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Audi A4 B8 Steering Wheel Upgrade :)

JRock247 Oct 9, 2017

  1. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Well after saving my pennies over the last few months, I finally saved enough to treat myself a new steering wheel. This will be the third time changing my wheel and probably the last.

    Always liked the look of the Flat Bottom Steering Wheels, why this is not a standard option on the Black Editions's I will never know. Found one from the RS4 that I jut had to have and the price compared with the older version, was not that much more.

    Wheel came from abroad, so had to eagerly wait just over a week for it to arrive. Finally got it installed and I must say, I am VERY happy with it. Totally transforms the interior.

    From this:

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    To this :)

    upload_2017-10-9_14-40-42.png

    Straight plug and play swap over, everything (lights, paddles, buttons, horn) work as they should. Apart from the Nav button but that does not bother me.

    Subsequently, my old wheel (8K0 419 091 BC XCF) and air bag are up for grabs. PM me if interested or need any help fitting yours.
     
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  3. Bulldog

    Bulldog Registered User

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    Looks loads better is the old one from an RS5 ?
     
  4. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    No it's from an S5.

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  5. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Great swap! Looks much better and younger.

    Was wondering myself if I get the wheel myself with some additional button functions that would not work. Wouldn’t it look odd?
    I know it isn’t much for the wheel it self but for the air bag to be compatible with the car, right?
    Its something with single or double/dual stage air bag, no?
    Any way I can find out what my stage air bag my A6 needs?

    I currently do jot have paddle shifter as its a manual. Currently have exactly same wheel which you came out from and would also like to change it at some point. Not necessarily for the flat bottom but for sure with round air bag.


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  6. niedzial1983

    niedzial1983 Registered User

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    A6 c6 has 2 stage airbag

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  7. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Cheers


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  8. thesmileyone

    thesmileyone Registered User

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    Looks great, glad you're happy because I am happy that Audi didn't fit them standard ;)
     
  9. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Not a fan of the flat bottom then?
     
  10. thesmileyone

    thesmileyone Registered User

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    No I mean if they had you wouldn't have sold me this one?
     
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  11. Super Nintendo Chalmers

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    Hi mate,

    Looks great! interested in doing the same to my S Line A4. What did the steering wheel set you back price wise?
     
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    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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  14. RSTHRILLER

    RSTHRILLER LOVE 5 BANGERS

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    If anyone wants this mod pm for steering wheels
     
  15. Russboy

    Russboy Registered User

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    Looking good, exactly what I want for mine:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Man

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    What I want to know is why @JRock247 is sitting in @Russboy 's car. :tearsofjoy:
     
  17. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    No comment :kissing:
     
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  18. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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    He missed the look of the old steering wheel and was making sure he was correct on spending all his hard earned £££’s on the flat bottomed one. Lol. Or maybe he is going to hep fit a new steering wheel for russ that we don’t know about yet, only Jamie has the answer. @JRock247 :)
     
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  19. Russboy

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    I'm more concerned with who changed my peddles, dials & half of the dash!
     
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  20. Johnny_S4

    Johnny_S4 Registered User

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    Hi guys, just stumbled on this thread.

    I'm thinking of doing the exact same and just want to make sure that the B8 RS4 steering wheel is just a straight swap into a B8 S4?

    I have a manual and I know the RS4's have paddle shift but are the plugs still the same? Can the paddles be 'unclipped' or removed too?

    Many thanks!
     
  21. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    It was a straight swap for me into my A4 B8, no modifications, plug n play :)

    I removed the paddles from my old steering wheel when I changed to the S4 paddles, so I would imagine you can remove the paddles from the RS4 wheel but you will be left with gaping holes and probably errors in VCDS.
     
  22. Russboy

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    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Straight swap and all buttons will work except the nav button as highlighted below.

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  24. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    That's a lovely wheel.
    Must've come out from new car.
     
  25. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Not that new, my wheel came from the B8.5 RS4, think it was a 2012 car if I remember.

    This is the newer wheel:

    [​IMG]
     
  26. Russboy

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    Shame my boiler at home packed up today, although not sure I could spend £600 on a steering wheel!

    What do they normally fetch with airbag?

    Presume I'd move from the rectangular airbag to the round? So no reprogramming needed then?

    Has anyone ever made a definitive list of which will fit which car?

    Cheers,

    Russ
     
  27. mrbubba

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    Will the round airbag work? I'm sure I read somewhere that the airbag system was different and people were not sure that they would work in an accident, despite everything connecting up

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  28. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    From what I read, my car has a dual stage airbag and same thing is needed. Shape should bot really matter as the connectors will be the same.
    Difference you might have as to steering wheel buttons connectors and that is where vcds come handy.

    Me neither, could spend £500-£700 on a steering wheel.
    There are cheaper options on feeBay but not sure about airbag etc.

    Also, flat bottom steering wheels are more expensive than round ones, despite round shape airbag in both and both coming out of the same chassis, A3 and S3 for flat bottom one.

    I’m planning to re-thread mine with red thread to keep it fresh. Just did the gear knob gaitor and it came out well


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  29. andyay123

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    Who or where would you get red thread?
     
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  30. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Find my threads and posts about it and how it came out. Recommended mod, imho


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  31. Mogadano

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    879C1B18-C6EC-4E5C-A52A-7BC7B454C88D.jpeg Hi ,
    Can somebody help me?
    I buy a RS5 steering wheel with airbag(8T0419091G) , the harness is 8U0971589J.
    I want to install in my 2010 A4 Avant .
    I need just help with the relocation of the wire ( for airbag I know need to stay in same place ) .i need just for horn and the rest .I appreciate all help .
     
  32. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant

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    Is that dual-stage airbag?
    I'm on a look out for flat bottom steering wheel with round airbag and cannot pinpoint car models they are available from.

    Sorry, cannot help with wiring but @NHN or @DJAlix might.

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  34. redrook

    redrook A4 Avant Technik 2.0 TDIe 163ps

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    Could say the same for the sound system too. Flagship car and comes standard with poverty-spec MMi, yet models below (Technik) come with Nav MMI as standard.
     
  35. Marc Winters

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    Hi. I have a B8 standard stock steering wheel. No multifunction.
    Do you know if the one you are selling will fit and is it a simple plug and play??

    Thanks

    Marc
     
  36. JRock247

    JRock247 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    I sold that steering wheel a long time ago mate, well over a year ago now.
     
  37. Toby Ash

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    Hi All

    I've just brought a Audi A4 B8 Avant like the original poster but mines a 2011 Black Edition 2.0 TDI

    Mine also has the "older" S-Line steering wheel but I prefer the "Newer" flat bottom wheel but I'm only looking to get a flat bottom S-Line wheel, not an RS4/5 one

    Also mine does not have DSG/Multi-Tronic so no paddles for me :(

    Are these a direct swap also? If anybody can shed some light this would be good

    Below is an image of I'm looking to buy

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    Thanks
     
  38. Sherv

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    I've been dying to get a flat bottom wheel for my A4 3.0 for about a year but still can't justify £600, maybe £400 at the very most with airbag.
     
  39. Toby Ash

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    This is my thought, but then I will sell my existing/old style one
     
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  40. Geoff Morritt

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    Funny old world....If all our Audis were fitted with flat bottom steering wheels, everyone would want a round one.
    Not knocking the OP by the way!
     
  41. Toby Ash

    Toby Ash Registered User

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    Good Point, or they will want square ones
     
  42. dimitar.tuntov.5

    dimitar.tuntov.5 Registered User

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    I did a little upgrade as well ! Round one but with newer style DSG paddles.
    Upgrade the trim around with black gloss as well ! [​IMG]

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  43. JohnS3

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    Paddles look good, what model are they from?
     

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