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Old 03-04-2011, 11:39 AM
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w126 steering wheel sizes (gas/diesel 1st gen)

Hello everyone,

I was planning on swapping out the steering wheel on my 300SD with that of a 500SEL. I just wanted to make sure that the SEL's wheel is smaller diameter than that of the SD. I always thought they were but I was hoping someone could confirm this and maybe provide dimensions.


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Old 03-04-2011, 12:58 PM
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I know the late 2nd gen cars wheel is smaller then the early 2nd gen. (like your 560SEL). I could be wrong, but I think all the old non-airbag wheels are the same size.

Perhaps look for the wheel from a 190 or W123?

-J
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:08 PM
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Hm. For some reason I always thought the gassers were smaller in the first gen...

I have a spare 190E wheel but I dont have a airbag/cover for the center...
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:27 PM
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Late Gen 2 W126s had smaller wheels.

IIRC 1988-1991 Wheels were smaller.

I put a 91 560SEL leather wheel on my 300SDL, used my original airbag etc.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:47 PM
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Hmmm. I'll take a tape measure to the junkyard today and see.

I'd need an air-bag-less unit as the SD doesnt have one and I'm certainly not going to buy one lol.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:26 PM
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Alright so just fyi, all the first gen wheels are the same size. 16".

The 500SEL and my 300SD have the same size.

A while back I bought a 190E wheel to replace my car's, however the airbag style changed and mine doesnt work on the older wheel. I'll put this on the SD.

Today I bought the 420SEL's wheel+bag and the 190E's bag so that the SD will have a complete wheel.

Total price $50 (420SEL, bag,wheel + 190E bag) WOO.
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89 420SEL 210k
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:38 PM
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Nice deal! I love junkyards. Because a car that has otherwise been completely picked over could have that 1 part you need. I scored a nice late model 300CE steering wheel in mint shape with bag last year for around $50 too! I hate how dated the Gen1 steering wheels from the late 80's-early 90's look!
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:45 PM
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I'm torn weather I want to change the wheel in my car to the late W124 style or not. The straight lines of the wheel match the straight lines of the car and the dashboard.

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2013 Fiat 500E. 20,000 miles, 80 miles at a time.
2012 Passat TDI. 95,000 miles. More space, power, and fuel economy than the Benz
2004 Touareg V10 TDI. 150,000 miles. One of 450.
1999 Jetta TDI. 310,000 miles.
1992 Jetta ECOdiesel. 156,000 miles. 1 of 48. Sold.
1991 Jetta ECOdiesel. 430,000 miles. 1 of 700. Sold to VeeDubTDI, totaled in front of our house
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:27 PM
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My buddy scored a fuel pressure regulator, EHA and a bunch of interior switches for $20

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82 300SD 145k
89 420SEL 210k
89 560SEL 118k
90 300SE 262k RIP 5/25/2010
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91 300D 2.5 Turbo. 241k
93 190E 3.0 235k
93 300E 195k
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