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Trying to fit it on my 78slc:
1) it seemed Like it would not reach behind the metal into the wheel well.
2) the sheet metal that runs under the grill seemed to hit the spoiler (causing the above)
3) the shape of the grill opening has big curves (or sharper curves) that make the air dam hit the stock lower grill fins making it necessary to cut or remove them (leaving an opening in the center with no grill fins?).

The top center part of the lip would hang on the sheet metal nicely enough for me to try this test for before realizing it was not right for my car. I walked away from trying to make it fit because it was too cold to get the tools needed to remove my busted-up grill fins, not because I didn't think it could be done. Maybe if you are willing to try harder or maybe cut some things up you'd be able to make it fit.


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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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It's been years since I installed one of these on my previous '73 SL, so I'm trying to remember if I had to remove anything sheet metal-wise below the bumper for that one. Are they usually just a cover-up install? I think that was a Zender, too. I had one on my '83 SEC, though, too. It's very cold here too and my car is in storage 30 minutes away, so I can't even see what the problems may be. PM me if you think it may work upon further inspection and we can discuss its possiblities.
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It's been years since I installed one of these on my previous '73 SL, so I'm trying to remember if I had to remove anything sheet metal-wise below the bumper for that one. Are they usually just a cover-up install? I think that was a Zender, too. I had one on my '83 SEC, though, too. It's very cold here too and my car is in storage 30 minutes away, so I can't even see what the problems may be. PM me if you think it may work upon further inspection and we can discuss its possiblities.
I have a 560sl air dam on my 73 and I personally think it is a no-brainer to install that one since it is a bolt on with no need to drill holes or cut anything. Totally reversible with zero damage to the car.

Just a few weeks ago I received an AMG air dam and it requires sheet metal screws, which I personally don't call a 100% reversible modification. I was planning on putting the AMG air dam on my SLC convertible that has been obviously heavily customized. My 560sl (gen2) air dam has been cut for the 72-73 turn signals which I don't/didn't have for my SLC. So I didn't want to try to use it. However, I now have a pair of 72-73 turn signals that will fit well with either the AMG or cut 560sl air dam. So either could work.

My recommendation will still be (as it was in the start of this thread) tongi get a 560sl air dam and bolt it on your car. See if you like it and then decide whether to paint it.

Bolt-on I tell you! Two nuts, two bolts, four screws. Bolt-on! It doesn't get any easier, or easier to find than a 560sl being parted out.


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I did actually have to drill two holes in my 73 on one side because it had been in an accident and I guess holes were covered over in the reconstruction. The factory holes were on the other side. I am told the holes are there on 73 cars.




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Again, I'm trying to apply an air dam on my '76 SL under my new euro bumpers. That AMG style spoiler is what I'd absolutely prefer to use regardless of the drilling for screw holes to install it. I lost out on ebay for that version a few weeks ago.
I guess I'll dig around near here and look at 560 SL versions if I can't find the one I want. ADSIT has an ad in Hemmings that says they have new air dams for $295, but when I looked online they were $395 on their site. My guess is they'd honor the new ad price, but a stock used one might still be cheaper. Thanks for the tips.
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Used will be less expensive. There are also various MB dealer sites that are less than $395.
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I would bet that you won't have to pay over $150 for a used one. If not cracked, there is no reason not to buy used in my opinion.

What style turn signals do you have? Maybe I should sell you my used one with a hairline crack? Or maybe I should rape you selling you the AMG one I just bought.

Search for 560sl in your local CL. It should take less than a month for one to show up being parted out if there isn't one already.




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