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Awesome find - as always there's a backstory to everything. How did the seller come about it - was he a previous 126 owner?
I wondered the same thing, bondavi, so I asked. Turns out it was hanging around a shop the guy used to work at years ago. It was removed from a customer's car and never reinstalled for some reason.

He had had it sitting around for about six years and decided to sell it. He knew what if was for and I suspect would have installed it on his own SEL if it hadn't been recently totaled while parked in front of his house.
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This plate is to protect the lower engine components from scraping the ground or cobblestones being hurled up at a high velocity. I suppose it protects from other debris but that would be a secondary benefit.


Iíve never seen one like that. I wonder what the OPís looks like.

Both the 300se cars Iíve got/parted have had rectangular plastic protectors under the engine but donít look like this. I guess wat I have are my skid plates. Correct?


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Iíve never seen one like that. I wonder what the OPís looks like.

Both the 300se cars Iíve got/parted have had rectangular plastic protectors under the engine but donít look like this. I guess wat I have are my skid plates. Correct?


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There were 2 versions of the W126 skid plate. One is a short version and another is a long version. The long version also protects the radiator, where as the short one just protects the oil pan. Both versions are made of thick-gauge steel.

The plastic covers that were seen on diesel models and some other models were not designed to be used as skid plates. Its primarily to keep things clean and may have some sound-deadening benefits. My Euro 190E has a plastic cover, but there was also a metal skid plate that was far more durable.
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Iíve never seen one like that. I wonder what the OPís looks like.

Both the 300se cars Iíve got/parted have had rectangular plastic protectors under the engine but donít look like this. I guess wat I have are my skid plates. Correct?


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Fonzi, I'll be posting some pics. Waiting on some hardware and on the use of a friend's rack.
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Fonzi, I'll be posting some pics. Waiting on some hardware and on the use of a friend's rack.
Mike - I use a double layer of 4x4 I cut into 12" lengths to set the plate on in the general position, then lift it up on each side with a small 2x4 while I start each bolt. Be sure to use both flat and lock washers. I don't have a lift, but you need two people or a transmission type jack to steady this awkwardly heavy steal plate. And if you have the long version as I do, be sure to position the leading edge between the bumper and radiator before bolting it down.
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Mike - I use a double layer of 4x4 I cut into 12" lengths to set the plate on in the general position, then lift it up on each side with a small 2x4 while I start each bolt. Be sure to use both flat and lock washers. I don't have a lift, but you need two people or a transmission type jack to steady this awkwardly heavy steal plate. And if you have the long version as I do, be sure to position the leading edge between the bumper and radiator before bolting it down.
Your comments about weight are very interesting. Before purchasing the skidplate, I jacked up my car and slid under to see if and where it would match up with bolt holes.

I had no trouble holding it in place while on my back and with one free hand. And I'm not unusually strong, either. Makes me wonder if your longer version is not only longer but is also thicker. FYI, there's a Mercedes part sticker on my skidplate so I'm confident it's a factory item.
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Its heavy steel, but more awkward while on your back trying to line it up as a solo under a jacked up car. (with chocked wheels and resting on stands) Maybe my nervousness under the car makes the plate weigh more. LOL


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This reminded me of a post our fellow friend cascade wrote back in the day (9-6-2011). Thought this was good to share with those who wonder on the whats and why's of a skid plate.

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Well, the metal factory skid plate for my 1991 w126 560 SEC cost $125 ordered back in 1995 and they are NLA for that series since about 2003.

Good news for me that they are still available for the W124 series.


The reason I want one for the 124 I bought about a month ago as my driver is that it has turned out to be sensational as a car and good looking too.

The metal skid plates really do work.


About 2 years ago I was driving about 10:30 at night up Gilman Avenue in Berkeley to meet a woman at Ashkenaz (a dance club in Berkeley) wjenm I crested
a dark unlit rise in the road and hit some railroad tracks at 40 mph in my lowered 560 SEC.

BANG !!!!


The car hit that full on!

But the skid plate saved the oil pan, though the pan above the skid plate was badly nched above the skid plate.

For that I went to my local Mercedes Benz dealer (they are a good one, fortunately) and they removed the plate and hammered it out straight as best possible (it was a tremendous hit) and replaced the lower oil pan (I believe it cost about $699 for that part as I recall)


But it was worth it, and worth having the skid plate, it saved the motor.
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