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post #21 of 67 (permalink) Old 05-30-2016, 05:32 PM
 
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The other part is a blank, which you would install if you had neither the grab handle or the sunglasses pocket.


Well. My apologies for failing to help.

I do not have access to the EPC currently, but when I searched the part number of the handle these last couple of days, I found that EU site with pictures. If you look carefully at the picture there is no indication that the size of the attachment is different between the two. The "clips" look the same size.

I hope there is a different way to attach than to have to cut the metal...


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I would be very surprised if the holes were two different sizes. More likely just that the inserts are different to accommodate the different functions of the accessories.
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Here is what it looks like behind the Sunglasses holder.







Here is the Sunglasses holder side by side with the Grab Handle, you can see the grab handle has a much bigger piece that needs to get inserted into the holes.







I'm guessing the grab handle has larger attachment pieces due to the fact that it needs to support a bit of weight when people are using it. I'm not comfortable cutting away sheet metal in that area. So I guess this is a fail.


I keep looking at these pictures, because that's all I have to go on.

The expanding "clip" portion, for lack of a better term, looks a little closer to the base on the grab handle. (I once went to see a W126 on sale and while the owner had a rear view mirror in hand, someone misinformed him that it could not be attached/something was missing. I took a peek and just pushed it into place.). If you feel the edge of the headliner is there metal right behind it? What happens if you attempt to just gently push it in?


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The openings are not big enough for the "grab handle" male ends to fit. The European cars must have a larger opening for the grab handles.
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I sent my dad to get me a simple clamp at the dealer, and they called me and it seemed a waste of time for my W201 alternator replacement saga, so I decided to man up and pay $75 to Mercedes. Got the part numbers pretty quick, except I used my VIN...

So I am digging in EPC. 4 different headliners!

453 690 00 00
453 690 01 00
453 690 04 00
453 690 05 00

Haven't figured out which one is the proper one though...

Sorry I didn't catch this!!!
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I get more use out of mine as a storage cubby than I ever would as a passenger grab handle.

Why would a passenger need to grab a roof handle, anyway?
If you were handi cap, you'd understand.
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A little help is needed. Seems I can weed some out if I know glass or solid roof, and whether one has pelvic/thorax airbag....
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Can someone get me a part number?

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If you were handi cap, you'd understand.
True, as noted earlier in the thread:
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... there are folks who do need a ceiling grab handle to assist them...
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Makes perfect sense!
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Part is in hand, all the way from Germany. Will be installing this evening.



If a mod could rename this thread "453 - Sunglasses Holder / Grab Handle Swap" that would be great!
thanks for posting this up, sucks it doesnt fit/work.
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The handle is in another forum members hands now, he seems keen on trying to make it work. A braver man then me
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