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I am now debating replacing the timing chain in my '83 380SL. It has 97,000 miles on it and I don't know if the chain has been replaced before. I am going on the thought that I have the single chain and was wondering what the price differences are between replacing the single or going double. I know the pros and cons, from reading this forum, of changing the chain to double.

I live in a small town in GA (Warm Springs) and really do not want to go to Atlanta to have it done. I am disabled now and can no longer do the work myself. I have heard of a man in my area that is a quiz on Mercedes, anyone know who I may be talking about? Any insight you can give would be appreciated.

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Can't help you with the shop in GA, but by all means do the chain, and stay with the single. It's just not worth the expense of the double chain conversion.
 

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I would go with the single and buy a genuine MB tensioner. You can't take chances. Also, I might look at the "heavy-duty" Meyle upper guides.

The problem with a conversion is that the engine has to come out, no way around it. The parts are quite expensive unless you can get them from a junkyard, and then, there is the problem of removing them (possible from a W126). It's quite a job to get to the gears you would need.
 
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