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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-02-2015, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question LeSabre Steering Wheel

This thread might belong somewhere else but I thought I'd ask my wagon peeps first.
I'm looking to trade out my RMW steering wheel for a 96 -97 LeSabre wheel in an effort to get the wheel mounted radio controls. I think the air bag will transfer but the controls alone won't fit on the RMW wheel.So now I'm thinking about changing out the entire steering wheel.
Does anyone know if they are interchangeable?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2015, 10:23 AM
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LeSabre Steering Wheel Swap?

I have done the mod with Monty Carlo parts (most addictive electronic mod I have ever done) and have Lumina parts as backup. I have seen information on Camero and Trans am wheel swaps.

Could you please point me in the direction of the LeSabre wheel swap I would like to read about it.

When I did my swap I did not see any information that it would work with a RM radio. Have you checked this out or are you aftermarket?

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I've seen no info about this swap so, I can't help you there.

I'm open to aftermarket, there are wiring adapters available, but it's been reported that the Climate Control panel won't dim after the install. My plan was to buy a rebuilt LeSabre radio from a vendor on eBay. It's interchangeable with the RM radio. The wheel and the radio would likely work together.

I'm thinking that GM used the same steering column in the mid and full-sized vehicles.
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I have not done a swap of that nature, but you need the clockspring from the donor car. I would think you should also get the other end of the connector, and some wire. You may have to grab the radio from the donor as well. I do not know if the B-body radio will adapt to the functions.

Aftermarket wheels will not have the functions, or airbag, so, do not need the clockspring.

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Saginaw steering columns

The most important factor in a factory steering wheel swap is that the steering columns are the same. I think the Caprice/RM are Saginaw steering columns and the Monty Carlo/Lumina columns are a front wheel drive version of the same type.

I think you will find most of the fwd cars had specific columns made for the car line.

In short, a steering wheel may fit on the shaft but the clock spring for the air bag and radio may not fit inside your column.

The RM radio is part of the dimming circuit for the climate control. If the Le Saber radios can do the exact same functions I think there would be many interested RM owners.

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All of the wheels and clocksprings I have removed from 91-2001 full size and mid size cars seem to fit almost everything else. The wires may be longer, or the connectors different, but the parts will physically fit. As far as function, I have not attempted to connect the wiring from the wheels with the additional radio and cruise controls.

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