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New owner with a question.

Just bought a 1980 450SL for the wife's birthday, & noticed the seat belts are badly frayed due to rubbing on the metal brace between the seat & the seat back. Found several companies on line that sell replacement belts for a good price. Need to replace them as they are the only safety feature on the car. Can anybody on the forum tell me how to remove the old belts? Don't want to get to a point where I say to myself, "Wish I had not done that last step."
Thanx in advance, I really enjoy the site.
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Welcome to forum.

Safety belt reel fixings are behind the rear side panels.

You have to remove the top choremed set belt grommets, they are fixed by 2 screws and 2 10mm bolts.

After that the you have to remove soft top opening and locking levers - observe their position and operation before removing.

Remove rear parcel self or rear seats.

The rear side panels are fixed by several small screws and washers. These side panels are plastic and brittle - be carefull. To remove you have to twist them in and down, observe top end at the same time - you do not want damage the panel surface.

Hope this helps.

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Just bought a 1980 450SL for the wife's birthday, & noticed the seat belts are badly frayed due to rubbing on the metal brace between the seat & the seat back. Found several companies on line that sell replacement belts for a good price. Need to replace them as they are the only safety feature on the car. Can anybody on the forum tell me how to remove the old belts? Don't want to get to a point where I say to myself, "Wish I had not done that last step."
Thanx in advance, I really enjoy the site.
Welcome to the forum.

As Yka said....the rear parcel shelf needs to come out to access the removal of the rear side panels. The reels are in behind there. As far as the rest of it goes.....if you are at all handy around cars....this is a pretty straight forward job.

If the price of new restraint systems is stupid money, you can always look for used. Lots of guys are always parting out cars.

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Just bought a 1980 450SL for the wife's birthday, & noticed the seat belts are badly frayed due to rubbing on the metal brace between the seat & the seat back. Found several companies on line that sell replacement belts for a good price. Need to replace them as they are the only safety feature on the car. Can anybody on the forum tell me how to remove the old belts? Don't want to get to a point where I say to myself, "Wish I had not done that last step."
Thanx in advance, I really enjoy the site.
You'd be surprised on safety this car has.

My experience is that ALL safety belts are the same as long as they have safety approval of any UN recognised country, best if they have approval of your country. That is the only thing that matter, rest is semantics.

If you can get your hands on any safety belt that has same mechanicals, like buckle and size of the reel enclosure, it should be a perfect match. Mounting tabs at ends are the same across the industry.

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Here you go:

https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/knowl...or-an-old-benz

$130 per belt.

Mechanic for my wife's () 380SL
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Thank you for this link.

The most interesting picture was missing or I did not found it : the center side red seat belt buckets, their red color look usually very pale at this age. Hope the new red seat belt buckets are included into this restoration seat belt package.

Here is a link into one previous thread about the new W107 seat belts:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...seatbelts.html

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