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John’s Broomstick Vario Support for R 170

Hi all i could not find on the forum how long should be the broomstick to hold the roof of the R 170. All I found refers to the R171, Is it the same length?

I also wonder if we must provide any support for the trunk lid, if we do how long should it be?

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

Hidden in the 171 section, but search broomstick and you get tis and many others:
Mercedes Benz SLK Forum - Search Results for broomstick
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I doubt you can/would need to provide support for the roof
it can be stopped mid travel by just turning off the key/power
and after like 7 minutes, gravity will take over hence the broomstick.


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When I gummied our 230, I did it in stages.

It takes a little while for the roof drop to kick in.
By just 'tapping' the button to get a little movement,
I found that the timer resets.

https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...ts-hinges.html
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Thank you all.

Before posting this question i did a search on the topic and did not find the measurements for the R 170. Searched again now and could not find it. I suppose I will find the size when I do it. I will let you know what I find.
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When I gummied our 230, I did it in stages.

It takes a little while for the roof drop to kick in.
By just 'tapping' the button to get a little movement,
I found that the timer resets.

https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...ts-hinges.html
For safety.... I’m sure you want to keep all your fingers!... I would strongly suggest that you always use a support while working on the roof. When the timer ends you only get a short time before gravity takes over.
Using the support is very easy and then you know you’re safe to work within the roof area for as long as you need.
Stay safe while doing any DIY.

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I made a 'John's Broomstick' for Silkie today and my feelings are that the way the R170 roof folds it looks like the roof tilts slightly as it retracts, with the result that the stick doesn't line up with the pin on the roof and the latch on the top of the windscreen. I couldn't look further into this as the heavens opened as I was investigating (the showers arrived three hours early.... mutter mutter moan...)

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I made a 'John's Broomstick' for Silkie today and my feelings are that the way the R170 roof folds it looks like the roof tilts slightly as it retracts, with the result that the stick doesn't line up with the pin on the roof and the latch on the top of the windscreen. I couldn't look further into this as the heavens opened as I was investigating (the showers arrived three hours early.... mutter mutter moan...)

Looks like we need our own version. Has anyone else found this?
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It’s the same on the R171, with the roof open 16” to 18”, if you drew a line out from the pins it would go over the screen.
This is why you need a bigger hole in the stick for the pins, so they have wiggle room.

If you check my post in the same thread you’ll see I used a aluminium tube, rather than a wooden pole, which allows this movement and also can be angled at the end that fits into the top of the screen.

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I made a 'John's Broomstick' for Silkie today and my feelings are that the way the R170 roof folds it looks like the roof tilts slightly as it retracts, with the result that the stick doesn't line up with the pin on the roof and the latch on the top of the windscreen. I couldn't look further into this as the heavens opened as I was investigating (the showers arrived three hours early.... mutter mutter moan...)

Looks like we need our own version. Has anyone else found this?
I haven't used mine since I made it last spring but as I recall everything lined up fine on my R170.

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Hi Martin,
It’s the same on the R171, with the roof open 16” to 18”, if you drew a line out from the pins it would go over the screen.
This is why you need a bigger hole in the stick for the pins, so they have wiggle room.

If you check my post in the same thread you’ll see I used a aluminium tube, rather than a wooden pole, which allows this movement and also can be angled at the end that fits into the top of the screen.
Mine is made of an offcut of chrome plated wardrobe rail so I guess that may be why it works well for me too.

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Hi Martin,
It’s the same on the R171, with the roof open 16” to 18”, if you drew a line out from the pins it would go over the screen.
This is why you need a bigger hole in the stick for the pins, so they have wiggle room.

If you check my post in the same thread you’ll see I used a aluminium tube, rather than a wooden pole, which allows this movement and also can be angled at the end that fits into the top of the screen.
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Mine is made of an offcut of chrome plated wardrobe rail so I guess that may be why it works well for me too.

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Guess I'm going to make a Mk II then. I have a shower pole and towel rail so I could use either. Thanks gents. Makes sense now.
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