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Old June 27th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #1
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Help: Cobra Steering Wheel


Hey Guys & Gals;

Question #1:

Today, I purchased a used cobra steering wheel off a 03 termi (double wrapped leather).

For those of you whom had or have one. Is there a difference in feeling over the GT wheel? (Man, i hope so!)

Question #2:

How difficult is it to install a steering wheel? Can i do it myself without worrying the airbag popping.

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1) Couldn't say... I had a '98 Cobra wheel that sucked monkey balls, and an FR500 wheel I replaced it with that was God's gift to my own hands. I'm not sure where the Termie wheel fits in that spectrum, though I imagine it has to be superior to the GT unit.

2) Pretty easy, but you will need a steering wheel puller. I replaced mine without detonating the airbag; I found a write-up online and it showed how to properly disconnect the charge and all that. Also, be careful with the wheel alignment. It's pretty easy to get it off just an RCH, and if you're like me that shit'll bug the hell out of you.
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just make sure to disconnect the battery, set the steering wheel straight and put the new wheel back just the way it came off secure the air bag connector and once all is done reconnect the battery... Done I've done this numerous times with no problems. The steering wheel helps a lot, it beats beating the heel out of the wheel to get it loose.
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Originally Posted by ReverendDexter View Post
Pretty easy, but you will need a steering wheel puller. I replaced mine without detonating the airbag; I found a write-up online and it showed how to properly disconnect the charge and all that. Also, be careful with the wheel alignment. It's pretty easy to get it off just an RCH, and if you're like me that shit'll bug the hell out of you.
Really, is it possible to do it without one?

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just make sure to disconnect the battery, set the steering wheel straight and put the new wheel back just the way it came off secure the air bag connector and once all is done reconnect the battery... Done I've done this numerous times with no problems. The steering wheel helps a lot, it beats beating the heel out of the wheel to get it loose.
How long should be battery be disconnected for before I start working?
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You'll definitely feel a difference. the 03/04 cobra wheels are so much more plush.
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Originally Posted by mell0 View Post
You'll definitely feel a difference. the 03/04 cobra wheels are so much more plush.
Perfect

Because part of me is 2nd guessing the decsion to buy it because it wasn't cheap but cheaper than spending 400 bucks on a FR500 wheel.
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Originally Posted by sonicx View Post
Perfect

Because part of me is 2nd guessing the decsion to buy it because it wasn't cheap but cheaper than spending 400 bucks on a FR500 wheel.
Very nice purchase sonicx. You should be very pleased with the comfort and performance of your new steering wheel. Great job on taking up such a good deal and saving money on a similar FR500 wheel. Very nice!
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It's possible, but considering that you can go down to Kragenzone and rent the damn puller for hella cheap, it's not worth the hassle of not having one. I've heard stories of guys knocking themselves out because of the force needed to get the wheel off and the way it suddenly releases. Plus, if the wheel goes cock-eyed on the shaft (which it likely will if you're trying to gorilla-arm it off there), you're gonna need the puller anyway.
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Originally Posted by sonicx View Post
Really, is it possible to do it without one?



How long should be battery be disconnected for before I start working?
I usually go right at it but you can give it 5 minutes if it makes you more comfortable.
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I've been told to disconnect the battery and then give the key a crank and that drains it completely
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