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Thanks so much for your earlier post about the central door wiring. I have a 93.5 esprit, and it has everything except keyless entry. Which I had planned to add. Knowing where I could access the wires I needed made my job so much easier.
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Bleeding brakes, bleeding clutch SC

These gadgets make bleeding your brakes or clutch SC an easy one person operation.
Ingenuous, indeed!
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For clutch SC use stainless steel bleeder SB3824-SS
For brakes-you have to determine what you need on your own.
DD required, always verify diameter and pitch.
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OE stationary, almost non-functional sun visors can be replaced with swivel mounted illuminated Mercedes Benz w140 parts. You'll need to remove the fiberglass header piece behind the headliner and fashion some attachment pads. Amazingly, the curvature of the outer "wing" is similar to the curvature of Loti A-pillar/header junction.

W140 and W126 visors have a nice "slider" function which is helpful if the sun is to your left and low above the horizon.

Any soft, leather covered Lexus ES300 or 350 roof handle will make climbing in/out much easier (perhaps it was omitted due to a cost considerations).

Thanks! Ebay!
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OE stationary, almost non-functional sun visors can be replaced with swivel mounted illuminated Mercedes Benz w140 parts. You'll need to remove the fiberglass header piece behind the headliner and fashion some attachment pads. Amazingly, the curvature of the outer "wing" is similar to the curvature of Loti A-pillar/header junction.

Any soft, leather covered Lexus ES300 or 350 roof handle will make climbing in/out much easier (perhaps it was omitted due to a cost considerations).
NICE! Off to ebay to buy a set! Pics installed?

Info on the roof handle?

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Nice Find John!


One question: Have you tried calling Mercedes Roadside Assistance 800-222-0100 yet? I wonder what their reaction would be.


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Cripes John! You've already done all the cool stuff I was thinking about - thanks for the tip on the sun visors.

The handle seems like a nice touch, but in the picture, it looks to be bolted on the fiberglass header panel - I didn't think the 4 screws (into fiberglass) for the HEADER was strong enough to support a grab handle. Did you mount it BEYOND the HEADER and into the roof beam?

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Eddie,
Good question! I don't know how much room there is behind the cover (until I take everything apart). I need a new headliner anyway.
For now ,the handle is held by tape just to evaluate aesthetics.
Ideally, 2-2.5 mm thick metal anchor strip or couple fender washers would prevent any pull out. Roof beam is Kevlar and for roll-over safety should not be drilled into.
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Good question! I don't know how much room there is behind the cover [snip]
For now ,the handle is held by tape just to evaluate aesthetics.[snip]
I've removed the header before - it's held on by what appears to be four 1.5" sheet metal screws (!) directly into raw fiberglass/kevlar. That handle will definitely not work in that location.

I bought a separate header piece (to keep the original intact) where I plan to put a DVR/camera and my RADAR detector in a discreet location (to prevent smash and grab thefts).

Will post some very early stage pics later.

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ARB bushings replacement

Component durability/reliability is critical in suspension systems of our cars. For 25 years road salt, oil, and a host of other common under car contaminants destroyed the rubber bushings on our vehicles, adversely affecting handling and drivability.
Hyper-Flex replacement polyurethane components stand up well to contaminants that often destroy rubber and have been engineered to give longer-lasting performance and not compress permanently.
Replace OE gushy ARB rubber bush with Energy Suspension 9.5155R, 11/16" dia greasable parts.
Plug and play installation, verified.
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HOT BULBS

When you keep doors open for a while, the door shell rear face light incandescent bulb gets very hot, sometimes melting the lens. To fix the problem-replace with SMD array bulb. Brighter, less heat and lower power demand
. The same is true for the cabin interior light.
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John,

What's the number of the LED bulb above? (Don't force me to look up the OE bulb and find a cross-ref...)


That's a good tip because, when doing interior work/cleaning, an owner can shut off the overhead light but NOT the door lamps!

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Go to ebay and enter "SMD 16-LED Map/Dome Interior Light Bulbs 31MM Festoon",
or any combination of these words. Look for "super white"-they are the brightest.
"Bulbs" come in 31mm, 36mm and 42mm lengths. Measure your original OE bulb and order accordingly. Licence plate lights take 31mm festoons. They light up like a Calypso Louie's Mothership!
In addition, the beauty of them is - they never burn out!
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Awesome idea on LED for doors, I had already replaced all the others in mine, including dash gauges and HVAC with LED.. Also did this... looks much better in person and especially at night.. BRight spot is due to the camera..
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ANOTHER GADGET

In early 80-s I got this low profile sports car and immediately noticed that I can't see the traffic light without contorting my neck to the right, forward and up. I got pain in the neck and honked on very frequently.
Later, I found very helpful gadget in JC Whitney catalog, Lite Site. I bought couple of them and installed in every car I owned.
Many years passed and the same problem ocurred when I got my Esprit.
Well, to solve it, I moved out of the big city to the rural area where there are no traffic lights. (LOL)
I bugged me though and I decided to find a modern equivalent of Lite Site.
I found it!
Ebay is awesome! They have anything you can imagine.

Just search for "traffic light viewer (or prism)". It will save you tons of chiropractic bills.
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Kenny,
That is one very cool gadget!!!
How did you do that?
Got it from a company off ebay, sent them the graphic and they made it. Cost like $25 for two, bought four in case any burned out.. used round hole already in bottom of door

Ghost Shadow Car Courtesy Welcome Door Projector Logo LED for Chevrolet Chevy X2 | eBay

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I've removed the header before - it's held on by what appears to be four 1.5" sheet metal screws (!) directly into raw fiberglass/kevlar. That handle will definitely not work in that location.

I bought a separate header piece (to keep the original intact) where I plan to put a DVR/camera and my RADAR detector in a discreet location (to prevent smash and grab thefts).

Will post some very early stage pics later.
Here is my initial UNINSTALLED header piece with the DVR and camera shown next to the INSTALLED header piece.


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Here is my initial UNINSTALLED header piece with the DVR and camera shown next to the INSTALLED header piece.

Could you share with us the thought behind a forward facing camera installation?
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Silicone hoses set for under $100 !
eBay item number:261219208259 or 350728960670

Use only ABA or Norma worm clamps to not to hurt/cut your new hoses. Clamps supplied w/set are non-useable.
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