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Hi Folks in Perth, I would like to ask if anybody can connect me to an auto electrician in Perth that is prepared to fit my 'Smart Top' module I purchased some months ago. The guy I have used a few times before is not too keen to fool around with a retro fit module that he says could blow the electronics of my 55 and cost me a fortune to repair. He is experienced but will not touch it.

Cheers Mark
 

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Hi Mark,

It really is very simple to fit. Show him the DIYs in the forum. There have been a lot of people here who have never worked on a car who have managed to fit one. If he's an 'auto-electrician', he should have no problem at all. The chances of 'blowing' anything are very remote. Apart from the access to the CANbus socket which requires a little contortionism, it is simpler to fit than a new head unit/radio.
 

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Cheers Woolly, Yeah I gave him all of the fact sheets and this forum address so he could have a read but he is still not happy and delaying so I will go elsewhere. He is an Englishman but I don't hold that against him. I know his concern is the CANbus. I am **** on the tools and I WOULD blow the thing up so not touching it for quids.
 

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The thing about CANbus is you can't blow it up - all you can do is hook up the wires the wrong way round, or in the wrong position. In these cases, the worst that can happen is the SmartTop will not work.
 

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Wooly's spot on there - one of the easier mods to do to these cars, and very rewarding once complete...

Follow the DIY and have a go - it's really not that bad a job and you'll be please when it's complete...

Remember to drink beer afterwards too...

Cheers
Sean
 

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I agree with Woolly and Sean , even if you choose the wrong canbus socket , you'll just get a message on the MFD saying something isn't right ( I've actually tried this ) which once reverted goes away , you can't harm the system this way !
If we were talking about a R170 , I might understand his reserves , but the R171 is about as simple as it gets , the hardest parts being getting the carpet out of the way , opening the wire trunking cover and managing to get the cover off the canbus connector strip !
 

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Hi Mark,
It really is very simple to fit. Show him the DIYs in the forum. There have been a lot of people here who have never worked on a car who have managed to fit one. If he's an 'auto-electrician', he should have no problem at all. The chances of 'blowing' anything are very remote. Apart from the access to the CANbus socket which requires a little contortionism, it is simpler to fit than a new head unit/radio.
Wooly's spot on there - one of the easier mods to do to these cars, and very rewarding once complete...
Follow the DIY and have a go - it's really not that bad a job and you'll be please when it's complete...
Remember to drink beer afterwards too...
Cheers
Sean
I agree with Woolly and Sean , even if you choose the wrong canbus socket , you'll just get a message on the MFD saying something isn't right ( I've actually tried this ) which once reverted goes away , you can't harm the system this way !
If we were talking about a R170 , I might understand his reserves , but the R171 is about as simple as it gets , the hardest parts being getting the carpet out of the way , opening the wire trunking cover and managing to get the cover off the canbus connector strip !
My Smart Top module was due to be delivered the day I came off shore (2 weeks ago). So, hopefully it will be there when I get home and not "returned to sender". I'll not have time to fit it before the Mercedes World meet, so I'm hoping to do it on my return. For all you technical, engineering, electrical, mechanical types this job is probably something you could do in your sleep. To all us non techies etc., it seems quite daunting so I totally sympathise with Mark (AMG 055).

Woolly says …..
"It really is very simple to fit"..... I certainly hope so, as the only electrical experience I have is fitting plugs to washing machines etc., years ago (remember when we had to do that :D).
“There have been a lot of people here who have never worked on a car who have managed to fit one.” ….. That means, to me, that there are people here who haven’t managed to fit one.
"The chances of 'blowing' anything are very remote." says to me that there is a chance I could "blow" something .. not very reassuring.
Oh yes, and to "remember to have a towel handy". (Different post, but I think I can actually still do that!)(remember that is!)

Sean says …..
“one of the easier mods to do to these cars, and very rewarding once complete” ….. I thought it a challenge to fit my Windrestrictor, and that only had 2 wires to connect, and two screws, and two nuts, to loosen and then re tighten. True though, it was rewarding when it actually lit up, and didn’t disappear over the boot when I took Mabel for a run.


“it's really not that bad a job” ….. translates to …. it’s actually a pretty awkward job, and not that easy. At least it normally does in the oil industry, from my experience.
“you'll be please when it's complete” ….. Eventually! And with luck!
“Follow the DIY and have a go” ….. I've read the DIY threads 2000 times, so, yes I'm going to give it a go.

Curro says …..
“the hardest parts being getting the carpet out of the way , opening the wire trunking cover and managing to get the cover off the canbus connector strip !” ….. Not quite my take on it, having seen the DIY thread, as there a bits that require “being a contortionist”, and the use of specially whittled sticks and masking tape.

However, if I get stuck, I can always rely on getting help from the forum, and if I can manage to do it, then so can you Mark. I’ll keep you posted on my attempt(s) when I get home from the meet.

One last point ….. Is the beer drinking part compulsory Sean? I, if successful am planning a very large malt whisky! :biglaugh:
 

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Read the DIY on the forum and do it yourself it really is simple.


Oh, and start looking for a new place to take your car! Never thought I'd come across an Aussie who wasn't willing to at least have a go!
 
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