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This is my first Write Up, So i hope it comes out ok.

So my steering wheel was all torn up and crappy looking, so i started looking on ebay and found a new steering wheel. So follow along as i install my new wheel.

So here is what the old one looked like.




So first diconnect the battery and wait 2min. before removing the air bag.
Get a ratchet and 10mm socket and remove the 4 bolts that hold the air bag to the steering wheel.




And remove the airbag.



Now diconnect the connectors.





Next get a 15mm socket and a ratchet.


Or if you are lazy you can use one of these.


Now you need a steering wheel puller.



Put the puller on the wheel and remove.



And here they are side by side.



On a side note the new steering wheel has a different way to be removed and needs a different puller, i did not use this one but here is what i would look like.




On to the install,(I guess i didn't take pics of this part) put the new wheel on and install the bolt the bolt and torque the 30ft pounds.



And reinstall the connectors.




Reinstall the air bag and tighten down the 4 nuts.



And here is the new wheel installed with the factory wrapping. :toothless



And the the sticker.



And the thing i almost didn't want to do, remove the wrapping. :cry




So their it is one new steering wheel installed. :thumbup
 

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Kitteh Commandaar!
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Can't you just pull the fuse for the airbags? IDk for sure though :shrug

KC
 

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Can't you just pull the fuse for the airbags? IDk for sure though :shrug

KC
Nice write-up silent one, where did you get the stock wheel from since they're obosolete? I bought one about 4 years ago when I found one back east, and waited till last July to put it on!
There is a white connector up top on each side of the radiator support. Disconnect one and the whole system is disabled, but airbags IIRC, are set off by static electricity not by bumping them around like we used to think at work. So I think 2 mins or so is so the small amount of current inside can bleed down to be safe! We had to sit in on an OSHA safety meeting, for the tech's, to learn about them since we were giving them out over the parts counter. They set one off in the shop, to show us, and it was hard to get into the Bronco after work without thinking about how it looked like someone set off an M80 on the ground under this thing and blew the crap out of it! :thumbup-Kevin-
 

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You're supposed to disconnect the battery for 10 minutes before you remove the airbag. Then you're supposed to place it under the truck face up, so that if it goes off, it doesnt go flying.
 

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You're supposed to disconnect the battery for 10 minutes before you remove the airbag. Then you're supposed to place it under the truck face up, so that if it goes off, it doesnt go flying.
Everything i have ever read says 2 min so 10 min is a new one to me.

I got the streeing wheel off of EBay and it wasn't cheap.
 

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Bet it was so worth it now that you have it installed. I paid big time for new Tan door panels and now that they are installed it was so worth the money.
It is so nice to have a new steering wheel, but it kind of feels weird and its a little slick so i need to get used to it.

If you don't mind, what was the seller ID on the steering wheel?
Sorry his ID is no longer on my account and he never left me a feed back.
 
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