DIY: INSTALL SMOKED OR CLEAR W212 E-CLASS BUMPER LIGHTS

HOW TO: INSTALL W212 BUMPER LIGHTS

Installing your clear or smoked bumper lights is a rewarding DIY project your can complete yourself! Follow the steps below to install your bumper lights.

1. Depending on what side of the vehicle you are working on, turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, just before reaching the maximum steering angle.

2. You will need to remove a part of the fender liner. You can either do this by removing the fastener that holds the liner in, or by giving the liner itself a strong pull. Keep the fastener, you will need it for re-installation of the fender liner.

3. You will turn the bulb socket left (counterclockwise) to remove the socket and bulb from the inside of the bumper lens.

4. Wearing a latex or rubber glove, use a firm, gentle touch to pull on the rear side of the bumper lens. Once it is free, pull towards the rear bumper to loosen the lens bracket inside the fender.

5. Get the new bumper lens (clear or smoked). Install the lens by reversing the process described in #4.

6. Re-install the fender liner and secure it using the fastener that was removed in step 2.

That’s all there is to it. It is simple to do and will provide a dramatic styling improvement.

Find clear or smoked bumper lights for your W212 here:

http://www.mercedesbenzwheel.com/search/results.html?securityToken=a4f7ae61ad94da0cf20c078b82a74267&search_in_description=1&keyword=w212+bumper+lights&x=-1067&y=-185

Please take a look below for the finished look on a 2012 E350. Clear bumper lights.



FIRST LOOK: 2014 Mercedes-Benz W222 S Class

Quick Look: W222 S Class Interior and Exterior

w222 s class interior doors open

If you’re a huge S Class fan, you’re in for a big treat. The W222 has been photographed un-camouflaged to reveal what looks to be a very classy, subtle design. The integrated LED headlights and tail lights look wonderful, while having a smooth, seamless demeanor.

The interior is truly a masterpiece. It looks to be designed and crafted with the utmost attention to detail using extremely high quality materials. The center dash houses 4 round vent openings which look absolutely stunning. The driver’s controls and gauges are now fully digital, using two side-by-side screens.

Expect this new S Class to raise the bar in terms of design and quality.

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

sls black

Do you love the AMG Black Series vehicles, like the CLK63 AMG Black, C63 AMG Black Coupe, and SL65 AMG Black? If so, you will certainly love the new Black Series SLS AMG. This track version of Mercedes-Benz’s halo sports car comes equipped with a revised 6.2L AMG motor with a 8000 RPM redline and 622 Horsepower. Aided by the removal of 154 pounds and additional tweaks to the chassis, the Black can track the Hockenheimring circuit in German a full 2.5 seconds quicker than the normal SLS. Top speed is about 196 MPH.

The car also gets forged wheels, lightweight titanium exhaust, carbon fiber reinforced torque tube, lithium ion battery, and lightweight braking system comprise some of the differences made to the Black.

As with all other Black cars, this car will be extremely limited and supremely special. Only a limited number will be built, and options for the car are very limited. Truly a nice vehicle.

 

 

CLA250 – A Quick Review

First Review: 2014 Mercedes CLA250

cla250 side profile

The term “Baby Benz” has been used to describe small Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the past. This time though, don’t call the CLA250 a “Baby” as this is one gorgeous vehicle. Styled similarly after its bigger brother, the CLS, the CLA250 has a 4dr coupe profile with frameless side windows for a dramatic aesthetic effect. The car has a swooping side profile that integrates nicely with its front and rear overhangs. The front grille has a nice design that has an almost 3D effect. The front end, while being visually tall, somehow looks good when combined with the aggressive front bumper with gaping air inlet grilles. The rear bumper and taillights have a very similar look to the CLS, which in our book is a very good move.

The CLA250 will most likely arrive with standard 17″ wheels, with optional 18″ wheels available. All of the wheel designs offered are beautiful and compliment the CLA nicely. With a coefficent of drag at just 0.23, Mercedes claims that this is the most aerodynamic mass production vehicle available for sale. Combined, the styling and design of the CLA is a fresh take on a small vehicle, enabling it to have the presence of a much larger car.

Inside, you will find a racy interior that is inspired from Mercedes-Benz’s more sporting offerings, like the SLK or SL. The air vents are large and round, and the dash has a large surface area with aluminum trim available. The seats are a sports design with aggressive side bolsters that offer a good balance of grip and support. All of the gauges are laid out in typical Mercedes fashion – large, easy-to-read font, center digital display, and silver backed gauge coloring. The steering wheel is sporty with its flat bottom and perforated leather finish. The cockpit is also very quiet thanks to the low coefficent of drag and Mercedes usual attention to seals and weather stripping. There is a large center screen for navigation and other features which we actually like. It has generated some negative reviews from other parties, but in our opinion it is in the ideal location for good visibility. One gripe we have is with the gear selector. We prefer the selector to be in the middle of the console, whereas on the CLA it is a stalk mounted unit.

Power comes courtesy of 2.0L direct injected Turbo inline 4 cylinder engine that produces 258 pound feet of torque and 208 horsepower. That’s good enough to propel the CLA250 from 0-60 MPH in about 6.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 149 MPH. For a base vehicle, that is pretty good performance and inline with other offerings. The seven speed dual clutch transmission is the only unit offered. While is a good unit overall, the shifts could have been smoother and more refined. In no way was it too harsh or bad, but it could use a little polishing. Being front wheel drive was going to hinder its performance in our enthusiast mind, but the handling is quite sharp and responsive. We still feel that rear wheel drive would have benefited the chassis, but we suppose there is still the C Class if you truly desire RWD. There is going to be a AWD option as well for those who live in areas with inclement weather conditions. Expect MPG to be in the 30+ range, due to the direct-injected motor with start/stop function and the dual clutch transmission.

Fully loaded with all options, the CLA250 will not exceed $40,000. That is the true appeal of this car. There is definitely a market for a compact, sporty car – just look at the sports compact car market of the 90s. The CLA revives that spirit and truly makes a case to consider Mercedes if you’re in the market for a more premium compact car. The chassis is certainly sporty, the interior is fresh and modern, the four coupe shape is truly pleasing, and the starting price of $30,000 is certainly a nice touch. All in all, a GREAT vehicle.

 

DIY W124 EURO HEADLIGHT INSTALLATION

HOW TO: INSTALL AND WIRE W124 EURO HEADLIGHTS

DIY: W124 Euro Headlight Wiring

Having problems installing your new Euro Headlights on your w124 E-Class? No worries! With our easy write up below, you will see just how easy it is! All you will need is our 4 to 5 pin Euro to USA headlight connector found here: http://www.mercedesbenzwheel.com/headlights-26/mercedes-4-pin-to-5-pin-headlight-connector-708.html

Once you have the connector, please see the attached pictures for how to wire the lights. We have labeled the pins and the pictures are in color so you can see exactly how they should get installed.

Wiring to NEW EURO STYLE HEADLIGHTS:

install w124 headlights

 

Wiring to OLD FACTORY STYLE HEADLIGHTS:

4 to 5 pin wiring

This should now be extremely easy to install. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes per light. With our connector and this easy to follow picture DIY, installing your new Euro Headlights on your Mercedes will be a breeze!

 

CLS SHOOTING BRAKE – The 5 Door Coupe?

Mercedes-Benz CLS SHOOT BRAKE

CLS SHOOTING BRAKE

Do you love the practicality of a wagon, yet dislike the visual appearance? If so, the CLS Shooting Brake is certainly the solution you’ve been waiting for. Based on the Mercedes-Benz CLS four door coupe, the Shooting Brake retains the front end of the four door coupe, yet adds a power operated hatch and larger cargo area. This transforms the regular four door coupe into the five door Shooting Brake.

The Brake maintains the gorgeous look of the four door, but supplements the design with extra room and an extra seat. Extra seat, you ask? Yes, the Shooting Brake does not have the center console in between the seats like on the four door, enabling an extra passenger to sit in the center rear bench. The cargo area is carpeted with metal tie hooks and leather lined side panels. There is an optional Designo package that transforms the floor to Cherry wood with slabs of rubber lined aluminum for that ultra sleek look.

The Brake will be available in the following specs:

CLS250 CDI (201HP Diesel)
CLS350 CDI (262HP Diesel)
CLS350 (302HP Gas)
CLS550 (402HP Gas)

7 Speed Automatic is standard fare.

The Shooting Brake is a seriously gorgeous 5 door coupe that we won’t get in the USA. It’s a shame, as this is a supremely gorgeous, capable, and practical vehicle that is sure to please every owner.

 

G63 AMG 6×6 – 6 Wheels with 536 HP

Limited Production G63 AMG 6×6

G63 AMG 6x6

G63 AMG 6×6

YES, Mercedes-Benz IS going to produce this limited-run 6×6!

Is the standard G63 AMG not up to your liking? Is it missing a couple of wheels? If so, consider this amazing machine, the G63 AMG 6×6. With 6 37 inch tires, a built-in central air compressor, 5 locking differentials, 52 degree approach angle, and the ability to ford up to 3 feet of water, this is a serious machine.

Using the standard G63 motor – a 5.5L twin-turbo V8 good for 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, the 6×6 can accelerate to 60 miles-per-hour in about 6 to 7 seconds. Mind you, it weighs over 8,300 pounds.

The torque is split 30/40/30 among the axles front to rear for maximum traction.

The interior has been redone to allow 4 passengers to reside in the lap of luxury. The cabin features quilted leather seats, carbon fiber dash, and bamboo cargo area. There is also a fixed console in the middle and the rear sears have been moved back from the B pillar for additional accommodations.

Check out the amazing photos of this 6×6 below:

HOW TO: CLEAN YOUR MERCEDES WHEELS

HOW TO: CLEAN ALUMINUM WHEELS

Do you have stubborn stains on your factory wheels? Has the brake dust accumulated over and over leaving what looks like permanent stains? If so, we have the solution for you. A simple cleaning agent and the right technique can dramatically change the appearance of your wheels – and in turn, your car.

Follow the steps below to give a like new look to your wheels. We used this method on a set of W124 wheels from a 1994 E320 sedan.

*Disclaimer: you are performing this at your own risk – we are not responsible for any damage cause by using the instructions below*

What you will need:

1. Gloves to protect hands
2. Cleaning agent that is safe to use on wheels to ensure they have a clean surface
3. Rags, towel, paper towels, and water
4. Fast Orange Pumice Hand cleaner

Procedure:

1. Start by ensuring the surface of your wheels is as clean as possible. Use luke warm water mixed with the wheel cleaning agent to ensure there is no loose dust or debris on the wheels. Make sure to wear gloves.

2. Completely dry your wheels so that they look as clean as possible.

3. Get the Fast Orange cleaning agent and apply some to a towel or paper towel.

4. Using gentle strokes and focusing only the areas that have deep embedded stains, use a side-to-side or up-down motion and apply soft pressure to the stains. Continue until stains are completely gone.

5. Rewash wheel and double check to ensure there are no remaining stains.

That’s it! Now you will have like new wheels again!

Product:

The cleaner

The cleaner

Before:

After:

The W124 wheel after the cleaning process is completed

The W124 wheel after the cleaning process is completed