Yep - I've got the retro-fit guide, and 70gbp sounds about right - it's a damned nice system, saw one in person on an SLK for the first time last week. Basically the "kit" is new external "A" arm covers, and a couple of internal fittings.ah small note.. Basic carrier bars can only be fitted where code 726 (pre-installation for carrier system) is included at time vehicle is ordered. If vehicle is not fitted with pre-installation (code 726), this can be retrofitted by a Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.
whatever that is..
726 Preparation for roof carrying system 59.57 70.00 In UK Pounds
Hi UK-C200Yep - I've got the retro-fit guide, and 70gbp sounds about right - it's a damned nice system, saw one in person on an SLK for the first time last week. Basically the "kit" is new external "A" arm covers, and a couple of internal fittings.
Ken - Don't have the part numbers with me at work, I'll shoot them to you when I get home.
Hey Richard -Hi UK-C200
I saw you made a post about the retro-fit guide for the Alustyle roof carrier system. Would you be able to send me the details? (parts required, likely cost if you know it? and the guide itself it you have it?)
I have just ordered a used slk and have asked the dealer to do the retro-fit. (as long as its not outrageous). Have just been told that it requires "major work that could compromise the safety of the vehicle and would be exhorbitantly expensive" which kind of feels at variance with the rather casual statement in the brochure that it is "available as a retro-fit - please ask your dealer". I'm assuming it doesn't knacker the re-sale value of the car and may be the only way to get my bike into it!!
Thanks if you have any info
This is because they're not sold in the USA and concurrently not shown in any USA accessory brochures for SLK.I've never seen these before.. Must have been living under a rock, or maybe in an ice cave.
Hey Richard -
First off, welcome to the forum from London! Dealers are surprising unhelpful sometimes - it's a trival bit of work, and you'd think they would want it.
Basically you have to install new A pillar exteriors that have the cut-outs for the carriers. I don't have the part numbers with me at work, I'll dig them up tonight. WIS install instructions are copyright MB, so post a few more times, and shoot me a PM with your email address.
MSRP on the pillars is $127us (each), and they would need to be painted to match the car. I can't imagine it would impact the value of the car, and you could always pop the old ones back on!
EDITED : Ok, managed to get it in! ;-)
No way.This is really interesting. Is there enough clearance on the bars so that the roof can still retract?
http://www4.mercedes-benz.com/manual-cars/ba/cars/171/en/in-depth/d10e17777.shtmlYou can only mount a roof rack on vehicles that have covers on the front roof pillars and reinforced rear wheel arches.
Only use the roof rack when basic carrier bars are fitted. The left and right rails are only stabilised by the basic carrier bars being fitted.
An incorrectly secured roof rack or load could work loose from the vehicle and thereby cause an accident. Follow the roof rack manufacturer's installation instructions and special instructions for use.
The roof load raises the vehicle's centre of gravity, thereby affecting vehicle handling. You must observe the maximum roof load of 50 kg. Always adapt your driving style to the prevailing road, traffic and weather conditions and drive with particular care if the roof is laden.
Mercedes-Benz recommends that you only use roof rack systems which have been tested and approved for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. This helps to prevent damage to the vehicle.
Position the load on the roof rack in such a way that the vehicle will not sustain damage even when it is in motion.
Do not open the roof if a roof rack is fitted. You will otherwise damage the roof.
Leave the boot separator in the boot open for protection.
Make sure that you can open the boot lid completely.
Only use the roof rack when the roof is closed. The roof rack or the load could endanger the occupants of the vehicle when the roof is open.