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Vibration Damper on Driveshaft Removal

I'm trying to figure out how to remove the vibration damper on the front of the driveshaft. It bolts up to the front flex disc but it doesn't slide off. It looks like it is made with the driveshaft. I'm wondering if I should just cut it off as the rubber has deteriorated and I'm afraid the metal ring is going to break of while I'm driving.
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It is not matted if you remove the driveshaft it will come off, cutting could be risky.
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I have it off due to me replacing my transmission and I have the flex disc off but can't remove the damper. I'm going to look at it more closely tonight and see if I can remove it. Just wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing a hidden screw or bolt somewhere. Thanks!
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It's held by drive-shaft bolts, it could just be fused due to rust. see
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It's held by drive-shaft bolts, it could just be fused due to rust. see
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I know this is an old thread but it pertains to the situation I'm in right now.

1985 190E 2.0 here in Florida. The vibration damper is completely rotted away. All that's left is the outer ring. I've read elsewhere on this little known part, it's not needed. Mercedes stopped using them in later years. So I should not replaced it? Or should I since it was later not used due to improvements in the driveshaft, which mine does not have? What's the easiest way to remove this ring? Should I cut it off? It will hang low since the rubber is gone. I've tried to loosen the flex plate bolts but the rear nuts to the bolts are hard to get to. I'll try cutting it with a large bolt cutter first, then hand grinder if needed.
I'm curious to hear if I need to replace this part....?
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what they referred to as a 'vibration damper' in this thread is in fact a flex disk, something completely different.

and, um, flexdisks are absolutely required on the driveshaft, I've never heard of them 'not needed'.

your 190E is a W201, not a W124, you might try in that forum, no US model W124 ever had a 2.0L engine.

I've had to replace the flex disks on most all my 124's, they don't last forever.



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I know this is an old thread but it pertains to the situation I'm in right now.

1985 190E 2.0 here in Florida. The vibration damper is completely rotted away. All that's left is the outer ring. I've read elsewhere on this little known part, it's not needed. Mercedes stopped using them in later years. So I should not replaced it? Or should I since it was later not used due to improvements in the driveshaft, which mine does not have? What's the easiest way to remove this ring? Should I cut it off? It will hang low since the rubber is gone. I've tried to loosen the flex plate bolts but the rear nuts to the bolts are hard to get to. I'll try cutting it with a large bolt cutter first, then hand grinder if needed.
I'm curious to hear if I need to replace this part....?
I'm not familiar with these vibration dampers but if yours is as you describe, I'd say just cut it off and see if the car vibrates. If not, you're done. If so, you know you need to replace it. Start with the easy stuff!
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W201 and W124 driveline parts have different dimensions but are the same design regardless of motor displacement, and further this is not a US only message board and lots of grey market cars have found their way stateside.

As I was told by an owner of a driveshaft shop about the the vibration damper, "it's just extra shit". The flexdiscs already function as vibration dampers, so it can be left off.

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If the outer ring is all that is left and you don't have a vibration, then just cut it off and move on.

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