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R170 SmartTOP Installation With Some videos

http://www.mods4cars.com/sms/db/smar...install/en.php


Make sure you have extra nuts with you and taps just in case. You can do the fuse box one day and the electronics box the next.

Steps 1-3:

Slk230 R170 Smarttop Video 1 - YouTube

Slk230 R170 Smarttop Video 2 - YouTube

Steps 4-6

Everything was just like in the instructions except for the single pink wire with red stripes. I had all my wires in groups and they all were pink with red stripes. After taking the first two rings out, I reached the correct one. It had a smaller wire connecting to the same ring.

Steps 7-9

This was also just like in the instructions. It was really tight and I dropped one of the small nuts. Luckily I had a spare. In the fuse box, towards the front left tire, there is a electronic black thing that slides easily up and out, which gives you more room when you are working on the most right nut.

After inserting the fuse box back, I still can't put the second cover back on top. So I just put the original top on. I'm going to work on this.

Steps 10-12

Slk230 R170 Smarttop Video 3 - YouTube

Getting the wire taps on the wires is a challenge. Finding the correct wires is not: thanks to Tolak:

https://www.slkworld.com/attachments/...skf-pinout.jpg

You can count your way to the correct wire while also using the colors of the wires. The taps do come off if put in the wrong spot.

Steps 13-15

While connecting the smarttop harness to the taps, this is the numbering on the harness:

16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9
8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Everything is just like the instructions.

After connecting the taps, you put on the big black Smarttop Module on it. Before you put on the negative terminal on the battery back make sure you put everything back. I forgot to put my 4 wired plug back in step 10. So when I tried to start the top it had no power.

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Great job! I moved it to the r170 diy section and stickied it


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Here's a tip for working with those 2 nuts in the slk R170 fuse box.

1: buy a 'magnetic retrieval tool'. This is one of those tools that looks like an old telescopic radio aerial with a magnet attached at one end.

2: when working with the nuts. Loosen up with your spanner/socket of choice but before you get to the end of the thread use the magnetic tool to either unscrew the last few turns or hold it against the nut and turn off with your fingers. When reassembling the magnet can be used to place the nut onto the threads and turn it the first few turns.

If you do loose a nut the magnetic tool comes in handy anyway!

I have done several R170 installs and lost 2 nuts on the first install before coming up with the magnetic thing. Never did find those nuts ......... Just where DO they go? Looked down past the throttle assembly, inside, outside, under the carpets ???????
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Here's a tip for working with those 2 nuts in the slk R170 fuse box.

1: buy a 'magnetic retrieval tool'. This is one of those tools that looks like an old telescopic radio aerial with a magnet attached at one end.

2: when working with the nuts. Loosen up with your spanner/socket of choice but before you get to the end of the thread use the magnetic tool to either unscrew the last few turns or hold it against the nut and turn off with your fingers. When reassembling the magnet can be used to place the nut onto the threads and turn it the first few turns.

If you do loose a nut the magnetic tool comes in handy anyway!

I have done several R170 installs and lost 2 nuts on the first install before coming up with the magnetic thing. Never did find those nuts ......... Just where DO they go? Looked down past the throttle assembly, inside, outside, under the carpets ???????
Its so funny you asked where do the nuts go... Because today i was going to clean my floor mats and guess what i found? The nut that i dropped in the fuse box from nut number 3. So unless it gets tangled in the wiring, it makes its way to the drivers side floor mats.

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Cool R170 SmartTOP UK Right Hand Drive

Hi All,

After reading this forum and all the positive comments I went for it!

I have built more PCs and Computer servers than I can recall, but still entered this with trepidation.

For right hand drive, you have to make a couple of simple assumptions as the fuse box is slightly different. The instructions are excellent, but don't attempt it if you're colour blind. It took around 2.5 hours to complete, quicker then expected.

I have to admit I was amazed that it worked first time. I am really looking forward to showing off in the summer.

Many thanks for all the help in this thread and elsewhere.

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I set it to 30 kph. I guess it's safe at 20 mph! What is the fastest you have tried Jeff?

It's the one function I didn't try... Unless it does something that I haven't found yet!!!

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I have the older version and able to set it at a specific mph. i have it set to 32 mph
never versions just use 10 kph increments but you can exceed the setting once the process has started without error/beeping.


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I just need another day without rain! Difficult in April in England. I'll let you know how it goes... Thanks again for your great work on the forum, I sure it is globally appreciated.
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So I'm finally getting around to install mine. Great informative videos and post thunderstorm. Question, I purchased mine from mods 4 cars, plugged it in first to the USB, updated the firmware, and then read in the instructions for installing Step 12 where it says to attach the 11 supplied wire-taps (Screenshot here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bl5nn9eq0b...41.21.png?dl=0 . I only received the main Smart Top piece, a connector that goes into it with 4 short wires (2 red, 2 black) and 2 long wires (1 brown, 1 red) as well a few loose connector pieces in the bag. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance
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those 11 are for a r170 model and not yours, a r171

you have a r171. you are using the wrong instructions

use the r171 install diy here:

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-cla...tall-r171.html


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Hey guys I have a few questions on this install. I've ordered mine and it should be coming in the next day or two.

It seems to me that if I use the diagram that came from Tolak listed in post #1 here that I should be able to skip steps 10-11. As I understand it the reason for steps 10-11 is to see the numbers for the various wires but if all my wires are in the expected position and with the expected colors can't I skip that part and just go straight to step 12?

What am I missing here?

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I answered my own question - there is NO WAY that I could have gotten all the taps installed without steps 10-11 because there wouldn't be enough slack in that rats nest of wires to find each one...

It wasn't hard to do, but I found it a little difficult to get enough slack in some of the wires to get those taps in place...
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