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Old 05-05-2003, 12:29 AM
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replacing parcel shelf on W126

I have a 84SD which has 4X6 speakers in the parcel shelf. Is looks like later 126's have 6" or 6.5" speakers in the shelf. Will a shelf from a late 126 fit in an 84? Also what year did the shelf change to the bigger speakers? Looking for a little more mid-range and this might do it.


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Old 07-06-2005, 06:49 PM
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I am doing the same thing you are thinking of. I have a rear deck from a 91' 560. I am going to try to mount 6.5" speakers into this deck. I have an 82' 300SD with little 4x6s. I am told that the newer rear deck will fit.

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Old 07-06-2005, 07:54 PM
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I have a rear deck from an '88(the new style) with 6.5" speakers. Its in gray. If you are interested, send me a PM.
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:57 PM
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Late 1986, early 1987 it changed I guess. There's a car in a bone yard here that's an '86 420SEL with the 4x6s still in the rear fill and my '87 SDL has the 6.5s in the back.

The midbass is far better in the '87 over the '85s factory stereo.
I'm not a doctor, but I'll have a look.

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Old 06-16-2011, 10:20 PM
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W126 rear package shelf swap removal/install

I have a 1982 300SD and a new interior from a 1987 420, going to see how it goes and will report back
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:56 PM
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If you're wondering how a custom deck looks:

I originally was going to do the updated deck replacement and realized it was just easier (and more fun as DIYer) to make my own. Came out really well, and sounds fantastic.
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