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Old 06-24-2003, 11:48 AM
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fuse upgrade kit sold on Ebay?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2420006153&category=46101

Any thoughts or comments on these kits? Good stuff or "junk"?

"It fits all 1965-1993 Mercedes W108, 113, 114, 115, 124, 126, 201, 140". I have a 1994 E320, would it work on my '94?

Does anyone else know of a source for high quality fuses?
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Old 06-24-2003, 12:54 PM
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I've heard they are junk.

Call Randy Steele at EPS Parts in Santa Barbara, California.

His website: http://www.epsparts.com

However, call his toll-free number and speak to him.

BTW: I'm relocating from Santa Barbara to Jacksonville.

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Old 06-24-2003, 01:05 PM
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Neil,

Thanks for the info. I'll check out your source.

My wife and I love Jax. We relocated from Scottsdale, AZ in Dec. 99.

I am guessing your moving here with Fidelity National Financial Inc. ? Its big news in our area of Jacksonville. I live in Ortega. If so, your new offices will be in Riverside. Nice digs Riverside/Avondale/Ortega are great neighborhoods to live in.

If you need help with real estate or whatever drop me a line. I have a few friends in the area who work for Prudential Realty.

Email me if you want to discuss Jacksonville or whatever
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Have you visited here yet?
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Old 06-24-2003, 02:52 PM
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Check your email.

BTW: saw your site and the two Miatas. I helped a buddy install Moss Motors/Jackson racing supercharger. Nice upgrade . . .

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Old 06-24-2003, 04:08 PM
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I've purchased fuses from http://www.**************.com/ that look like these, and they were nice, don't know if they're the same thing or not.

BTW, ************** had very good service. I also purchased a dash light upgrade kit from them and was very pleased with the results (and it came with instrument cluster tools which have come in handy since then).
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Old 06-24-2003, 10:18 PM
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I've gotten 2 upgrade kits from **************.com. The eBay seller is kbnorthwest. I've gotten one for my w126 and one for my w123. They supposefly don't corrode like the old ones do.

It's a good thing I got them because when I went to replace them I found that the P.O. had installed the wrong size fuses in quite a few different locations. Could've had myself a fire since the higher amperage fuses were installed where they shouldn't have been.

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Old 06-24-2003, 11:15 PM
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I purchased these glass encapsulated fuses made by littlefuse. They work really well! no more tweaking or having to squint for bad filaments. I'll try to get a link to them.
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Old 06-30-2003, 04:19 PM
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I just thought I'd post a bit of useless information. I took a fuse that I swapped out from my car over the weekend and analyzed it. The original fuses are not made of aluminum. They are made of pure zinc with a tin coating. The tin explains the grey color. There wasn't a whole lot of corrosion on the fuse either.
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Ok, I gotta ask... how in the world did you do that?? I won't ask why, I realize half of us here are nuts.

Isn't zinc a pretty corrosive metal? Maybe the corrosion people experience is when the tin coating is scratched away, as it easily would be when a fuse is inserted. I wonder why they chose that metal combination.
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:58 PM
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I took a look at the coating at high mag and couldn't figure out how it's applied. At high mag the tin looked chunky. It didn't look like electrocoat. If I had more time I could probably figure it out, but I can only goof off so much at work. Tin is often applied to contact surfaces for good electrical conductivity, so in some respects, the original fuses have some measure of quality built into them.
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Old 06-30-2003, 06:13 PM
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Is tin preferred? Some of the new ones I've seen look like either a brass alloy, or a copper-based alloy.

I guess they'd be really expensive if the were a copper-beryllium (sp?) alloy, but highly resistant to corrosion. . .

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Old 06-30-2003, 09:27 PM
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They should just make them 24K gold, showroom salesmen would have a field day! Come to think of it, that'd probably sell well as aftermarket product too, especially if they had a little MB star on them.

Kestas, what I meant was how did you determine the metallic composition?
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:18 PM
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Actually, you can get fuses in gold plate. High-end car audio shops sell 'em. Those guys could sell "Monster Cable" to an Eskimo. Tod
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:19 PM
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Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

I use a $250,000 instrument at my disposal in the lab.

I don't think Cu-Be alloys are designed for electrical contacts.

I think I spoke too soon about tin being a preferred coating material for contacts. Tin is more for leads that get soldered. But it doesn't corrode as quickly as zinc, therefore it is useful as a coating on these fuses. After all, why would the manufacturer go to the trouble of putting tin on zinc?

Benzwood, it's interesting you should mention 24KT gold. I know for a fact that Ford gold plates the contacts at the electrical bulkhead at the firewall (I was contracted to study a problem related to these contacts). And I wouldn't be surprised if it is used for contacts in the air bag system. Gold is the ultimate material you can use for contacts.

I revived this thead because I was under the mistaken impression - perhaps from the sales pitch from the replacement (Cu) fuse manufacturers - that MB fuses are aluminum. I looked at my fuses and saw a dull gray color, so I assumed the sales pitch was correct and my fuses are corroded. I was quite surprised to see that not only are the fuses NOT aluminum, but tin-coated as well, with little corrosion. This explains the dull gray color. But the dissimilar metals in the fuse box can lead to corrosion. Copper or brass fuses would be better in this regard.
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