Date registered: Nov 2008
Vehicle: 72 350SL, 72 350 Euro, '83 500SL
Location: Belmont, CA
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Paint Quality & Rear Bushings
I had opened up the box a few weeks ago. They seemed very solid and clearly thicker than what is currently on my '72. Yesterday I finally took off the plastic wrapping. Frankly, I'm somewhat disappointed. The pieces look like they were sprayed with paint and then rolled through a pile of dirt. I've never seen anything like it. I saw a review of Addco on Amazon that commented on the same thing but figured it was a one off. I didn't take a close up picture but maybe you can see some of the grittiness in the reflections in the attached photo. For the price, it seems a little harsh to complain. But having dealt with powder coating a lot in the past (and present) I don't understand how this happened. Maybe the finish is on purpose?
My real problems is that I bought five sets for our SL parts business so now I have to go through all of them to see if they have the same finish quality. They are not sell-able like this - at least not by me. They'll all need to be stripped and re-powder coated. Wonderful.....
What is everyone else doing for rear bushings? They don't come in the kit - at least not in my box. The ones on my car are now close to 50 years old. I ordered new bushings from Mercedes but they don't come close to fitting. My first thought is to try honing them out. Thoughts?