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We just added a diagram with the location of all convertible top hydraulic cylinders to our website's FAQ section http://tophydraulicsinc.com/faq.html, and thought that would be useful on this forum - see jpg on the bottom of this post.

Also, a collaboration of several BenzWorld members created some very good, detailed removal instructions for all eight cylinders. Those removal instructions were compiled by Samit Gosh, with material from "vexed" and "thedon" provided with their permission. We have edited the document some more, added more photos, and are hosting the pdf document on our website. Thanks to the authors, and I think this will be a great help to all W124 convertible owners!

Here is the link to the removal instructions: http://tophydraulicsinc.com/E320 Hydraulic Cylinder Removal Manual.pdf

Hope this helps,

-Klaus

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Here is the diagram in relatively low resolution - if you click on it, it should come out in slightly higher resolution, and you can find a crisp image in our website's FAQ section:
 

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Thank you Klaus for the much valuable information.

It has been linked in the stickies for future reference and for all to benefit from.

Cheers!
 

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my hydraulics work fine but who knows..
want to purchase a spare set and have them rebuilt
I have a spare pump

how often do you change the hydraulic oil? every other year?
 

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rebuild your cylinders when one starts to leak. first one that leaks is usually the bow latch thats on the bottom side of the tonneau cover.. I pulled mine off the car in a day, shipped them off to Klaus, he had them rebuilt and back in my hands inside a week. I've got a spare car, so no biggie.

(if you rely on a 25 year old car as your daily driver, you had BETTER have backup, hahahaahah).
 
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