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I replaced the top lock pads yesterday. Amazingly easy.

The right one had rotted away completely, while the left one was well on its way. It took a bit of digging to get all the bits out.


The new ones slipped right in.


I noticed the front locking mechanism was *way* more snug with the new pads. Also, the clearance issues I had on my right door (window would snag on the roof trim when closing) disappeared. Road noise was slightly reduced as well. Best $10 I could spend!

The pads are readily available from many online sources -- just search on "top lock pad 560sl".
 

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1997 SL500- 40th Anniversary
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I replaced the top lock pads... Amazingly easy.

I noticed the front locking mechanism was *way* more snug with the new pads. ...available from many online sources...
Same here. Bought on Ebay for $8.00 plus nominal shipping.
Sometimes the simplest are the most satisfying...
 

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1986 560SL with M120 V12 Engine, 1988 560SL Stock
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Prices of MB parts are sometimes scary high but other times they are surprisingly low and I have seen several instances where parts used on E-bay were selling for more than new ones from MB.

I was recently pleasantly surprised to find that a new rear view mirror assembly for the 560SL is under $25 from the dealer. I was expecting it to be over $100.00 and hoping to find a used one for under $50.00. At the same time the little Fu#$#% bracket that hold the mirror is $35.00 WTF???
 

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One of the BW Old Guard/R129, W204 Moderator
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MB has them as well.
I think I paid $5 for the pair.
Closest dealer to me is 70 miles, so I don't frequent it as much as I'd like. I have bought several parts thru the dealer, when my job used to take me to the "Big City"...
 

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-----'83 280 SL----- 5 speed....The PIG
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Closest dealer to me is 70 miles, so I don't frequent it as much as I'd like. I have bought several parts thru the dealer, when my job used to take me to the "Big City"...
Bizarro.

I live in a city with about 125000 people. And we have an MB dealer.

As a matter of fact, it was Dealership of the Year 2 years running.

I have no idea who's buying all those Mercs.

Mercedes-Benz Barrie
 

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One of the BW Old Guard/R129, W204 Moderator
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Bizarro.
I live in a city with about 125000 people....
My little burg is a little more than 1/10th that size, with an unemployment rate of 16%, last figures i heard reported... (Vance (ML Land) is a little more'n 2-1/2 hours to the south-west)

I love small towns, otherwise...
 

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Outstanding Contributor , Bob's Your Uncle!
-----'83 280 SL----- 5 speed....The PIG
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My little burg is a little more than 1/10m that size..
Oh.

I thought EVERYTHING was bigger in America.


Or was that Mexico North?
 

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One of the BW Old Guard/R129, W204 Moderator
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I thought EVERYTHING was bigger in America...
Bigger Deficit. Bigger National Debt. Bigger Government. Bigger Illegal Immigration. Bigger Entitlements. Bigger...

You get the idea.
 

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I fitted new ones (mine were gone) last time we had an eclipse. Was a bit difficult to get them on and they did make it a bit difficult to lock down the soft top as noted above. When I next put the top down I found that one of the plastic rings had gotten all chewed up :wtf: . Bought another set on eBay and will replace the chewed-up one next time I put the top down. If the same thing happens I just may remove them and go "padless" as before.
 

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Bigger Deficit. Bigger National Debt. Bigger Government. Bigger Illegal Immigration. Bigger Entitlements. Bigger...

You get the idea.


If you think that things were bad in Nov 2010----the BS continues-
Bigger crooks now with both parties
 
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