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Old 01-03-2001, 10:38 PM
msyoder msyoder is offline
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Belly Pan

Another benefit to the pan that I didn't see mentioned is the noise reduction. I have my first MB and I thought it was there most for noise shielding.

In fact I just remembered where I got that idea. The marketing catalog for my '87 TD calls the belly pan "a system of acoustic encapsulation". I know my uncle always comments on my car's quiteness compared to his '84 diesel.

I have found the pan frustrating when dropping tools and parts down from above. It seems that lately there hasn't been a job I've done that didn't require removing the pan for this reason.

At least with the topsider oil changing isn't one of them.
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