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Replacement grill without star

Recently purchased an after market grill. Seller advised the original star can be transferred. Has anyone had any luck changing theirs out? The YouTube videos shows old grill just popping right out. There is also a video of the star being removed by turning it to left. That's hasn't worked either. Please respond if you know the secrets to these.
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Just replaced the grill in our R170. The original was brittle, and a numbers the mounting table broken off when we purchased it and I cracked it further when I bumped into it when working under the hood. Although I came across some listings for grills without stars, I purchased an OEM grill with the star. Thinking I would keep the original star before disposing of the grill, I couldn't see a way of removing it easily. Got it out by breaking the old grill apart.

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I believe there is a copyright issue with some of the 3rd party aftermarket grilles in that they cannot sell on the grille with a star. On some adverts the star is actually obscured or blurred out.

When I looked out for Silkie's replacement grille I also noticed that some greedy breakers split the grille and star to sell them both separately - often at spiteful prices! I hung on till the grille I wanted became available and bought that. Mine was used, but perfect. I fitted it in under 15 mins. I didn't try to get the old star off as I wanted to keep the OEM grille intact.

Incidentally, you can also adapt a W209 (CLK) grille to suit an R170 so that may be worth looking for too, although you do have to modify the grille a little to make it fit. There are 'how-to' guides on the steps involved on SLKWorld (also available on other MB-oriented forums....)

Good luck on your search for a star!
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I replaced my grill recently. There was absolutely no problem with removing the emblem and transferring it to the new grill! There are six lugs holding it in place. Tap each lug gently with a broad centre-punch. Prise from the front, too. Slight anti-clockwise rotation of the emblem will help. It should easily come out? Is your new grill a three-bar type? I added an extra bar to the top by attaching some aluminium angle to the front edge of the bonnet and then sticking some chrome styling strip of matching width to the grill bars. It looks greta and "finished"!! I'll attach some photos soon, of other improvements ("Depo" headlights and wind-deflector (illuminated) + other mods)

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... other improvements ("Depo" headlights and wind-deflector (illuminated) + other mods)
When looking for aftermarket headlights do check that the lights are fully approved for UK roads. I bought some crystal lights last year that the seller assured me were approved for UK but when they arrived they had an E-marking for The Netherlands and so the beam pattern wasn't right for UK roads. My MOT tester confirmed that these would then fail a UK MOT.

You may want to read this site to see what to look for
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Well it has just passed it's M.O.T. with those headlights fitted .... Maybe I've just been lucky. I suppose that I could open the headlights and cut away the bulb surround?. Then I could alter the beam angle for our roads and re-glue the surround? At the moment, I've got my new M.O.T. and I haven't even checked how the "Depo" headlights perform. I hardly ever use the car at night, so I'm unaware of any problem.

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Grill changed!!!! Easy

Ok.....had a few minutes today and managed to change out the new grill. There were a couple of tabs that was holding old gril in. I had some of the orange plastic tools used for interior trim so I slipped one under the old grill and was able to release it from a couple of tabs. Took it into the house and was able to remove the star from old grill and put into new grill from 55 Tech. Reinstalled new grill with no problems. Looks great!! Took the car for fuel and a little cruise.
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I just received and installed my new grill.
I ordered my off Ebay and luckly noticed that certain sellers do not include the star.
You have to read the entire ebay ad closely. Mine was $150 including the star.

Also, the two lower tabs are a snug fit. Yes, use a plastic tool or small screwdriver to remove/install but just slide it in.............dont twist the screwdriver/plastic tool. The grill is solid plastic and will crack easily.
PS-if you can't see the two lower tabs, their location is directly below the two upper tabs on either side of the star.
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