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    Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    I recently threw a couple of new orange front turn signal lenses onto my latest parts order from MB Naperville. My G-wagen is an older (1995) model, so it uses the "orange" front turn signal lenses rather than the "clear" ones that MBUSA-era G-wagens have used.

    A lot of folks "upgrade" the look of their older G-wagens with the newer clear turn signal lenses, but I think it's more appropriate to keep the G with the lenses that it originally came with.

    The orange lenses are MB part number 000 826 23 57, list price $26.00, discounted ~$20. The lenses that I received from MB were made in Slovakia.

    Here are a few photos of the older lens next to the newer one. You can see how, given their exposure on the front fenders of the truck, that they get wind, sun and sand-blasted. They get quite dull in color.


    A view of the original lens, mounted on the truck.
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    A couple views of a removed (original) lens on left, and a new lens on right.
    IMG_0195.JPG IMG_0196.JPG


    If you've ever wanted to know what a G-wagen turn signal assembly looks like inside, here it is. The assembly is available as a whole unit together with the lens, for not a whole lot more money than just the lens itself.
    IMG_0193.JPG IMG_0194.JPG


    New lens (to be installed) on the left; original lens (to be removed) on the right.
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    Two views of the new lens installed (on the right) and original lens removed (on the left).
    IMG_0199.JPG IMG_0200.JPG


    Close-up of new lens mounted.
    IMG_0198.JPG


    Cheers,
    Gerry

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Well, a 6 wheel drive G63 just sold at Barrett Jackson for $1.1 million. It had the clear blinkers, so you may want to rethink about that decision. I doubt it would have brought half that if it had the amber blinkers.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    If you want to see what the sun and age does to blinker lenses, look at these - 53 years worth of sun and driving on the right compared to an NOS lens on the left. Can you tell which side was "up"?


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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Yep, that happens. That’s a pretty extreme case! Last I knew (from owning my 1969 300SEL 6.3 which also uses those lenses) they are still available from MB and not too hellaciously expensive.

    Always preferred the bullet lenses (as used on the 1968 and 1969 6.3s) as opposed to the larger round amber turn signals that MB used on the 1970-1972 6.3s and other 108s/109s.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Yep, that happens. That’s a pretty extreme case! Last I knew (from owning my 1969 300SEL 6.3 which also uses those lenses) they are still available from MB and not too hellaciously expensive.

    Always preferred the bullet lenses (as used on the 1968 and 1969 6.3s) as opposed to the larger round amber turn signals that MB used on the 1970-1972 6.3s and other 108s/109s.

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    Yes, new lenses are still available, like many parts for pre-1970 cars. and they're not terribly expensive. I believe they're around $80-$90/each. I recently scored a pair of NOS ones off eBay for $90. Amazing what Mercedes still has in inventory for the older models.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    Well, a 6 wheel drive G63 just sold at Barrett Jackson for $1.1 million.
    Dang. I *knew* that I should have picked up a couple of those to flip, when they were only ±$0.6M.


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    ...Amazing what Mercedes still has in inventory for the older models.
    ...and equally amazing what inventory is NLA, like 036 headlights & lenses.


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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Did you see these cool pieces that ICON makes for the G? I'm sure they are eye watering expensive.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Gerry- curios if the new lenses are ZKW? $20 seems very cheap compared to some sellers for ZKW units.

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    Yes, I confirmed the new lenses (as well as the old ones) are indeed ZKW as the manufacturer. As noted, the new lenses are factory MB lenses.

    Purchased them through MB Naperville (mboemparts.com) with free shipping from this site's code "500EPROMO".

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Excellent thank you. Happen to know the PN for the assembly with the base and lens?

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Funny this thread just popped up again. I just swapped out my clear lenses about 1/2 hour ago. It was pretty much the last step in the "De-Kardashian" process after also removing the running boards and installing the factory mud guards this last week. I think it has completely transformed the look and I'm very happy with the result.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    I had that built from ICON. Sold it not long after. He did an awesome job.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    I recently threw a couple of new orange front turn signal lenses onto my latest parts order from MB Naperville. My G-wagen is an older (1995) model, so it uses the "orange" front turn signal lenses rather than the "clear" ones that MBUSA-era G-wagens have used.

    A lot of folks "upgrade" the look of their older G-wagens with the newer clear turn signal lenses, but I think it's more appropriate to keep the G with the lenses that it originally came with.

    The orange lenses are MB part number 000 826 23 57, list price $26.00, discounted ~$20. The lenses that I received from MB were made in Slovakia.

    Here are a few photos of the older lens next to the newer one. You can see how, given their exposure on the front fenders of the truck, that they get wind, sun and sand-blasted. They get quite dull in color.


    A view of the original lens, mounted on the truck.
    IMG_0189.JPG


    A couple views of a removed (original) lens on left, and a new lens on right.
    IMG_0195.JPG IMG_0196.JPG


    If you've ever wanted to know what a G-wagen turn signal assembly looks like inside, here it is. The assembly is available as a whole unit together with the lens, for not a whole lot more money than just the lens itself.
    IMG_0193.JPG IMG_0194.JPG


    New lens (to be installed) on the left; original lens (to be removed) on the right.
    IMG_0197.JPG


    Two views of the new lens installed (on the right) and original lens removed (on the left).
    IMG_0199.JPG IMG_0200.JPG


    Close-up of new lens mounted.
    IMG_0198.JPG


    Cheers,
    Gerry
    Gerry,

    I just saw on the 405 Freeway a G-Wagen with these turn signals covered with wire baskets? They were clear and definitely protected.
    Terry

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Yep, probably one of the Kardashians that you saw. That's an aftermarket "bling" option. Not my gig.

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Yep, probably one of the Kardashians that you saw. That's an aftermarket "bling" option. Not my gig.
    +1 Jerry. Can't stand that junk either

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    Re: Easy & Cheap G-Wagen Cosmetic Upgrade

    Wire cages on the turn signals and tail light covers were factory parts on G55 up to 2010 I believe
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