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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Halcyon wrote:
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I've got bog standard Mercedes paddles and some aluminium extensions waiting to be fitted. Much cheaper than AMG or Brabus paddles: cost me £75 total.
The steering wheel dremelling starts tonight!


Do you have part numbers, photos etc of the standard MB paddles, please?


I'll post some photos and part numbers tomorrow but I'm not 100% happy with the way they fit so far
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've spent a little more time on one of the paddles. They need to fit a little deeper than I had planned to account for the mis-matching curvature of the wheel and the paddle.

Not my neatest work but it looks better once the fixing screw is tightened. The other side should also be better now I've had some practice.

The paddle part numbers are A2185400662 and A2185400762.

The extensions were off eBay, I wanted black aluminium and these were the nicest finish based on the photos and they look pretty good.

I have set the paddles as far outboard as I can get them without touching the leather. It will be ok but I might make some custom extensions that take them further outboard- I'll only know that once I start using them though.

Some photos of the work so far:





 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pictures Aero, they also look good. I saw the extenders on eBay, are they nice quality? ..

I'm thinking of going down the AMG route as it seems to be the most common theme, but will be interested in seeing how those turn out!
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jay. wrote:
Thanks for the pictures Aero, they also look good. I saw the extenders on eBay, are they nice quality? ..

I'm pleasantly surprised by the extenders, lots of the others look terrible in the pictures but these are nicely finished with no dodgy machining. The coating is nice and thick and they fit well
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ref mounting of paddles I am sure that someone on here was developing a mounting block to move them outboard of wheel. Might be worth trying
Sorry hopeless at searching on forum for it but l am sure someone will find it😀
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So in case anyone was interested, the paddles are all sold out in UK/Ger Merc Dealers... Lead time is about a month to get them ordered in.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can we not use the FVD paddles? Are they sold seperately

Best

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found some for sale here:

https://www.commandonline.co.uk/amg_paddle_shifter.html

They seem to get stock once a week (1 or 2 a time)

About £50 more, but at least you'll get them soon!

I've ordered a set Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New997buyer is selling the full conversion here at a decent price: http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=118984
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite like the standard black switches from the merc, anyone got the part number. I can't seem to find it on the command site 😏
Just spotted them in thread above PC
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well ended up getting the AMG ones, local Merc dealer in Northampton had them on the shelf😳
Just need to get on and get them fitted. Had wheel retrimmed by Jack at Royal wheels, did a superb job 👍
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

grbspeedster wrote:
Well ended up getting the AMG ones, local Merc dealer in Northampton had them on the shelf😳
Just need to get on and get them fitted. Had wheel retrimmed by Jack at Royal wheels, did a superb job 👍


Could you phone and ask if they have any more? I'm a bit disappointed, my local merc dealer said there were none in stock in any shop in the UK, nor Germany...

If not, I'll give them a ring when I get back
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, finished fitting to wheel and completed wiring as the superb write up above. Took it around the block to try out, hour later arrived home. What can I say totally transformed car, feels so alive. Thought was fast before but has transformed the whole driving experience. If you've not done it DO IT NOW !
Thanks for the detailed write up made it a real easy job👏
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've finally got it done Geoff. That's superb!

It really is on of the best mods that can be done on a tiptronic. I bet you'll hardly drive in auto mode from now on.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom, yes that and getting the wheel retrimmed slightly thicker by Royal Wheels has really transformed the feel of the car
Keeping an eye on your thread car sounds amazing!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I finally got this completed today, what a difference.

I'd say this is a "must" for Tip owners as it really makes the car feel special - the horrible buttons never inspired me to use it in manual mode, and I'm sure this will!

The process was pretty straight forward, the guide here covers it fairly well. Ran into a few issues along the way that took a little while to "problem solve", but in total the job took about 4 hours. Now that I've done it once, I believe it could easily be done in 1-2 hours.

The biggest time waster for me was ensuring the two paddles lined up exactly - I spent about an hour fettling carefully to make sure the holes lined up perfectly and the paddle itself sat in the steering wheel snug.

Also spent over an hour trying to fashion up a "bracket" to attach the paddle to the steering wheel. All of the brackets I could find were too thick for the steering wheel, there's really not much clearance between the foam and the metal housing. Eventually I managed to find a nice thin piece of stainless steel that I cut into shape. I'm glad I spent ages as it's probably the biggest 'failure point' of the job, if the bracket moves then the paddles will fall out of place and you'd have to start again.

I took a load of pictures, if I can get the motivation later I'll put them up as extra resources for people considering doing this.

Anyway, going to go test drive the paddles.... again...... Cool
 
  
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