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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:47 am    Post subject: Adapting modern steering wheel? Reply with quote

I was just wondering if anyone has adapted a more modern steering wheel from any other VW model to fit their Beetle? What did you use? How did you make it work?
I was thinking that it might be possible to bolt one up to the correct adapter for my car, but I'm afraid to just start buying wheels in a hit and miss fashion to see what works...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your car is a 74 or newer you can mount any wheel that fits VW watercooled vehicles.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenn wrote:
If your car is a 74 or newer you can mount any wheel that fits VW watercooled vehicles.


Guess I should have provided that info Rolling Eyes It's a '73 Standard.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think you could use the column from a 74-up standard and then be able to use the water cooled wheel.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chicagovw wrote:
I would think you could use the column from a 74-up standard and then be able to use the water cooled wheel.

Sure, you can switch it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in my '79 i swapped in mk3 stuff and used a '92 steering wheel, but the column itself had to remain '79 to be the correct length. if you just use the steering wheel from 88+ cars you must also get the little collar from the column.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenn wrote:
chicagovw wrote:
I would think you could use the column from a 74-up standard and then be able to use the water cooled wheel.

Sure, you can switch it.


Any modding necessary to swap steering columns, or would it be a direct swap? That sounds like a plan if I don't have to custom fab anything to make it work.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 73 column should bolt right in. You'll have to swap ignition locks.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reviving thread - steering & stalks from late WC for 74 Reply with quote

I'm looking at using a VW OEM steering wheel from a late model VW, as well as turn signal / wiper switch. Wiring isn't so much a concern (I can rewire and setup relay systems for the redux of my car) but I'm wondering what's a direct bolt-on replacement and what requires modification. I have a 74 Super Beetle with the stock steering column. Thanks in advance!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The late mexican Beetles use VW steering wheels from late MK3 Jetta and Golf.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Reviving thread - steering & stalks from late WC for Reply with quote

Charlie74Super wrote:
.... what's a direct bolt-on replacement and what requires modification. I have a 74 Super Beetle with the stock steering column.

I installed a stock full leather 87 944 steering wheel onto my 75. No mods necessary.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I would love to see the bug that this steering wheel is bolted on....
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