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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: 1974 Thing Steering Wheel Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me which size hub should be on a 1974 Thing steering wheel. The chassis number is 1842222xxx. I know there was a change at chassis no. 1842219xxx. Mine has the large hub.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 1974 Thing Steering Wheel Reply with quote

Here is an except on that subject from our Romtoc Thng Data CD//

VW 181s, unfortunately, used two different steering columns and steering wheels. The "early type" seen mostly on 73's can be identified by the metal trim around the key switch area, the "late" version, found mostly 74's, has a plastic trim assembly in the same area. Not only is the trim different, but the steering wheel spline is different so most 73 steering wheels won't fit 74 steering columns and vice versa.
The good news is that the "late" style (74's) is identical in spline and other fitments to later VWs. Of Rabbit sports wheels all the splines, compression tubes and even the horn and turn signals align between the VW 181 and the newer wheel. Also other VWs and Audi's steering wheels should fit right in place of the stock wheel.

For 73 Thing the specs are
21 mm x 40 tooth spline
73 Momo adapter hub #0248
73 steering wheel nut 27 mm

For 74 Thing specs are
17 mm shaft x 40 spline
74 Momo adapter hub #8010
74 steering wheel nut 24 mm
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