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Happy to oblige

Actually I've cross-posted more details & photos over in the W126 section. From continued searching, I've found some other references, but unfortuately it's all subject to change as the worldwide market "evolves".
There are bad words regarding one guy's experience with Karlyn front-end failing in just 30 days. It may also be that Karlyn & Kratex are tied-in together, but no proof yet.

Other after-market feedback:
There are certain providers, however, whose product I do like.
  • Lemforder
  • Bilstein
  • jurid
  • etc.
all these guys do a decent job.
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...compare apples to apples. By the looks of vines auctions they are selling the Karlyn Brand (german made) parts. I wouldn't put them on the same page as lemforder or meyle, but they are still good parts none the less. I would break them down like this and I would bet 99% of all parts suppliers would agree unless they had someone in their pocket.

1st Lemforder (heck bmw trust them! most lemforder parts have the roundel ground off the part)

2nd Meyle/TRW (meyle is really striving to make better then OE parts and is doing a very good job. TRW is mostly Lemforder relabeled on some parts)

3rd Febi/Bilstein (IMO got knocked out of second place once they started subbing out manufacturing to taiwan. Quality went down hill)

4th Karlyn ( almost should be tied with 3rd. You get what you pay for. Some parts are better then others)

5th First Equip Quality & Hamburg Technic (I am not looking to offend anyone but these are the used car dealer special. Priced right and lucky to last a year)
Lastly, FWIW, any lady who wants to be well-informed as to the parts installed on her MB - HAS to be pretty hot

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Old thread, but it helped me a lot before I pulled the trigger on these unbelievably-low priced ball joints on da bay. I think I'll pass on Kratex.

Plus, I think she's HOT for this thread, regardless. LOL.

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Wink Thanks for your reply to my post -

My mechanic prefers Lemfordor and 'quality' parts which costs a bit more and I stretch my pocketbook a bit to accommodate and trust his judgement. I'd rather have quality parts than to re-pay labor again down the road to re-do something that didn't hold up for the long run. I drive to Baja on occasion and want my car dependable and reliable.

Right now, I need to address the annoying issue of my vaccum door locks leaking somewhere. I can unlock my door and get in right away, but I have to start my engine and my passenger has to stand outside and wait for the pressure to build up to unlock their door so they can get in - LOL. This happens when I haven't driven the car enough. There's a leak somewhere obviously.

I have seriously considered attempting to remove the driver side door panel 'again' to see if I could check my lines and all and do the repairs myself. Although intimidating, I did manage to remove the panel once a few years back but after looking at everything under there and being further intimidated, I put it all back together - LOL

Have you done this? Maybe I should I leave this to my mechanic?
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Lemfordor is exactly what I have sourced and plan to buy from Autohaus. As for you vacuum issue, I've had two W140's. W140 owners usually just have to go straight to the pump(s) to find the culprit. good luck

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