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evening folks, last week i bought myself a 1999 slk 230 for £1550





i bought it as a replacement for my toyota mr2 v6 project as ive just bought a house with the girlfriend and between that and other stuff ive got on i needed to free up some time so the mr2 has been broken for spares and im keeping the slk for the foreseeable future as my fun car.

first impressions are positive albeit there are a few niggles and changes i want to make, i find compared to my mr2 there is alot of body roll so im going to look into fitting a rear anti roll bar from searching i gather there's just a couple of mounts missing that stop you retrofitting the facelift rear bar, im sure i can fabricate something. im also considering the bilstein b12 kit at some point.

im finding the engines great with plenty of punch but currently im not getting on with the auto box, in manual mode it's great but i find in full auto the kick down seems quite delayed and then dumps you into the end of the rev range and then immediately has to shift up making quick overtakes hard work. there's a chap i know from an mr2 forum who does alot of aftermarket racing management setups who does a auto gearbox controller, he's also buying my old engine so we've done a deal and im getting one of his controllers, the controller will allow me to add shift paddles but also to adjust the shift characteristics and speed so im hoping ill be able to get it set up so the kickdown shifts to where i feel it should be in the rev range and to get a better shift experience and also give me manual control with the paddles.

im also finding the steering wheek quite large compared to my old race wheel so may look into other options there too and ive also ordered one of the german roof modules so ive got plenty to tinker with but without ending up stripping everything to bits for weeks on end the way the mr2 was

so yeah hi, im chris got some plans as you can see and hopefully i can find all the info and support i need to make them happen here.
 

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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!
 

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Hi, welcome from Barrhead, Scotland. :smile:
 

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Welcome from central Florida, USA.
 

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Hi Chris, and welcome from the UK Midlands! :)

We arrange informal breakfast meets in the Midlands from time to time. If you'd like to join us, just keep an eye on the UK Region thread, as that's where we post details of any plans! :tu:
 

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Hi Chris, welcome from Washington, DC.
 

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Welcome from New York.
 

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Afternoon and welcome from a sunny Nottingham ...
 
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