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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old September 26th, 2002, 20:12   #1
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has anyone tried this?? can it be done easily. I have a 2003 Jetta GL and want to replace the cheap steering wheel with a multifunction wheel (its leather) Can it be done?? airbag? Cover?? function???

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Old September 26th, 2002, 20:41   #2
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Do a search Lito did this on a 2000
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Old September 26th, 2002, 21:37   #3
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Did it, here's the reality:

1. Your airbag will NOT fit on the leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons. So, you need a new steering wheel and new airbag.

2. You will also need the multifunction steering wheel Control Module. #452(upside down)
<img src="http://pics.tdiclub.com/members/tongsli/Interior/Multifunction/wires2.jpg" alt=" - " />

You car does not have one. They are expensive.

3. You need a new canceling ring which has a 5th pin for the Can-bus system.
<img src="http://pics.tdiclub.com/members/tongsli/Interior/Multifunction/cancelingring2.jpg" alt=" - " />

4. You also need a new turn signal stalk which doesn't have the cruise control buttons on them. The existing stalk is not wired to work with the control module.

5. You'll need a bunch of wires and OEM connectors to control the radio volume, to plug in the Multifunction Steering wheel Control Module, Dual Horn Tone Relay, 10-pin connector at the steering wheel, you'll need an 8-pin Connector in water tight box which connects the control module to the ECU and other areas.

I THINK that's everything. I was going to do a comprehensive PDF of How to, but as I seem to do I forget to snap the camera as I'm working on it. I won't write the entire installation here, but if you choose to pursue this, I can help you.

Keep in mind, that the 2003 is going to be slightly different than in my 2000. But I know what it takes to install this in a 2000 Jetta TDI.

Lito

Having said all of this, if you can buy an airbag and steering wheel from someone, you'll save money. If you get from a salvage yard the control module, consider yourself lucky.

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Old September 27th, 2002, 11:44   #4
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WOW! bought a steering wheel off of EBAY...
thought the cover from mine would fit as would the airbag... Looks like I will have a lot of work to do! Let me know if you PDF it. I am interested but this might be a Christmas break project. Sounds like a lot of time and effort...
I just hate the cheap feel of my standard plastic steering wheel and love the multifunction controls...
I will start gathering pieces and parts!
thanks! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old September 27th, 2002, 12:35   #5
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Which wheel did you buy, and how much did you spend???

Lito

I'll try to post pics and part numbers for you here. It'll give me a good excuse to organize and take some pics again [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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Old September 27th, 2002, 23:56   #6
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NO, not at all. YOu did REALLY well. That's a fantastic price for that wheel. The multifunction buttons are expensive!!!

Your new airbag is gonna be expensive, but if you really want this mod, then what the heck. See if you can find an airbag on the VOrtex.

Lito

Final outlay? Don't know. You can start your list NOW.

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Old September 28th, 2002, 00:05   #7
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Here are some instructions for you:

1. Disconnect the negative terminal to the battery
2. Put key into ignition and turn so wheel can be turned
3. Turn the wheel 90 degrees until you find a small slot on the back of the wheel at the top


4. Pull the wheel out and up as far as you can and lock into place
5. Use a short screw driver and insert into the hole
6. Angle the screw driver with the handle down and the tip up and feel for the spring clip inside the wheel


7.The spring clip will release the airbag, once you push it down towards the center of the wheel. It looks like a big paperclip.

The screw driver pushes the spring clip this is before:

This is after you push the clip towards the center of the wheel:


8. Do one side, rotate the wheel 180 degrees and do the other side
9. The airbag will then release.
This is a pic of the airbag post that the spring clip holds
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Old September 28th, 2002, 00:06   #8
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10 don't pull the airbag all the way off as you need to reach behind it and disconnect the 5-pin connector



11. After the 5-pin connector is off, you can pull the airbag farther away from the steering wheel and then disconnect the 2-pin harness to the airbag.


12. Set aside airbag.
13. Get a 12pt Serrated Bit, 12mm to remove the center bolt that holds the wheel in place


14. The steering wheel is now loose
15. Be careful not to turn the canceling ring so that it stays "indexed" properly




16 Place new wheel onto the column, put center bolt back and tighten make sure you align the mark at the center of the wheel with the spindle mark
17. Plug in harness, connect airbag harness and then press the airbag into place
18. KEEP THE KEY TURNED and reconnect the battery terminal
19. Keeping the key turned will keep any power surges out of the airbag circuit. This is how Bentley's describes how to do this properly.
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Old September 28th, 2002, 01:00   #9
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paid 47 plus shipping... says passat/jetta/golf.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=1857755633

did I waste 55 dollars?

what do you think my final outlay will be? need to get an airbag from the dealer...

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Old September 29th, 2002, 19:49   #10
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Are you kidding? We're just getting started [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

List the part number for your steering wheel and I will cross reference it with the airbag.

L
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Old September 30th, 2002, 01:38   #11
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Thanks for the time and effort Lito! I am looking forward to the swap... What am I going to do with my old airbag?

any guess on the new style from the dealer?
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Old October 3rd, 2002, 21:40   #12
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should be arriving shortly... I am looking forward to this sort of...
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Old October 17th, 2002, 21:41   #13
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OK! just got my steering wheel (which is a whole lot better than the cheap plastic stock POS)
Part number is...???
lots of numbers?1/176 00/42 TAS s06 61126 000b
1j0419091che74 KE on the back. what is the correct number or where do I find it... I am ready to begin...
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Old October 17th, 2002, 22:42   #14
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1J0 419 091C HE74 is the part number. I can't find a cross-reference to the airbag. Call your dealership and give them that part number.

It could be 1J0 880 201E

I don't want to be responsible for you getting the wrong one.

L

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Old October 18th, 2002, 06:45   #15
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thanks for that! I will call and see what they say.
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