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Old 02-07-2008, 12:59 PM   #67
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Default 06 STI wheel on 04 WRX w-working cruise control

Originally Posted by amukaoen View Post
Does anyone know if you do a 2005-2006 STi steering wheel swap with the airbag working if you carry over the 04 WRX cruise control as in the tutorial? anyone done this before? thanks.
I just installed an 06 STI steering wheel in my 04 WRX sedan. It came with the 06 STI clock spring / roll connector as well (which I used). I never swapped or hack any cruise control arms or wires. I am using the 06 STI CC control arm.

I followed many of the posts on here and other forums. Essentially, this is what I did:
  1. Unhooked the negative terminal on the battery
  2. Removed airbag from 04 WRX wheel
  3. Unclipped wires and unbolted 04 WRX wheel
  4. Left bolt partially on and used the yank-method to remove wheel
  5. Removed 04 WRX clock spring (what a pain!)
  6. Installed 06 STI clock spring (even bigger pain)
  7. Installed 06 STI wheel and reconnected wires
  8. Retorqued wheel and attached airbag
  9. Reconnect negative terminal to battery

Everything went pretty smooth. The main issue I had was that only two bolt holes on the 06 STI clock spring / roll connector would line up to the 04 WRX turn signal / wiper stalks. Seems to be holding and working fine even though. I get an occasional buzz or rattle from it once in awhile over bumpy roads. Once I figure out how to secure it it should be fine (either that or get 05+ stalks.) And getting the clock spring wires fished through was a challenge.

I am very happy that the cruise control and airbag connectors are the same and are plug-n-play. The difference is that the 06 STI connector has two extra pins to turn the cruise control ON/OFF from the arm. The 04 WRX is missing those since there is a button on the dash to control that function. I tested everything out and it functions the same as the stock WRX cruise control arm does.

Hopefully this is helpful to other looking for this same info...

Good luck!


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Last edited by DomozitoLK; 03-09-2008 at 01:16 PM.
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