1997 Mercedes R129 SL500
Photos show ball joint and lower control arm bushing replacement of both sides on 1997 R129.These parts were replaced along with new stabilizer bushings, strut bearings, strut bumpers, Bilstein struts, steering stabilizer and tie rods. A press is required for removal and installation of ball joints. Note position of tabs on lower control arm bushings. These were pressed in at same position as originals.
Also note the condition of old lower control arm bushings vs the new one in foreground. All the squeaking is gone. Steering is tight, ride is firm. Photos also depict old headrest gears, replacement gears and photo of headrest drive motor. R129 has been sold. Page no longer updated.