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Old 12-07-2009, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you lift your SL

Been playing with the 380SL for two years now, and find that raising her high enough to play underneath is not simple. Checked around for lifts, nothing I thought reasonable for part time use. Just wanted to hear what everyone else is doing, idea's. Used the hydrolic jack with wood cusion to use under the oilpan, (ouch ), and the differential. then jack stands.... Does anyone make an adaptor for use at the manufacturers jack points, that plug into the holes, and allow for a hydrolic lift. I have just used the rocker panel area, that hurts also. Looking may be to develope something. also is there anyone in the Winder Ga. area that might let a friend look at thier SL for a sample...
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Been playing with the 380SL for two years now, and find that raising her high enough to play underneath is not simple. Checked around for lifts, nothing I thought reasonable for part time use. Just wanted to hear what everyone else is doing, idea's. Used the hydrolic jack with wood cusion to use under the oilpan, (ouch ), and the differential. then jack stands.... Does anyone make an adaptor for use at the manufacturers jack points, that plug into the holes, and allow for a hydrolic lift. I have just used the rocker panel area, that hurts also. Looking may be to develope something. also is there anyone in the Winder Ga. area that might let a friend look at thier SL for a sample...
I've always jacked the car using the the channels that are part of the body just inside of the rocker panels. But it is tight in there for a jack and jackstands.

I have never lifted the car using the engine sump. Does anyone do this? It it workes OJ, it should be easier to just jack in one place instead of two, then slip jackstands onto those chassis beams.
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was thinking about air bags, but silicone is ALOT BETTER>>>> lol
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Just kidding above in all seriousness...If it's nothing major that requires taking wheels off...I use Rhino Jacks
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I second the Rhino Ramps. That's the only lifting and supporting device I bet my life on, literally. You just can't do any "wheels off" work, obviously.

For that, the "by-the-book" method (meaning the official factory manual) calls for using "jacking up shoes", MB Part #123 589 11 63 00, as described on this attached page. I've not researched them, though, let alone used them, and I'm not certain they're even available anymore, or what they cost. But it's probably worth looking into, since it's the method Mr. Benz recommends to avoid damaging your expensive Mercedes. (And your even more expensive you, I presume.)

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Old 12-08-2009, 03:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I like the ramps, too, for getting under to inspect. The extra 6" is good enough. Actually I used the car's own jack for the first time about a month ago, just to test it. The fronts are too rusty to trust, for the front I bought a small hydraulic jack but the rears worked fine. Now I know I can at least change a tire if I have to.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I thought this over and decided to go to a friends garage who has 2 lifts. one for frame amd one for wheel lift. Plus I get free advice while there.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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A good safety thing to do (oh no not my pentas) is to place wheels like this picture just in case.
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