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Old 06-28-2011, 04:24 PM
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Wanted to revisit one last time - in regards to running the new power wire to get these controls to light up, under Step 5, you had recommended splicing into the VDC button wiring harness. One thing I noticed is that when you use that as your power, the steering wheel controls stay 'on' regardless if you dim the rest of your guage cluster lights (the steering wheel lights do not dim like they would on an '05 or later model)
Not a big deal, but was wondering if you had a better power splice location to get the steering wheel controls to dim when the guage cluster is dimmed?
Not true, there are 3 wires in the VDC control button. The blue one I believe is power for the light up switch. Tap into that one and it will dim with the controller.
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i need to know the same thing
Bloody hell - RTFM - a T30 tamper resistant torx bit. I even included a picture of the package.

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1) DISCONNECT THE BATTERY and WAIT 5 MINUTES!!!!!. This is extremely important. For gods sake do not continue unless you do this. You will be removing the airbag - the thing that will save your life in an accident. They can accidently discharge if you hit it the right way. Don't be stupid, disconnect your battery.

2) Remove the 2 little cover plates on the side of the steering wheel. These cover plates cover the tamper resistant torx screws which hold the air bag to the steering wheel. Use a T30 tamper resistant bit and remove the bolt on either side of the airbag.

3) The airbag should come forward now and off of the steering wheel. It is held in place by 2 connectors. Get a small blade screwdriver and lift the black part of the connector up. Once it is up the connector will just pull out. HANDLE THIS THING WITH CARE LIKE YOU WOULD A SMALL BABY. AGAIN IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE. DON'T DROP IT, BANG IT OR MISHANDLE IT. Once the Airbag is removed lay it down flat, logo side up and in a safe place till it is ready to be re-connected.

4) Get some masking tape and mark the position of the steering wheel in relation to the clock spring hub. This is so that you can put the wheel on in the exact same location. I just put a piece of tap over the steering wheel and taped it onto the hub then cut the masking tape between them so it will come apart when the steering wheel is removed.

5) Get a 19MM socket and remove the steering wheel. This is a bit tricky as the wheel will want to move when you try to unscrew it. It helps if you have a friend hold the wheel while you unscrew the nut.

6) Unplug the wire harness from the steering wheel controls to the clock spring hub.

7) Once the nut is off, you have to remove the wheel. This can take some force. Try to wiggle it a bit and pull directly towards you and avoid pulling up or down. Also give it a "gentle" taps around the edges to loosen it up. It will come out, just takes some doing.
Am I missing something here?

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wow, pretty intimidating
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Great write up, Just finished this over the weekend. Ended up making it happen while I already had the wheel off to be re-wrapped. So happy these light up now! Thanks man.
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any idea wheres a good spot to buy the switches? i can only see one on ebay and hes asking 130 plus 40 bucks shipping :/
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any idea wheres a good spot to buy the switches? i can only see one on ebay and hes asking 130 plus 40 bucks shipping :/
I ordered mine from my local Nissan dealer. They took a few weeks to arrive (I'm in Australia) but only cost $80 & were brand new of course. Good luck.
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any idea if they have a website? or any that you would recommend?

sadly no dealers in my town, closest one is like 5 hours away
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any idea if they have a website? or any that you would recommend?

sadly no dealers in my town, closest one is like 5 hours away
I think folk on here were recommending Riverside Infiniti , but there would be others you can call to buy spare parts. I'm sure most would post to you for a small fee.
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awesome much appreciated!

there was a full steering wheel on ebay for an 06 going for 120 i offered him 70 and he accepted, with shipping came up to 90 bucks canadian, not bad?
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Any idea if the 06+ buttons with the phone option would work?

I have an aftermarket stereo and all i use is the MODE button, the power is no good for me.
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Thanks to all contributors for making this easy.
Reporting successful conversion on my 2004 today. I used a 2007 wheel and switches purchased on ebay for $60.
Two comments:
1. The red/blue wire at the VDC switch did not allow dimming of the wheel lights. I will find a suitable source from the wiring diagram connect it and report back.
2. The grey clock spring back connector has a pin lock that must be released for the new pin connecting the wire from the VDC switch to be plugged into the connector.

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