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    Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Hi gang - I've been doing some reading on this board and would like to install a blank filler strip in my new-to-me pre facelift 500E ... but I am confused wrt which piece is the right one. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks.

    124-885-20-23 or 124-885-09-23
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    You'll need part 20 and 19 in the second pic above. #19 is a metal bar that screws to the bumper and part 20 is the filler cover which slides/snaps into place on part 19.
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Hi Jlaa,

    I have a used filler strip for sale if your interested. It's gray, from a 94 E500, but I'm pretty sure the filler strips were the same for all bumper years.

    Let me know if your interested.

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    For the 500E (pre-facelift) with black filler panel, the part number would be 124-885-20-23.

    For the E500 (facelift) with filler panel painted bumper color, the part number would be 124-885-28-23-9999. This is primered and must be painted prior to installation.

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Thanks gentleman. 124-885-20-23 it is for my prefacelift car. I presume I need 124-885-09-21, which is described as a rail, which #110 in the diagram, as well?

    Many thanks.

    Fwiw - the below diagram, shows that 124-885-09-23 works on 500Es as well as 124-885-20-23. I have no idea why.

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    So, when installing a filler panel (to delete the front license plate panel) is part number 124 885 09 21 also required?
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    124-885-09-21 is the metal rail which the plastic panel attaches to. If your car doesn't already have the rail (can't remember if it's needed for the USA plate frame), yes you'd need to buy one, along with the appropriate screws.

    Note that most online dealers use non-EPC diagrams and part listings which cannot be trusted - for example, the drawings shown in your first post from Naperville.

    Interestingly, the MB of South Atlanta diagram in post #5 is from the EPC... but I'd still recommend using a genuine EPC when looking up part numbers.


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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Thanks gents. And Andy, thanks for the offer - I am looking for a non - colored one.

    Gsxr - interesting that your comments about mb of atlanta being a real epc and it showing 09-23 @ usd99 and 20-23 @ usd69 as both working .... reagrdless mb naperville shows 20-23 @usd48 !


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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    124-885-09-21 is the metal rail which the plastic panel attaches to. If your car doesn't already have the rail (can't remember if it's needed for the USA plate frame), yes you'd need to buy one, along with the appropriate screws.
    No need for 124-885-09-21 since the license plate panel attaches to it as well. But, are the OE screws stainless steel?

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Thanks, Greg! I don't think the OE screws are stainless... but they should be.


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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    EPC sheets for Group 88, Subgroup 30 below.
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Thanks guys. The S/N ratio here is even better than Rennlist's 993 section.

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Anybody got on of these floating around? Early version?
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Oh damn... is the early version NLA?

    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...3?tt=automatic

    Shoulda hoarded one... you can get the late style and paint it black-ish to match the early black impact strip.


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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Could someone please clarify, is that the only part that's needed to cover place where license plate is? (1993 400E)

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Yes, but If you don’t have the metal rail 9-21 when you take off your existing license plate bracket you will need it.
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Do you mean this part? (sorry, I'm a noobster)

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Quote Originally Posted by kiev View Post
    Do you mean this part? (sorry, I'm a noobster)

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    no. The metal rail is 124-885-09-21 and I THINK it is #19 in your diagram.
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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    124-885-09-23 for with out license plate is now NLA, even though it still appears in all MB online sellers stores

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Quote Originally Posted by kiev View Post
    124-885-09-23 for with out license plate is now NLA, even though it still appears in all MB online sellers stores
    D'oh. 124-885-09-23 is for pre-facelift models and comes in black, ready to bolt on. MB Classic confirms it's NLA:
    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...0923?tt=manual

    124-885-28-23 (for 94-up) appears to still be available. I think the only difference is this one comes primered and must be painted:
    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...9999?tt=manual


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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    D'oh. 124-885-09-23 is for pre-facelift models and comes in black, ready to bolt on. MB Classic confirms it's NLA:
    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...0923?tt=manual

    124-885-28-23 (for 94-up) appears to still be available. I think the only difference is this one comes primered and must be painted:
    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...9999?tt=manual

    Jeez man, all manner of miscellaneous parts have been going NLA at warp speed. I just bought -20-23 in Q4/2016 ---- when I bought the car!!! BTW, I have a pre-facelift car, and 124-885-20-23 came in black, ready to bolt on.

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    D'oh. 124-885-09-23 is for pre-facelift models and comes in black, ready to bolt on. MB Classic confirms it's NLA:
    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...0923?tt=manual

    124-885-28-23 (for 94-up) appears to still be available. I think the only difference is this one comes primered and must be painted:
    https://partssearch.mercedes-benz-cl...9999?tt=manual

    definitely same part number 124-885-09-23 for pre and post face lift

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    Re: Filler strip for front bumper - no license plate

    Quote Originally Posted by kiev View Post
    definitely same part number 124-885-09-23 for pre and post face lift
    Ugh - never trust the online catalogs! They are filled with errors. The EPC is the only source for accurate info. Screen shot attached.

    The 2 numbers are physically interchangeable, the difference is cosmetic.

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