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Old 12-26-2007, 02:25 PM
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I need to replace the muffler on my 560 SL. Is it necessary to use a mercedes muffler or are there after market mufflers available?

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Old 12-26-2007, 07:47 PM
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Of course there are after market replacements, and certainly less expenseve. Do some research on the net and you'll find what you need.
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:02 PM
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I need to replace the muffler on my 560 SL. Is it necessary to use a mercedes muffler or are there after market mufflers available?
If you are talking about the rear muffler, I think the genuine MB is the way to go unless you like sound. The MB is about $100 more then the after market but much quieter. I have a Bosel it sounds like a 60's hotrod. It's not what I'm looking for, I would be willing to sell it for $100.00 It's about 3 years old and in perfect condition.

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Old 12-26-2007, 09:19 PM
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I have an Ansa on my 560SL, I think it is OK but the muffler on the car when I got it was basically a can of iron oxide dust, so I don't have a good baseline on what the car should sound like with new, OEM parts (like when it was new).

From what I understand, the center muffler ahead of the rear muffler has a lot to do with the sound. I am certain that my 380's center muffler is shot because replacing an obviously shot muffler on it with a new Ansa made virtually no change in the sound of the car.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:06 PM
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I have an Ansa on my 560SL, I think it is OK but the muffler on the car when I got it was basically a can of iron oxide dust, so I don't have a good baseline on what the car should sound like with new, OEM parts (like when it was new).

From what I understand, the center muffler ahead of the rear muffler has a lot to do with the sound. I am certain that my 380's center muffler is shot because replacing an obviously shot muffler on it with a new Ansa made virtually no change in the sound of the car.
That is exactly what I have found with my 88 560SL. I replaced a totally shot rear muffler. It was so bad you could take the can and slide it back and fourth over the tubes. When I put the new Bosel on it did not change the sound at all.

I do know what these cars sound like, because I was a technician at an MB dealer when these cars were in production. The engine should be quiet with no throaty drone until you put the pedal all the way to the floor.

My 1986 560SL (before I pulled out the engine) had a good stock MB rear muffler. It also had its forward muffler replaced by a universal CAT, I guess to pass California emissions, where it came from. That car sounded just like a new 560SL, quiet but with a throaty drone at full throttle. I have been soaking the muffler with PB blaster in hopes to put the MB muffler from my 86 on my 88.

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