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Old 01-18-2003, 06:16 PM
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sun visor replacement on 450SL

Hi all. Could someone please help me with instructions on how to replace the driver's side sun visor on my trusty '74 450SL?

Thank all,

Frank Fletez
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:37 PM
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If you search the SL Forum, there are probably more detailed instructions there. Maybe even one with pictures. The basics are:

Put both hands on the rear view mirror and pull down hard. It's held in by a spring clip. This exposes a mount that has, I think, 3 screws that you remove. I don't believe the '74 has an interior light on the trim panel, but if for some reason you do, you need to pull the light out and unplug it. I think you also have to remove the female piece that the visor clip fits into. It's held in by a phillips screw. There's also a hidden screw on the trim piece near the visor mount. You can't see the screw, but insert a medium phillips screwdriver in the hole and remove the screw. At this point, you should be able to remove the trim piece. Some have some type of sealant on the windshield side. If your's does, just try not to make a mess. After you get the trim piece off, removing the visor becomes obvious.
Mike Heath
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Old 01-19-2003, 09:36 PM
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visor clip

I have a 75 450SL, which I presume is pretty close to the same thing. Do you know what the offical term is for the female clip that the visor clips into so it stays in place? Any idea where to order new ones?
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Old 01-20-2003, 12:27 AM
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Dealer pricing on the W107 sunvisors is astronomical - $300-400 EACH. (Compare to $153-157 EACH for W124 car) Best to find good used set.
Brian Toscano
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Old 01-20-2003, 06:36 PM
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visor clip

I agree, that price is a little high. I think I can make do with what I have and keep my eyes open.
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Old 01-20-2003, 08:03 PM
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According to my records I bought a set from Caliber motors for $286. in feb 2001.

Hope this helps
Happy Benzing
Darryl, Hill
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Old 01-20-2003, 09:28 PM
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The whole visor assembly is pricy from any of the sources I've found--but it sounds like you need only the clip that mounts into the windshield header trim, and can be removed from same by removing the one screw through its center. That can't be that expensive; might try checking the dealer, K&K, benzbin, etc.
Good luck!
Craig Bethune

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