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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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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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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. 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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You must use the 2 ohm, 10 watt resistor. That is the value that works. You need the 2 ohms for the correct value, and you need the 10 watts for power rating. You can get them on ebay.
 

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So today i finally took the time to remove the steering wheel.. i got the airbag off . Now im in the process of removing the steering wheel.. i ran into a problem.. the first puller i had bent while i was trying to take it off.. i went to harbor freight and bought the harmonic one.. that one bent aswell.. ive tried so many time the 2 thread holes on the inside of the steering wheels have been stripped.. i dont know what to do next.. ive tried lubrication.. everything!
 

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Try this,
Put the nut back on with about a 1/16 inch gap between it and the wheel.

Put your feet on the floor under the brake pedal
Grab the wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock

Without jerking firmly pull as hard as you can on both sides
While maintaining the force , change the amount of force slightly back and forth.
That is to say , you are still pulling hard as you can on both sides but the wheel is rocking maybe an inch.

Usually, you will hear a click as the wheel pops up the 1/16 inch and comes loose.

Without the nut there , you could be laying in the back seat with a broken nose !!

You hopefully be surprised, this almost all ways works with factory wheels
 

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Okay i tried that for about 10 mins straight .. untill i felt my arm about to snap in half lol .. is there anything i might have forgot to remove? It seems like i tried everything already
 

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Okay i tried that for about 10 mins straight .. untill i felt my arm about to snap in half lol .. is there anything i might have forgot to remove? It seems like i tried everything already
silly question I know, but the nut is removed from the column? Can you post up a pic of the wheel so we can see just what you got to work with.

Puller should have got that off especially a balancer puller. If the puller holes are stripped out and yanking on the wheel did not work, then you may have to start to consider damaging the wheel.

By this I mean, see about getting a large 3 jaw puller and put the prongs behind the wheel itself. This will most likely chew up the wheel if not break it. If all else fails, may be time to start cutting and just cut the damn thing off the column. Also be sure to use some penetrant on the volume shaft where the wheel slides on. Maybe let that soak for a couple of days.

Edit - if you can get the puller on the wheel and begin pulling. Once you have a lot of tension on it, hit the center hub of the wheel with a hammer in a few spots. Sometimes the tension combined with the hammer blows will free up parts. Again, lots of penetrant could be helpful here too.
 

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You could try rethreading the holes and use the puller again. I can not believe the wheel did not come off. You did take the center nut off, didn't you?
 

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Another possible assist would be to heat the center of the wheel with a heat gun (not a torch, or hair dryer) It will cause the wheel to expand more than the shaft.
 

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Okay i tried that for about 10 mins straight .. untill i felt my arm about to snap in half lol .. is there anything i might have forgot to remove? It seems like i tried everything already
Any updates? Hopefully you managed to get it removed.
 

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Okay i finally have a day off to work on it again.. i went to home depot and bought a tap and dye set.. re threaded the holes a size slightly bigger.. didnt work.. re threaded again with a bigger size.. didn't work.. threads would not hold.. i tried lubrication.. nothing .. pounded it with a hammer a couple times.. nothing.. called a heavy set friend to have him pull on it .. hoping he'd atleast get it loose.. and nothing... called around a couple shops.. they would not touch it because since the airbag will not go back in.. they don't want to be held liable.. im at dead end here.. im seriously thinking about just sawing it off come tommorow.. it's really kicking my ass
 

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