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can i upgrade from a 4 spoke to a 3 spoke steering wheel?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by bahamabart, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. bahamabart
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    i just picked up a 2012 TDI with sport package and i'm disappointed that it did not come with the 3 spoke with paddle shifters. I'm hoping that its all pre-wired and its just a matter of buying the steering wheel?

    any comments, thread pointers or suggestions.
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    amar06fbr Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    Is your car a manual or auto?
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    to have paddle shifters, you have to have an auto.
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    Dannykn9 "Cruise My Ride"

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    Mate, not sure if there was sarcasm in that answer?

    Anyhow you didn't state you had a DSG model and Amar was only asking so he could answer your question
    Some people fit a paddleshift wheel to their manual, and although serves no purpose, the paddles still illuminate.

    To answer your question, yes you can change it but will also need a new airbag to fit as the 4 spoke will not fit to a 3 spoke, also you may need some coding done.
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    The 3 spoke w\ Paddle-Shifters are only fitted to S-Line & up DSG's as standard. It's in the A3 range handbook,

    page 17
    S line model equipment 'in addition to' Sport model equipment

    so no need for disappointment.
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    If I have a 3 Spoke S Line steering wheel which is not a Multi Function Version, can I reuse the air bag from it when I buy a FBMFSW as they are also 3 spoke?
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    My post is incorrect - apparently you can get a 3 spoke w\ paddle shift on the Sport model too - maybe it was deleted by the original buyer.

    you can go ahead & be disappointed now! you have my deepest sympathies. :(
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    No - the fbmfsw has a round airbag and the 3 spoke mfsw has a 'shield' shaped airbag.

    You need to buy a FBMFSW complete with airbag OR buy a 3 spoke MFSW and re-use your existing airbag.

    Either way, you will need the correct steering control module for them to work.
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    no sarcasm, well maybe a little. I thought he was messing with me. LOL Never thought of adding paddles to a manual.

    My ignorance, you see here in the US, you can only get an A3 TDI in auto.

    So I just have to buy a complete 3 spoke with air bag. Can't wait to get a price from the dealer (definitely sarcasm).

    appreciate the guidance.
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