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Old 02-02-2019, 06:15 PM   #1289
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I did this mod today. Before the mod, while standing at the back door, I needed to aim the fob thru the back window. No more... Also I can lock or unlock from at least 30 feet away. Time was less than 30 minutes. The most difficult part is removing the "cloth" tape holding the antenna in OE position.

TN Princess - thanks for posting this. Reminded me that this is still on my todo list.

Here is the original source of this fix from Sprinter-Source forum....

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=62316

It has some other approaches and a lot of comments from folks who made the fix and found it also worked better. It was one of the commenters who made the video above. Apparently it came from a Mercedes Technical Bulletin.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:31 PM   #1290
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I did this mod today. Before the mod, while standing at the back door, I needed to aim the fob thru the back window. No more... Also I can lock or unlock from at least 30 feet away. Time was less than 30 minutes. The most difficult part is removing the "cloth" tape holding the antenna in OE position.
TNPRINCESS - Very good video. I had to FFW past lot of the footage but that's because I've taken my dash apart many times over. But for someone who may be a little tentative about how to, this is an excellent step-by-step to follow start-finish. Is the problem only on certain Sprinter MYs? Mine is a 2017 and I have none of the issues. That shot of him past his driveway (30-40ft. from right door) is exactly my distance from where I usually hit my fob when AI is on my driveway facing street and I am inside my other garage door. Haven't had issues, yet! Or is this also associated with degradation on the RF receiver? Or MB changed routing on later models?
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I recently installed a side ladder and roof-rack on our 2017 Interstate Grand Tour Tommy Bahama; I designed the roof rack to serve as a platform for additional viewing and star gazing, as well as transporting our kayak and fly rods.
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Alex AVI "Mine is a 2017 and I have none of the issues."

From reading the post referenced by: Boxster 1971, This may not be an issue with newer Sprinters (MB might have relocated the antenna). My Sprinter chassis is 2016.
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:19 PM   #1293
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I recently installed a side ladder and roof-rack on our 2017 Interstate Grand Tour Tommy Bahama; I designed the roof rack to serve as a platform for additional viewing and star gazing, as well as transporting our kayak and fly rods.
Got any pics? I've been interested in doing this but want to see how it looks.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:30 PM   #1294
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I did this mod today. Before the mod, while standing at the back door, I needed to aim the fob thru the back window. No more... Also I can lock or unlock from at least 30 feet away. Time was less than 30 minutes. The most difficult part is removing the "cloth" tape holding the antenna in OE position.
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Alex AVI "Mine is a 2017 and I have none of the issues."

From reading the post referenced by: Boxster 1971, This may not be an issue with newer Sprinters (MB might have relocated the antenna). My Sprinter chassis is 2016.
UPDATE - After TNPRINCESS posted this mod, I was curious how my keyfob range really was. I knew I did not have to be up-close to activate my locks. But I had no idea what my range is. I started to remove the glove box and find my antenna cable. Wait! Wrong move. Why go through all that trouble without testing it first.

I tested my keyfob from every blocked area behind the rear door, with all day/night shades down, even under the bumper, inside the hitch, under the dually, and it worked all the time. I did the distance test mostly from behind the van (45 degrees to it's driver & passenger doors, then lined up on driver & passenger mirrors, and dead center on hitch) - I got as far back as 1,010 inches (> 84 ft.) without problems. Beyond that to 90 ft., it could still work but it became intermittent, depending on how high I held fob above my head & how long I kept my finger on button.

So looks like MB relocated the antenna on MY 2017 & later or they increased the gain on the RF receiver. Still don't know where my antenna is though
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So looks like MB relocated the antenna on MY 2017 & later or they increased the gain on the RF receiver. Still don't know where my antenna is though

I sense a slight bit of disappointment, not finding yet another excuse to tear into your Sprinter's dash.
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I sense a slight bit of disappointment, not finding yet another excuse to tear into your Sprinter's dash.
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ROWIEBOWIE - yeah, a bit, but did not want to miss SuperBowl party at daughter's place. Just another excuse to pigout and eat unhealthy My dashboard deserves a break from me though.
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How about those Rams? Iím super glad I watched the puppy bowl. It was a higher scoring game, and the players are much cuter...

And yeah, the local LA crowd is real quiet now...and Iím glad I donít follow pro sports.
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