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Huge difference. I hope to do the same for my 350 SDL down the road.
Yes, both in how it looks and how it lights up the road at night. Completely transforms the car in my opinion. Definitely recommended.
 

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Soooooooooo

Overall, and after ‘bout 3 weeks abstinence, I drove my 500sec euro approximately 400 highway miles at reasonable US northeast speeds over all

Gosh it’s been a while!
This with the new driveshaft.

Well, I truly wish all of us 126ers could have that sort of premium driving experience.

Mine’s somewhat modified and was a glorious & willing partner through the speeds travelled. ‘Road Tight’ as it were

80Mph is woof!

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Completed it about a week ago, but just joined the forum today. Finally installed the euro headlights on the 560sel.

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Yes, the road gets lit up so much better, there is one stretch of road here that is a 3 mile long "dip" in the terrain, the high beams light up signs at the top of the rise. Have you hooked up the City Lights, basically gives you 3 light settings, lit but dim, low beams, and high beams
 

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This will be one of my first mods too, did you have to remove the wipers? I really want to keep mine as you just don't see them much anymore.
I think I could have kept them, but I don't like the way the US wipers look. The euro ones would be better.
 

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I think I could have kept them, but I don't like the way the US wipers look. The euro ones would be better.
Reading between the lines here, those contemplating swapping euro headlight wiper arms/blades with US ones, European ones point inwards to the centerline when parked. US ones park pointing outwards towards the directionals.

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When I swapped to euro lights in my sec my son said “your not going to put those stupid wipers back on “ he was 13 at the time.
While the wipers are stock and kind of retro kitch I had to agree with him the car looks better without the wipers and on a functional standpoint they are basically but not entirely useless.
Just my two cents that is usually worth exactly that.
 

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When I swapped to euro lights in my sec my son said “your not going to put those stupid wipers back on “ he was 13 at the time.
While the wipers are stock and kind of retro kitch I had to agree with him the car looks better without the wipers and on a functional standpoint they are basically but not entirely useless.
Just my two cents that is usually worth exactly that.
Agreed, they DO look retro and Euro and are basically "along for the ride" due to ONLY working IF you have the headlights on and IF you are cleaning the windshield. To me the car looks smoother without them and the ones on my SEC were already removed by the PO when he had the Euro headlights installed
 

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Yesterday I ordered a complete W210 radio harness from a scrap yard where I saw a newly arrived W210 not yet stripped. They informed me it would take two days and named their price, and I accepted. Today they phoned me to tell me that the harness is ready for collection.

Well, let's just say the harness I received is certainly "complete": I now have to separate the radio system wiring from the entire rest of the car harness...

I will use this harness to install my Blaupunkt radio into the W126, as it has all the connectors for the radio, antenna and antenna switch all included.
 

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When I swapped to euro lights in my sec my son said “your not going to put those stupid wipers back on “ he was 13 at the time.
While the wipers are stock and kind of retro kitch I had to agree with him the car looks better without the wipers and on a functional standpoint they are basically but not entirely useless.
Just my two cents that is usually worth exactly that.
Definitely retro kitch. But actually awesome in snowy weather. I was just talking to someone earlier about this because I had a long highway journey in the snow in a car that was unexpectedly really competent, but the lights dimmed to nothing really quickly unless you stopped, got out and wiped the snow off. I think not long after I got the SE and discovered the joys of not having to stop and clear the lights 😁

Of course I don't know if the US ones are good or not good. And also of course it depends where you live.
 

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euro headlights in, Euro wipers motors with custom brackets to make them fit, euro lorinzer bumpers with the lip, foglights in not connected yet bumpers still loose and the lip still not riveted yet, painted the wipers arms body code with the front grill. huge difference before and after US conversion to euro :)

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I'm keeping my Euro wipers for now, even though it doesn't snow in South Africa. Even gave them new blades. The wipers were rare in South Africa; as I understand, they were never an option, and only a handful of SEL's were so equipped.
 

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Pretty, isn’t it?

And now, adding insult to injury, the outer bearing’s race doesn’t come out of the hub - and I have no heat, no lathe and no press to try and get it out gently.
 

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My plan is to find somebody with a lathe to make me the tool according to my design, then to find somebody with a press to press the races out. I might get lucky and be helped by somebody at work. Otherwise, I'll try my old acquaintances at my previous workplaces or close to where I live.

There are options. But she won't be running this weekend.
 

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Until I got my press I just used a 2 lb hammer and drift to knock out the old race while supporting the hub in a vice, then used the old outer against the new one and worked around the circumference with the hammer to drive the new one home. Even if you're using a press to seat the new race your old outer is the perfect diameter spacer for the job.
Funny thing is I still prefer to knock the old outer races out with a hammer and drift.
 

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Installed euro headlights on the coupe (560sec). Not as dramatic a difference as the sedan (560sel), but definitely an improvement.
 

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