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Anyone know if you can convert halogen headlights to xenon?

I’ve found a decent pair of RHD lights but they aren’t xenon or bi-xenon - bi xenon ones seem to be like rocking horse poo
 

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Continuing to be fun and all things considered quite frugal on a run however before the weather breaks I wanted to do a bit of rectification and preventative maintenance so rang up my local Mercedes dealer

7 Speed Autobox service kit

10 litres of the finest Mercedes Oil
New Transmission sump screws (alloy apparently)
Transmission Oil Filter
Plastic Tube
Sump Drain Washer
Torque Converter Drain screw and washer*

* I wasn't aware you could do this so thumbs up for Mercedes designing something that can have the TC drained rather than do a couple of partial changes - BMW and Opel could learn something from them

Transmission Sump Gasket

I'd already bought the front bumper grill insert but didn't realise it didn't come with the 3 pointed star so ordered one of those

Lastly to be resident in the glovebox for potential future FTP - Crank Position Sensor

With my usual discount it came to slightly more than my mental guesstimate based on previous prices/experience

£364.84 inc vat to you sir
 

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Continuing to be fun and all things considered quite frugal on a run however before the weather breaks I wanted to do a bit of rectification and preventative maintenance so rang up my local Mercedes dealer

7 Speed Autobox service kit

10 litres of the finest Mercedes Oil
New Transmission sump screws (alloy apparently)
Transmission Oil Filter
Plastic Tube
Sump Drain Washer
Torque Converter Drain screw and washer*

* I wasn't aware you could do this so thumbs up for Mercedes designing something that can have the TC drained rather than do a couple of partial changes - BMW and Opel could learn something from them

Transmission Sump Gasket

I'd already bought the front bumper grill insert but didn't realise it didn't come with the 3 pointed star so ordered one of those

Lastly to be resident in the glovebox for potential future FTP - Crank Position Sensor

With my usual discount it came to slightly more than my mental guesstimate based on previous prices/experience

£364.84 inc vat to you sir
How many miles on your car?


BTW, not all TCs have a drain plug - mine didn't. According to my indy, in that case, the fluid will gradually seep out overnight. He found out the hard way...:ROFLMAO:
 

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How many miles on your car?


BTW, not all TCs have a drain plug - mine didn't. According to my indy, in that case, the fluid will gradually seep out overnight. He found out the hard way...:ROFLMAO:
74,000 miles

On the TC drainage it seems you may be right but the Merc Dealership was confident mine would have one so if t does it will get drained if not I get a refund in parts not required
 

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On the TC drainage it seems you may be right but the Merc Dealership was confident mine would have one so if t does it will get drained if not I get a refund in parts not required
Will be interested to hear what you find when opened up. With that mileage, seems to me you got a good price, despite the niggles. Mine has 114k on the odo now and I'd expect to get similar money for it. My gearbox was serviced at around 88k if my memory is sound, and it certainly performed better thereafter. My indy reported that the outgoing fluid was 'nasty', but that might be because the dregs from the TC went down his front the following morning. :giggle:

ETA - Meant to say that I have a set of 17x8 'winter' rims which I ran with slightly staggered tyres. Agree with you, the car performs very nicely on them and I like how they look with very little clearance to the calipers. Haven't bothered putting them on for the past few years though - need a refurb now and new boots. Once I'd got my Turbines refurbed in graphite, liked the way they look too!
Wheel Car Tire Vehicle Plant
 

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Will be interested to hear what you find when opened up. With that mileage, seems to me you got a good price, despite the niggles. Mine has 114k on the odo now and I'd expect to get similar money for it. My gearbox was serviced at around 88k if my memory is sound, and it certainly performed better thereafter. My indy reported that the outgoing fluid was 'nasty', but that might be because the dregs from the TC went down his front the following morning. :giggle:

ETA - Meant to say that I have a set of 17x8 'winter' rims which I ran with slightly staggered tyres. Agree with you, the car performs very nicely on them and I like how they look with very little clearance to the calipers. Haven't bothered putting them on for the past few years though - need a refurb now and new boots. Once I'd got my Turbines refurbed in graphite, liked the way they look too! View attachment 604636
Oh I wasn't a fan of the 16 spoke AMG wheels (they always remind me of silver cross pram wheels) until I saw yours in anthracite................
 

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Audio equipment Electrical wiring Electronic instrument Gadget Cable



LOL this thing looks like my Computer System in my 2020 Peterbilt owned by Paccar.😒☹😂
 
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Slightly off topic but relevant (ish)

A mate asked for people to sponsor a new business venture - he had an idea for some car related artwork - I was after replacing some old pictures on my den wall

He'd done this as a trial for himself

Wheel Tire Vehicle Car Automotive lighting


This is one of my cars

Wheel Tire Car Vehicle Land vehicle


For most people it's not on their radar as anything other than a minicab with a body kit

So I asked him to do one for me

Wheel Car Vehicle Automotive lighting Hood


Mrs BC loved it and said no way is that getting hidden in the den - it's going in the dining room...............

It looks lonely on it's own.......................

You know where this is going right?

Design stage

Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Automotive lighting
 

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Agree, and the o/e silver obscures the big calipers too.
Yes - This cars OE wheels had the centres rattlecan'd matt black - but still had the polished/lacquered rim edge - I wasn't sure if I was going back to OE silver or was going to do them in an anthracite colour like the wheels currently under it but yours has really made my mind up
 

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Yes - This cars OE wheels had the centres rattlecan'd matt black - but still had the polished/lacquered rim edge - I wasn't sure if I was going back to OE silver or was going to do them in an anthracite colour like the wheels currently under it but yours has really made my mind up
The black with polished rim edges is very modern and what they currently do on the AMG GT and other AMG’s. If it is in good condition I would stick to it. Unless money is burning in your pocket.
 

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The black with polished rim edges is very modern and what they currently do on the AMG GT and other AMG’s. If it is in good condition I would stick to it. Unless money is burning in your pocket.
Yeah it's a fashion thing for sure - however we salt the roads in the UK and they normally look crap very quickly when the water gets under the lacquer - I'm not in any way a fan of them
 

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Had to order the male fittings from Mercedes to fit the mesh windbreak (Seems like they don’t fit them if you have the optional three piece windbreak) picked them up today and it’s now fitted
Window Car Vehicle Steering part Automotive design


much better - no chance of reflections from the dash lighting and it’ll be silent in operation
 

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In other news because my local town isn’t big enough to have a Mercedes dealership and because I had to travel to a nearby one to pick up parts I went to see an exhaust specialist in the same town that I’ve used a lot over the years

I’ve accidentally booked it in for secondary cats delete and x-pipe replacement of the resonator box on 12th November (his earliest available date - probably because he does good work)

No idea how that happened at all - nope not a clue!!!!
 

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Hi there, would be very interested in buying the parts you take off, I am going the other way and restoring my newly acquired back to factory standard. Kind regards Simon
 

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Hi there, would be very interested in buying the parts you take off, I am going the other way and restoring my newly acquired back to factory standard. Kind regards Simon
Hi Simon

It's unlikely that parts will be available as I'll be making the secondary cat and resonator section replaceable so should I fall foul of any change in rules for MOT or be subject to a VDRS

There are other members here who have carried out similar decat and x-pipe - maybe a request in the parts wanted section may yield the parts you want if they are cluttering up a garage somewhere
 
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