run rings around the CLA setup with bilstein coilovers, without sacrificing on making the ride height too low.
The CG of the normally sport packaged CLA is already decently low, dropping it another 0.5-1 ", ain't gonna make the CLA handle significantly better. Lowering a car is, IMHO, just for the looks if you are not tracking it.
 

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As some posters indicated, can't go wrong with KW, H&R, or Bilsteins. They all cost about the same, EXPENSIVE. =)

Just curious,
Is it for the bragging rights? the looks? or just having the jarring ride which proves to yourself and your fans that you have a track-ready suspension set up?

If you are really going to do it, research in your area who is a certified coil-over suspension specialist, and do the set upright. You don't want to end up with post-installation mechanical issues or a ride that ends up being more dangerous than superior. There might be some other suspension components you would want to change out to match the coil-over setup, your professional installer can recommend everything.

Then there is the well known saying, "no matter what, you can never bend the laws of physics", even with the excellent Bilstein coil-overs, drive safe or test the suspension limits on the track.
So, the reason I'm going with suspensions is that I want a nicer look on my car, a lower look as well to kind of eliminate the gap between the tire and the fender I believe is what its called, and of course just a better ride. I am not trying to brag or anything, to be honest, this is all for me and to feel better about the car and of course like for people to see my car looking nice too. I feel like I contradicted myself haha.
I understand though and I appreciate your thoughts and concerns about how I should take it to a professional for the sake of myself and my car, and I know I will do that because I want the best out of this, no mechanical issues at all.
but now I am confused with should I go with a Coilover or just some lowering springs.
 

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Fahmi, The '14 has a 4" ground clearance, giving us some issues on local driveways and also in the snow. What do you figure your new ground clearance goal to be?
when you say '14 do you mean the year of my car? because I have a 2016 :)
but I live in Chicago which in the wintertime the snow here sucks
and I just want the car to be lowered nicely but not super low to the ground where every single rock, pebble, and bump would mess my car up
 

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Yeah, I scraped my CLA lower lip spoiler just 1 day after I picked it up from the dealership. Unerestimated how low the lower lip spoiler is.

Once you start going any lower than that, you literally have to drive on pristine roads , and avoid all parking lots with cement stop bars. your garage driveway better not be a sloped one either.
Honestly, a normally sprung Alfa romeo giuletta sport will run rings around the CLA setup with bilstein coilovers, without sacrificing on making the ride height too low.
The CG of the normally sport packaged CLA is already decently low, dropping it another 0.5-1 ", ain't gonna make the CLA handle significantly better. Lowering a car is, IMHO, just for the looks if you are not tracking it.
I agree I don't want to be scrapping my car everytime as soon as I start driving it, because the roads here aren't all the pristine just like you said. I also have this little kind of bump when I pull up to my driveway and if I have a very lowered car ill be scrapping it every time I get home and leave which I don't want.
so should I just get some 19" tires and wheels, slam them on there to cover the gap or what?
 

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Right, the spec ground clearance for the 2014 model year is 4"
Your '16 is probably close to that - you should check.
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What will be your new ground clearance After your mods? We are having issues at 4" and we are just trying to caution you - especially in Chicago! :unsure:
 

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I agree I don't want to be scrapping my car everytime as soon as I start driving it, because the roads here aren't all the pristine just like you said. I also have this little kind of bump when I pull up to my driveway and if I have a very lowered car ill be scrapping it every time I get home and leave which I don't want.
so should I just get some 19" tires and wheels, slam them on there to cover the gap or what?
I think you just don't want to see any gap... period. Well, that is really the slammed look... you can't want to have your cake all the time and eat it as well...

If the small gap bothers you, then drop the suspension until the wheel rubs the well.

But no, slamming the car with 19" wheels ain't gonna change the ride height; don't think it will do much illusion effect as well. A gap is a gap, no matter what you try to dress it up with.

Pick your priority, and what realistic driving characteristics you are willing to accept and not willing to accept.
 

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Right, the spec ground clearance for the 2014 model year is 4"
Your '16 is probably close to that - you should check.
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What will be your new ground clearance After your mods? We are having issues at 4" and we are just trying to caution you - especially in Chicago! :unsure:
I totally understand and I am very appreciative of you helping me out 💪
I just did the research on my car's ground clearance and to be exact its 3.9 inches off the ground which is very slightly below the 4 inches we were discussing.
I really don't know how much lower I can go then without scrapping it on every rock or pebble.
so do you think I should cover the gap by getting like 19" wheels instead?
 

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I totally understand and I am very appreciative of you helping me out 💪
I just did the research on my car's ground clearance and to be exact its 3.9 inches off the ground which is very slightly below the 4 inches we were discussing.
I really don't know how much lower I can go then without scrapping it on every rock or pebble.
so do you think I should cover the gap by getting like 19" wheels instead?
I just read Mav238 post and never mind it is not the solution then :(
 

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I think you just don't want to see any gap... period. Well, that is really the slammed look... you can't want to have your cake all the time and eat it as well...

If the small gap bothers you, then drop the suspension until the wheel rubs the well.

But no, slamming the car with 19" wheels ain't gonna change the ride height; don't think it will do much illusion effect as well. A gap is a gap, no matter what you try to dress it up with.

Pick your priority, and what realistic driving characteristics you are willing to accept and not willing to accept.
thank you for the honest opinion, and help of course
but I understand. so then for lowering my car what do you think I should do about that ?
so you are right I don't like seeing a huge gap where they wheel is, and I am thinking about getting wheels and tires first, im debating between 18" or 19" wheels and rims then after that ill get some suspensions but not knowing they wont make a difference with the gap then I need something to kinda lower my car a bit to delete as much of the Gap as possible but not scrap my car along the way.
 

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thank you for the honest opinion, and help of course
but I understand. so then for lowering my car what do you think I should do about that ?
so you are right I don't like seeing a huge gap where they wheel is, and I am thinking about getting wheels and tires first, im debating between 18" or 19" wheels and rims then after that ill get some suspensions but not knowing they wont make a difference with the gap then I need something to kinda lower my car a bit to delete as much of the Gap as possible but not scrap my car along the way.
If you are going to mod the car to your hearts content eventually, then I say go with 19" wheels or even better 20" wheels. It will be more of a "show car" look, rather than for daily driving pleasure.

Go with the H&R springs + B8 shocks. It will give you ther "dropped" look you are looking for.
 

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be prepared to have the ride suffer if you go up to 19-20 inch wheels as well as lowered suspension imo as the loss of tire wall will kill your ride quality but it will handle better ,it all depends on what you want looks or ride comfort
 

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If you are going to mod the car to your hearts content eventually, then I say go with 19" wheels or even better 20" wheels. It will be more of a "show car" look, rather than for daily driving pleasure.

Go with the H&R springs + B8 shocks. It will give you ther "dropped" look you are looking for.
so I would rather 19" so I can at least drive it properly, without having my rides feeling like shit you know, I want that show car feel but its my daily car so ill stick with the 19" ones.
but for the suspensions, you say go with those ? they'll give me that dropped look but they wont slam my car all the way to the ground right ?
 

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be prepared to have the ride suffer if you go up to 19-20 inch wheels as well as lowered suspension imo as the loss of tire wall will kill your ride quality but it will handle better ,it all depends on what you want looks or ride comfort
so im still thinking 19" but your saying that will ruin my ride ? what about 18" is that as good as the 19" when it comes to variety of wheels? and the lowering thing I am starting to think about getting an affordable coilover becasue ill get to control how low it goes, I don't want it slammed but I want it a little low to cover that gap and a better ride, control-wise.
 
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