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Hi,

I've just bought myself a 1996 EFII Futura (with some reading of these forums as reference), and i'm slowly doing it up (tickford snorkel mod etc).

The existing steering wheel is starting to wear across the top, and i'm looking for a replacement. I don't want to replace the airbag unit cover, i just need the outer part of the wheel. I also need a wheel that will suit the cruise control buttons.

I asked for a price from ford for a replacement wheel, and was quoted about $400. I'm really not after anything that expensive (hell, i could probably buy a momo surround for that kind of money).

Does anyone have any suggestions as to any manufacturer who makes compatible wheels, or, what i'd be looking at for a replacement genuine ford wheel from somewhere like a wreckers? Also, are AU/BA wheels compatible? Or, if i decide to bite the bullet, where could i buy a compatible momo wheel, and what kind of price would i be looking at?

Thanks heaps. Sorry for so many questions, but i'm new to this...

John.
 

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Thanks heaps... that looks great.

I'll give those guys a call and see what i can organise. Just have to make sure i get the airbag installation right.

Looks fairly simple to disconnect/reconnect though... i can't see how you could install it incorrectly.
 

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Yep, its an easy job. You will require a Torx drive, size 50 from memory which isn't part of the standard sets so you may have to visit a specialist tool shop, about 4 bucks I think.

A steering wheel puller is also handly but you can remove it without one, make sure you disconnet the black connector from that disk thing 1st.

the cruise control buttons will transfer across no worries and use the backing shell off your current wheel as this has the cutouts for the CC buttons.

Airbag removal is as easy as it looks, just make sure you disconnect the battery and leave it for a few minutes before you remove/replace the thing.

Kieron
 

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I am a Turbo Wanker
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Whats the secret for putting the wheel back on straight?

I noticed my old Cruise wheel in my ED was a little off to the left. SO when I bought my MOMO I tried to correct it but I always seem to have it to one side of the other by about 2 or 3 mm. The teeth don't seem to line up to get it dead centre!!
 

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94ED_Fairmont said:
Whats the secret for putting the wheel back on straight?

I noticed my old Cruise wheel in my ED was a little off to the left. SO when I bought my MOMO I tried to correct it but I always seem to have it to one side of the other by about 2 or 3 mm. The teeth don't seem to line up to get it dead centre!!
EF onwards have a square hole/shaft rather than splined so its easy.

I've never had problems aligning the splined shaft setup. As JCV said, alignment will fix it but it could also put the indicator cancel cam out of position if its way out.

Kieron
 

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Deeman,

let me know how you go mate, i wouldent mind doing the same thing.

rob.
 

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Also from SVO Motorsport.

Fairmont Leather Steering wheels in both Warm and Dark Charcoal $50
Warm Charcoal matches that light grey colour

XR8 Perforated Leather Steering Wheels in Dark Charcoal $50
 

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AUForte said:
Also from SVO Motorsport.

Fairmont Leather Steering wheels in both Warm and Dark Charcoal $50
Warm Charcoal matches that light grey colour

XR8 Perforated Leather Steering Wheels in Dark Charcoal $50
Would any of those wheels be available in the cappucino colour? I have a bugger of a time finding stuff to match the interior - floor mats etc...
 

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Well, here goes.

I ordered my wheel from mick @ SVO last saturday over the phone, and payed via direct deposit.

The wheel arrived wednesday (not bad - the deposit takes a couple of days to go through), nicely packed and express posted.

I took the wheel to my local ford bloke, who (after charging me 1hrs labour) told me that the wheel didn't fit, as the mounts for the horn switches weren't there on the replacement wheel. I told him that i'd seen it done, and they fit. Then i left.

I called mick yesterday morning (sat), as i was heading to melbourne, and he told me that you just have to cut and glue the others on. I organised to drop in that arvo and get it installed, to save me the trouble.

Sure enough, as soon as i arrived mick installed the wheel and 15 minutes later i was on my way. Even reminded me that the car will drive different for a bit while the computer re-calibrates itself after having the battery off.

The wheel looks FANTASTIC. I'll grab some pics soon, but needless to say i'm very, very impressed. I'll be buying any other bits and pieces from SVO for sure. Highly recommended.
 

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Let's Drive
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Hey DeeMan,

You should go back to your local Ford dealer and show him how good the steering wheel looks!!! lol.

Good to hear you got it all sorted.
 
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