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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:30 am    Post subject: Re: Steering Wheel removal and swap with pictures. Reply with quote

Second Jetta wheel swap, this wheel had the larger spline than the first. I had to go back to the Yard to get the adapter.

Install much the same as the first but had to cut down the adapter to make it fit the column.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They have a better feel and different positions to put your hand that is more comfortable to me, the spoke across the top is sloped and feels better on the wrist than the straight stock one. The minor problem is that the high beam is a little harder to engage/disengage since the base is wider and it touches the stalk when you pull it up.


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I just bought a 93 Eurovan steering wheel and have not installed it yet on my 87 Syncro camper but I was wondering is it possible to put a thin washer under the steering wheel before you mount it to the column so that the high beam switch will work better?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Eurovan -92. Bolt on.
Found out that the slip ring for the horn was worn out on the original wheel, so the upgrade had a bonus steering column renovation effect.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this thread & bringing it back. Since my van is now running with power steering, OE bigger dia steering wheel is very sensitive. so, I want to replace it for smaller dia steering wheel.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While reviewing this thread, an (I hope) interesting thought occurred to me. The replacement wheel suggested the notion of installing an airbag capable wheel. It's not the same as a full-on airbag system, of course, but has anyone ever tried this? I assume there are problems with the added wiring needed for the bag inflator, and adding the needed sensor(s). NTL, it might be a step forward in improving the odds for a survivable crash.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clean swap! Looks killer! Applause
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

r39o wrote:
stevey88 wrote:
I put in a steering wheel from an early Eurovan.

I like it. Now I need to find a leather one. Wonder what a new one costs? I bought a new leather wheel for our A4 when we got it. It was $220 from VW. Emm.......

In the mean time, I am going to use a nice leather A2 wheel I got. I await the little special adapter......($11 shipped.)


FWIW, I installed the leather cover from Van-Cafe. The thickness of the rim was too small for my big paws. I wanted more "heft" without a wheel transplant. The leather cover did the job exactly as I hoped for.

The big tip is to be very, very, very obsessive about pulling the stitching tight. Done right, the edges of the cover will meet and stay close to each other, even as the leather begins to setting in and pick up the contours of the bumps on the under side of the wheel.

And, of course, center the seam at the bottom of the rim. Once the lacing starts, there's little hope for adjusting the positioning. On the places where the cover goes over the spokes, try to use a lacing hole that's actually over the edge of the spoke. That way the cover will shape itself to the spoke, otherwise... well, it just doesn't look quite right with a somewhat loose flap over the spokes. YMMV, of course.

I can't comment on the change in wheel diameter when transplanting a wheel. Our Westy has power steering. Still, I'm glad for the extra diameter when doing tight K turns in a limited space. It makes getting the wheels around a little faster and easier, even when I let the van roll a bit (avoids scuffing and flatting the tread).
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:22 pm    Post subject: Eurovan to Vanagon steering wheel mod Reply with quote

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I took the steering wheel off to fit a new column cover with thermometer in the seat heat slot as others have done. Much easier to fit the plastic column on with steering wheel off.
This shows the multi tool mod I made to the Eurovan wheel to prevent high/low beam wand interference. Cannot see it with wheel fitted.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I swapped over to the curved style cruise control switch the issue went away.
I didn't mod anything.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

designer wrote:
sounds like defeating the purpose of a nice new modernish wheel install?

Pictures?

thanks

oh, and, was the 93 EV install a simple 24mm bolt off, switch wheels, 24mm bolt on or was there more to it (besides modifying for the brights?)

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Simple install. I don't have any pics but you cannot tell that the wheel is modified. Even if I pointed it out It's not a lot of material to remove and it cut clean/bevel with the multi-tool. You could use almost anything to cut it, soft-ish rubber/foam. IMHO its a big improvement from stock in terms of ergonomics. I could get some pics in daylight tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like defeating the purpose of a nice new modernish wheel install?

Pictures?

thanks

oh, and, was the 93 EV install a simple 24mm bolt off, switch wheels, 24mm bolt on or was there more to it (besides modifying for the brights?)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I put a 93' Eurovan wheel on my 87' and prefer the feel of it, more places to put the hands when driving, especially longer trips. But be warned that your high beams will not work without modifying (cutting) the Eurovan wheel. Not hard to do but easier prior to a full install. I found this out the hard way. And be sure to check that the stalk works when you turn the wheel. You end up cutting a good portion of the wheel to make it work. I used my go-to multi-tool but its soft rubber and cut easily.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have a better feel and different positions to put your hand that is more comfortable to me, the spoke across the top is sloped and feels better on the wrist than the straight stock one. The minor problem is that the high beam is a little harder to engage/disengage since the base is wider and it touches the stalk when you pull it up.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joetiger wrote:
I just installed my Eurovan wheel. It's a little thicker than the manual wheel I had on before and little less diameter (so I'm back to losing the tops of the gauges) but it feels solid and looks good. I like it.


Is the Eurovan wheel better, besides looks? I picked one up (93) at a Junkyard and comparing it to my 87 wheel, it appears to be the exact same diameter and height. It does look a little more modern, but is there a difference in driving comfort or anything else?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just installed my Eurovan wheel. It's a little thicker than the manual wheel I had on before and little less diameter (so I'm back to losing the tops of the gauges) but it feels solid and looks good. I like it.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to the wreckers today to find an early EV 'wheel that looks good. I would love to put the Golf 'wheel on, but I don't think I can get the spacer off bare-handed. I don't have a puller handy...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy to report that an O-ring makes a dandy substitute for whatever that thingamabob is...nestles right into the annular space between the solid shaft and column housing. S'all good now.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timwhy wrote:
Had an issue with my steering collumn yesterday. Took the van out for a quick spin to give the battery a charge and I got as far as the end of the block. When I went left my wheel had alittle play in it. Up/down and left/right, then the horn started going off (great).

Went about 5 or 6 block and returned home. It was getting dark and there was no way to really get a good look at it. Got on the samba and PM'd Loogy. He responded with the perfect diagnosis the plastic sleeve had come up the collumn and the collumn now had some play in it.

This morning I went out before work and sure as Loogy said, that sleeve was up the collumn. Push it down and the collumn was tight. Problem is the new steering wheel doesn't go down far enough to put pressure on that sleeve so it happened again after I put everything back together.

So, remedy! I had to cut a piece if pvc pipe cuppling to bridge the gap between the wheel and the sleeve then put everything back together and see if it worked. It worked, Thanks Loogy! It was like you could see my steering collumn with such an accurate description of the problem.

On a side note while I had the collumn apart I replaced the ignition switch. Really easy 15 minute repair, what a difference that new switch makes. Just the feel of it tells me that the old one was on it's last legs.
Thanks goes out to Ben for the directions on that replacement.


Encoutered the same symptoms this morning. Found this thread...thanks! In pulling the wheel and switch assembly to do the fix that Tim and Loogy describe I found what I think is a thrust ring(?), softish grey plastic thing located at the base of the spacer sleeve...its in real bad shape...pretty much toast actually. Sorry for the lousy picture...it's that greyish thing below the black spacer sleeve:
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Does anyone know what this thing is (Bentley doesn't seem to mention it)? Or better yet, where to get one?

Thanks for any info!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Popsvan wrote:
Thanks for the help on the spline adapter! Scored one from Ebay half price of dealer and should be here tomorrow. Can't wait to see if the adapter changes all the posted info on the shims?

Thanks,
Rory


Pretty sure that adaptor will only make your wheel fit on the spline of the collumn.

If you are trying to get the blinker cancellation tab to work you still may have to shim
the blinker switch to make it work correctly. It's pretty easy to do this
and if there is a spacer on the collumn keeping it in place. The shims
will be needed, if not your collumn may be slightly loose or work it's
way loose.
That happened to mine when I did the swap. The damn horn kept sounding on each
and every turn, and the wheel felt loose. Put in another shim to keep
the collumn spacer in place and no more unwanted horn blowing.

Hope everthing comes together as planed!!
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