Do-It-Yourself – September 2017

Installing a Custom Steering Wheel

A steering wheel install can seem intimidating and a bit tricky, but with simple tools, the right parts, a lotta’ luck and a lil’ determination, it can take as little as 30 minutes! So, here’s what to do:

1) Before starting your steering wheel project, it is a good idea to make sure your old steering wheel is straight so you can make sure the new one will be straight when you install it.

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2) Pop the horn cover out of the wheel using a small screwdriver or prying tool.

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3) Identify the size of the nut and remove it from the spindle.

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4) Sometimes it takes a bit of extra convincing.

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5) Using a steering wheel puller, remove the steering wheel. Don’t attempt this without a puller.

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6) If the steering wheel does not want to come off, you can tighten the bolts on the puller till there is a good amount of pressure pulling on the wheel and then tap the center part of the puller with a hammer. The little bit of an impact will usually pop even the most difficult wheels loose.

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7) This is the hub adapter used for this application.

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8) The hub adapter is what makes a universal steering wheel fit in a variety of applications, and you will usually need one specific to your make and model of truck.

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9) Here, you can see the hub adapter behind the steering wheel.

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10) Bolt the steering wheel to the adapter using the provided hardware.

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11) Next, you can attach the front collar/cover (if equipped).

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12) Place the steering wheel onto the splined column and, using the same nut you took off earlier, tighten securely.

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13) Connect the horn wires to the new horn button and snap it into place.

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14) Now, your new steering wheel is ready to help you navigate between the ditches!

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