View Full Version : Pantograph Arm

05-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Pantograph Arm

Anyone got one spare or know where to purchase a new arm / linkage assembly?
Cheers Ben

06-12-2009, 11:31 AM
I think you'll find Jim of Nena fame (jim73vw) sourced new parts for his car, there's almost certainly a thread on it somewhere too..... :)

06-12-2009, 12:52 PM
Yeh I had read that one but from the website that jim got them off you're looking at roughly 200 for the lot?!? I admit it does look very tidy but I'm looking for a cheaper option for the moment. I may have to get myself down the coach depo and see if they have any going.

06-12-2009, 02:04 PM
There's 2 lots of pantographs on ebay adm (thanks to fastjetphil for pointing them out) they're 24 inches long.......is that too short?


06-12-2009, 09:50 PM
i don't want to bost but mine is 26 inches long!!!
the blade is a 21 inch job.
short rep.y as i am doing thhs on the wii.

06-12-2009, 11:27 PM
short rep.y as i am doing thhs on the wii.

surfing in more ways than one

07-12-2009, 05:40 AM
short rep.y as i am doing thhs on the wii.

surfing in more ways than one

Nah, his bladder has gone with the stress of a 16 year long rebuild.


07-12-2009, 04:14 PM
Check out the Toyota Yaris unit.

07-12-2009, 06:55 PM
And if all else fails, let me know. I think I still have a handful of OEM Sterling arms laying about. No blades, though... you'll have to improvise there!

07-12-2009, 10:05 PM
That's good to know, cheers letterman7.

Slightly off the pantograph wanted thread (move it if so)
I may try and find a v.cheap a merc single sweep wiper as per below, the thought came to me while in my gaffer's merc. If i can find it for cheaps I may experiment to see if it will fit / give a good sweep.
Anyone see any issues other than sweep (which ill have to find out), will electrics be an issue? does it need a special ecu thingy or will i be able to just wire it up?


07-12-2009, 11:08 PM
I have one sitting in the shed. Had the same Idea a few years ago.

Issues. size of mounting hole. Position of motor, you will need to cut a hole in the glass as well. I started to pull it apart to see how it works and couldn't get it back together again.

But others have triumphed where others have failed. Pentagraph is the easier route.


07-12-2009, 11:17 PM
i knew the mounting hole might have to be rather large but why a hole in the glass? is that due to it/the blade not being long enough?

08-12-2009, 08:26 PM
The curvature at the bottom of the screen and from memory the Merc screen was shaped at the bottom to go around the mounting.


12-01-2010, 02:15 PM
I have an old one .... if you're still looking


09-03-2010, 10:57 AM
Just reading the thread, and yes you are right I did source a new set up.

Letterman kindly sent me over an original arm, but the spindle cam/toothed connector only suited older motors. I found the newer motors at thetoolboxshop.com to be stronger and have a better sweep.

I tried old parts from various sources, and eventually realised the new route was more reliable !

I have a 2 speed auto park solution which works in even driving rain and needed no modification to the car.

May be quicker in the long run !

09-03-2010, 01:01 PM
I have a Merc 190E 2.3-16v and looked at the idea too but angles all wrong.