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Hi again, for leg length reasons, it would be cool if I could take the adjustable steering wheel from my old GL and but it onto my LS.

The LS has an airbag, but the GL doesn't. It would be good if I could keep the airbag in the LS too.

Is this possible, and if so, is it much of a job to do?

Great group! I've had a Cav for 10 years & only discovered the group 2 days ago!

Thanks in advance, J_C.
 

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as far as im aware, no airbag-fitted cavalier had an adjustable steering column... only non-airbag models.

must be a reason for it but i dont know any more than that im afraid.
 

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Its related to the angle the steering wheel must be at for the airbag to work properly/not injure you.
If you fit an adjustable column you would need to disable the airbag
 

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Now I'm in a quandry. It would be good to have the airbag, but the fixed position of the steering wheel makes it uncomfortable to drive.

Safety -v- comfort. Hmmm

I wonder if the 2 steering columns would take either wheel? If so, then I'd put the adjustable column on & stick on the steering wheel with the airbag...... I think :think

Opinions are welcome. I'm not planning on using the airbag at any point anyway :smile , so should I stick with the non-airbag wheel on the adjustable column??
 

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Sorry, meant to add, is it an easy job to swap the columns over, regardless of which steering wheel I use? I have a decent tool kit, but no specialist tools.

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Jolly_Cavalier said:
Sorry, meant to add, is it an easy job to swap the columns over, regardless of which steering wheel I use? I have a decent tool kit, but no specialist tools.

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Don't know really :-s it doesnt sound difficult, would make swapping the locks over a lot easier though :lmao: :Cool2:

But then, everything I find to look easy turns into a nightmare :mmmm
 

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Don't know really :-s it doesnt sound difficult, would make swapping the locks over a lot easier though :lmao: :Cool2:
Tried to do it today, but I couldn't get the steering wheel off! Good start. I need to find a puller!

Is is possible to remove a steering column without removing the dash? I really hope so!

I need the column changed asap, as it's a pain driving with my legs rubbing the steering wheel!:down:

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But then, everything I find to look easy turns into a nightmare :mmmm
Tell me about it! I sliced my thumb open with a screwdriver today:mad:
 

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Jolly_Cavalier said:
Envoy CDX said:
Don't know really :-s it doesnt sound difficult, would make swapping the locks over a lot easier though :lmao: :Cool2:
Tried to do it today, but I couldn't get the steering wheel off! Good start. I need to find a puller!

Is is possible to remove a steering column without removing the dash? I really hope so!

I need the column changed asap, as it's a pain driving with my legs rubbing the steering wheel!:down:


Tell me about it! I sliced my thumb open with a screwdriver today:mad:
Might get away with not removing the dash, but on the otherhand, might put a hole in it trying to wiggle the column through.

One way to find out right?
 

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Aiight mate ive removed both items and did think about fitting an adjustable column at one point.

Youll need a puller like you say, once the wheels off theres 4 bolts holding the column on
1 of these is a shear head mushroom bolt that you will need to saw/grind off but its right above where your knees are so hard to get at, you remove the fuse box cover to access this and another one.

Then remove the clocks and theres one right at the back

Finally theres a 13mm pinch bolt on the end of the column, it then pulls out.

Only issue i can see is finding a set of shrouds that fit as the airbag ones wouldnt and the old ones wouldnt accomodate the contact unit
 

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1 of these is a shear head mushroom bolt that you will need to saw/grind off but its right above where your knees are so hard to get at, you remove the fuse box cover to access this and another one.
you can get this out by using a punch... after a couple of taps it comes out finger tight...
 

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dave's.cavy said:
has your drivers seat not got a height adjuster fitted?
Yeah, but even with that wound right down, & the seat full back, my left leg rubs the wheel when I'm changing gear:shame: .

Maybe I'll remove the front seat & drive from the back? :lmao:

I suppose that given time I'll get used to it.

When I bought the car, some previous owner had welded the height adjuster to the subframe with the seat at full height, so it wouldn't adjust at all! Weird! Swapped the subframes over from my old GL & it works fine now. Had to lose the pretensioners though:shame: . Just wish I could get a few turns lower! I feel like I'm sitting higher in this car. I wonder if the leather seats are a bit higher than their velour counterparts?
 

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Andy M said:
Aiight mate ive removed both items and did think about fitting an adjustable column at one point.

Youll need a puller like you say, once the wheels off theres 4 bolts holding the column on
1 of these is a shear head mushroom bolt that you will need to saw/grind off but its right above where your knees are so hard to get at, you remove the fuse box cover to access this and another one.

Then remove the clocks and theres one right at the back

Finally theres a 13mm pinch bolt on the end of the column, it then pulls out.

Only issue i can see is finding a set of shrouds that fit as the airbag ones wouldnt and the old ones wouldnt accomodate the contact unit
Hi Andy, thanks for the info. Don't like the sound of the 'mushroom bolt' very much :( I wonder how much my garage would charge to perform the swapping? That sounds like the easier option, after all they have the tools for the job!

If I keep the non-airbag wheel, the shroud should fit ok, no?

Thanks for the 'how 2' !
 

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Yes the non airbag wheel and shroud would be the best idea

Get the shrouds that belongs to the column too
 
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