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Old 15-12-2016, 10:20 PM   #1
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Arrow My Modification Service: W209 CLK Complete Interior Facelift

In the early days of the forum, it was common practice for people to do their own mods as it was alot easier back then. Changing bumpers, updating lights etc could be done without the need to plug the cars into STAR and what-not. We even had a large thread on this call the 'Modtanica'. As time has gone on it has become increasingly more difficult to make noticeable changes.

Throughout my Mercedes history on here (see the threads linked in my sig) I have updated all of my cars a large amount, with the least changes being made to my current car my CLS55 AMG. Now as this is my first AMG there arent really too many changes I can make to how it left the factory. however much I love my car I do miss the old days of swapping over bumpers, swapping lights etc which brings me onto to the point of this thread. Modding other peoples cars

A couple of months ago a new forum member clk320x with a W209 CLK contacted me asking about the modifications I had done on my large thread about my previous car my CLK270 CDI (thread HERE) and if I would be interested in swapping it over for him.
He had a similar early W209 with the awful pre-facelift interior. For MY2002-2003 Mercedes deemed it fit to raid the Ford Transit parts bin for the switch gear, before updating it to the variously superior version which was fitted for the remainder of the cars production period. - The very same switchgear was fitted to the W203 during this time also.

I agreed and once he had sourced the correct later switchgear from a breakers yard we talked options as to what replacement Satnav unit he would like as a replacement. I advised to swap it with OEM COMAND, however he decided on a double Din Kenwood headunit with all the mod cons, touchscreen, Blue-Tooth, USB, Garmin etc etc.

A month or so later the car was dropped off with myself for a couple of days while I swapped over the interior, painted the brake Calipers silver and also sorted out the rear wheel arch rust.


Anyway, ill let the photos to the talking. (Photos with permission of owner)



Before:




Time to rip it all out:










All this to remove the old dash 'cage' so that it can be replaced with the facelift unit, now to put it all back again .




New lower controls:






Upper controls have different connections, new connections need to be fabricated and soldered onto the existing wiring loom before they will work.


Getting there!




Finished job, steering wheel controls working








Just to recap what it looked like before:



While the car was at mine, I also treated the rusty rear wheel arches, removed a couple of scratches/marks on the paintwork and also painted the brake Calipers silver:








Work completed, car washed before owner collection






If anyone is interested in any work similar to this, facelift conversions, bumper swaps etc, need any modifications doing to:
W202/W210/W208/W209/W203/W211/W219 etc get in touch by email: karl_edwards @ hotmail.com or via PM
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Old 15-12-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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Nice work Karl. That is a huge improvement.
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Old 15-12-2016, 10:26 PM   #3
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Amazing work!

Karl was great, he treated the car as his own and kept me updated with photos and video throughout the process. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking to get anything done to your Mercedes! He really knows his stuff.
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Old 15-12-2016, 10:28 PM   #4
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Karl was great, he treated the car as his own and kept me updated with photos and video throughout the process. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking to get anything done to your Mercedes! He really knows his stuff.
Thanks, it was a pleasure to work on your car
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Old 15-12-2016, 10:37 PM   #5
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Cracking job, Karl - that really does bring the interior up to date.
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I wonder would you get a similar style carbon wrap for the double din converter, would look even more OEM then.
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Nice one, well done you.
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That looks so much better.
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Well done Karl, looks great, bit of a fan of aftermarket satnavs.
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Great job Karl. I've always blamed you for the amount of mods and money spent on the C43AMG I had
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Cheers guys!

I actually really enjoy working on cars, modding like that. got to find a way to get more 'customers' and do it regularly.
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Cheers guys!

I actually really enjoy working on cars, modding like that.
Me too. Nothing more satisfying than getting it all to come together and looking good.
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With your attention to detail you shouldn't have any problem attracting customers.
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I can see something wrong.



It needs DRLs
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