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No special wiring...it is one plug that is keyed for proper direction.
Here’s a DIY I did on mine...
https://mbworld.org/forums/sl-class-...l-lcd-diy.html

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Thanks for the quick answer! Your detail will no doubt save me a lot of grief. I was planning to buy a donor cluster (hopefully with two good panels) for parts as well as learning. Is there a way to power up the lcd's with the cluster out of the car?

btw, we may have similar afflictions. The wife and I are building a Rans S-19 and ride a Honda VFR800.

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No way to power up out of the car that I know of. However it is very easy to plug the panel in and see if it works.

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Thanks again. I procured an IC for $150. Now I just need to get the nerve to remove my IC from the car. You all have made the rest straight forward.
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I know this is a somewhat old thread, but has anyone used this solution?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-R2...1/263857457553

Looks like it might be a less risky approach than buying an old and perhaps non functioning set of instruments on eBay. I also assume to replace the current LCD's you'd need to buy 2 of these - is that correct?

My LCD's provide info, and are bright enough to read easily when the car is first started. However after a few minutes/miles, they start to get dim. If I've driven an hour or so, they are really too dim to read satisfactorily - especially if it is a sunny day.

Appreciate any input on the product, and number required.

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I know this is a somewhat old thread, but has anyone used this solution?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-R2...1/263857457553

Looks like it might be a less risky approach than buying an old and perhaps non functioning set of instruments on eBay. I also assume to replace the current LCD's you'd need to buy 2 of these - is that correct?

My LCD's provide info, and are bright enough to read easily when the car is first started. However after a few minutes/miles, they start to get dim. If I've driven an hour or so, they are really too dim to read satisfactorily - especially if it is a sunny day.

Appreciate any input on the product, and number required.

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Gary, there is a member ‘gedsl’ on the MBWorld forum that appears to have installed the China LCD’s. I’d like to know how they worked out myself. If you find out, let us know.
Here’s the post: https://mbworld.org/forums/sl-class-...ml#post7645508

You will need 2 of these panels. Follow my DIY and it should work well.

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THANK YOU - PM sent to gedsl and you on the MBWorld Forum.

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When I bought my '03 R230 in 2014, both LCDs were unusable during the day (but could be seen at night). I scoured the web back then in search of replacement LCDs but could find nothing (not even part numbers) and on the VDO site (who I believe manufactures the gauges), they explicitly said the LCDs weren't available separately. Of course, the stealer service department was more than willing to install a new cluster for $4,000 (yes, $4k).

I found a complete working cluster on ebay for $800, and my mechanic installed it for a couple hundred.

Caveats: If you take this route, the cluster you buy has to have the same (unlikely) or more miles on the odometer than what's stored in the car, or the software won't sync the car's internal odometer to the display. Fortunately, the one I found was a couple of hundred miles over. Also, mechanic told me it was an absolute nightmare getting the MB software on the laptop to allow the two to sync (the odometer kept showing up "--------"), which is why it cost a couple hundred to install (the cluster literally comes out in under a minute, and the new one plugs right in).

So, you should be thanking your luck stars that those LCDs appear to now be available at the price I saw on the ebay thread. Would love to hear how it works out.
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Just a note about the odometer...the value is stored both in the EIS (ignition switch) and the ICM (instrument cluster). When replacing one or the other, there is a one-time option in SDS to copy the mileage from the existing part to the new part. Or, if for some reason you are replacing both the EIS and ICM, SDS has the option to do a one-time odometer roll-forward. This can only be done one time on the part and only on a new "virgin" part. Once the odometer has been set, or once it has been used int he car and accumulated some miles (maybe 100?) it cannot be set with SDS - it is now locked. So, if you try to install a used ICM or EIS, and it does not match the odometer of the other part, you get "------" as the display, and SDS cannot fix that. However, it is possible to have the mileage in the donor part zeroed using a special tool (there are several aftermarket tools that do this). Once the odometer is zeroed, SDS sees it as a "virgin" part and you can then use SDS to marry it to the car and copy the odometer form the existing EIS or ICM that is in the car. Note that the best way to zero the miles is to find a good electronics shop to do it for you. While it's possible to do it with some soldering and a $100 EEPROM programmer, that is probably not something most people can tackle. Specialty shops usually charge $250 or less to do it for you.

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My feedback from gedsl on the other forum indicates he is very pleased with the LCD's on eBay from China. Of course, they have only been installed for about 3 months, and he did not supply any info regarding mileage or estimated time spent operating the car since the installation.

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