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Old 09-18-2009, 07:35 PM
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Single fin grill installed on silver SL (pics)

Pulled the trigger on the new single fin grill from the eBay seller of a prevoius thread. The grill arrived in 2 days!! Super fast shipping to So Cal. Packed very well - quality is better than I expected for $193 total. Install was about 5 minutes including mounting the star. Star emblem is about 1" larger diameter than stock. I think it gives the front a fresh look and blends in very well with the black mesh already there. This was the "Black" grill. I think there are 4 different choices. See what you think on Irid Silver...




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Generally nice but something is just not right about the angle of the horizontal bar. Joins the emblem a bit too low in the center, maybe.
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Generally nice but something is just not right about the angle of the horizontal bar. Joins the emblem a bit too low in the center, maybe.
Yep, I agree.
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Pulled the trigger on the new single fin grill from the eBay seller of a prevoius thread. The grill arrived in 2 days!! Super fast shipping to So Cal. Packed very well - quality is better than I expected for $193 total. Install was about 5 minutes including mounting the star. Star emblem is about 1" larger diameter than stock. I think it gives the front a fresh look and blends in very well with the black mesh already there. This was the "Black" grill. I think there are 4 different choices. See what you think on Irid Silver...




Thx for the ics on a silver sl...been waiting. I agree with pthers..it looks ok, but somerhing just seems not right IMO for my taste. I dont know if its the symbol, too shiny for the front including the blk plastic on it..so it stands out more than just blending and complimenting the car. I think i will gofo a 3 slat OEM, IF i ecen change it. Thx again for the pics I think maybe better with chrome wheels or the chrome fog light trim..dunno
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looks good, i like mine on my mars red
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Thanks for the comments. I debated weather to get the "sliver" grill then paint the mesh areas black. I think this would have given the fin more of a lifted look. Where the fin extends off the mesh, the spacing top to bottom is pretty uniform. The way the fin projects out at the center toward the star makes the fin look a little dropped, especially with the chrome at the outer edge. Would be interesting to see what the all silver grill would look like.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:26 AM
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I think it looks good. For the price it's a different look and a bargin. Thx for sharing the pics....
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I like it as well...
I was worried about the quality on ebay..
What seller did you purchase from???
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His eBay user ID is "jauko". Do a eBay search for: Mercedes SL500 grill. You'll see his listings usually grouped together.
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I just ordered one but am going to have the plastic "grill" material in the background removed and replaced with actual aluminum mesh to match my lower valance which has been replaced as such...
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Wow AMGfan, that looks VERY good.........almost convincing me to convert my pewter SL to all black accessories.........wow........
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Nice, does it help slip under the radar??????? Happy Trails.
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how does the star affix to the plastic cant seem to figure it out? thanks
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There are tabs on the back of the star that aligns with slots on the grill. Just press them in and they will "snap" in place. I did have to trim a little plastic flash from one slot - I didn't want to force it.
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Have mine stripped down......removed all chrome and flat round black piece behind the star.......painting same pewter colour as my car.....putting ss mesh behind star and putting chrome strips back on........should be finished by the weekend.......
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I installed this grille after I installed the CF lip. The grille and the lip color matches perfectly.

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Finished..........not sure about the stainless mesh......may black it out but will see when on the car........
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Finished..........not sure about the stainless mesh......may black it out but will see when on the car........
looks good

keen to see it on your car ....
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:38 PM
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Finished..........not sure about the stainless mesh......may black it out but will see when on the car........
Please post some pictures when you get it installed. I like the idea of opening up the area behind the star - similar to the OEM design. I'm sure with the new design there is a small flow-thru air loss to the radiator. Probabaly not a big deal except to the far-south brothern in the summer time
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Has anyone installed these with "distronic" cruise control? I know the ones with the solid background behind the star are supposed to work but not sure how it would install...
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