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Two Different Steering Wheels And Airbags.


In case, as I experienced when I mistakenly bought a two stage airbag steering wheel, instead of one stage for my car, I would like to give this advice to any one who is thinking of getting a new or refurbished steering wheel.

These are two different type of steering wheels, on the left is a one stage airbag wheel and on the right is a two stage airbag wheel.

It is nearly impossible to put a two stage wheel, in a car that was born with one stage steering wheel without some major modifications. My advice and 2c, do not try to attempt to do that conversion, unless you have a good understanding on reprogramming the ECU bin. files, (that is if you decide to convert it to a functional two stage airbag car) and a fairly good understanding of your car wiring. So far, I have not heard of anyone that has made this conversion 100% to the specs and correct......>  BUT, there is an "easier" way around this, by scarifying one of the stages of the airbag, thereby it becomes a one stage airbag steering wheel, like the one you have in the older BMW´s like mine from 1997. You can read more with;  Two Stage Airbag On One Stage Configuration.


Sins writing this above in 2016, I have installed the two stage steering wheel, back in late 2018 and I got it to works perfectly as an one stage air bag steering wheel. Everything works perfectly, including all the control buttons, without getting the red airbag warning light! :-) and again in late 2020 I installed ones again a "new", two stage steering wheel with shifter flaps, with the same positive results :D


You can read more about how to make this changeover with other pictures and "info" I have in my portfolio.

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