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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Steering wheel fitment

I wish to fit a slightly smaller OEM steering wheel to my 1979 350SE. It currently has the OEM wheel which is about 430 mm (17 + inches)in diameter. There appear to be some of 400 mm (or ~16") OEM steering wheels around that are very similar in appearance(if not downright identical)and this slightly smaller size would not obscure the instrument display.

How does one determine whether the attachment methods are compatible between models and model years without having one in hand? Was there a period in which the dimensions of the attachment mechanisms of other models were the same as mine? Is compatability both model and model year dependent? Any help as to which might fit my M-B will be gratefully appreciated. The 350SE is built upon a 116 chassis if that is helpful and it was originally(1984) imported used from Germany.

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RE: Steering wheel fitment

you can fit many steering wheels even smaller that 16" but you have to buy the center boss seperate
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RE: Steering wheel fitment

Thank you TEKY, however what I want to do is fit an original M-B steering wheel that looks identical to my 17" OEM wheel but is smaller. Such smaller steering wheels came on other models over the years and are available via salvage and ebay. I wouldn't expect that the available adapters which are made by and for specific aftermarket steering wheels (such as Momo and Nardi) are suitable for that purpose.
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RE: Steering wheel fitment

On the non-airbag steering wheels, you'll need a 10mm allen head socket and a very good breaker bar to undo the screw that holds the wheel to the steering column. The screw is located under the wheel pad, usually accessed by prying out the Mercedes emblem. It helps to have an assistant hold the steering wheel while using the breaker bar. Make sure that the key ignition is set so that the steering column is not locked.

Unless you have a tilt/adjust column, a smaller diameter steering wheel will affect the visibility of the gauges. I switched to a smaller diamater AMG wheel and lost sight of the top of the tach and speedo, and more importantly, the low fuel warning light. With some adjustments to the seats (lowering and sliding back slightly) the loss is minimized.
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