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I have a 1972 350SL Euro Model that I'm renovating the brakes on. The calipers look like the originals and have a short (maybe 5") brake line that enters the top of the caliper and connects to the flexible brake hose at a bracket that is attached to the caliper. Mercedes EPC has a diagram that shows the bracket but not this short brake line. The short caliper mounted brake line has male connections at both ends and the flexible brake hose has female connections at both ends. The aftermarket calipers I've looked at appear to have the caliper port near the bottom and the aftermarket flexible hoses have a male and female end as if the flexible hose is to connect directly into the caliper and the short brake line design has been eliminated. Just trying to confirm this to be the case. Has anyone run across this?
 

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I have a 73 SL Euro, the rear has the "anti-squat" rear end that is different than the USA models. Also the kit for a USA 72 will have the wrong rear lines, you need the 86 rear lines that go from the body to the short hard line on the caliper, but the front lines will be different! I had to buy both a 73 and 86 to get the front and rear lines. So I have a F/R set that I can not use. I got mine from Paragon Performance tell Jim what you need and they can make them for you, you will have SS lines that are good forever and will not have to buy two sets!
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I have a 73 SL Euro, the rear has the "anti-squat" rear end that is different than the USA models. Also the kit for a USA 72 will have the wrong rear lines, you need the 86 rear lines that go from the body to the short hard line on the caliper, but the front lines will be different! I had to buy both a 73 and 86 to get the front and rear lines. So I have a F/R set that I can not use. I got mine from Paragon Performance tell Jim what you need and they can make them for you, you will have SS lines that are good forever and will not have to buy two sets!
Dan
The calipers are shot and need to be replaced. Wondering if new calipers that don't have the short hard line along with a replacement hose that ties directly into the caliper would work. Have not seen replacement calipers anywhere that are set up with the short hard line. The "ant-squat" is new to me.
 

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OK I ordered the Rockauto 73 calipers, and the SSLines they were wrong for the Euro cars. Then I found on the form that the USA and Euro had different types rear ends, the anti-squat being the better ones. Later the 560SL all came with the A-S rear.
So I got 1986 rear calipers and they bolted on, with the rear 86 SS lines.

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Here is the photo I sent to Jim. It is from my Euro 73 just like the 86.
 

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Also I had to swap the rear calipers for the 86 models, if you have an Euro there will be some differences from the USA.
 

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My set up on the 1972 350SL (107.043) is different as shown in the attached pic. The flex line attaches to the hard line at the bracket that is mounted on the caliper.
Left Rear Caliper.jpg
 
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