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Old 02-05-2019, 04:22 AM
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Restyling Mercedes SL R230

Hello friends.
I have a Mercedes SL350 R230 2006 year before restyling.
I am thinking to do just only the front restyling that is to say:
- headlights
-front bumper
-bonnet
- 2 side fenders
-fog lights
I have the next questions:
- is there in the market a kind of kit (not genuine of Mercedes) that be cheaper than the same original parts of Mercedes?
- regarding the mounting, is just plug and play? or it is neccessary modify something..
- in addition to the parts above mentioned, it is necessary further parts for example, supports for the headlights, plastic covers for the from bumper and so on... do you have the complete list of neccesary parts?
Really i like reform cars ( i have done it several times in the past, even with motorbikes). It is thrue that is a waste of time and money but i really like. Because of that the reason of this topic.

Thanks in advance for your time and help
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You will need the entire bumper - everything, including the energy absorbing components, brackets, fog lights, grilles, etc. I believe parts of the lower engine cover are also different. My advice would be to buy a donor car, say one with severe rear end damage. Even then, after paintwork, you'll probably still spend more you would just trading your car for a slightly newer one.
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Thanks for your help Rudeney.
I know it is going to be difficult and expensive but if somebody did this restayling, please tell us all the needed parts.

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Somebody who did the facelift to SLR230 can inform me?
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I'll just comment that Mercedes designers were forced to make the MY2009 styling changes to meet pedestrian safety regulations. Absent those regulations it seems likely they would have left the look of the car alone. I think you should too.
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:57 AM
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I'll just comment that Mercedes designers were forced to make the MY2009 styling changes to meet pedestrian safety regulations. Absent those regulations it seems likely they would have left the look of the car alone. I think you should too.
Many thanks Bobterry for your information
It would be great if someone can send me the list with all the needed parts for doing the front restyling, (Mercedes part number of the items included).

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Originally Posted by Rudeney View Post
You will need the entire bumper - everything, including the energy absorbing components, brackets, fog lights, grilles, etc. I believe parts of the lower engine cover are also different. My advice would be to buy a donor car, say one with severe rear end damage. Even then, after paintwork, you'll probably still spend more you would just trading your car for a slightly newer one.
Rod is right. I would consider a body kit instead of using OEM parts. Start by searching sites such as this one.

Good luck,

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Rod is right. I would consider a body kit instead of using OEM parts. Start by searching sites such as this one.

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Bob
many thanks.
Just is i have thought. But i dont know if this kind of body kits includes everything to do the facelif and Rod mentioned in his post.

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You have to buy lights separately
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You have to buy lights separately
Yes, i know. And part number of headlights is wellknown. The problem is in those small part numbers that are necessary exchange as well: brackets, supporters, washers, energy absorbers...
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i have a further question: my headlights are xenon, (not bi-xenon) so in order to be compatible the new restyling headlights must be xenon as well (not bixenon). The connectors and the electrical installation is the same so i would be just plug & play?
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Somebody can help me?
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:22 PM
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I don't think you are going to get what you want from the forum. You should probably get your own copy of SDS which includes WIS and EPC so you can lookup the parts you will need.
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Originally Posted by Rudeney View Post
I don't think you are going to get what you want from the forum. You should probably get your own copy of SDS which includes WIS and EPC so you can lookup the parts you will need.
Many thanks Rudeney...could you detail me how can i do that?
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SDS = Star Diagnosis System, a.k.a. Xenry or DAS. Look at trading sites like Alibaba or DHGate. You'll see them called "C3" or "C4" I think Bobterry999 recently posted a link to a setup he liked.
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Many thanks for your answer.
i am a little bit stuck with this project. I would prefer Oem restyling parts (sl 63 amg or just restyling parts from sl350 or Sl 500) but oem restyling parts are not easy no find on internet. Is just ebay for this kind of purchases?
after i have the opcion of buy a external restyling kit. But in this event i am afraid that parts do not fit properly. Do you know a good quality kit?
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Since you are really wanted an updated style car, with the bumpers, headlights and even the steering wheel, have you considered selling yours and buying a MY2009+ with what you want? It would probably be much less expensive.
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Hello Rodney.
Ye i considered that but by the moment, i prefer do the restyling
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Somedoby knows what is necessary in order to install the facelift restyling headlights?
I have read regarding it on internet but i still have not it clear.
It is said that i will need:
- new plugs (specifically, 2 new plugs)
- and make some changings in pionout of current plugs acoording to a defined electrical diagram that i still have not.

Somebody know part number of the plugs, electrical diagram and what tasks are necessary to do?
And finally which part numbers of headlights i need? My oem headlights are bixenon without bend lighting.
Any bixenon headlight would fit in my car?
Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Akira_LN View Post
Somedoby knows what is necessary in order to install the facelift restyling headlights?
I have read regarding it on internet but i still have not it clear.
It is said that i will need:
- new plugs (specifically, 2 new plugs)
- and make some changings in pionout of current plugs acoording to a defined electrical diagram that i still have not.

Somebody know part number of the plugs, electrical diagram and what tasks are necessary to do?
And finally which part numbers of headlights i need? My oem headlights are bixenon without bend lighting.
Any bixenon headlight would fit in my car?
Thanks in advance.
Best regards

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Old 07-06-2019, 02:07 PM
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Hopellly somebody can help me with the electrical installation of the restyling headlights.
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Impossible mission

No-one can give you all the part numbers of the MANY parts you would need fir such a massive transformation Better off to just buy another vehicle
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Originally Posted by bobterry99 View Post
I'll just comment that Mercedes designers were forced to make the MY2009 styling changes to meet pedestrian safety regulations. Absent those regulations it seems likely they would have left the look of the car alone. I think you should too.
Completely agree!! I bought my 05 because it had a much better looking face even though the command radio/ Bluetooth sync issue is annoying-put your efforts to updating the tech and donít mess with yours if you donít have any damage😁😁
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