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SEL Euro Lights, Protective Covers, Modified U.S. Wipers

I absolutely love the look and light output of euro lights. After finally finding a pair, I recently installed them on our 1989 560SEL. Transforms the car, in my opinion. The US lights don't look as bad on the SEL as they do on the SEC but I'm still glad to finally get the euros installed. I included a before pic at the bottom.

This pair was used but the lenses are in remarkable condition. To prevent rock chips and sandblasting, I made covers for them. They are almost invisible until you're right up to them. Super easy to make. The 1/16" polycarbonate cuts easily with a heavy pair of shears. Drill one hole for the upper mount, install six rubber bumpers to keep the poly off the glass, and rotate into place. The upper mount is the wire from a binder clip.

About the only problem with converting to euro headlights is how high the US wiper sits on the lens. Not a huge deal but not aesthetically ideal. My solution is to cut an 11/16" section out of the vertical portion of the wiper so that the blade sits that much lower on the lens. It's not as elegant looking as euro wipers but I feel the mighty Benz must have wipers and for the budget-minded, this isn't a bad alternative. The front shot of the car shows an original and a modified wiper installed.

The cut out section becomes a splint for the joint. I used JB weld to smooth the transition at the joint. The washer system remains intact.

Not a huge project but very rewarding. I did this on our SEC, as well, and am pleased that both came out so well.
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Damn that wiper mod is super creative and absolutely looks so much cleaner than the original design. Congratulations on your Ingenuity! The Euro lights and that wiper mod really do transform the look of your sweet sweet ride!


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Damn that wiper mod is super creative and absolutely looks so much cleaner than the original design. Congratulations on your Ingenuity! The Euro lights and that wiper mod really do transform the look of your sweet sweet ride!
Thanks, lowphat! High praise, indeed. And much appreciated.
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Yes, a really great addition to the headlights and if it saves just one lens from dying of road debris kicked up, then marvelous!!

On plastic sheets that we cut, we'd use a propane torch to melt the edges smooth. It was very easy and quick. Try that on some scraps to see if it smooths the edge for polycarbonate because a sawed edge can crack *much* easier than a smooth one.

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Mike, what kind of paint did you use on the wipers? Any clear coat?
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Yes, a really great addition to the headlights and if it saves just one lens from dying of road debris kicked up, then marvelous!!

On plastic sheets that we cut, we'd use a propane torch to melt the edges smooth. It was very easy and quick. Try that on some scraps to see if it smooths the edge for polycarbonate because a sawed edge can crack *much* easier than a smooth one.
Mike, in the old days I fiddled with Plexiglas and found that melting the edge with a torch really helped. Now that I'm using polycarbonate, it simply isn't needed, at least not in this application. I've had these covers on my SEC for quite a while and the edges show no cracking at all.

The poly really is a superior material. So easy to cut and shape. Not brittle like the Plexiglas.
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Mike, what kind of paint did you use on the wipers? Any clear coat?
I used Dupli-Color primer and paint. No clear coat.
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I'm sure you could do some good business marketing these polycarbonate headlight covers, not only for the W126 but other Benzes/car makes. I'd love a SEC/SEL set myself if you ever produce em...
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That is a very pretty car.
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