GTR Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
49 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hey, so I recently got a Mine's flat bottomed steering wheel and I'm looking to replace it myself, having looked at a whole bunch of walkthroughs and guide videos it looks like it's within my ability.

The one thing I'm concerned about is the number of people who, after replacing their steering wheels, have found the wheel to be slightly out of alignment, either slightly turned left or light when the front wheels are straight. Adjusting the wheel either left or right a notch just misaligns it in the other direction.

Is this common, and if so is it an easy fix? If it's common and likely, I might just head to either Kaiser or AutoTorque to get it fitted as they'll be able to fix any alignment issues on the spot.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
323 Posts
Hey, so I recently got a Mine's flat bottomed steering wheel and I'm looking to replace it myself, having looked at a whole bunch of walkthroughs and guide videos it looks like it's within my ability.

The one thing I'm concerned about is the number of people who, after replacing their steering wheels, have found the wheel to be slightly out of alignment, either slightly turned left or light when the front wheels are straight. Adjusting the wheel either left or right a notch just misaligns it in the other direction.

Is this common, and if so is it an easy fix? If it's common and likely, I might just head to either Kaiser or AutoTorque to get it fitted as they'll be able to fix any alignment issues on the spot.
It is relatively straight forward, just take your time and be methodical when taking apart the actual mechanism on each side to transfer the paddles themselves, and make sure it all goes back in exactly the same orientation etc. The little metal contacts can be fiddly and if not done right you will find that one of the paddles doesn't function correctly.

I also had the same concern (I too bought a MINES Steering Wheel and changed it myself), but there was a groove which meant the steering wheel could only go back on in one place and I found it was all straight afterwards with no alignment issues. As you say though if you do find there's an issue just nip to a specialist and get the alignment done :thumbsup:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,635 Posts
It is relatively straight forward, just take your time and be methodical when taking apart the actual mechanism on each side to transfer the paddles themselves, and make sure it all goes back in exactly the same orientation etc. The little metal contacts can be fiddly and if not done right you will find that one of the paddles doesn't function correctly.

I also had the same concern (I too bought a MINES Steering Wheel and changed it myself), but there was a groove which meant the steering wheel could only go back on in one place and I found it was all straight afterwards with no alignment issues. As you say though if you do find there's an issue just nip to a specialist and get the alignment done :thumbsup:
The OP didn't mention swapping over the paddles, just the wheel.

The main issue with teh steering wheel is the security bolts on each side. Be careful not to strip them and if they won't budge, leave it to a professional to do.

I've swapped my wheel over a few times and as long as you keep the steering front and centre, you should be okay. If there is a slight misalignment, any decent tracking place can fix it easily enough.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
323 Posts
The OP didn't mention swapping over the paddles, just the wheel.

The main issue with teh steering wheel is the security bolts on each side. Be careful not to strip them and if they won't budge, leave it to a professional to do.

I've swapped my wheel over a few times and as long as you keep the steering front and centre, you should be okay. If there is a slight misalignment, any decent tracking place can fix it easily enough.
You're quite right, sorry OP been a long day!

Only other thing I can think of that can be fiddly is the airbag connectors, obviously make sure the battery is disconnected, then be gentle when taking them off as they could snap quite easily. I found using a pick and hook set to get under the clip and gently lift upwards worked well, but a small flat head screwdriver should also do the trick. Mine were quite stiff as they'd never been taken off before.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
49 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
It is relatively straight forward, just take your time and be methodical when taking apart the actual mechanism on each side to transfer the paddles themselves, and make sure it all goes back in exactly the same orientation etc. The little metal contacts can be fiddly and if not done right you will find that one of the paddles doesn't function correctly.

I also had the same concern (I too bought a MINES Steering Wheel and changed it myself), but there was a groove which meant the steering wheel could only go back on in one place and I found it was all straight afterwards with no alignment issues. As you say though if you do find there's an issue just nip to a specialist and get the alignment done :thumbsup:
Good to know, it's just the wheel I'm swapping out. But it does sound like you can get lucky and it's perfectly straight on swapping. A lot of the posts I'd read about misaligned wheels had been people swapping for the Mine's so I was beginning to think it was going to be a foregone conclusion that it would be misaligned.

The OP didn't mention swapping over the paddles, just the wheel.

The main issue with teh steering wheel is the security bolts on each side. Be careful not to strip them and if they won't budge, leave it to a professional to do.

I've swapped my wheel over a few times and as long as you keep the steering front and centre, you should be okay. If there is a slight misalignment, any decent tracking place can fix it easily enough.
Thanks for the advice, I've also got a set of replacement tamper proof bolts for when the new wheel goes on and everything looks aligned.

I'll post an update let folks know how I get on.

If anyone else has any other useful advice in the meantime, that'd be appreciated.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
49 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Swapped my wheel over this morning... check it out!

The only issues were getting those damned airbag clips out (was fine once I realised where to stick the screwdriver to unclip them) and torquing the wheel to the recommended 111Nm (was paranoid about stripping the nut).

The wheel is *very* slightly offset to the left, but I reckon that I can live with that until its next service and I can get the alignment tweaked.

This was the guide I used, very helpful...

https://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/79900-how-to-replace-your-nissan-r35-gtr-steering-wheel/
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
323 Posts
Swapped my wheel over this morning... check it out!

The only issues were getting those damned airbag clips out (was fine once I realised where to stick the screwdriver to unclip them) and torquing the wheel to the recommended 111Nm (was paranoid about stripping the nut).

The wheel is *very* slightly offset to the left, but I reckon that I can live with that until its next service and I can get the alignment tweaked.

This was the guide I used, very helpful...

https://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/79900-how-to-replace-your-nissan-r35-gtr-steering-wheel/
Looks great! Now all you need is some JCR paddles to finish the look ;)
 

Attachments

1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top