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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-08-2016, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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96 SS Steering wheel removal

So i just received my foreversharp steering wheel today .. and im wondering how would i go about removing the stock steering wheel? (Steps) any info would be gladly appreciated.
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-09-2016, 07:44 AM
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First you need a steering wheel puller, and a clip ring tool. The rest is basic tools.


Center the steering, and do not move it while changing the wheel. Once you have the wheel off, you will have to remove the clockspring. You need a 2 ohm, 10 watt resistor across the yellow cable, to keep the airbag light out, and still have the passenger's airbag work. The only other mod required is a couple of small tangs on the inside top of the steering column bezel that will require removal. A Dremel tool with a sanding drum will make short work of them, just be careful about cutting too deeply, and damaging the outside of the bezel (keep the chunks of plastic out of the column). You could also use a razor knife, but that is a little more dangerous to the bezel. Install the adapter straight up, and bolt it together. The horn button grounds the horn lead, so clip the wire to the "open" spade (usually off of center) if there are two.

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Fred summed it up pretty well. Pickup a Haynes manual which I believe should also have the steps outlined there. As was mentioned, caution with the airbag circuit MUST be taken.

You may find this thread helpful as there is lots of info and pics. When doing my conversion, I also chose to remove the passenger side AB too and just eliminated the whole ugly system.

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Wouldn't just disconnecting the negative on the battery alleviate the need for a circuit?

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Wouldn't just disconnecting the negative on the battery alleviate the need for a circuit?
Guess this was in response to my post. The "need for a circuit" has nothing to do with the battery being disconnected. There is already a circuit there for the airbags, so my comment was really around being careful when working with anything airbag related.

Just disconnecting the battery may not prevent the AB's from deploying if something is touched that shouldn't be touched. Most manually will touch on the dangers of working with AB circuits. You can also damage the clock spring or Coil in the column if you are not familiar with the circuit and how it works. If you are replacing the wheel anyway, you may not care about the coil getting messed up but don't think you want 1 of these AB's accidentally deploying while you're working on the car. This would involve some understanding of the existing AB Circuit and what/how to handle the airbags.

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You are supposed to disconnect the battery for 2 minutes before working on the airbag system. Once you have the airbag out of the car, it has a shorting bar across the leads, and is safe to handle.


The 2 ohm 10 watt resistor allows/makes the system think that it has an airbag in the steering wheel, and will operate normally, except that you will not have a driver's side airbag.


I cut the yellow wire to the clockspring, and used the pigtail to solder the resistor into the system. If you ever want to revert to a steering wheel with an airbag, you can remove the pigtail, install a new clockspring, and hook up the airbag.


I have removed numerous airbags without disconnecting the battery, and never had one go off. Unless you hit the sensor on the core support, you should not have a problem.
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good info, learn something new everyday, thanks

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same, thanks.

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post #9 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 12:33 PM
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same thanks. I disconnected the steering shaft on the Cady with the key on once and the steering took to turning itself on just the force of the clockspring. Freaking great - now I have no clue where 'center' is, and I'm scared to death moving the wheel fearing breaking the spring or setting off the bag. I re-read the FSM 450 times did enough tests to get it back right. - DO NOT want to do that again.

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SO i just went to radioshack and they do not carry 2 ohm 10 w resistors.. is it okay if i use any pigtail resistor or does it have to be that specific one?
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