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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-17-2018, 12:34 PM
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What a joke, normally I would walk away from a supplier like that, however when they are a sole source, I guess you'll have to pick up the phone, then fight to get past the receptionist/receptobot.


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21st century man here emailed them. here is the script ( oscar noms at the ready please). We could call it
" The Turing Test"

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Hello there. Do you stock a right hand drive faster version of the steering box for my 107.046 500SL? If so, I would be very interested in the part.

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Thank you for contacting us.
Unfortunately, this is not something we carry or offer. We do carry a wide range of parts for many vehicles though, so if there is anything else we can assist you with, please feel free to contact us any time.
Best Regards, Customer Service 1-800-241-4529 Carsteering.com

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Hello chaps,
I said I'come up with a part number, and here goes a hopeful something. The part no for a RHD 500 Sl, Feb 1985 pre-facelift model is 1074602101 and also 107.0681.RF ( SKU) Excuse the typeface malfunction. ...2101 is the same as fits a 560 SL, and they were available in RHD for Australia and Japan. I'd appreciate if you could evaluate whether the innards differ at all from RHD to LHD. I'd expect the outer trimmings to be side specific, but I doubt Mercedes would reinvent the innards. The site I found says they are common part numbers for both LHD and RHD.
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Hello,

Thank you for contacting us.

Unfortunately, this is not something we carry or offer. We do carry a wide range of parts for many vehicles though, so if there is anything else we can assist you with, please feel free to contact us any time.

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Soo. They are saying that they ' carry a wide range of parts for many vehicles though, so if there is anything else they can assist you with, please feel free to contact them any time". Useful. pfft......
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I bought the faster turning radius gearbox. It's sitting on my work bench waiting to be installed. I like how it came with a return label so I don't have to pay to send the core back.
@Elmer Fudd what pictures of the box should I take to see if it can handle a rhd vehicle?
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I bought the faster turning radius gearbox. It's sitting on my work bench waiting to be installed. I like how it came with a return label so I don't have to pay to send the core back.
@Elmer Fudd what pictures of the box should I take to see if it can handle a rhd vehicle?
Looking forward to your impressions after you installed it and drove the car.
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I was always interested in a lighter feel to the steering in my '84 500 sec. Never found anyone capable of this by flow or pressure relief valve. This is done in the hotrod field. I had a supposed MB mechanic try, which ended up with him adding chamber, different wheels and tires while he stole my BBS wheels and tires which he denys. Yikes
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just the usual mug shots mate, front, sides, back, top bottom, as long as you label them according to position on car when fitted, I could probably deduce the rest. and thanks for the offer. Christmas comes early this year.
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just the usual mug shots mate, front, sides, back, top bottom, as long as you label them according to position on car when fitted, I could probably deduce the rest. and thanks for the offer. Christmas comes early this year.
Had this "plus size" model up on my runway today

For real though, these things weigh a TON. Easily 30 odd pounds.

Pics attached bud. Let me know if you want another angle. I won't be installing this until next week.
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This really interests me, Beast.

Ironically.....my steering box is still good and it's not even weeping fluid.
But the time will come.

I'll bet your biggest challenge will be removing that pitman arm.

BEWARE.

But it that comes off.....should be clear sailing.

If I remember correctly.....mounting bolts are one time use.....however...you could probably get away with just new nuts.

And "while your in there"....a new steering coupler?
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This really interests me, Beast.

Ironically.....my steering box is still good and it's not even weeping fluid.
But the time will come.

I'll bet your biggest challenge will be removing that pitman arm.

BEWARE.

But it that comes off.....should be clear sailing.

If I remember correctly.....mounting bolts are one time use.....however...you could probably get away with just new nuts.

And "while your in there"....a new steering coupler?
I should have taken a picture of all of the new tools I had to buy. I got this massive cast iron pitman arm remover curtesy of @roncallo . I also bought a torque wrench rated for 200nm.

Those one time use bolts are on their way from the father land and I already have a new steering coupler. Should be here by Monday. I wanted to get a centering screw, but they're NLA apparently.

Strangely enough, the steering box is horrifically difficult to turn. I wonder if this is because there isn't any oil in it. Anyway, it's pre-centered so hopefully I can avoid the nightmare if i'm careful.

I'll also be taking a before and after video showing the steering boxes' turning radius.

Now here's a question for you @nobby :

I had my tie rods all replaced back in July of 2017. Do you think I can get away with just popping him off or should I spring $20 for the tool from HF?
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I had my tie rods all replaced back in July of 2017. Do you think I can get away with just popping him off or should I spring $20 for the tool from HF?
Do you need to remove it completely or just swing it out of the way?

I have had great luck in the past on the steering knuckle side with a well placed blow of a hammer.....hit the knuckle right beside the tierod and the tierod usually falls out.

But since you have already been purchasing everything else to do the job properly....what's another $20?

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