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I purchased a "tray" from the UK to replace my cupholder. I understand the removal technique for the cupholder but I can't seem to get the tray to hook in and allow a spring-out from the dash. Visually, the trays seem identical as far as the side guides in relation to the holes which appear to be there to accept the spring pins. I don't seem to be able to get it set to allow spring pop-out. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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yes - I had both in "either" of my cars.
My SLK230 had the flip out cup holder arrangement...my recntly purchased SLK32 had just the normal tray.
I'm selling my SLK230 and wanted the cup holder feature in the SLK32 - so swapped them over last week.

So I'm guessing you managed to insert a small screw driver and release the "locking" tabs and remove the unit....and I assume you managed to slip the new unit in and get it to lock....?????
After that, the spring out cup holders should automatically spring out...there is no connection to the inside of the dash - its all internally assembled within the "take out" unit. If they dont spring out - the cupholder maybe defective....

sorry I cant offer any more help than that - I'm replacing my dash this afternoon after painting it - so will have another look to confirm.
 

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What's the tray look like? I might get rid of my useless cup holder...
I had to pop by my indy mechanic's place today and he solved my tray pop-out problem. All that had to be done was to push up underneath the tray after getting it started in the mount and it caught the spring loaded pins and started to work. Now why didn't I think of that?

Here are a few pics of my tray installed.
 

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Thanks for the pics, that looks functionally better to me. I'll be swapping mine out soon.
 

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I recently completed a thousand mile road trip with a friend. We used the cup-holder for coffee and/or water. There are plenty of storage options for the knickknacks that would fit in the tiny space accommodated by such a new device. Why the heck would you eliminate a perfectly good device, and substitute a practically useless device?
 

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I recently completed a thousand mile road trip with a friend. We used the cup-holder for coffee and/or water. There are plenty of storage options for the knickknacks that would fit in the tiny space accommodated by such a new device. Why the heck would you eliminate a perfectly good device, and substitute a practically useless device?
I love the car and don't want to give any of the components in the console a bath. I don't drink in my car but I have no problem with others that do. Please allow me my eccentricities.
 

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I guess there is nothing wrong with all kinds of mods according to your personal taste. There is a really nice stainless steel and black plastic thermal mug available from my Mercedes dealer that works great with no spills. It is not speced. for the slk. I also used a Styrofoam hotel cup to hold a large plastic glass, and keep sweat from contacting the cup holder. I used a large Dunkin’ Doughnuts Styrofoam coffee cup with lid, not filled completely without spills. Completely full, at 70 mph over rough bouncy interstate roads, it spilled a little. So, I drank it down about an inch to avoid spills. When driving a few hours, I find it handy to drink a little coffee or water.
 

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I'm looking for this tray housing to replace my broken cup holder. Anyone know who might carry it, think the part is A1706801252 or A1706802052. I'm not finding it anywhere here in the States, but maybe some European site has it?
 

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I got my tray from a British dismantler. You might check E-Bay UK to see if more available. Good luck.
 

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Does this out of a 97 slk230 completely look like it here?

If so, then I'll see if they will ship to usa. thanks
Looks like it will work. I just got the tray itself and it fit my 2004 perfectly. Looks like this is the whole enchilada with the part that screws into the dashboard included. The price looks good. I'd say contact them to see if they'll ship to you.
 

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Thanks, they will ship for $40 which is more than the tray $33! So total around $73...have to think about that...
 

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tray removal

hi there,

im new to this thread.

has anyone got any instructions on how to remove the tray i just purchased cup holders and am struggling to fit them.

any help would be gratefully received,

thanks,

Lyndsey
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