Join Date: Jul 2015
Vehicle: 2001 SLK320
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Not trying to muddy the waters, but I remember reading here some time ago that some of these items were no longer available, but what I don’t recall is if that was for R170 or R171, If the one for the bars were unavailable the standard one becomes the replacement, but it would be odd to put the wrong part number sticker on it.
For M-B to not keep such a low volume part after so long would be unsurprising. To do another small batch , find the tool, create the order, clean tool, get correct material grade, start machine, turn off machine minutes later,,,,,,, is pretty unlikely.
Mercedes has remarkable part supply for old models.
Is there any way you can cut the hole accurately in the standard piece?