I've been thinking about getting a 3-spoke steering wheel, can anyone tell me why the VW ones(GLI,GTI) cost more than the Audi A4/S4 ones?
Das is why I am struggling wit going through the trouble of converting the R32. I love my B5 S-Line 3-spoke. And if you don't need buttons, they can be had for $75-125 with airbag. Awesome upgrade.I'm running an Audi 3-spoke on my 99 Passat and it fits, works and looks great. I never liked the look of the VW three spoke of that vintage. Something about the big round center shape turns me off.
I haven't really tooled around too much with steering wheels but if I were in your situation I would try to retrofit the airbag plug from the old steering wheel to the new. You can remove the wires from the plugs and re-insert them into the correct positions.I was told to look for a yellow clip for the airbag and it would be plug and play, does this look like it will fit a b5.5?
DO NOT even touch the air bag until you have disconnected the battery terminals!Ok, I'm gonna give it a try today... This is so far out of the scope of things I'm comfortable with, but I'm pretty excited to try it. Until it blows up in my face that is.
Since you do not have steering wheel controls on your existing VW wheel, I am not as familiar with what connector you will find when you remove the airbag. The B5 A4 connector is well documented in my conversion thread. If the connector in your wheel has four wires as well, then you are set (+/- for horn, +/- for airbag igniter).I haven't really tooled around too much with steering wheels but if I were in your situation I would try to retrofit the airbag plug from the old steering wheel to the new. You can remove the wires from the plugs and re-insert them into the correct positions.
Do a search through keithwbloom's posts as he has done this mod already with excellent documentation here.