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B7 RS4 Flat Bottom Steering Wheel

Discussion in 'RS4 Forum (B5 and B7 Chassis)' started by 20steps, May 4, 2014.

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    [May 4, 2014]
    Hi folks,


    I picked myself up a RS4 the other week with all the options I wanted, apart from the flat bottom steering wheel. I can get one from Audi for £650. Is it an easy change over? Will all the controls work on the steering wheel? Will the airbag will go off if you need it?


    Thanks in advance
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    [May 4, 2014]
    What steering wheel do you have?
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    Hi, welcome to audi-sport.net. Where are you located? we have site sponsor NHN who could retrofit steering wheel, he supplies and fits and does travel. May be worth dropping him a pm for price. Enjoy the forum :) x
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    [May 4, 2014]
    Thanks. I'm based in Edinburgh. I just have the standard non flat bottom RS4 steering wheel.
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    MartayMcFly Well-Known Member Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    [May 4, 2014]
    I think the wiring is harder going from flat-bottom wheel to the multi-function wheel, but you should check with NHN to see if there's more to it. You'll need vagcom/VCDS to recode the car to recognise the flat-bottom wheel.
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    If you have the standard multi function sterring wheel then it should be a piece of cake as you will already have the correct module and slip ring. If you have then it should be a case of old one off and then new one on. No coding will be needed as all you have done is fit the flat bottomed wheel. I can do this for you and I live just outside Edinburgh and can also scan your car to give it a clean bill of health.

    If you have a normal wheel without multi function then its a different story as you will need compatible module and slip ring and recoding via VCDS. NHN should be able to assist in identifying correct parts needed. Another couple of hundred ££££ for both.
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    [May 5, 2014]
    I thought it would flag an error looking for the wrong wheel... if there's no coding needed then you're on even easier street (relatively)!
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    I'm almost 100% sure it will need coding to recognise the RS4 FBSW, it's not an MFSW and it has unique coding - and without changing the coding of the SCSM it's probable that the 4 buttons on the wheel (Sport, Set,+ and -) won't work and the SCSM will log a fault code.
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    [May 5, 2014]
    That was my original thought... Mark said no coding needed going mfsw->fbsw, but I'm sure there is some needed.
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    [May 5, 2014]
    i think he ment stright swap mfsw to fbmfsw

    is the op geting the oem RS4 fbsw with the round buttons silver bottom or a fbmfsw ?
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    Yes thats exactly what I meant - straight swap from multi to flat bottomed......should be straight fwd fit. Sorry for the confusion guys....I knew what I meant....lol
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    [May 6, 2014]
    Yeah, no coding change needed for that swap.

    Might need to clear some fault codes afterwards though... because of removing/replacing the airbag.
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    [May 9, 2014]
    I fitted an RS6 wheel to mine. You get to keep all the functions that way. IMG_1947.jpg
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