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before i do end up spending money on a steering wheel , how do u take the stock one off, i didnt notice any screws around it or the column to get to. thanks
 

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First pull the center part where the star is located and where you hit the horn off, by pulling towards you. Behind there, you will see a huge bolt, I think it is a 14mm, but I honestly cannot remember. Loosen that screw and the wheel comes straight off.
 

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oh ok, thanks

so the face of the wheel just pulls off, I wont break it or anything?

do aftermarket wheels, MOMO and others come with horns. Is it just wires i hook up andim good?
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vdubpower - 3/14/2005 1:49 AM

....so the face of the wheel just pulls off, I wont break it or anything?

do aftermarket wheels, MOMO and others come with horns. Is it just wires i hook up andim good?
thanks

Unless you yank it too hard, no Sir, it won't break..
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Hi vdubpower,

I'm just wondering, as the subject hasn't come up, if your car has an airbag? Probably not, but if so fitted, the steering wheel removal procedure is somewhat different.

MBL
 

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Can anyone explain the procedure for an airbag wheel?
 

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As the earlier post said there are two 10mm bolts on the backside of the wheel, umbraco or something like that. You remove these two bolts and the airbag cover will come off. Carefully disconnect the airbag connctor, remove the airbag and you will see a 14mm nut. Sometimes this is a real bear to get off. I used an air compressor powered impact wrench to break it loose. Once it is loose pull the wheel off. It is really not that difficult. If you are squeamish about the air bag disconnect the battery.

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Disconnecting the battery doesn't cut it - actually literally no less :0), the RS system has a capacitor designed to deploy the bag even if the electrical system fails - like, a crash is underway - so do it right - unplug the main red connector.
 

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Hi Snibble,

Can do & will. The reason I brought it up is that an airbag is quite likely to deploy if not dealt with correctly. In my opinion, an injury is probable if deployment should occur while working at the steering wheel. Seeing one go off is 'explosively' dramatic, to say the least.

PLEASE NOTE If any car is equipped with an airbag, I would recommend leaving it well enough alone, and staying with the stock steering wheel. If someone chooses to act differently, and is injured in the process, I accept no responsibility at all for the outcome.

The following procedures come from the MB CDs and are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to encourage anyone to work on the SRS system. In my opinion, that is best left to a trained professional. MBL
 

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Hi NordRhein,

Both you and Ikircner gave some good info, especially the "Disconnecting the battery doesn't cut it - actually literally no less :0), the RS system has a capacitor designed to deploy the bag even if the electrical system fails - like, a crash is underway - so do it right - unplug the main red connector." part.

Years ago, Volvo treated us to a demonstration of an airbag deployment. I'll not forget that! Also, along similar lines, we would occasionally hear (in greater Boston) of a someone being injured due to an unanticipated airbag deployment while installing an aftermarket stereo, or the like. just disconnect or hook up to the wrong connector.... POW!

Posting the info along with that somewhat stuffy caveat.... in today's litigious society...... I just don't want to be held responsible if someone with little experience & lots of enthusiasm messes up & gets hurt removing a steering wheel, ignorant of the SRS implications.

Cheers, MBL
 

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MBL thanks for the diagrams. My wheel is the huge NON airbag one. Its like 19 inches in diameter or something. LOL. Im gonna go have a look at it and follow your directions and give it a try. thanks again
 

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vdp,

No airbag? Cool, You're all set for 'steering wheel nirvana'. Likely any wheel you choose will need the adapter/fitment kit specific to your car. 'Seen your other posts on another w/site.

Pls. do consider the distinct additional possibility that the horn circuit MAY(?) need an additional relay, so as not to burn out the specialist steering wheel horn contacts. Seen that one (a bit too late) with a really super rallye wheel some 25 years ago....[xx(]

I've put smaller (obviously really cool too) S/wheels on some other cars in the past. Smaller diameter equals more steering effort across the board, in my experience (every time - power steering or not.

Oh ya, my MB has one of the largest diameter s/wheels of the cars I own currently. 3 of them do not have power steering...... don't mess with me..... at least not during the Summer after my arms are 'pumped' from flying around in obsolete automobiles!!! [:D]

Cheers, MBL
 

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You seem very knowlegeabe on this topic....I want to do the same but put a new style Mercedes steering wheel on my 1982 380 SEC...is there some type of adapter kit that is needed for a newer wheel for this model?

Thanks


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yeah, steering is quite easy with my huge wheel, but it shouldnt be too bad if i can get a Normal size wheel on there now, like a W140 or w220 wheel on there. Now about that, will they fit on my car, because i have heard both answers. or would i just be easier for me to find another non airbag aftermarket wheel, like the MOMO or of the like that i was looking at, thanks
 

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Moi again, vdp,

Go for aftermarket or one of those early AMG (non-airbag) steering wheels we've seen posted over the last several months. The AMG is a bolt on, I'd bet, and all the aftermarket (Momo..... etc.) will likely produce the adapter for your particular make & model. Not too much Bling though, as the interior has an intrinsic quality of design & balance throughout. That is just one of the elements that I appreciate about the W126. :eek:)

I'll hazard a wild guess that it could be one frustrating experience overall to fit a much later MB s/wheel on your car.... unless you had a 'personal guide' ... who had done the job before. Too many unknowns for my taste.

Again, my 3 cents. MBL

Here's the front cover of the book Dashboards from Amazon, one of my favorite motorbooks. The book is just filled with visual treats for the 'motornut' like me. [:)]

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0714838632/ref=sib_rdr_zmin/102-3599733-2464902?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S001&j=1#reader-page
 

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MBL, thanks

I was wondering, do u have the instructions to the gear shifter removal. thats something ive been wanting to do for a while to, replacing it with a wood one. I know you have to somehow remove the center console and then get to a nut or something but i dont want to venture in there without some details, [:D][:D]
 
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