R129. - How easy to change complete headlight units

Discussion in 'Electronics' started by Vintage Racer, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. Vintage Racer

    Vintage Racer Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    2001 Mercedes R129, SL320......1959 Triumph TR3a and a 2016 Dacia Duster (yes really!).
    Need to change the headlights (standard lights) over to LHD on my 2001 SL320.

    The dealer wants £1000.00 (1200.00 euros) to supply & fit.

    I can pick up a pair of new 'aftermarket' light units for around 450.00 euros.

    So question is............how easy is it to change the units myself?

    Cheers

    Glynn
     
  2. Alps

    Alps MB Club Veteran

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    main cost will be buying the units.

    bumper off, swap units, bumper back on.

    there are bolts under the bumper hence has to come off
     
  3. Doodle

    Doodle Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I'm not sure you even need to remove the bumper - just the trim piece that goes underneath the light.

    There's a screw at the back of the light near the radiator that's a bit of a pig though.
     
  4. BULLITTBOSS

    BULLITTBOSS Active Member

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    replacement of headlamps is easy. remove indicators [ 2 minutes ] remove headlamp
    wipers [ 2 minutes ] remove headlamp wiper panels [ 2 minutes ] unbolt,remove headlamps,disconnect [ 5 minutes each ]!!
     

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