|12-07-2009, 07:11 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...
|12-07-2009, 07:23 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: '72 350SL, '85 300D, '98 E320, '14 GLK250 on order
Location: Ont, Canada
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.
|12-08-2009, 12:05 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Sep 2009
Vehicle: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan
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.)
Sterling Heights, MI
1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL Benzedrine
2002 Volvo S80 T6
2004 Litespeed Vortex/Campagnolo Record
|12-08-2009, 04:26 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2008
Vehicle: 1984 380SL
Location: Key West FL USA
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.
|12-08-2009, 05:09 AM||#9 (permalink)|
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Date registered: Nov 2008
Vehicle: 1988 SL560, 1989 560 SEL
Location: Clay Co Fl. out of town
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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