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    funny....I just drove thru Carlsbad and stayed over in Thousand Oaks before heading back up home. Traffic in LA is just awful. San Diego to Thousand Oaks took me 4.5 hours...left at noon....but I did get my fill of Fish Tacos in San Diego...I prefer the socal style of mexican food to the stuff up here. Jlaa the trunk paint came out nice are you happy with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieBranz View Post
    funny....I just drove thru Carlsbad and stayed over in Thousand Oaks before heading back up home. Traffic in LA is just awful. San Diego to Thousand Oaks took me 4.5 hours...left at noon....but I did get my fill of Fish Tacos in San Diego...I prefer the socal style of mexican food to the stuff up here. Jlaa the trunk paint came out nice are you happy with it?
    
    There must be some strange spatial awareness that ties us all! Indeed I find the North/South Gradient exists on both a Micro Scale and a Macro Scale. When I get tired of Mexican Food in the North Bay, I go to the South Bay (San Jose) for better food. And of course, when one tires of Northern California one goes to Southern California (San Diego) or better Mexican food ---- or perhaps Mexico proper.

    I'm really pleased with the trunk paint --- thanks for the tip ---- automotivetouchup.com's spray paint is REALLY EASY to work with and REALLY EASY to get very nice results with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlaa View Post
    There must be some strange spatial awareness that ties us all! Indeed I find the North/South Gradient exists on both a Micro Scale and a Macro Scale. When I get tired of Mexican Food in the North Bay, I go to the South Bay (San Jose) for better food. And of course, when one tires of Northern California one goes to Southern California (San Diego) or better Mexican food ---- or perhaps Mexico proper.
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    the beauty, weather and diversity must be keeping us all here paying all these taxes lol

    looking forward to seeing your immaculate 500E sometime. I imagine it's even that much more stunning in person. If you come down for the Monterey car events in the fall hit me up. Rennsport Reunion is a blast.
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    With gsxr's guidance, I was able to recalibrate the 300E fuel gauge to work with the 500E's fuel level sender. This time I did it properly. As promised, I am putting my notes up here to share with the board if anyone else wants to attempt this. Stevester --- I know you were asking me about this a while ago---- this is how to use a 300E fuel gauge with the econometer with the 500E.

    Notes from the field service manual ----

    The w124 fuel level senders all work the same way. When the float is high (full tank), the fuel level sender outputs very small resistance ---- around 4 ohms as measured @ the dashboard. When the float is at the bottom (empty tank) --- the 300E's fuel level sender will output 85.6 ohms when the tank is empty. The 500E's sender only outputs 80.4 ohms when empty.

    The result then if you use a 300E gauge with a 500E without recalibrating the gauge is that the fuel gauge will always be optimistic!!!!! YOU WILL RUN OUT OF GAS ON THE ROAD unless you recalibrate the 300E gauge! This is because the 300E gauge expects 85.6 ohms to show empty ---- but the 500E's tank is already empty when the fuel level sender has risen to 80.4 ohms.

    I used a bench-top power supply (at 12 volts) to run the fuel gauge on my bench, and simulated an empty tank with a combination of resistors and an adjustable rheostat. Gsxr pointed out to me that the car will actually run higher --- 13.6-14.4 volts, which will affect the reading. I figured if I matched my stock 500E gauge's behavior @ 12 volts with a re-calibrate 300E gauge then all should be fine.

    What you want to do is adjust the rheostat on the 300E's fuel level gauge (my last picture shows the rheostat) so that the fuel level pointer registers "R" @ 80.4 ohms.

    I have attached pictures with notes. Hope this helps someone.

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    Aside from driving the car a bunch this summer along CA-1 up through Hopland,California (where they used to grow lots and lots of hops for beer) and along CA-175 to Clear Lake, I haven't had to do much to the car at all lately - all systems are nearly new and it has been a model of reliability. Its up to 65,xxx miles now. Maybe I will take Gerry's advice and change the lock cylinder soon for preventative measures.

    Just for fun, I've been playing around with lighting. Here, I've installed red LEDs in the brake lamp positions (outer corners) and wired incandescents in parallel in the inboard positions --- to improve visibility (I'm always paranoid of being rear ended). The rear foglight functionality is retained and the brake-lamp-warning indicator does not trip.

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    I put Lamin-X on the Euro headlight lenses. Of course in my hamfisted efforts, I got a couple of small water bubbles underneath the material upon installation. I just couldn't work them out. However, much to my surprise, after two weeks the water bubbles have disappeared!

    Here I have installed warm white LEDs in the city light positions. The city lights are wired in (thanks Jeff0093!) with the parking lamps.

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    Below is a shot of the city lights and the low-beams (incandescent Osram H4 bulbs) turned on.

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    Below is a shot with high-beams turned on as well. I used Hella-Optilux H3 yellow halogen bulbs just for fun. I rarely have an occasion to use the high-beams.

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    And below is a shot with just the city lights / parking lamps turned on with PIAA yellow halogen bulbs turned on in the fog positions. It gets very foggy here (August is actually "Faugust!") and I appreciate the yellow nature of these PIAA H1 bulbs. It looks much more yellow on the road than it appears in the photograph ---- in contrast to the Hella-Optilux H3s.

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    Following Gerry's great howto guide here - https://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11418 , I replaced the thermal paste on the back of my EZL today. Notes ..... brake parts cleaner, even when lightly wiped across the face of the EZL, will remove the white printed info on the EZL .... gggrrrrrrr....
    The white OE paste was thin but not yet dried out. The replacement grey thermal paste I used is some MEAN stuff .... impossible to get off anything w/o solvent. Also, the squeegee thing that LaminX gives you makes a great thermal paste spreader....
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    Arrrrrggghhh! My father, who is getting up there in age, hit my car! Frankly speaking he really should not be driving --- he misjudged distances while parking and scraped my rear fender. And of course being the man that he is, he won't apologize for it. Sigh. At least I still have him around and the damage is not bad. Still ... ugggjhh. .... painful
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    Bummer but you're right, it's not too bad. A good paint guy should be able to make a near invisible repair.
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    Unfortunate, I understand the frustration. It could have been worse. As Glen said, seek out a great spot painter if you don't already know one.

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    Man, I am sorry. Hope you can get a good paint man and keep your pristine car pristine.
    Don't know much about the damage, but does not look that bad to me.
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    As I wait for the spot-painter gentleman to show up later in the week to fix the rear fender, I decided to install the headlight leveling switch along with the assorted vacuum tubing to make it all work with the Euro headlights. Very straightforward --- and I found that I did not have to drill any holes whatsoever to run the vacuum tubes to the vacuum receptacles @ the rear of the headlights. There were rubber grommets already in the headlight housings to run the vacuum tubes through.

    As well, the yellow vacuum receptacles (attached to the purple tubing from MB) just snaps into the vacuum receptacles on the back of the headlights.

    I had to cut the rosette that holds with switch plate to allow for the steering column beauty ring to snap-in ---- I did a horrible looking job with a drill bit but realized that even my horrible looking cutout works --- and you can't see the cutout anyways.

    Now I have to adjust the headlights ----- everything is pointed way too far up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlaa View Post
    As I wait for the spot-painter gentleman to show up later in the week to fix the rear fender, I decided to install the headlight leveling switch along with the assorted vacuum tubing to make it all work with the Euro headlights. Very straightforward --- and I found that I did not have to drill any holes whatsoever to run the vacuum tubes to the vacuum receptacles @ the rear of the headlights. There were rubber grommets already in the headlight housings to run the vacuum tubes through.

    As well, the yellow vacuum receptacles (attached to the purple tubing from MB) just snaps into the vacuum receptacles on the back of the headlights.

    I had to cut the rosette that holds with switch plate to allow for the steering column beauty ring to snap-in ---- I did a horrible looking job with a drill bit but realized that even my horrible looking cutout works --- and you can't see the cutout anyways.

    Now I have to adjust the headlights ----- everything is pointed way too far up.
    Hi Jlaa – great work!

    I am going to be creating a How To on 500E board very soon on the subject of aligning your headlamp beam Aim & pitch correctly. I have a system I have been using for years involving only electrical tape and a measuring tape – with very high accuracy. (Our MOT test requires the pitch & aim to be tested for accuracy with a digital machine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC220 View Post
    Hi Jlaa – great work!

    I am going to be creating a How To on 500E board very soon on the subject of aligning your headlamp beam Aim & pitch correctly. I have a system I have been using for years involving only electrical tape and a measuring tape – with very high accuracy. (Our MOT test requires the pitch & aim to be tested for accuracy with a digital machine)

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    Oh, I would be interested to read your HOWTO, thank you for doing this!

    Indeed, I would be interested to hear from others what the real world value (as opposed to theoretical value) of the headlight leveling mechanism is on our cars, particularly given that the 500E has a self levelling rear suspension. What do folks use this feature for? Surreptitiously aiming the headlights a little farthet down the road when no one is watching????

    Anyways, as I understand, setting 0 is supposed to be "normal" and settings 1,2,3 are supposed to be ever increasing levels of downward tilt to compensate for load. I adjusted both L/R headlight on the adjuster on the back of the hl housing 4 turns counter clockwise, and now "2" seems to be where my lights were aimed at previous to adding this feature.
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    The headlamps should first be aimed correctly (both aim AND pitch) with the level adjuster at zero position.

    There are many factors that can alter the headlamp pitch and aim- concentrating on testing / setting the headlamps for a moment:

    Tyre Pressures (Set them first)
    Fuel tank (Half fill it)
    And changing bulbs can upset / alter the alignment.
    Besides all that if the physical lamp housings are removed / re-installed then the alginment is out too.

    So in effect the headlamp adjustment should be in 0 and adjusted if passengers are in the rear seat. Hence settings 1 - 3

    Thus the beam pitch is adjusted (drops lower) to prevent dazzling oncoming cars.

    I will do the DIY this weekend which will explain all of this in extreme detail - but provide easy to follow instructions for setting your own lamps with higher accuracy than shops would - in about 30 minutes.

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    Well! I replaced the upper wiring harness. I thought that car ran fine before but after looking at the old wiring harness that came out - like - WTF - how did the car even run???? Everyone's comments were spot on. Straightforward job - took me, a novice, 3 hours taking my time. The clamshell was fiddly but not bad. I'm done but havent been able to start the car up --- had to go to a birthday party w my kids!

    Below two pics are of the clamshell area - first with old and then with new harness. I did my best to maintain the routing.

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    Next are 3 pics of the completed product

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    And then finally the old wiring haness split open. Like ?????? Cant wait to het her started up... crossing my fingers....
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    And here is the old wiring harness ---- how did it even run??
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    Putting this here for posterity - this thread is ending up to be a journal of sorts of car maintenance.
    Mileage is 66,500 now. With Jono / GSXR / NoCFN's advice, I adjusted the bowden cable for the transmission - thread for reference - https://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12103 . I dialed the tension nut 4.5 turns out. Now, as the pictures show, the two pointers on the adjustment mechanism are pointing at each other at the "default resting position".

    At part throttle, the car now responds with renewed alacrity - upshifts are executed at somewhat higher RPMs than before, and downshifts are more readily available with increased throttle openings at part throttle. The first gear start valve body now seems to have a renewed sense of purpose as well. Under part throttle, 1st gear used to be only good up to ~7mph at which point the car would shift to 2nd under nearly any throttle angle other than full throttle. Now, 1st gear is a useful gear!


    EDIT 2017-25-12 --

    I finally settled on 5.5 turns out -- thus giving no slack whatsoever on the cable. The transmission shifts nearly perfectly for me now.
    - At super light throttle, the 1st - 2nd upshift occurs around 1850 rpm.
    - At very mild part-throttle, the 1st - 2nd upshift occurs anywhere from 2000 rpm - 2500 rpm.

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    66,500 miles.

    Replaced the strikers on the B-pillars, and also adjusted/moved them inboard about 1mm on both the front driver's and passenger's side.


    - The door shut sound from the outside has little difference.
    - The door shut sound from the inside has a little bit more metallic "twang" to it.
    - The door opening action on the exterior handles now has a lot more positive defined "click" action when pulling on the handle.


    See pics --- as mentioned in previous threads, the design of the striker has changed.


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    Rubber insert is what wears and is Sold separately - wonder if the insert is old or new style?
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    very nice
    Did replace the strikers on my car aswell earlier..
    If it was a placebo effect or not..i dont know..but the sound of the door just sounded different for some reason.But they also really lift the "appearance" of the car...looks so much better with new ones in there

    Also good catch with the wiring harness...that was indeed toast...and like you said..how could it even run, i guess you dodged a SLUG there
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    Rubber insert is what wears and is Sold separately - wonder if the insert is old or new style?
    Hmmm. I've attached 3 pictures of the newly installed strikers here --- is this "new" rubber or "old" rubber. I bought these strikers from Naperville (Renee --- awesome) about 7-8 months ago --- I think they were $25 a pop. I didn't know that the rubber was replaceable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowman View Post
    very nice
    Did replace the strikers on my car aswell earlier..
    If it was a placebo effect or not..i dont know..but the sound of the door just sounded different for some reason.But they also really lift the "appearance" of the car...looks so much better with new ones in there

    Also good catch with the wiring harness...that was indeed toast...and like you said..how could it even run, i guess you dodged a SLUG there
    Hahahaha. That wiring harness was ?!!?!?! The strikers --- I'm not sure I understand why all the original strikers on these cars always look so corroded. Is it because of 25 years of exposure to humidity in the air? Are they made of aluminum? I'm not really sure. The metal on the new strikers looks nice and un-pitted. I wonder how long it will take for the new strikers' metal to look corroded. Hopefully a super long time (I understand your appearance comment) ---- I'm OCD enough that the car doesn't see any precipitation and lives in a heated garage.
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    I believe the best effort would be to buy new. Replacing the insert is nice if you don't care about appearance but unlike the 250 USD MB striker for the c126, nothing to just replace to the new ones and collect old ones from the yards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlaa View Post
    Hmmm. I've attached 3 pictures of the newly installed strikers here --- is this "new" rubber or "old" rubber. I bought these strikers from Naperville (Renee --- awesome) about 7-8 months ago --- I think they were $25 a pop. I didn't know that the rubber was replaceable.

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    Hahahaha. That wiring harness was ?!!?!?! The strikers --- I'm not sure I understand why all the original strikers on these cars always look so corroded. Is it because of 25 years of exposure to humidity in the air? Are they made of aluminum? I'm not really sure. The metal on the new strikers looks nice and un-pitted. I wonder how long it will take for the new strikers' metal to look corroded. Hopefully a super long time (I understand your appearance comment) ---- I'm OCD enough that the car doesn't see any precipitation and lives in a heated garage.
    I do wonder is the ‘newer’ part merely a substitute of a striker from another model – OR is it a re-design / updated part? Note the original striker had ‘W124’ embossed in it’s underside wheras the new one does not. Although the new striker is larger also......

    The MB finish would be bright Zinc Plating and it does degrade over time like your originals did – that’s quite normal as Zinc plating simply does not age very well. Zinc plating is actually very cheap – there is a professional plater’s near my home and a set of 4x strikers like that re-plated would only be about $10 USD total.

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    Rubber insert is what wears and is Sold separately - wonder if the insert is old or new style?
    That’s a good question! I would likely have an original set re-plated and new rubber inserts fitted. (Just because I enjoy restoring original parts the car had on it when new) I’m placing another order soon with my dealer I will check stock / price of the rubber inserts and maybe order up 4 for giggles
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    Quote Originally Posted by JC220 View Post
    I do wonder is the ‘newer’ part merely a substitute of a striker from another model – OR is it a re-design / updated part? Note the original striker had ‘W124’ embossed in it’s underside wheras the new one does not. Although the new striker is larger also......
    The new / replacement striker is p/n 208-720-01-04 and is also used on the 129, 140, 170, 202, 208, and 210 chassis.

    Currently $17 USD list, ~$13 Naperville, although the 2018 price hikes will take effect soon and may change those numbers slightly:
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    The new / replacement striker is p/n 208-720-01-04 and is also used on the 129, 140, 170, 202, 208, and 210 chassis.

    Currently $17 USD list, ~$13 Naperville, although the 2018 price hikes will take effect soon and may change those numbers slightly:
    https://www.mboemparts.com/oem-parts...ZyPWxheWVyXzEy

    Thanks GSXR. Indeed -- my memory is a little fuzzy. I went back and found my receipt ---- I bought 2x of the 201-720-01-04 for $25.16 on Dec 8, 2016 from Naperville --- so it looks the price is still the same since the current price as of 1/2/2018 is $12.56 each.
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    I should have done this when I first bought the car. Anyways --- I fitted a vent tube to the battery on the negative side and plugged the vent on the battery's positive side. I punched a hole in the rubber grommet right under the battery dry to run the rubber tube through.

    I'm amazed though ---- that grommet was original to the car, and since I was the first one the punch a hole through it, it means that the car has never been fitted with a battery vent tube in its entire life. As well, I have records that the MB-branded battery was installed by MB of Danbury in CT a few years ago --- and *they* didn't install the vent tube either???!!?!?

    When this battery goes flat, I'll put in an AGM battery. Given that this battery is on a tender 99% of the time, and that the climate here in Northern California is super mild, I suspect that the battery still has quite some life to it.

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    Jlaa -

    Given your P-car affinity and ownership, I'd expect no less than you to use this battery in your 500E:

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    Haha! Well those extortionist P-car prices are absurd. For some reason that picture makes that Lithiuim Ion battery look like it measure 2”x3”...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlaa View Post
    I should have done this when I first bought the car. Anyways --- I fitted a vent tube to the battery on the negative side and plugged the vent on the battery's positive side. I punched a hole in the rubber grommet right under the battery dry to run the rubber tube through.

    I'm amazed though ---- that grommet was original to the car, and since I was the first one the punch a hole through it, it means that the car has never been fitted with a battery vent tube in its entire life. As well, I have records that the MB-branded battery was installed by MB of Danbury in CT a few years ago --- and *they* didn't install the vent tube either???!!?!?

    When this battery goes flat, I'll put in an AGM battery. Given that this battery is on a tender 99% of the time, and that the climate here in Northern California is super mild, I suspect that the battery still has quite some life to it.
    Ah hah! This reminds me that I have to do the same.

    I feel a little silly for asking, but was there a P/N for the elbow and tube? Or did you go rouge and make one yourself?

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    Ah hah! This reminds me that I have to do the same.

    I feel a little silly for asking, but was there a P/N for the elbow and tube? Or did you go rouge and make one yourself?


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    I'm not lowman, I don't need to go OE for that! I went to the local autoparts store and they had a whole passel of little elbows that fit into the group-93 batteries that they also sell --- and I bought some generic vacuum tube to fit the elbow.
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    My AGM from the pepboys crew came with elbow, plug and I asked for the tube. They couldn't find it, but gave me 12" from the shop when I asked.
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    Grrrrrr. I hate it when I find evidence of slapdash jobs done by previous caretakers of the car.
    I replaced the ZHM filter and the ZHM dipstick tube today. The old ZHM filter was only slightly dirty (debris @ bottom of filter) and the old ZHM dipstick tube was completely broken.

    Maybe the part numbers here will help someone in the future.

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    very nice
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    I replaced my ignition lock cylinder using the $20 ebay tool. I used this HOW-TO guide to do so. https://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4718

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    In my typical ham fisted fashion, I took 1.5 hours to accomplish what should have taken 15 minutes.

    Firstly it took me a ton of time to figure out where in the key's rotation I should be sticking the tool in. I kept on rotating the key to position 1, and having the dashboard lights light up, only to find that the tool would not sink in the holes. Even after jiggling the key 1mm or so in either direction an endless # of times, that didn't seem to help.

    Finally I rotated the key back a little bit to the point where the dash lights shut off --- BINGO -- that's when the tool sunk in.
    Gerry should be relieved that my keychain is an MB one - not a Porsche one. The pictures below show the position that I had to use to sink in the tool:

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    My old lock cylinder was not broken and looked to me fine --- I will consider this replacement then to be a preventative measure -- and I get an extra key out of it! Pictures of the old ignition cylinder below:

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    My second mistake was in trying to re-install the whole shebang together --- the plastic trim, the rubber boot, the steel sleeve, and the ignition cylinder. Stuff wasn't lining up and all, and the ignition cylinder just didn't want to go in.

    So then I tried installing the individual pieces in. I fit the ignition cylinder in just fine, and the key turned. YES.

    Then I tried installing the ignition cylinder AND the metal sleeve -- without realizing that the metal sleeve needed to click in place. I pulled the extractor tool out of the little holes and then realized that the the key wouldn't budge. MINI PANIC until I put the extractor tool back in and pulled the whole assembly out again.

    Then I was playing with just the metal sleeve (no ignition cylinder) --- and realized that the metal sleeve needed to click in place --- and click in place it did, without having the ignition cylinder in there! MINI PANIC again until I followed Allgonquin's advice in using the extractor tool to pull the sleeve off again. WHEW.

    Now, understanding how everything fit together, I installed the ignition cylinder AND the sleeve together ... made sure that the key turned, and then I installed the plastic trim and rubber boot.

    All done. Satisfying. No swear words used. I consider that to be a success.

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    I see a sizable dirt smudge on the right side of your last photo above on the vertical mushroom side. Must be some schmutz from your Porsche keychain?!?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    I see a sizable dirt smudge on the right side of your last photo above on the vertical mushroom side. Must be some schmutz from your Porsche keychain?!?

    That is some pro-level chain yanking, trolling two folks in one post with three observations (mushoom/dirt/pcar)!


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    I am well-known in the MB community for unhinged trolling ... its a skill one has to work to keep sharp!

    It wasn’t entirely successful, as GSXR didn’t respond to the mushroom comment.

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