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Yes, it was Amazon where I saw it. If SGF is really that good, you won't beat this price of $51.42 (with free shipping) at all. Do double check your part number, though.

http://www.amazon.com/SGF-GAD-136-German-Coupler-Circle/dp/B00MYF4S0C


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Amazon shipped me rotors for W210 twice.
Both time wrong ones.
Hopefully YMWV
Then they had unbeatable price for MB pilot bushing sold under Mopar brand
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^^^ Was that from Amazon or a marketplace seller? Amazon is pretty good...the marketplace sellers are a different story.

In the last six weeks I've ordered two new replacement batteries for my laptop. 8 cell, 14.8v. Two different sellers. Both sent 6 cell 11.1v batteries, then argued with me that they were the same. They also wanted me to pay to ship them back. That's kind of crazy, but Amazon refunded my money and now I have two batteries to sell on eBay.

Sorry for the hijack, Cerritos.



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there is no brand name called O.E.M.?
willing to bet they are referring to an actual OEM or OES Febi Bilstein part. just look at the packaging it comes in?
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This thread goes over the river and thru the woods ... yes, on flex disc non-brand or quasi-brand parts can drive you crazy... since it's the metal used on the inserts and the bolts that get too dang cheap... and rusty... if a part doesn't state the brand .... then frankly, why buy ? OEM means Original Equipment Supplier, and frankly speaking that means ANY manufacturer that can make the part to any specification ... and sure, there are plenty of manufactures that make parts that fit MB, Porsche - people read too much into what internet retailers actually say.. when they can't tell you the brand of the part, they are saying "we bought from whoever was cheapest to buy from at that time"
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Cerritos,

The flex disk is the only part that has to be "Mercedes Brand" too much is riding that people do not get... It has a list of consequential lethal results...

A) If your car is missing the drive shaft containment brackets, you can flip your car(You say how can it be missing? One of my W140's is missing that bracket, so it can happen?).

B) the shaft can come through the dive-shaft tunnel...

C) it can grab some rear crash sensor wires, and you what may happen?

So is it really worth it? and those "OEM" flex disk can fail in a matter of few months..

Here is something to motivate you:

https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129...lex-discs.html


Get a Benz flex disk!

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On positive side, W210 flex connection has one side extended shaft going into the hole on other side and with all bolts removed I had heck of the time to disconnect the joint.
Looks to me MB predicted owners negligence and made it safe even in critical situation.
Still flex disk last over 10 years, so even spending $200 a piece every 10 years is hardly noticeable in the car maintenance
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Yes, it was Amazon where I saw it. If SGF is really that good, you won't beat this price of $51.42 (with free shipping) at all. Do double check your part number, though.

Amazon.com: SGF GAD-136 - OEM German Made Flex Coupler - Bolt Circle 100mm/Bolt Hole 12mm/Bolt Hole Length 32mm: [email]Automotive
That's a great price--and the part number GAD-136 is correct, as it corresponds to the MB number 1704100115 according to this reference table from the site of SGF's US-distributor: https://www.powertrainindustries.com...ber+Flex+Discs

As for whether or not SGF flex discs can be trusted: obviously, MB does not produce flex discs itself, just as it doesn't produce spark plugs, motor mounts, suspension bushings, shocks, fluids, etc. So who is the OE producer?

At least on my car the factory installed flex discs are from SGF. Moreover, while I have not held one in my hands yet, the "Lemfoerder" discs pictured on the internet also all show the "SGF" letters, not the Lemförder logo (which would be a small owl). A picture of a FEBI flex disc (of course FEBI is a(n upper market) reboxer): "SGF." (The W116 parts image thread).

Further, some quotes from this thread (https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w124...y-uncle-5.html

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SGF is the only branded MFG for these discs, meaning all aftermarket are reboxers.
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When I got the (wrong) Lemforder's at the beginning of this thread they were actually SGF's. Lemforder, Febi, Jurid all put SGF's in their boxes.
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SGF is the OE manufacturer of Mercedes flex disc's.
In this light, the claim on the amazon vendor site, which can also be found on the official US distributor site for SGF parts (https://www.powertrainindustries.com/news.htm), according to which "SGF has manufactured over 90% of OEM flex couplers since 1946" might well be true. And all this would suggest that as long as you get the application-specific SGF disc from a reliable vendor, you are golden.

On the other hand, obviously no harm will be done by buying a (SGF) flex disc through the MB dealer network--dealers and their employees need to earn a living as well.

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Pelican Parts - Frequently Asked Questions about OEM, Genuine and Aftermarket Parts

I had remembered reading this FAQ on Pelican's site. just adding to the thread.
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I ordered the O.E.M. brand from Pelican Parts and when it arrived, it was a Febi part.
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