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Ok, two unrelated questions (I'm a rebel);

1) my 88 560 sl has the solid disc polished aluminum wheels, with a small (4") plastic hubcap in the center. Recently, I saw the same wheels with the hubcap recessed; it did not stick out from the wheel. It was recessed into the port and flush. Where do we get those?

2) I'm adding a rear seat for the kiddies. That means my giant speakers (a basic requirement for high speed topless driving with tunes) need to be mounted somewhere else than the rear shelf. Any good suggestions? The driver side wall has that pesky convertible top lever in the way.

Thanks in advance

Ed
 

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The oem wheels should be painted Astral Silver, not polished. The center caps are available from a variety of aftermarket suppliers, such as Performance Products.

As far as the speakers, good luck. The back seat eliminates most options.

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I've seen a picture of two round speakers mounted vertically in the middle of the rear seat back cushion between the two seat backs. Also seen smaller, 5 or 6.5 I assume, mounted on either side of the rear compartment. Good luck.
 

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tell them to sit on it:eek:
 

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Hubcaps: What it sounds like you have are the small disc shaped aftermarket covers that cover the lug holes, am I correct? If you remove those, you just have to put the stock Mercedes star cap in. But your lug holes wil be exposed for all to see. That is how the wheels came, stock OEM. I'm sure you can get them at the MB dealer, or order them from Performance Products.

Speakers: I have the "kinderseat" option too. Regarding speakers, if you don't want to alter the sides of the back deck, you can wire the speakers and put 2 box speakers on the floor, on each side between the back of the front seats and the deck. I had this for about 10 years, and the speakers will sit just in the small "footwell" behind the front seats. If you find a rectangular box speaker, it should stay in place...unless you move the seats back and forth a lot. Also, if you have a lot of passengers in the back (Heaven help them, it's tiny back there!) they may put their foot on them. That happened to me a few times. But the good thing is box speakers are relatively cheap, too. And you just unplug them from the wires that are run under the seats from the stereo.

Sound is OK, and it is a better alternative than knocking 2 holes in the sides if you want to keep the car pristine.

For better sound and a more permanent option, I had 2 speakers installed in the MBTEX/plastic sides of the rear deck. You can actually install a large speaker near the hardtop/softop release lever, just underneath it. The seat will still flip down, as the speakers will sit fairly flush with the side. The problem is the plastic is thin and cracks over time, especially if it is a heavy speaker. So if you can, I would recommend just trying the speaker box on the floor option.
Eventually I may remove my speakers from the sides that were installed, if I ever intend on restoring the car to original specs...then have them recovered with MBTEX, but not yet...the sound is too good.

Another option is to install 2 more speakers in front, but that means drilling and more holes!
 

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Didn't Howard Stern tell a woman to do something like that with a speaker?
I've never listened to Howard Stern so I wouldn't know.
 
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