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Old 02-01-2014, 08:57 PM
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Another source of ratings is the Pelican Parts online catalog. They try to rate suppliers for quality. In my opinion, it might not be perfect, but seems worth a look.

For exhaust hanger donuts, Bruss is listed as a good brand. I don't have any personal experience with them yet, but will probably try them out in the near future. WOCO is supposed to be another good brand.
Bruss is an MB OEM. They make, for example, the M103 and M104 timing chain cover seals.

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Old 02-01-2014, 09:00 PM
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my goodness....Really? The effort & time required to do this is like more than the money you'd need to pay for a quality aftermarket hanger.




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Old 02-02-2014, 08:34 AM
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My vote goes for FEQ axles. Even though they are Chinese made, they are a really acceptable product for the money. I've had zero problems with this brand.
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my goodness....Really? The effort & time required to do this is like more than the money you'd need to pay for a quality aftermarket hanger.




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It's not like I have to "tool up" to try this, there are hangers that use martial like sidewall, that's what gave me the idea.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:44 PM
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My vote goes for FEQ axles. Even though they are Chinese made, they are a really acceptable product for the money. I've had zero problems with this brand.
FEQ is nearly identical (if not coming out of the same factories) as APA / URO. All three are junk. It's not likely you'll get more than 2 years / 24kmi out of their axle shafts, compared to the typical 25 years / 250kmi (or more) from the OE shafts. For most axle shafts, just get a good used one from a junkyard that has the boots intact and no play in the joints.

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Old 02-02-2014, 03:49 PM
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stuff like exhaust hanger donuts, motor mounts, diff mount, suspension parts.... everything available on line looks to be on the naughty list.
w123fanman is correct. Don't get a Febi (or Meyle) part if it is a rubber component, or if it has rubber bushings (i.e. front or rear suspension arms).

Lemfoerder, Metzeler, Corteco, and SGF are generally the OEM's for most suspension/rubber items, and you can't go wrong with Mercedes OE (factory/dealer parts).

If you are only seeing 'naughty list' brands, you are shopping at the wrong vendor(s). Some vendors only show junk for certain parts, and you will need to buy from multiple vendors to get the 'good' stuff. That place in Arizona is adding more and more Uro/APA/FEQ junk to their catalog, making it difficult to shop there...

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Old 02-02-2014, 05:36 PM
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w123fanman is correct. Don't get a Febi (or Meyle) part if it is a rubber component, or if it has rubber bushings (i.e. front or rear suspension arms).

Lemfoerder, Metzeler, Corteco, and SGF are generally the OEM's for most suspension/rubber items, and you can't go wrong with Mercedes OE (factory/dealer parts).

If you are only seeing 'naughty list' brands, you are shopping at the wrong vendor(s). Some vendors only show junk for certain parts, and you will need to buy from multiple vendors to get the 'good' stuff. That place in Arizona is adding more and more Uro/APA/FEQ junk to their catalog, making it difficult to shop there...

yep the AZ place and pelican was showing stuff from the don't buy list.... i guess i will see what i can afford from my friend that works for Mercedes, even with his discount stuff is crazy money sometimes but my plan is to ride this old gal until she turns to dust so maybe not so bad spending double for something that may last the next 30 years...... shoot i should have been a song writer.
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Most if not all of those parts can be found on this website from good brands for a reasonable price, at the top of the page under "new parts catalog"
rule of thumb: don't get a febi part if it is a rubber component, Lemfoerder, Phoenix, Corteco and Mercedes OE are generally considered good
Doing my flex disks is on my agenda for this year I hope. I have one brand new in the box Febi disk from 2005. Is that long enough ago that Febi was still selling quality rubber parts? Would that rubber deteriorate just sitting in the box? The disk itself says Made in Germany on it.
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Doing my flex disks is on my agenda for this year I hope. I have one brand new in the box Febi disk from 2005. Is that long enough ago that Febi was still selling quality rubber parts? Would that rubber deteriorate just sitting in the box? The disk itself says Made in Germany on it.
I got a Febi boxed flex disc in summer 2012 and it was a genuine SGF, made in Germany. Pics of mine are here. They grind off the MB logo and part number, but he SGF name should still be embossed.

Sounds like yours should be ok, but I'd feel better if it was clearly a reboxed SGF (OEM).

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I got a Febi boxed flex disc in summer 2012 and it was a genuine SGF, made in Germany. Pics of mine are here. They grind off the MB logo and part number, but he SGF name should still be embossed.

Sounds like yours should be ok, but I'd feel better if it was clearly a reboxed SGF (OEM).

Just looked at my flex disk again and it also says SGF. I plan to order another one so I can do them both at the same time. Leaning toward the aftermarket houses that only list the part as O.E.M. I am told that means basically what you said and that the parts are not made in China. I've got an e-mail to that effect and will return the part if I find out otherwise.
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It seems that either the E500 site has updated or Peach Parts admins disabled my link, just use this link now http://www.*********.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1919

or search "500E / E500 Parts Manufacturer Quality List"

EDIT: Yepp automatically disabled a link to another site that doesn't even sell anything. Great work guys. Just trying to update this for future reference.
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EDIT: Yepp automatically disabled a link to another site that doesn't even sell anything. Great work guys. Just trying to update this for future reference.
Brilliant move. I wonder what possible excuse they could have for banning 500E board dot com, which as you correctly stated DOES NOT SELL ANYTHING. The original thread was titled 'vendor quality list' which was not accurate, it was changed to 'manufacturer quality list'. Methinks an over-zealous Fruitbird admin may have simply looked at the title, never clicked the link or confirmed anything, and pulled out the pooferator obtained from the old MBCA email lists...

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