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post #41 of 45 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Re-Dyed my seats

My dye from Seat Doctors arrived on Monday night. The company is great to work with. They sent me bottles of both Black and Anthracite dye at no additional cost because they were not sure when Mercedes made the color change.

On Monday, I tried small amounts of both colors on inconspicuous spots. Both were good matches, but I ultimately decided that black was the best match. On Tuesday I used a Preval sprayer to apply the dye. I initially worked on just the worn areas, but the dyed area looked so good I re-dyed both seats. The Preval spray attachment wasn't perfect and in areas that I considered the dye too thick I blotted it with a foam make-up sponge that I confiscated from my wife.

I still have some wiring issues to work on, but I may be able to install the seats this weekend or no later than next weekend.
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post #42 of 45 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I installed the seats in the car on Sunday. Everything works fine except for an air bag/SRS error. This is not totally unexpected. I had hoped that I could adapt the passenger seat to my car, but I think I will need to go to "Plan B" and add the occupancy sensor from a car like mine to have OEM-like operation. This may require the services of an automotive upholstery shop.

I'll provide more detailed information on my install after I have addressed the air bag issue.

For now, here are some first impressions:

1. The seats are very comfortable and make me feel more connected to the car.
2. The dual lumbar supports are great.
3. The seats bolt right in, but they are slightly wider than the stock seats. I had measured carefully before I bought them, but for a few moments during the installation, I thought that they might not fit.
4. Due to the greater width, accessing the controls on the side of the seat is a little difficult. There is limited clearance between the door sill and the side of the seat. I can fit my hand in although it is a tight squeeze.
5. I better not gain any weight. The bolsters are comfortable for me, but I could see how they would be tight for some people.

I am pleased with the result, but I will be even more pleased after I fix the air bag issue.
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post #44 of 45 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Resolved the Air Bag Issue

I had one remaining issue to resolve and since it involved safety, it was an important one. After I installed the passenger seat, the SRS warning light illuminated and an air bag warning (telling me to take the car to the work shop) displayed. I solve the problem by installing an occupant control sensor module from a 2006 C230. I found it on an auction site for $40. I think the modules from a 2005-2007 are similar.

Unfortunately, Mercedes changed the connector on the module and the seat pad and the W203 module was not "plug and play." Fortunately, I had a W204 connector left over from the wiring harnesses I used to adapt the seat motors. I soldered it to the W203 module. I had to guess which wires on the W204 connector to connect to the W203 module. My first guess turned out to be correct:

W203____________W204
Red/Yellow________Pink/Black
Blue/Yellow________Blue
Blue_____________Brown/Blue

The W203 Control Module is the same size and shape as the W204, so I swapped it in and attached it with wire ties.

I ran the seat belt wire to the seat belt latch, cleaned up the wiring and installed the seat.

When I turned on the car, the SRS light went out after a few seconds and there was no warning message on the center display. I asked my wife to try the passenger seat and the "Air Bag Off" light went out when she sat down.

It looks like everything is working properly and I am pleased with the results.
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Two month update and repaired the tear in the passenger seat

The repairs to the bolsters appear to be holding up well after two months. I will post another update in two or three months to see if the heat of the summer has had any detrimental effects.

I had a small tear in the seat bottom of the passenger seat. Although dying the seat disguised it, it was still fairly visible. I used a product recommended by the company that sold me the dye to fill the crack. It was a little pricey, but I will be using the leftover filler to repair a steering wheel so the cost will be spread over two projects.

The tear is less prominent after using the filler, but I can still tell it is there. The flash makes it more visible than it does under normal lighting conditions.

Although the repair isn't perfect, I think filling the tear will prevent something from catching the edge of the damaged area and making it worse.
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