Hi all Im thinking of getting a flat bottom steering wheel for my a3, Ive seen an rs6 one and it has the dsg paddles, can these be removed without any other wiring mods required and will the wheel fit my 2006 a3 manual without mods to the car?
It depends on which steering ecu and slipring is fitted to your car. If your car currently has a multifunction steering wheel then i think you are good to go, otherwise you may be looking at new steering ecu, slipring and some coding aswell to get it working properly.
I'm not sure about removing the DSG paddles though sorry mate
Sorry Foxy - just to make myself clear - the blanks have part numbers on them but if you consult ETKA (the VAG electronic parts program ) I think you will find that it says something like ' not replaceable part '.
Basically they are not sold separately. If they were then I would have bought some for mine !
I thought about that and I think with some alteration they may fit as they are the same width just a little longer, also solved the dsg removal I took the paddles off the wheel and dismantled them and what is left is a cup forming the base of the paddle so I filled with body filler and primed, then painted satin black and I now have two perfect blanking plates.
I cant see the problem with blanking caps...you cant see them on mine anyway ! as for the paddles i would just wire them up to do something useful....ie would make a much better dip switch than the stalk one
Hi just a quick update on my wheel, done the blanking of the paddle mod so I now have an RS6 wheel for a manual, the seller has sourced some blanks for the airbag screws so will get them shortly anyway here is a few pics will update when fitted.
Hi all, tried to fit my wheel tonight and to my dissapointment the plug which goes into the slip ring does not fit, the original one has an orange release catch and the new one is purple and a slightly different shape, from a distance they appear to be the same. Is there a way I can get this to fit, thought about trying loom off other airbag but have been put off with the horn problem others have had and the fact that the spade connectors are a different size on each airbag assembly. Please can anyone help.
Sorry about that Foxy - but I did advise you of the possible problem. See my post #6
I'm afraid the wheel and airbag you have seem to require a different steering module and slip ring. Or a different airbag.
I am not able to advise what you could do but it sounds like you will need to get an airbag from an A3 fbmfsw together with wiring loom and hope that it fits the wheel you have.
Unfortunately Audi have a happy knack of making each car just that bit different so that, although bits may physically fit, the electronic connections do not allow standard operation across models.
Would changing the loom to an A3 FBMFSW one work, I can only think the one with the wheel doesnt because it was for a dsg RS6 and mine is a manual. Any help would be great, thanks for taking time to reply.
I think this project has become somewhat complicated and any sort of compromise or adaptation from original design parameters for airbags can be dangerous. If you try and fit something not designed for your car there is always the danger of the airbag not going off when needed ! Also the airbag control module on your car may not be the same as the RS6.
Can I suggest that you contact Dave at Stoke Audi (sponsors of this forum) and give him details of the wheel and airbag and let him advise you as to whether a TT wiring loom will work properly. He will also be able to advise whether the airbag will work ok with your car.
The wiring loom is only £20 - £25 from Audi so it is better to get it from them.
I'm sorry I can't help any further but it would not be right to speculate about such an important safety element.
I bought my car brand new with MFSW, the minute I drove home from the garage (about 15 miles on the clock) I swapped it Matt Andrew as I bought a brand new FBMFSW from German ebay! Dec 2007 it cost me £340 delivered!
He bought a loom for me, not quite sure what it was, then I've had 2 more wheels since then and they've both been fine!
Hi all just an update and picture, had to go to Audi to get a TT/A3 airbag loom 8J0 971 589 B and swap it with the RS6 one, turns out the airbag part number matches the FBSW airbag others had fitted so all works perfectly no errors, got esp light after wheel change which dissappeared after driving 100 yards. Well happy with wheel so here is a picture. P.S. will run a VCDS scan when laptop is charged to make sure all is well.