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New Spyder Lights/Repair Bumper/Marker Lights

Hello - My First Post!

I repaired my front bumper cover this weekend. I thought I would replace the headlights while I had the cover off as well.

And while I had the bumper off I also replaced the side orange marker lights that were damaged.

I have to say thanks to all the guys before that had some pretty amazing write ups to help me tackle this job.

I bought the bumper repair items from AutomotiveTouchup.com for less than $50.

I bought the Spyder Headlights off of Amazon for $185.

lastly I got the two side marker lights off ebay for about $27 each.

To start I removed bumper using threads from other users on this forum. Very simple - 6 secure points I removed. The bumper had obviously been abused by parking too close to a curb.

To take off the bumper I had to remove the grill first by removing 4 bolts - which were pretty obvious. I then had to remove the 6 secure points on the bumper:
  • 2 on the passenger at the front side of the tires.
  • 2 on the drivers side at the front side of the tires.
  • 2 more where the grill bolts were removed

After removing the bolts I had to disconnect the side marker light, fog lights and temperature sensor.
  • For the marker lights simply twist and remove.
  • For the Fog Lights I used a flat head to coax the disconnection.
  • For the Temperature sensor I twisted and pulled.

With the bumper removed I saw a large crack down the middle. I used my dremmel tool and carved down a bit of the plastic on each side of the crack, (front and back sides). I then thoroughly cleaned the area and mixed Epoxy and slathered it generously on both sides.

I let the bumper sit awhile and then tackled the headlights. They came with adapters for models before 2000. My SLK is a 2000 and the adapters were not necessary. They hooked straight up. The other part was the 3 red and 3 black wires on the under side of the new lights. For me I connected all the reds together and the black wires together.

I then connected the red wire to the Grey/Black wire of the car side connector that went to the headlights. I then connected the black wires to the black cable on the car side connector. The passenger side was 2 Black/Green - I just picked one to connect to for the passenger side. I removed the from the old headlights the orange blinker light and fitted it into the new headlights. The connectors were not the same on my new headlights. Simply twisted and removed from old and inserted and twisted on with the new.

The headlights fit perfectly into the existing location MINUS the underside. This is where I learned from others on this forum that they simply removed the rubber/hard plastic where the old lights sat into. Then I simply drove the screws back into the screw points on the top side of the new headlights letting the bottom side rest in the "slot" where the bottom of the old headlights were located.

Now it was time to get back to the bumper. I now sanded the under side of the bumper to remove the cracked paint and scratches. Started with 180 grit and then I used the 320 grit. After I was satisfied with the sanding I sprayed on the sandable primer. Sanded again with the 800 grit.

After sanding I wiped down the surface and blew it clean with an air compressor. Then I used the paint prep solvent and cleaned the surface again. Then finally I used the tack clothe and removed any left overs that I could not detect. NOW, I was ready to paint.

I used the spray can paint that AutomotiveTouchup.com matched up to my vehicles paint code. Simply follow the directions - never hold down the spray can button and go back and forth - start your left/right motion then press then button letting go as your at the end of your touch up area. Do this in both directions being careful not to go to slow or too fast - it's better to go fast than slower. Otherwise you'll get drips and will have to start sanding again. Put on a light coat and continue putting on light coats giving about 5-10 minutes between coats until you're satisfied.

After I was satisfied with my paint covering I waited about 3 hours and then started with the Clear Coat spray can. Again, the same motion and technique as the paint.

I put on 3 coats and then let it dry. Then I sanded with the 1800 grit. Cleaned the surface again with the air compressor, solvent and tack cloth. Then I put on the final coat going slightly slower with the painting motion.

The next day when everything was dry and I was satisfied with my work I connected my new side marker lights. Two screws and a straight slot screw driver help me remove and insert the new side marker lights.

I am pretty proud of the finished product and it really was not that difficult - Just time consuming. I put everything back to together and wella - I saved a ton of money doing it myself in just 1 day and an extra 1.5 hours in the morning the next day.

Sorry for the long post but didn't know how else to explain it.
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I am also looking for a set of Spyder headlamps for my 2001 SLK 320. Can you please share the link for the ones you bought on Amazon as the ones I al looking at in the $ 500 range.


What sort of bulbs they came with ? Halogen or Xenon and what bulbs did your car originally have, mine has factory Xenon so am wondering what type of Spyders will work on mine.
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This is the link I used to order my Spyder Headlights - be sure to add your vehicle to your Amazon Garage and also look online with Spyder:
Spyder Auto | projector headlights

I also sent Spyder a message from their Contact form on their website just to make sure I had the correct part on Amazon.

The headlights I got are Halogen ONLY - It states the NOT Compatible with Xenon/HID.

Amazon Link - (I added your vehicle to my garage and it shows that this is compatible with your year/model):


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I am also looking for a set of Spyder headlamps for my 2001 SLK 320. Can you please share the link for the ones you bought on Amazon as the ones I al looking at in the $ 500 range.


What sort of bulbs they came with ? Halogen or Xenon and what bulbs did your car originally have, mine has factory Xenon so am wondering what type of Spyders will work on mine.
Be very sure what you are buying will in fact work with your car. I have factory "xenon" setup and purchased aftermarket headlights and I "can not" get them to work, at all. They did say "not compatible with factory xenon cars" in the listing. Thing is, all the nice aftermarket headlights say that yet I see so many converted R170's. I thought it must be able to be done but have had no luck, and now can't return them. From what my research has found, if you have factory Xenon, your stuck with them and can not upgrade to more modern style "WHICH SUCKS".
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This is the link I used to order my Spyder Headlights - be sure to add your vehicle to your Amazon Garage and also look online with Spyder:
Spyder Auto | projector headlights

I also sent Spyder a message from their Contact form on their website just to make sure I had the correct part on Amazon.

The headlights I got are Halogen ONLY - It states the NOT Compatible with Xenon/HID.

Amazon Link - (I added your vehicle to my garage and it shows that this is compatible with your year/model):


Good Luck!

Thanks for the advice, I've sent Spyder an email as well, waiting for their reply. Did you also have factory xenon on your car prior to this ?


I want these halo lamps to run xenon bulbs for a nice clear white light, somehow I feel with halogen bulbs the light color would be a bit yellowish, how do yours look.


Does anyone make these sort of lamps specifically for factory xenon equipped cars ?

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Be very sure what you are buying will in fact work with your car. I have factory "xenon" setup and purchased aftermarket headlights and I "can not" get them to work, at all. They did say "not compatible with factory xenon cars" in the listing. Thing is, all the nice aftermarket headlights say that yet I see so many converted R170's. I thought it must be able to be done but have had no luck, and now can't return them. From what my research has found, if you have factory Xenon, your stuck with them and can not upgrade to more modern style "WHICH SUCKS".

I have seen posts on here where some members have managed to install these lamps on vehicles that were equipped with factory xenon system, perhaps an in depth search will pull up the required info.


What kind of lamps you ordered are they the black ones ? Would you be interested in selling them ?

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Thanks for the link, apparently the price went up to $ 215 now !!!
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I ordered the black ones. The lights were halogen and came with the setup. They are not yellow whatsoever. They are pure white.

I did NOT have the factory Xenon.

They're installed on the car and the black set really updates the look of the car drastically.

I've attached the image while I was installing them side by side and also after.
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It took about 2 days for Spyder to respond back to me after emailing them...
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It took about 2 days for Spyder to respond back to me after emailing them...

They replied back to me saying this item is not compatible with a car that is equipped with the factory Xenon system !
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