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Old 05-09-2000, 02:00 PM   #1
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Question Steering Wheel replacement

yeah.... i've done a search.. but can't find the answer i am looking for...

has ANYONE changed to a non-airbag wheel?

ANYONE?

if so, I have questions for you!!!! er... I need help!! or I will, as soon as my steering wheel arrives...
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Old 05-09-2000, 02:14 PM   #2
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I have researched the heck out of doing this for my 95 legacy. What info do you need? Momo has the adapter. There are snap off kits. Or are you worried about having the passenger side airbag still work?
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Old 05-09-2000, 02:29 PM   #3
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I've ordered a Sparco w/the hub - but don't know if it allows me to keep my cruise control???

I am not worried about the airbag... is the steering swap going to disable them both?

Also - is this something i can do myself? or do i need to go to a shop? the shops get nervous about removing the airbag and all - even though i have federal forms which say it's ok to shut it off.

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Old 05-09-2000, 02:34 PM   #4
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It is not all that hard to remove the wheel, but BE CAREFUL of the airbag, you do not want it to go off in your face or in close quarters - be sure to disconnect the battery before you touch anything and store it someplace safe. I am not sure about the hub, but I would bet that it will not accomodate the cruise control. I believe that you will get a CE light if you disconnect the bag.

EDIT - the crusie control will work, you will need to find a place to mount the controls.

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Old 05-09-2000, 02:37 PM   #5
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Cant keep the cruise control as is. you can wire a new switch. The diagram is in the chilton. Bunch of X's and -'s. Find the six year old who programmed your VCR to figure out what the diagram means. Just kidding. Their diagrams are harder than reality. The airbag is easy to take out as long as you take the basic airbag safety measures. You also need a steering wheel puller. and torx bits. But damn its gonna look nice. The check airbag (CA) might come on, But if you need to over ride that by straight wiring it, the computer for it all(the CA that is)is literally in the instrument cluster behind the speedo.

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Old 05-09-2000, 02:51 PM   #6
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Howdy,

Assuming your steering wheel fitment and airbag is similar to ours/japs..

You can remove the SRS fuse and wait 30 seconds. The steering wheel will either be key/splined on. You will probably need a puller... or a few hard blows from your hands on each side (behind it) should do it (A trick is to leave the nut on, but loose, so that the wheel doesnt come flying off).

I have heard of people fitting a resitive load instead of the air bag unit. This allows the system to still function for the passenger side.. and so you dont get a fault light.

When handling/dealing with the air bag always handle it away from you...

If you need any help/info with the new wheel, let me know.

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Old 05-09-2000, 03:10 PM   #7
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Angry

damn...
sounds like too much work!!

think i am gonna end up paying someone to do this...

so nobody has really done it? or have you? is this all pure speculation? anyone live close enough to come by and HELP!?
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Old 05-09-2000, 03:17 PM   #8
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I've done it.

To UK turbos..

But I dont live close enough...

J.

ps - The part about the fuse and leaving it and the resitive load is Subaru maintenace manual stuff.
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Old 05-09-2000, 04:09 PM   #9
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Subie Gal,
I installed a Sparco wheel on my 99 RS, it was easy but the horn and signal light return switch does not work unless you rewire it (I do not care if I have to return the signal manually).You'll need some help to pull the factory wheel. Just be carefull.
Anyway, if you have a momo adapter, this will touch the plastic cover and make a lot of noise but do not worry cause the more you scrub it the faster i'll go away.
I will never go back to the factory wheel!!

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Old 05-09-2000, 05:08 PM   #10
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Hey Jamie, I have put a wheel on my 98 RS (you've seen it).

It took all of 30 minutes. 1) disable your airbag system before you start. There are about 10 ways to do this. You won't get a "CE" light, you will get the "SRS" light, which mean the airbag isn't working. Then you know it will be safe to do it. Do this first otherwise you might make it blow.
2) Take the snap-off cover off the wheel, get a big wrench and/or socket and take the wheel nut out.
3) you don't need a puller, just pull real hard and yank the wheel off
4) you will see the infamous "reel". That is a big mess, but take it out, and what it is connected to is also the rest of the wiring for the abs/horn
5) put new wheel on
6) if you want your horn to work, rig a switch to ground out above said horn wires.

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Old 05-09-2000, 08:26 PM   #11
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One last thing - just cuz the SRS light is on doesn't mean it won't blow, but a lot of things make that SRS light go on, with part of the system still being active. make sure you've fully disabled it.
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Old 05-09-2000, 09:55 PM   #12
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I've taken a combination switch from a 95 Impreza without airbag. It doesn't have the white contact ring on it and it has the horn pin that contacts the Momo hub. Price was$80 Canadian.
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Old 05-10-2000, 08:22 AM   #13
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thanks guys!!!!

hmmm... Pat, if you weren't so damn busy, i'd take a trip north and have u help me!!!

oh well, i'll let you guys know how it goes...
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Old 05-10-2000, 08:49 AM   #14
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So vIII, you mean that this hub from the old legacy would enable the horn ?
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