Hi all. We are making progress.
ElRojo, please get in touch with me when able.
Got home this evening to see this... (pics below)!!
I will be attempting installation on Saturday morning. I hope it's a plug-n-play type deal. The mounting brackets included may be a sticking point (they look too big, but it's been a while since I dismounted the one in the junkyard). They also did not put in the "flat" for the SLS mount bracket, so I have to see about that too. Could be an easy deal with a hammer/flat or perhaps a grinder to ensure that the bracket doesn't slip around the bar. I will post pics of the installation when I can.
I am also on my way to Northern California for Thanksgiving, which includes about 50 miles on the famous Route 1 above Jenner (aka "Dramamine drive", third pic below), so I can have a really good "seat of the pants" assessment.
1990 560 SEL, 175K. Smoke silver (702) on Parchment leather (265). Gen 2 euro bumpers, euro headlights/turns, W140 glass moonroof, orthopedic seats, pushbutton FGS, blacked out grille, Nakamichi CD400/MBQuart 4.125 ONYX amp w/ Polk db650 rears, db1000 fronts, rear "dummy" lights activated as brake lights, 35% bronze tints.
1983 300SD, 106K. Orient Red (501) on Java MB tex (154). SOLD (and I miss ol' Hans...)
Installation went very smoothly!! The mounting straps were perfect (had to add a washer because the slots are wider). It's definitely a plug-n-play situation for the 420 SEL, but a little trickier for the 560 SEL, as the SLS lines need to be moved a bit to take out the old bar and install the new one. All that's needed is to take one bolt out of the SLS valve mount so the valve body moves about a half inch. Once the new bar is in, the valve body just bolts back in (no adjusting lines or anything). Really easy overall (I only missed halftime and the third quarter of the Packers game). I still have to refine the SLS connection, as the u-bolt is too small to fit around the bar. I used a grinder to make a flat spot, and also ground a bit on the SLS connector. A longer u-bolt will be hunted down this week. I will be posting pics once I have everything sewn up tight.
I drove for a few miles, and no issues at all. The "feel" is firmer, but it might be psychosomatic, having just done the work. I think it will be a subtle difference for day-to-day average driving, and the true test will be those turns on Rte 1 this week. I did notice a much flatter body angle when I took a long sweeping right on an entrance ramp-- it definitely felt good!!
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