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      Quote Originally Posted by bamaboy View Post
      have spent lakhs of rupees in upkeeping.
      Its now your turn to spend remaining lakhs on its upkeeping


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      Viraat's Dad gifted me his Ratcheting toolkit
      This is such a lovely gesture.

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      I found W124 to be more comfortable than Creta heck even more comfortable than W205 C Class.
      Would love to hear more on this from you. Comfortable as in - good engine or driving comfort or handling or something else?

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      Quote Originally Posted by bhpistorqintorpm View Post
      bamaboy - from side profile looks like a true gangsta car.
      True. I'm planning to get 17-inch Rims with 225/45 tyres. Also thinking to get Euro-spec springs which will lower the car and get a better stance.


      Quote Originally Posted by bhpistorqintorpm View Post
      needs just a bit of detailing to make that black pop!
      Its grey actually. The Colour code is BLAUSCHWARTZ DB199(Blue-Black) Metallic.

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      superb account of buying and driving!
      congrats once again!
      Thanks!
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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      Its now your turn to spend remaining lakhs on its upkeeping
      I intend to. I wish make it as one of the best well kept W124 in the country.

      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      Would love to hear more on this from you. Comfortable as in - good engine or driving comfort or handling or something else?
      Comfortable in terms of ride quality, ergonomics and mile munching capability. Suspension is brilliant and makes a flatter ride over road imperfections, joints etc.
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      Wonderful read bamaboy. The sellers seem to quite knowledgeable and extremely decent folks. A car with class and pedigree!

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      Did a proper wash and basic detailing on the Car. Klasse All in One + Collinite 845.

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      Replaced the ageing Original German Bosch Horns with myTVS Trumpet Horn. I found the sound to be bassy and distinct, similar to Hella. Bought it for Rs.850 from Amazon. Better than Roots, Bosch and Minda.

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      Got 50% Black Tints on Windows and Rear. Garware Fronty UV restistant tint for Windshield.

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      2016 Hyundai Creta SX(O)
      2017 Isuzu D-Max V Cross: PX5 Android HU -> AK4490EQ -> miniDSP C-DSP| Sony XM-GS4 | Kravchenko KAXBLTWT & HAT Legatia L6SE | Boston GT2125 | Vaani Vector 6.5mkII | SounDigital SD250.1| Infinity REF1200S
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      Initially I wanted to get the period correct AMG Monoblock Replicas but later ditched the idea as I wanted the car to look somewhat modern yet classy. After a thorough research and going through sleepless nights searching, I found the perfect wheels that would do justice with the timeless design of the W124. My initial search began looking for used MB alloys, I found 3-4 listings in olx for W212, W205, W221 alloys. Came across a few individual sellers who were overambitious in pricing and were too snobby to negotiate with. Later realised that modern MB alloys have greater offset figure (ET 45 to 48) and would not fit without spacers. I needed more negative offset i.e. ET in the range of 32 to 38. Next came the idea for AMG replicas. I searched with few Dealers in North India. Again too optimistic with the pricing and was never sure about Indonesian/Malaysian build quality. No branding or idea about the factory also, load rating was uncertain. Load Rating is something each alloy buyer must be aware of. I learnt that a good quality alloy will have a better Load Rating figure and one should plan and research about it before buying. So AMG replicas were dropped. I must mention now that I and Mayur straightpipe) were having endless discussions about our respective W124s before and after buying, we are W124 brothers and he helped me with the research and purchase. Finally I came across this design and the specifications were suited to the W124. These alloys were bought via straightpipe and couldn't thank him more.

      Make : Rapidash RD-V6 (made in Taiwan) ; same design as Konig Ampliform
      Size : 17 x 7.5J
      ET : 35
      Load Rating(per wheel) : 690 Kg
      Colour : Hyper Silver

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      Test fitted to the car and it sat perfectly fine. Offest is just perfect, not touching the shocks or protruding out too much from the fender.

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      Last edited by bamaboy; 1st Jul 2019 at 21:18.
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      Tyres :

      17inch and & 7.5J size rims on W124 needs to have 225/45/R17. There were two options : budget or performance.
      Budget tyre: I was getting Accelera for Rs.6300 a piece in Nagpur. Performance tyre: I got quotes for Hankook, Yokohama & Michelin. My heart was set on Michelin Pilot Sport 4ST, 28% GST return made me go for it and got it from local dealer MHKS Mohammad Ali Tyres in Nagpur. Bought it for Rs.11050 per piece. They are expensive and best tyre suited for this car.

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      Also got the balancing and alignment done. Luckily, MHKS found the alignment data for Indian spec W124 in their system after some digging.

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      MHKS handled the job and car very professionally. I spent another 1500 bucks for Valves, Balancing etc. It was well worth it.

      Did a 150Km trip after wheel swap. Coming from Yokohama A Drives, Michelin PS4 are very silent and grippy. The difference is prominent. Took the car up to 170kmph and the car was rock stable. Also, there is a significant improvement in braking.

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      Last edited by bamaboy; 2nd Jul 2019 at 10:27.
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      The car from the very first day of delivery was taking a longer crank and always needed throttle input. The idling was not smooth and the car didn't retain enough revvs between gearshifts and would stall in bumper to bumper traffic. I felt the fuel lines were clogged so put a bottle of Xado Verylube Complex Fuel System Cleaner with a full tank of Petrol. The engine smoothened a bit but the problem still persisted. Viraat guessed it could be Mass Airflow Sensor Fault and advised cleaning or changing. Cleaning MAF sensor is a hit or miss, there was 50-50 chance and the car was old so decided to get it replaced. After a lot of research and contemplating to buy OEM Bosch or compatible Magnetti Marelli one. I opted for the latter just because it was cheaper by a fair margin(23k vs 7.5k). Also got to know that M111.960 Engine was shared with Ssangyong Korando and Magnetti Marreli was OEM for it. The parcel arrived from Poland within 8 days and I immediately hushed to try it out. Changing MAF sensor in W124 is very easy, you just need a screwdriver and some minor skills to unscrew the older unit and taking it out. Youtube is very helpful us DIYers.

      https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MASS-AIR-...72.m2749.l2649 This is the part that I ordered.

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      A short video taken of the very first crank just after MAF sensor swap : https://www.instagram.com/p/BxhOht2n..._web_copy_link


      Sigh. What a relief it was! Starts at half crank. The engine purrs like a cat. Idles very smooth at 800rpm. Engine feels very revv happy and after the very first drive after MAF sensor swap, the car is a different beast altogether. Driveability is a lot better now, earlier accelerating used to feel chocked and the car didn't revv too much. New MAF sensor replacement was very crucial and has added a new life to the engine.
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      Wow! Car after detailing, alloys and new shoes looks superb! somehow missed later updates on this thread!
      Congrats again Rahul!
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      Some missing parts and goodies bought & installed :

      - Tow Hook Cover (Front Bumper part) : https://www.tarostrade.com/tow-hook-...4-1984-12-1993
      Car was missing tow hook cover in the front bumper. This made it look like toothless. This simple bumper part costs Rs.6500 from Mercedes Benz ASC. I paid Rs.1400 including shipping for Taiwanese built part that was sent from Bulgaria. I will recommend Taros Trade for rare Euro Car parts.

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      - Sunvisor Clips :
      Car came with some non OE Sunvisor Clips which were loose and made Sunvisors rattle over bumps. Mercedes ASC quoted Rs.2250 for a single clip. I sourced it from a scrap car dealer in Mayapuri for Rs.300 including shipping for a pair.

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      -Key Chain :
      Bought from Aliexpress. Thinking to buy an original MB Brussels Keychain(https://www.shop-mercedes-benz.co.in...-ring-brussels) which I have on my C Class key. Indian W124 comes with two keys : separate for ignition and door locks. I have marked the ignition key with my wife's bindi.

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      - AMG Door Lock Pins :
      Bought from Aliexpress. Made of Stainless Steel. Looks really nice with black leather interiors.

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      - Regn Plate LED Light Bulbs : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3296...33074c4d4Qgh64
      Bought from Aliexpress. High intensity and powerful bulbs. The bulb cover was hazy and old so cleaned it as much as possible.

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      -Sport Pedals : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3295...27424c4dJZrzEC
      Bought from Aliexpress. They fit really well and snug. Small things add a modern touch to the cabin.

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      Last edited by bamaboy; 2nd Jul 2019 at 14:59.
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