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Yes...it just unbolts. I removed mine for a little extra knee room. I'm 6'4" and it helped.
 

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Two bolts

maybe Phillips head screws, I forget which. You only neede loosen. The slots are keyholed. Loosen and pull straight toward you. The pad will drop down.
 

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It is 2 10mm (IIRC) nuts that reside deep up into the bolster, behind two plastic plugs that look like phillips screws. Remove the plugs, and use a socket and extension. Loosen the nuts several turns, and like reported above, the holes in the bolster are key-slotted.

Cheers!
 

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I think that it's purpose is also anti-submarining in an accident, because it's installed concurrently with the airbag.
 

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Ears and Strife are quite right. 10mm socket on an extension, and it is there to prevent you from a more significant knee injury.
 

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Ears and Strife are quite right. 10mm socket on an extension, and it is there to prevent you from a more significant knee injury.
Yeah, and the knee pad is only in US models. I wonder what's the difference in knees between US and Europe? :rolleyes:
 

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Pasenger, driver or both sides?

Thanks for the pics.
Driver only, to my knowledge. When removed, it is obvious that something is missing. Perhaps a euro under-dash cover would fix the vacancy...
 

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Do you have the cushion plates under the dash, next from knee pad?

My 560SL does not have the cushion plate next from knee bad - from the firewall to the dash board, it is missing. This plate is also missing from the passenger side. These cushion plates (MB spares) cost here about USD100$ each.

DSL sells "Melody boards" to replace these under dash cushion plates. Melody board has two low frequncy woofers assembled. I like this idea.

sl-edition shop - Melodyboard für R/C 107 AKTIV

Does your W107 have these lower cushion plates assembled under your dash board?
 

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It Is What It Is, Dude
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But do the euro models have this exposed from the factory??


Prior to the introduction of airbags to the US in 1986 our 107 models had a simple cover under the dash at the steering column. Any non SRS 107's after '85 should also have some sort of cover in that area. Whether that cover, or the previously mentioned first style piece will fit an SRS equipped GenII car you'll have to determine.
 
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