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Old 10-15-2009, 11:36 AM
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Very cool hood hinge design on Mercedes CL63

This is pretty interesting...

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Old 10-15-2009, 02:03 PM
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That's neat. Just curious, how many hours does the book allow for replacement?
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:49 PM
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3.4 hours for one. I would think it would be longer than that to do it though.

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thats sharp. it cant even be seen. mite make you wonder how it works.
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Not to sure about a good idea.. Would you have to pull off the fender every time you needed to change the lift shock ????
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Just how often do you need to do that?

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Just how often do you need to do that?

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They are cool Brian.. Just not handy..
With todays shock's,, Maybe sooner then you think.. I think only once would be enough.. Remember theirs two sides, and two fenders..

Sorry !!! but I wouldn't want to start taking off my fenders on my Mercedes CL63,,, just to change my ''HOOD'' shocks..

These will work very well, And easy to get to..Plus they look good too...
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Well, they are just an idea. On this particular car, a $140,000 car I don't think you would need to worry about it. And if you did, you bought the wrong car.

Honestly, it is just an idea and I personally think a damn cool one. If the theme of your car is slick as snot, the less cluttered the more slick.

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a $140,000 car I don't think you would need to worry about it.

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Ya !!! I forgot.. On a $140,000 car, Nothing breaks..
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I am not saying nothing breaks, I am saying if you can buy a $140K car you aren't going to give a crap if you have to leave it at the dealer for an afternnoon while the hood shocks get changed. Besides, I got to thinking the shock could easily be changed with just the removeal of the liner, I was wrong. That figure of 3.4 hours was to change the hinge it's self. Just the shock would only take removal of the wheel, and the liner and a half hour or so would do it.

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I am not saying nothing breaks, I am saying if you can buy a $140K car you aren't going to give a crap if you have to leave it at the dealer for an afternnoon while the hood shocks get changed.
I'd beg to differ with that. Just because you can afford to own and maintain a car in that price range doesn't mean you're going to continue to routinely accept dealer charges for repairs/maintenance. I know for me the amount of time my S series Benz spent in the shop combined with the insane charges was a reason enough to get rid of it before it was even 2 years old. Like I told the service manager once: I already own the vehicle I don't want to buy it again and again.
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I agree on the not a good idea. If I had one of these which I wouldn`t, you would find a very hostile camper of having to replace it. But knowing me, I would use a wooden broom stick as a prop.
But then again, GM in the 80`s was completely brain dead. To replace the electric antenna on my 86 cutlass meant you had to remove the fender, completely brilliant.
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it's kinda cool but yea, I wouldn't want it.. Mercedes has always had some 'goofy' things tho.. they used fiber optic dash lighting since the late 70's, ground out sensors in the brake pads since at least 1980 ( but there accurate at least ), extended turning radius for close cornering at low speed.. just a few things I can think of
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You know guys, there are things in EVERY car that are engineered ignorant, the Mercedes doesn't hold the patent on bizarre designs.

First off, MOST cars these days require removeal of a fender to remove the hinge. Second, GM had weld on hood hinges for years, how about weld on door hinges, how about VW to remove the door latch and window regulator assy to get into the door if you were to drop a clip or something. How about the Camaro glued on targa band that has to be broken off to remove a quarter panel?

I think this hinge has something to teach us, there are more than one way to skin a cat.

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