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Any way, sorry to bug You again about SLC43's....
Apart from Your impression on AMG Ride Control, which is tempting Me to add this £995 option...
(...and the body coloured mirrors)
During Your short time of SLC43 ownership, what extra options do You have or would recommend..??

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Thanks for the message - I have moved your (anonymised) questions and my responses to a forum topic as I think others might be interested. (I hope it doesn't encourage people to place orders before you and usurp you!)


AMG Ride control is great and I'm glad I bought it - but I can't compare it to the regular suspension directly, which I remember as being very thumpy compared to my 2006SLK350.
There are three settings, comfort, (which I prefer (I am a road user not a track user) ), sport and sport +


AMG Ride Control Suspension is only usable in the Dynamic Select settings. You can't cycle through the suspension settings by itself.
There is one customisable Dynamic Select program in addition to the four basic ones and I have it set to Sport Drivetrain with Sport steering and comfort Suspension. It is significantly less jumpy than the sport suspension setting or the sport+ suspension setting, particularly with speed bumps.


Incidentally, the Sport+ Dynamic Select program just sounds ridiculous around town - great engine/exhaust note but in addition to the constant over-revving "sounds like you need to change gear" sound, the double declutching causes an embarrassing over-revving of the engine on slowing down at traffic lights etc for EVERY gear down change until standstill. It is good on non urban roads however as the car is most responsive and the exhaust/engine tone is great and enhances the experience as the double declutched revving is not as prominent or in other users face as at traffic lights!


Great tip: set it to Sport + mode with Ignition switch to position 2 PRIOR to starting the car for an amazing roar on engine fire-up! You can see heads turn with a "what was THAT" look!


I couldn't get my dealer to order the 70l fuel tank (A big regret - it is quite thirsty at about the same as my SLK350 which had a 70l tank so I need to refuel more often, and supposedly 98RON fuel is better so harder to shop around on a reduced range. (I have been using Tesco Momentum99). It should be £95 ish for the 70l and I would definitely have wanted this if I could have,


Similarly, body coloured door mirrors - the dealer "couldn't" (Wouldn't trouble themselves??) to sort this and, like the failed 70l fuel tank, only told me after the cut-off date for speccing the car. I have grown to like the gloss black but as a no-cost option prefer the body colour unless you go for Night Pack.


A regret: Black Nappa leather seats. They are lovely - proper soft leather unlike the full "hard" leather I got for my 2006 SLK350, but the stitching is white (Including the door panels) which doesn't suit my red car so much as the standard Dinamica/Nappa with red contrast stitching would have. Plus, the SLC43 AMG steering wheel has dinamica hand grips which feel nice, so I may as well have had it on the seats and saved £895


The panoramic roof is nice for £410 but that is a personal choice. The UK summer has been so hot and the car unbearable to sit in in any case when you first get in if you don't put the roof down so can't tell how much of it is due to that, but the roof goes straight down anyway!


Don't get the Air Guide unless you love the "futuristic" look. I got a polycarbonate one from eBay and love it. It fits directly into the OEM mesh slots, so no drill holes (I must photograph it and post about it properly!)


The chrome bonnet fins look AWESOME and are the most commented feature people point out and love about the car, not even knowing that I added them myself!


DO get the SmartTop! I fitted it on the day my car arrived.
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To avoid decision making, I just ordered everything from Magic Sky to wheel locks, with the exception of silver seat belts which sounded tacky. Dunno what they cost if anything. Did get the free mirror-colored body. Best of all, paid for in full.

I can play "Marching to Pretoria" in 4/4 time on the exhausts with judicious use of the loud pedal, brakes, and paddles. Entertains the people on a long stretch of sidewalk cafes and bars in Plano, TX.
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SLKomatic what color did you order? We are gonna need to do a Texas/south central US meet up and cruise sometime this fall once temps arent so flaming hot.
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SLKomatic what color did you order? We are gonna need to do a Texas/south central US meet up and cruise sometime this fall once temps arent so flaming hot.
Diamond silver. Bluish. Nearest I could get to my old Silver Mist 350 which everyone loved the color of, a tad lighter. Nice change from everyday silver. People love it. Gets all the girls. MB web site doesn't do it justice so don't go by that.

Just missed it! The Fort Worth MBCA club had a meet-up of Houston and San Tone sections last spring. Met a lot of crazies there, great time. Went to Gruene and New Braunfels. Maybe they'll do it again. Thinking of a 3-4 day solo trip to Austin this fall. Will be at Circuit of The Americas Dec. 6 for the AMG Performance Academy.

Houston had a regional meet in Centerville but it was the weekend I bent two wheels and didn't go.
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AMG performance academy you say? I need to get signed up for that if it isnt too late. As for color, I prefer brilliant blue (although piedmont green from the E class wouldve been my #1 choice if it werent $10,000 extra to order the car in that color).

OT: Thanks for the informative list. I doubt I'll be in sport+ except on empty back roads and at the track. City driving in sport+ with the loud exhaust smacks of youngsters and their "fart can muffler" 'customization'.
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AMG performance academy you say? I need to get signed up for that if it isnt too late. As for color, I prefer brilliant blue (although piedmont green from the E class wouldve been my #1 choice if it werent $10,000 extra to order the car in that color).

OT: Thanks for the informative list. I doubt I'll be in sport+ except on empty back roads and at the track. City driving in sport+ with the loud exhaust smacks of youngsters and their "fart can muffler" 'customization'.
I got on the waiting list for Dec. 6 but got accepted pretty quick. Tip: you can get on the waiting list for multiple days to increase your odds (I called and asked). If I die you can have my place. I'll have my people make some calls.

Yup, I'm just a youngster. Mostly for my own amusement. Getting my money's worth. But I don't take off fast in traffic and such.
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RE: AMG in Dec -I checked their website but only saw dates up until October 6th. Am I doing it wrong?

Oh and dont get me wrong if you like the sport+ over revving, enjoy it! It obviously has a better sound, and is tuned by a proper performance division instead of being a bolt-on coffee can. I am quite certain I will spend mlst of my time in individual mode with the settings at sport settings for engine and transmission for acceleration, but comfort suspension and quiet exhaust.

What I still cant wrap my head around is why the SLC and a lot of other newer MBs have fake tailpipes. Like... how hard would it have been to extent the pipe exiting the muffler and connect it directly to the exhaust tips?? It looks patently absurd when you look underneath and see a gap between the muffler exit pipe and the "chrome exhaust", which are just sort of floating out in limbo, attached to the bumper cover.

I may have a shop manufacture a pipe that properly connects them, if it doesnt screw up the exhaust note too much.
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Don't get the Air Guide unless you love the "futuristic" look. I got a polycarbonate one from eBay and love it. It fits directly into the OEM mesh slots, so no drill holes (I must photograph it and post about it properly!)
Hi,

Apologies for the thread drift, but your comment above intrigued me, and I suspect a few others. Would be really interested to have your objective and unbiased opinion on your e-bay aftermarket wind deflector plus some photos.

I really don't like the standard mesh one - it always seems to be out when I want it in and conversely in when it would be better out!

My thinking is that a polycarbonate one would just clip in and stay there all the time, saving the twisting around clipping and unclipping the thing.

Also the ones from this site sponsor Windrestrictor, which look really great, have two drawbacks. First the price in the UK once shipping and duty are taken care of. Secondly adding the extra bracket could be classed as a "modification" in the eyes of M-B, not a good idea when the car is still under the manufacturer's warranty. Debatable but not a discussion I really want to be having with the dealership.

One further question, have you noticed reflections from the dash when driving at night?

Anyone else used the e-bay ones which clip into the standard slots?

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RE: AMG in Dec -I checked their website but only saw dates up until October 6th. Am I doing it wrong?
I see Dec. 6 thru 9 available for waiting list for Austin. No earlier dates. Dunno, try again.
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Hi,

Apologies for the thread drift, but your comment above intrigued me, and I suspect a few others. Would be really interested to have your objective and unbiased opinion on your e-bay aftermarket wind deflector plus some photos.

I really don't like the standard mesh one - it always seems to be out when I want it in and conversely in when it would be better out!

My thinking is that a polycarbonate one would just clip in and stay there all the time, saving the twisting around clipping and unclipping the thing.

Also the ones from this site sponsor Windrestrictor, which look really great, have two drawbacks. First the price in the UK once shipping and duty are taken care of. Secondly adding the extra bracket could be classed as a "modification" in the eyes of M-B, not a good idea when the car is still under the manufacturer's warranty. Debatable but not a discussion I really want to be having with the dealership.

One further question, have you noticed reflections from the dash when driving at night?

Anyone else used the e-bay ones which clip into the standard slots?

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To avoid decision making, I just ordered everything from Magic Sky to wheel locks, with the exception of silver seat belts which sounded tacky. Dunno what they cost if anything. Did get the free mirror-colored body. Best of all, paid for in full.

I can play "Marching to Pretoria" in 4/4 time on the exhausts with judicious use of the loud pedal, brakes, and paddles. Entertains the people on a long stretch of sidewalk cafes and bars in Plano, TX.

Haha, impressive!!

I just love the sound in Sport+, I have my individual mode set with Sport+ engine with comfort suspension - living in London I'm in traffic a lot but just can't get enough of the brass band, pops, gurgles and even the over-revving on deceleration. Wish I could just have the Sport+ sound in all modes - especially Comfort for traffic / bumpy London roads.
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Wish I could just have the Sport+ sound in all modes - especially Comfort for traffic / bumpy London roads.
Same here. Drove a GT R at Circuit of the Americas last Thursday, AMG Performance Driving class. It has a console button for the baffles. There's your solution! But serially, I keep looking for a mod to do the same in an SLC 43.

Hearing four GT Rs passing by the pit area was quite a treat!
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WOW that must have sounded amazing.. There are companies like Mid City Engineering that do custom MB mods https://www.midcityengineering.com/p...s-benz-eco212/ but unfortunately they haven't got anything to further configure Individual mode. Have done some more googling but can't find anything short of fully hacking the ECU - which I'm not smart enough to do... Oh well!!
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What I still cant wrap my head around is why the SLC and a lot of other newer MBs have fake tailpipes. Like... how hard would it have been to extent the pipe exiting the muffler and connect it directly to the exhaust tips?? It looks patently absurd when you look underneath and see a gap between the muffler exit pipe and the "chrome exhaust", which are just sort of floating out in limbo, attached to the bumper cover.

I may have a shop manufacture a pipe that properly connects them, if it doesnt screw up the exhaust note too much.
Again, sorry for thread drift.

Ten years back, when it was no longer enough to have big fat exhaust tips, but they had to be square or something and look integrated to the bumper, they were still part of the exhaust system and there was an air gap, 10, maybe less, mm clearance.
The neat trick was to get it all lined up so it sat in the middle of the gap in the bumper. Not so easy, so clearly the next step was to have the exhaust tip fully integrated and part of the bumper, but this meant the heat conducted from the exhaust would melt the plast polypropylene bumper, so bingo! Disconnect the real exhaust tip from the “styling” visible exhaust tip out of sight behind the bumper and no one will notice.

So I ask, now how do kids then, stick a spud up the exhaust pipe to annoy their neighbour when he tries to start his car in the morning?
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Hi,

Apologies for the thread drift, but your comment above intrigued me, and I suspect a few others. Would be really interested to have your objective and unbiased opinion on your e-bay aftermarket wind deflector plus some photos.

I really don't like the standard mesh one - it always seems to be out when I want it in and conversely in when it would be better out!

My thinking is that a polycarbonate one would just clip in and stay there all the time, saving the twisting around clipping and unclipping the thing.

Also the ones from this site sponsor Windrestrictor, which look really great, have two drawbacks. First the price in the UK once shipping and duty are taken care of. Secondly adding the extra bracket could be classed as a "modification" in the eyes of M-B, not a good idea when the car is still under the manufacturer's warranty. Debatable but not a discussion I really want to be having with the dealership.

One further question, have you noticed reflections from the dash when driving at night?

Anyone else used the e-bay ones which clip into the standard slots?

Martin

Hi Martin - I am completely happy with my eBay wind deflector! I have the newer version (bought in May) that is 8mm thick with the two lower tabs being machined to 5mm thick to fit into the slots for the mesh reflector. In my view, the 8mm thickness would be essential - they have gone to this trouble for a reason.


This is not my photo, but shows the one I have.







One important thing I did is I changed it to ensure that there were no washers in between the polycarbonate/Plexan (which is how it was delivered - possibly to prevent the brackets touching the screen and jiggling during mail delivery and scratching it?)


With the washer in between the screen and bracket there was a flapping vibration of the screen above 80mph which was 100% solved by moving the washer to under the split washer (which is actually how split washers should be used!) thereby having the bolt pass, in order, through the bracket, the screen, the washer the split washer and finally the nut. The bracket is thus in contact with the screen over a 2cm width which holds it solid.


There is a tiny reflection from the multimedia screen which I could probably solve by tilting the screen forwards a little by moving the bracket to the REAR aspect of the screen (If you look at the photo above, the bracket in on the cockpit side of the screen), but I have been so unbothered by the faint glow reflection I can't be bothered! Things like seat height affect the possible reflections and I have my seat set as low as it goes as I prefer the position of sitting "in" my car and close to the ground rather than "on" it but this moves the screen glow into view.


I haven't removed the screen since I installed it in June, and am keeping it on through the winter despite only having the roof down once - to transport a 9 foot Xmas tree home! (I got honked four times (in a friendly jovial way) in 3 miles by other drivers and that never happened to me with my silver R171 which had the same Xmas duties every year. On that note the Hyacinth Red colour REALLY attracts a lot of rubberneckers so must be quite eye-catching as I notice it all the time).


The screen is invisible, but I have only tested it out to 120mph (Actually I wasn't testing the screen, but I can report that nothing happened with it or to it)
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Many thanks for taking the time to post in details about your experience with the e-bay Makrolon wind deflector, excellent information to have. Really useful to know about your tweak with the retaining arm washers.

Look like the way to go, in Europe at least (while we can still count ourselves as part of Europe but that's another discussion...)

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Hi Martin - I am completely happy with my eBay wind deflector! I have the newer version (bought in May) that is 8mm thick with the two lower tabs being machined to 5mm thick to fit into the slots for the mesh reflector. In my view, the 8mm thickness would be essential - they have gone to this trouble for a reason.


This is not my photo, but shows the one I have.







One important thing I did is I changed it to ensure that there were no washers in between the polycarbonate/Plexan (which is how it was delivered - possibly to prevent the brackets touching the screen and jiggling during mail delivery and scratching it?)


With the washer in between the screen and bracket there was a flapping vibration of the screen above 80mph which was 100% solved by moving the washer to under the split washer (which is actually how split washers should be used!) thereby having the bolt pass, in order, through the bracket, the screen, the washer the split washer and finally the nut. The bracket is thus in contact with the screen over a 2cm width which holds it solid.


There is a tiny reflection from the multimedia screen which I could probably solve by tilting the screen forwards a little by moving the bracket to the REAR aspect of the screen (If you look at the photo above, the bracket in on the cockpit side of the screen), but I have been so unbothered by the faint glow reflection I can't be bothered! Things like seat height affect the possible reflections and I have my seat set as low as it goes as I prefer the position of sitting "in" my car and close to the ground rather than "on" it but this moves the screen glow into view.


I haven't removed the screen since I installed it in June, and am keeping it on through the winter despite only having the roof down once - to transport a 9 foot Xmas tree home! (I got honked four times (in a friendly jovial way) in 3 miles by other drivers and that never happened to me with my silver R171 which had the same Xmas duties every year. On that note the Hyacinth Red colour REALLY attracts a lot of rubberneckers so must be quite eye-catching as I notice it all the time).


The screen is invisible, but I have only tested it out to 120mph (Actually I wasn't testing the screen, but I can report that nothing happened with it or to it)

This is EXACTLY the type of screen I bought about 2 years ago. It looks OE because it's a version of the mesh style, with no ugly brackets or silly gimmicks like a Mercedes logo, illuminated or otherwise.
BUT having tested the mesh version v the clear version back to back I'm convinced I get more cabin buffeting or at least a draught at the back of my neck with the clear version. Not that I'm an aero dynamist but a glider pilot who knows all about curl-over, common sense tells me that when oncoming air gets directed over the screen & overhead the cabin it curls over & reverses direction hitting the solid surface of the clear screen & creates an area of turbulent air that can't escape. The open mesh style allows some air through.
Result - I prefer the look of the clear screen but the comfort of the mesh, so perhaps Mercedes knows better than us amateurs.
Here's thought - would drilling a few holes in the clear screen assist in minimising turbulence?
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