I was hoping to get some help with my 500SL (1998) I am currently in the
process of upgrading, or rather updating its look to a 2002 500SL AMG -
and it's going well. There are just a couple of questions I wanted some
Is it possible to have those dashboard gauge rings from the '02 on the '98
SL? I am up to just taking it apart and gluing them on, but they are not
available by themselves, and I don't really want to replace the whole
dash. R there any other options?
Is there a switch that I can install to make the top fully automatic?
(Like the windows, one touch express. So I am lazy, who knew? :D)
I am looking for a set of Mercedes rims, style isn't particularly
important yet - I am open to looking at all styles, so long as they are
original Mercedes, 18"+. But, I don't know much about rims. Can used rims
be in really bad shape, or is a visual inspection the only thing I can do?
I don't want to order them from a dealer (as I have pretty much everything
else) as they are VERY expensive - is there a cheaper way? And does anyone
know the largest size I can go? The dealer says 18” but they are always
conservative. (They could not give me an exact answer)
And finally, could anyone offer some help on dismantling the rear light
assembly - lights, electrics, and the outer body casing (that's the part I
have to replace). It's something that has to be done right - and I am
concerned about making all the seals are purrrfect.
Next: Two problems:
1. How can I make sure the softop mechanism stays silent? I've owned older
soft top models, and a few of the newer ones (early 90's) tend to squeak
and such both during raising/lowering and while driving when the roof is
2. I have a rattle that sounds like it comes from (what I think) is the
base of the transmission. It always occurs during lighter acceleration
(maybe I can't hear it during harder acceleration) always around 1500rpm
between 30-50km/h...and goes away after that. It's not the wheels, and it
isn't the engine (no constant rattle, no rattle at varying RPM while in
Thanks for reading all of this! Long I know, but I wanna do this right. I
look forward to hearing from you!