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Old 03-25-2004, 11:18 PM   #1
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as we all know, the steering wheel change from yrs 95 to 96 is drastic. i just bought a 95 ssei and i really want to get a different steering wheel for it. is it possible to put on a 96 or newer steering wheel? anyone tried it? is the wiring the same? know where to get one? hopefully the air bag doesnt go off when im trying to get it off haha. i also want to get a pac swi-x for it to control my panasonic cq-dfx983u. thanks!
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You'll have to check to see if the airbags are even compatible beetween the two years. Also the clockspring in the steering column may be different. The '96+ models also might have a different databus, rendering the steering wheel controls useless.
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if the 96 steering wheel came with an airbag wouldnt that work? and what do you mean by clockspring, the shaft pattern?
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Airbags can vary from year to year. They might have different plugs, they might connect to the cars computers differently, etc....

Clockspring is a part on the steering column that works in unison with your steering wheel.

You really ought to check with a mechanic on this....it might not be a simple swap as you may think.
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There are different column assemblies for each of the following years; 92, 93, 94, 95, then another for 96-99. Not sure what the differences are, but I hope it doesn't affect how the steering wheel mounts.
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I just looked in my service manual for my '96. Looking at the diagrams it looks like the steering column does not use a clockspring, but I can't be sure (the diagrams are not super detailed). Regardless, given there were some pretty big differences between the electronics in a '95 vs. '96 you will have to research this pretty carefully.
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Does it matter if the steering wheel that he wants has an SRS and not an SIR?
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i think that makes a difference because the airbag modules are different. i have looked into this already and they are different therefore it could cause the airbag to deploy without notice! That is what i was told by my crappy dealership down here. (NOT ALL DEALERSHIPS ARE CRAPPY< JUST MINE)!!! Ne ways, do alll your homework and find out. also do some serious research. Yes, the radio controls will be rendered useless!!!!!
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