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Old 12-13-2004, 04:04 PM
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The Star - Straight up or Bent Over?

Seriously, for those of you lucky enough to have a real star on your hood. Do you keep it straight up or bent back at a slight angle? Which is correct?
I like the slant look but the original Benzs had them stuck straight up so I suspect that is the proper etiquet.
I spend too much time behind the wheel.......

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It depends on whether the grill is angled back or vertical. The star looks best if it follows the grill angle or lack thereof. On my 300E, I keep it slightly raked back.
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Old 12-13-2004, 04:17 PM
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I saw one the other day on a later model, don't know which one, and the star was turned sideways! BB
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Old 12-13-2004, 04:45 PM
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I think nowadays since the grill is slanted as stated that they are actually designed to be angled back a hair. IN the old days I remember they were straight up though. Then again so was the grill. My 190E's is slightly angled and my coupe has a flat badge. The 2005 C230K loaner I have is also racked back a hair.
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I saw one the other day on a later model, don't know which one, and the star was turned sideways! BB
That makes it more airo-dynamic that way.
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If memory serves me, the W123s were the first to rake the star back for aerodynamics. I recall our neighbor got one and I, at all of 8 years old, felt robbed and appalled that such a long (and straight) standing tradition would be altered.
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Old 12-13-2004, 05:51 PM
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To me it looks best angled back on my E420, especially when I embarrass much newer "muscle" cars that "test "me
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my 190e looks best with the star racked back the same angle as the grille.
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Old 12-13-2004, 07:26 PM
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Slanted back.
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Move the star around and you will feel the proper detent position.

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W123 and later are raked back somewhat. There is a detent, you may have to wriggle it around a bit to get it locked in, it's spring loaded to reduce damage to pedestrians if you hit one (not that I recommend hitting pedestrians...). If it keeps falling over sideways, the spring is broken, get a new one, they are easy to change.

Eariler ones stand straight up, although they have been spring loaded for eons.

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Sttrrraaaight...

Hiya,
I've got a w126 (380SEL), and it looks better straight up, along with the nice looking amg kit.... although at the moment i dont have one... because some jealous $#$#% TRIED to steal it...
That didnt succeed... neither did they get away (without getting 'injured') hahaha Before i had to take it off... when i accelerated.. the sheer power of the 5L (yes... 5litre) made it slope backwards... which didnt look too good... unless you watch it do that.. hehe
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Star cost

Hood star brand new from my local merc dealer is $67.00 (Aussie dollars)
So it isnt too mcuh i suppose? But its money i shouldnt have had to spend...
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:19 AM
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Mine starts of straight up.. But after driving at 75mph it lays back on the hood.


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