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Alustyle roof bars

I've never seen these before.. Must have been living under a rock, or maybe in an ice cave.






















Looks like it mid $700 and 450 quid in the UK..

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ah small note.. Basic carrier bars can only be fitted where code 726 (pre-installation for carrier system) is included at time vehicle is ordered. If vehicle is not fitted with pre-installation (code 726), this can be retrofitted by a Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.

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726 Preparation for roof carrying system 59.57 70.00 In UK Pounds
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B67812108 < is that it?
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ah small note.. Basic carrier bars can only be fitted where code 726 (pre-installation for carrier system) is included at time vehicle is ordered. If vehicle is not fitted with pre-installation (code 726), this can be retrofitted by a Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.

whatever that is..

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726 Preparation for roof carrying system 59.57 70.00 In UK Pounds
Yep - I've got the retro-fit guide, and 70gbp sounds about right - it's a damned nice system, saw one in person on an SLK for the first time last week. Basically the "kit" is new external "A" arm covers, and a couple of internal fittings.

Ken - Don't have the part numbers with me at work, I'll shoot them to you when I get home.



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B67812108 < is that it?
Yes, the basic carrier alustyle has this particular part number, then you have another systems such that one for your bag carrier - B6 664 8220 and for the surf borders B6 684 8447

This extras exist since the last trimester of 2004.
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Yep - I've got the retro-fit guide, and 70gbp sounds about right - it's a damned nice system, saw one in person on an SLK for the first time last week. Basically the "kit" is new external "A" arm covers, and a couple of internal fittings.

Ken - Don't have the part numbers with me at work, I'll shoot them to you when I get home.
Hi UK-C200
I saw you made a post about the retro-fit guide for the Alustyle roof carrier system. Would you be able to send me the details? (parts required, likely cost if you know it? and the guide itself it you have it?)

I have just ordered a used slk and have asked the dealer to do the retro-fit. (as long as its not outrageous). Have just been told that it requires "major work that could compromise the safety of the vehicle and would be exhorbitantly expensive" which kind of feels at variance with the rather casual statement in the brochure that it is "available as a retro-fit - please ask your dealer". I'm assuming it doesn't knacker the re-sale value of the car and may be the only way to get my bike into it!!

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Hi UK-C200
I saw you made a post about the retro-fit guide for the Alustyle roof carrier system. Would you be able to send me the details? (parts required, likely cost if you know it? and the guide itself it you have it?)

I have just ordered a used slk and have asked the dealer to do the retro-fit. (as long as its not outrageous). Have just been told that it requires "major work that could compromise the safety of the vehicle and would be exhorbitantly expensive" which kind of feels at variance with the rather casual statement in the brochure that it is "available as a retro-fit - please ask your dealer". I'm assuming it doesn't knacker the re-sale value of the car and may be the only way to get my bike into it!!

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Hey Richard -

First off, welcome to the forum from London! Dealers are surprising unhelpful sometimes - it's a trival bit of work, and you'd think they would want it.

Basically you have to install new A pillar exteriors that have the cut-outs for the carriers. I don't have the part numbers with me at work, I'll dig them up tonight. WIS install instructions are copyright MB, so post a few more times, and shoot me a PM with your email address.

MSRP on the pillars is $127us (each), and they would need to be painted to match the car. I can't imagine it would impact the value of the car, and you could always pop the old ones back on!


EDITED : Ok, managed to get it in! ;-)



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This page also shows the fix point on the top of the A pillar, it has been around since 07 I think not 100%

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I've never seen these before.. Must have been living under a rock, or maybe in an ice cave.
This is because they're not sold in the USA and concurrently not shown in any USA accessory brochures for SLK.

WIS procedure AN77.50-P-1000V, "Retrofit roof rack mounting," is applicable.

Note that A-pillar covers are replaced and this requires painting.

I suspect you'll require an especially helpful dealer or else use Euro sources for obtaining the retrofit kit and then the racks themselves. My favorite Euro source is http://www.speed-autoteile.com
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Hi John thanks for that

Let me get this straight. You only need to get them to get some decorative strips to replace the ones which are already fitted? (with either the K or L depending on what you already have?). And these are bolted on or removeable in some way without cutting, welding or whatever? (and can therefore be put back into the original condition if required?

I have a deal with them that says they will do it "at cost" and it may be they just don't want to do it and are making excuses. But if you have a set of intructions or something with pics that shows it being done that may help. I'll hit them again in any case tomorrow.

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Hey Richard -

First off, welcome to the forum from London! Dealers are surprising unhelpful sometimes - it's a trival bit of work, and you'd think they would want it.

Basically you have to install new A pillar exteriors that have the cut-outs for the carriers. I don't have the part numbers with me at work, I'll dig them up tonight. WIS install instructions are copyright MB, so post a few more times, and shoot me a PM with your email address.

MSRP on the pillars is $127us (each), and they would need to be painted to match the car. I can't imagine it would impact the value of the car, and you could always pop the old ones back on!


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Well, it's a bit more complicated that just pulling the covers, but not much. The "A" pillar covers are held in place by 2 bolts and 4 clips, so you remove the bolts and "wedge" the clips loose.

After you've got the cover removed, you will pop-rivet a bracket to the "A" frame member on both sides, seal it to make it waterproof, and then bolt & clip the new "A" pillar covers in place.

It's not 100% clear which cars need to bracket and which don't - I suspect it's safe to say any us spec car will need the bracket. It's 13GBP for both of 'em here in the UK, and they come as part of the retrofit kit if you order the entire kit.


Take the WIS document number that Kent posted (AN77.50-P-1000V) and have them look that up, it should give them a good reference point, and includes the estimated labor times.

While I've never done it, it really does not look that hard at all - and as has been mentioned numerous times before, it's a standard dealer option on this side of the pond...



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This is really interesting. Is there enough clearance on the bars so that the roof can still retract?
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This is really interesting. Is there enough clearance on the bars so that the roof can still retract?
No way.

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You can only mount a roof rack on vehicles that have covers on the front roof pillars and reinforced rear wheel arches.

Only use the roof rack when basic carrier bars are fitted. The left and right rails are only stabilised by the basic carrier bars being fitted.

An incorrectly secured roof rack or load could work loose from the vehicle and thereby cause an accident. Follow the roof rack manufacturer's installation instructions and special instructions for use.

The roof load raises the vehicle's centre of gravity, thereby affecting vehicle handling. You must observe the maximum roof load of 50 kg. Always adapt your driving style to the prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions and drive with particular care if the roof is laden.

Mercedes-Benz recommends that you only use roof rack systems which have been tested and approved for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. This helps to prevent damage to the vehicle.

Position the load on the roof rack in such a way that the vehicle will not sustain damage even when it is in motion.

Do not open the roof if a roof rack is fitted. You will otherwise damage the roof.

Leave the boot separator in the boot open for protection.

Make sure that you can open the boot lid completely.

Only use the roof rack when the roof is closed. The roof rack or the load could endanger the occupants of the vehicle when the roof is open.
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So did anybody in the US have this done?
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Good afternoon, I would like to introduce myself, Andrea from Italy. Only 1 year ago I was lucky enough to be able to buy my second hand SLK 200 R171. I am about to leave for a very long road trip to Lihuania first and then to England and I want to install the alustyle bars with the container...
I was just wondering if anyone who has installed the bars on a car that had to be modified for the installation, has had issues while driving (noise, etc...).
I would be grateful for any information you may give me.
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Would be interested in seeing pictures of car which has roof-rack fitted (how/where the rear of rack is attached)

Also what car looks like without rack fitted. Front in particular what the cover looks like.

Also how much did dealer charge to retro fit (if in UK which dealer did you use, and how long ago).

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