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Old 02-20-2002, 08:49 AM
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1st gear start possible?

Since the 380se(W126) trans. starts in 1st gear, and the 500sel(also W126) both use the same transmission, except I believe the 500 has more clutches, can you switch valve bodies from 380 to achieve 1st gear starts in 500 trans?
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Old 02-20-2002, 02:12 PM
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Re: 1st gear start possible?

Originally posted by woody
Since the 380se(W126) trans. starts in 1st gear, ...
It does? I drove a Euro 280SE and it had second gear start.

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Old 02-20-2002, 08:48 PM
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As far as I know, I read somewhere, that the 380 starts in 1st gear.
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Old 02-20-2002, 09:10 PM
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While the VB might work, it is much easier to do it electrically. If you check the archives you should be able to find a kit that someone makes to do it most simply. If not, I have posted the method with a couple relays and a pressure sensor in the governor test port.

The kit uses rpm to decide when to come in and out.
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Old 02-21-2002, 11:58 AM
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Steve, I read your post about the two relays and pressure switch. In fact I archived it for further reference. Since I had the valve body I was just curious if that was how Mercedes got the 380 euro to start in first gear as opposed to electrically. Also, I have the whole car and if it is accomplished with a switch or something else, I thought that might be an interesting way to do it.
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