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How to: Remove/Fit steering wheel

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Post Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:00 pm
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First off, I apologise. Im doing the how to backwards from the order I took the pictures as I was too busy swearing at the trim :lol:

What you will need:
-T20 torx screwdriver
-T50 torx socket
-Large flat head screwdrver
-Small flat head screwdriver

-About an hour of time.

Step one:
Disconnect the battery.
As with any work near electrics, its best to disconnect the battery. And if you brake something you shouldnt have, you dont want an airbag blowing three inches from your face.
There is a downside to this. Your power steering wont work for one of the steps further along.

Step two:
Remove the lower cowling.
You will need the T20 torx screwdriver for this. There are two screws on the lower cowling, just behind the steering wheel.
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After you undo these, you need to undo all the clips along the seem lines, and you will also need to pull the latch on the adjusting lever.
Its easier to take off than put back on, so remember to take a mental note of how you did it.

Step three:
Unhook the airbag from the steering wheel.
To do this you will need the flat head screwdrivers. They are latched on to one of these either side.
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Its very awkward to get to, but you have to slide the metal bit away from the hook on the airbag, while pulling the airbag from the front.
This is where the downside of disconnecting the battery comes in. This is because you need to turn he steering wheel to either side to get to the clips.
Once the the airbag is loose, be careful as there are wires attached to them.

Step four:
Remove the wires from the airbag.
You have two wires. One with a grey plug, and one with a yellow.
The grey plug just pulls out.
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The yellow one is a bit more complicated, you need to undo the top, and then pull away from the airbag.
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Step five:
Now the airbag is disconnected, you need to undo the large torx screw in the middle of the steering wheel. This is where you need to T50 torx socket. Its on there tight, so a screwdriver wont budge it.
Once that is undone, you are left with this.
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Step six:
Pull off the steering wheel.
You will need a bit of elbow greese, but it will come off. Once its off, thread the wires through the wheel.
You dont need to worry too much about getting the steering wheel in the right place once you refit, as the wires are at the top middle of the wheel, so as long as they line up, your fine.

Step seven:
Pretty much do all previous steps backwards.

If you have swapped the original steering wheel for a sport one, this is the result.
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Post Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:29 pm
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How did you find the sports steering wheel Abz?
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Post Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:14 pm
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Comparing them next to each other without driving, you wouldn't think it would make that much difference. But it does! For one thing, there is more room for my knees. :lol:

The steering response is sharper also, I found myself steering a little too hard into the corners :wtf:

Overall, 100% better and well worth upgrading :)
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Post Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:24 pm
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Where did you source it from Abz?

Post Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:33 pm
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Abzynthe wrote:
Comparing them next to each other without driving, you wouldn't think it would make that much difference. But it does! For one thing, there is more room for my knees. :lol:

The steering response is sharper also, I found myself steering a little too hard into the corners :wtf:

Overall, 100% better and well worth upgrading :)


I was doing exactly the same as you Abz in the beginning. As the other wheel is so large you obviously have to turn it more so when you start using the smaller wheel, you do the same and the car swings in hard before you remember. You soon get used to it though.
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Post Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:37 pm
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It was on ebay from airbagsforsale.com.
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Post Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:29 pm
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Abzynthe wrote:

The steering response is sharper also, I found myself steering a little too hard into the corners :wtf:

Overall, 100% better and well worth upgrading :)


i did the same on the way home the day i had mine fitted :( soon got used to the quicker response and it makes for more fun when you feel like chucking about on a winding road.

also good for going round the inside of roundabouts past the fast in a straight line brigade (usually bmw and audi's) :lol:
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