CLK350 2009 - Various upgrades?

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by LennyMan, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. LennyMan

    LennyMan New Member

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    Hi All,

    I've just got my first Mercedes - a 2009 CLK350 Convertible and am *loving* it :)

    However, I have a few questions:-

    1. It has no CDC (I've ordered what I think is the right one), and wondered if the loom will be there, or if I need to order optical leads too?

    2. Where can I get Wind Deflector for a sensible price? (Cheapest I've seen is £170)

    3. Are there any obvious upgrades/improvements I can make to the car which won't upset any of its systems (i.e. I was thinking of getting a CAN-BUS HID kit - thoughts please?)

    Many thanks all,

    Lennyman
     
  2. Ted

    Ted Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    1 I'm pretty sure (read certain) that there will be no leads there.
    2 Keep an eye out on EBay. Go with the genuine one - it really is worth it. Turns the car into an all year round car and even gets Mrs Ted's approval. That is impressive in its own right.
    3 I wouldn't put HID on as the headlights are reflector. Some good uprated bulbs will work wonders.

    Upgrades. Done loads!
    Bluetooth adapter in the armrest (if you have pre-wire) - really integrates well.
    There is an aux in in the glovebox. (hard to see) I connected up a cheap bluetooth adaptor so I can play from my phone. Works a treat and boosts the volume.
    I converted my foglights to DRLs
    silver bulbs for the front indicators
    Mine had no reverse sensors. Easy to fit wireless and looks pretty OEM
    LED front sidelights
    Edit: Oh, and a dashcam

    Think that is it... Best advice I can give is to keep it as OEM as possible, or make it so that it is an easy job to revert. Too much 'tat' can look a bit tacky IMHO, (and I'm on the verge of that).
     
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    LennyMan

    LennyMan New Member

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    Many thanks!

    I already have the Aux lead, and have ordered a Bluetooth module (arriving tomorrow!), and has factory-fit front/rear parking sensors.

    Liking the LED light idea, but will it moan about them? (the missus's Audi doesn't like them - wrong resistance I think....)

    Silver bulbs... like that idea too :thumb:
     
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    Ted Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I used good quality canbus ones and had no issues, although the ones I had in my number plate lights started to give errors after a few moths so I reverted to incandescent.

    Regarding silver bulbs, I found they can reduce the light output just a little, so I use diadem, although some feel they are a little tacky (slight blue look)
     
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    Litcan91 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Osram do their bulbs in silver now too, no worse than the diadem.
     
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  6. Codger49

    Codger49 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Check this thread: http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/electronics/209560-probright-tdrls.htm for source and fitting experiences, I think 3 of us have fitted these.

    They also do a rear version giving brighter indicators and reversing lights, but I thought not really worth the cost.

    As stated, HID conversions are a no-no, due to the shape of the reflectors for halogen headlights. I have fitted 4x Philips Extreme Vision H7 bulbs and they give a better light than standard. (Plus the Extreme White W5W front sidelights.)
     

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