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I can´t believe it´s been 4 years since I bought my slk350 and how many changes it has undertaken! So join me in my journey!

I knew I wanted a 350 with AMG package, color didn´t matter as I was going to change it anyway. I found this rather boring silver one with plain black interior, but it came with quite a lot of options and low mileage, perfect base to start with!







I drove it for 2 weeks to see if it didnt have any problems and everything was fine. In the meanwhile I was thinking of the project I was going to do...

Once I had it figured off it went to the workshop!





First it got dismantled and small dents were removed. I wanted a special paint and just recently Mercedes came with the satin white for the SL63AMG, so we went for that! Remember that back then the only flat paint that you could find on cars was black, so pearl white was very spectacular and unique. Also I have been a carbon fiber fan so I wanted to get a lot of it!! We covered the entire roof and rear difuser with 3M DINOC. It gave a spectacular contrast with the white, and everything was flat.



Next up the wheels! The 18" looked a bit small in my opinion and the model quite boring... I didn´t want to go ricer, so I went with another AMG model in 19".



Interior: We all agree that there is not much going on in the interior of our SLKs, it needed some contrast, so I continued the black/white theme on the seats with some contrast stitching.



I didn´t want to spend much more on an exhaust system, so we soldered on the quad tips for looks...



So, after my first makeover the car looked like this:





We kept the car more of less like this, only minor things were added over the last few years.
Fast forward to 2015. We had a little accident on the side and two panels had to be redone. I took advantage to update the project as I had seen a Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli edition a few months earlier with the same flat white paint, but with all the carbon parts I had in gloss black! The carbon sticker was starting to break after these years, so that had to be taken care of aswell. So off it went again to the workshop.
I will spare you the pictures of the build itself, here are the results:

I added the AMG spoilerlip, wrapped in carbon



The indicators on the rearlights got a new tint and clear coat



It wears a black AMG badge to match everything. No pretending to B a 55, just being proud to have all these AMG goodies on the car and enhancing its look this way



I covered the third brakelight with some window tint and the Merc star got a layer of black gloss



The Quad exhaust got a layer of black gloss aswell, out go all the chrome bits



short antenna is a must!



The entire roof and c pilars got painted black gloss and we tinted the rear window to make it look like a whole.



As my car is one of the first r171´s out of 2004 I didn´t have the black grillwings, so we gave it some Dinoc.



The front star = Black gloss!



The most impressive change we did was painting the calipers red, updated the center wheel piece to the modern red one and paint the wheels. A new set of Pirelli Pzeros wont hurt either :wink:
We updated the suspension with the B12 Bilstein/Eibach kit with #1 spring pads in the back.







Interior:
All bulbs changed out for Leds.
I connected a whole line of leds under the door, this is amazing when you get out of the car at night!
I am still thinking of how to make the interior more appealing but for now I put some Dinoc and a red line to match the brakes on the trim.











I am waiting for the G paddle team to come out with the shifters for the 350, that would be up next!

And I think that covers pretty much everything I can think off... It has been an amazing journey and I hope to keep the car for another while, cuz I just am in love with it!
What I think is special about our slks is that most convertibles only look good with the roof down, but this car is a joy to look at just as much with the roof up!
So without further more, I leave you with some eye candy, hope you like it just as much as I do!















 

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Wow!!!! This looks like a totally different car! :eek:
Amazing how you have changed it to your own taste! Well done! :) This must be a keeper for a long, long time! Do enjoy your ride (even more)!

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Bedankt Arjen!! I really wanted to make it something special without being tacky.
Can´t believe it is 11 years old already, but I will keep a few more years!!

Wow!!!! This looks like a totally different car! :eek:
Amazing how you have changed it to your own taste! Well done! :) This must be a keeper for a long, long time! Do enjoy your ride (even more)!

Arjen.
 

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That is one seriously awesome car. I especially love the black quad tips, and black and white seats. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks! It is always a big decision on these kind of mods, not knowing how things will turn out... But when they work out it is well worth it!

That is one seriously awesome car. I especially love the black quad tips, and black and white seats. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I think you did a tremendous job with your car, its a well thought out project and it looks awesome but with the time and money spent making it look like an AMG why did you just not start off with one?
 

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[...] it looks awesome but with the time and money spent making it look like an AMG why did you just not start off with one?
Because this one is unique? Or because Jan just wanted to live a more creative life? ;)
Talking for myself, it gives big satisfaction to mod something to your own taste or needs. I well imagine that prior to undertaking this project, you would glance over a thousand photos, and pick those details that you really like.
With the money spent and effort put into it, you now have something that exactly matches with your taste and most likely that does not 100% overlap with a stock SLK55.
Kudos again for having the guts to strip an already nice car and work on a yet unknown outcome... :hail: Luckily with a super nice result! :tu:

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Interesting question. There are a few reasons really.

Through the years I have been upping the hp of the cars I buy. I started of with a 70hp car when I got my license, and little by little went up every car I bought. When I went to buy the slk the most powerful car I had at that moment was 172hp, so I upped it suddenly by another 100hp, which was a great jump!
Today I drive a 340hp BMW and if I was to buy an slk today the logic one would be the 55AMG. Although the 350 is very fast car already! Not a lot of competition on the roads out here...

The car gets driven during the week by my wife. When I bought the slk she only had her license for a year and was driving a 60hp volkswagen Polo.. She nearly jumped up 200hp being a rooky driver not knowing the difference between petrol and diesel when she goes to fill up the car :laugh:...

I didnt want to jump up to the AMG directly because what am I going to buy by the time I turn 40? In my life I want to go up, not down...

On the other hand you ask about the money spent to make it look like an AMG and that I could´ve bought one directly for that money.
The trick in my modding is to make it look like a million bucks without spending it, and clearly it is working!!

To make it look like an AMG I really only welded on the exhaust tips on the original exhaust, and the spoilerlip on the trunk, so that was only a few 100$ because the car came all AMG´d from the factory...
All the other mods are not AMG mods, but personalisation that I would have wanted for an AMG aswell.
I didn´t buy expensive parts, like carbon hoods or whatever. If you take a close look, apart from the wheels and new leather seats, nearly all mods are just repainting...

I did look at AMG´s back in the day out of curiosity, but the 350 was about 15.000$ cheaper than the cheapest AMG I could find. If you imagine that I only paid 16.000$ for it, that means an AMG costed double! All the mods I did including the wheels costed me an additional 4.000$ so that leaves me with a car that totally looked the way I wanted and still I am 10.000$ under the price of a standard AMG without a single mod...

after 4 years of enjoying it I did the second makeover about a month ago and I had the suspension fitted because the shocks were gone, so that was something I had to do anyway. So including the suspension and new paint it set me back 2.000$ and the car is good again for another 4 years... So in total I will have spent 22.000$ in 8 years, still 8.000$ less than a stock AMG... I think this is money very well spent on a very nice car that has fresh paint looking like it just rolled out of the dealership!

Maybe I am overthinking too much? :laugh:



I think you did a tremendous job with your car, its a well thought out project and it looks awesome but with the time and money spent making it look like an AMG why did you just not start off with one?
 

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Interesting question. There are a few reasons really.

Through the years I have been upping the hp of the cars I buy. I started of with a 70hp car when I got my license, and little by little went up every car I bought. When I went to buy the slk the most powerful car I had at that moment was 172hp, so I upped it suddenly by another 100hp, which was a great jump!
Today I drive a 340hp BMW and if I was to buy an slk today the logic one would be the 55AMG. Although the 350 is very fast car already! Not a lot of competition on the roads out here...

The car gets driven during the week by my wife. When I bought the slk she only had her license for a year and was driving a 60hp volkswagen Polo.. She nearly jumped up 200hp being a rooky driver not knowing the difference between petrol and diesel when she goes to fill up the car :laugh:...

I didnt want to jump up to the AMG directly because what am I going to buy by the time I turn 40? In my life I want to go up, not down...

On the other hand you ask about the money spent to make it look like an AMG and that I could´ve bought one directly for that money.
The trick in my modding is to make it look like a million bucks without spending it, and clearly it is working!!

To make it look like an AMG I really only welded on the exhaust tips on the original exhaust, and the spoilerlip on the trunk, so that was only a few 100$ because the car came all AMG´d from the factory...
All the other mods are not AMG mods, but personalisation that I would have wanted for an AMG aswell.
I didn´t buy expensive parts, like carbon hoods or whatever. If you take a close look, apart from the wheels and new leather seats, nearly all mods are just repainting...

I did look at AMG´s back in the day out of curiosity, but the 350 was about 15.000$ cheaper than the cheapest AMG I could find. If you imagine that I only paid 16.000$ for it, that means an AMG costed double! All the mods I did including the wheels costed me an additional 4.000$ so that leaves me with a car that totally looked the way I wanted and still I am 10.000$ under the price of a standard AMG without a single mod...

after 4 years of enjoying it I did the second makeover about a month ago and I had the suspension fitted because the shocks were gone, so that was something I had to do anyway. So including the suspension and new paint it set me back 2.000$ and the car is good again for another 4 years... So in total I will have spent 22.000$ in 8 years, still 8.000$ less than a stock AMG... I think this is money very well spent on a very nice car that has fresh paint looking like it just rolled out of the dealership!

Maybe I am overthinking too much? :laugh:


Thanks for the explanation......I am sure the car looks even better with the wife in it anyway >:D
 

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@CHELZEE You bet it does! She always tells me how guys pull up next to her at the red light and being surprised to see a girl in there. Then their male instincts rise and they floor it to impress. She also knows very well where the accelerator is and leaves them all behind with a smile. After they give up they stay politely behind her not showing their face anymore! LOL
 

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@jan jans Do you have any photos of the puddle lights at night? It looks like something that's easy to do, but I'd love to see the results before I start. Thanks in advance.
 

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Truly a stunning car, Jan Jans! Definitely an inspiration if I ever win the lottery, especially the images of the car disassembled at the body shop for the complete re-spray. For me it would not be a color change, as we love the 723 Pewter, but like you all the dents would be massaged out. An Expressions body kit would replace the factory bumpers and side skirts. Then it would go to Brabus in California for the 4.0 liter engine conversion, and a new clutch. The Brabus monster motor would ensure that the original clutch with 100k miles on it would self-destruct, so a new one would be a must. And bigger brakes and a shift to 17" rims, since the original 16s wouldn't be able to handle the power or fit over upgraded brakes. Inside, I would take a stroll to the dealer parts counter and order the Brown Nappa Leather seat covers that were a factory option for 2006.

Like you, the objective would be to have a truly unique car;in my case one with near-AMG power but retaining a manual transmission.
 

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"cuz I just am in love with it!" sums up the best reason for personalising / customising / modifying a car for me. I think you have done a magnificent job in making this SLK your very own. Looks great! :tu:
 

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Wow, you do have it all figured out in your head! It is really amazing to see the image in your head turn into reality, I higly recommend it! But your perception would need just a little bit more $$$ than my project... :)

Truly a stunning car, Jan Jans! Definitely an inspiration if I ever win the lottery, especially the images of the car disassembled at the body shop for the complete re-spray. For me it would not be a color change, as we love the 723 Pewter, but like you all the dents would be massaged out. An Expressions body kit would replace the factory bumpers and side skirts. Then it would go to Brabus in California for the 4.0 liter engine conversion, and a new clutch. The Brabus monster motor would ensure that the original clutch with 100k miles on it would self-destruct, so a new one would be a must. And bigger brakes and a shift to 17" rims, since the original 16s wouldn't be able to handle the power or fit over upgraded brakes. Inside, I would take a stroll to the dealer parts counter and order the Brown Nappa Leather seat covers that were a factory option for 2006.

Like you, the objective would be to have a truly unique car;in my case one with near-AMG power but retaining a manual transmission.
 

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Here are some pictures I just made of the puddle lights, you are lucky it´s winter and the sun goes down early :)

@jan jans Do you have any photos of the puddle lights at night? It looks like something that's easy to do, but I'd love to see the results before I start. Thanks in advance.
 

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