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Old 11-19-2016, 09:13 PM
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I just ordered the suede flat bottom wheel, shift ****, and boot for my 2014 Z51. Has anyone else made the switch? I assume I will need to take it to a dealer to do the wheel due to the airbag?
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Old 11-19-2016, 09:33 PM
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Had mine dealer installed to avoid any issues or problems. Mine not OEM and dealer had no issues.

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Mine was installed by my dealership. Others have done it themselves, if you know how to.



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Here are the instructions:

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...ing-wheel.html

I'm certain there are more threads on the how-to if you do a search.
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My dealer charged me 1/2 hour labor when I did this to my 2014. Well worth it.
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I had the dealer do it because the #50 torx was a bitch to get off. It's really easy if you can get the bolt off. Needed an air impact to get off. I have the sued shift boot as well but haven't installed it yet. Has anyone changed this out them selves or maybe a link? Thanks!!
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Have read about too many having problems with the install, I had the dealer install mine. Well worth it.
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.......and he had a bear of a time getting the nut off as well; intellectually within the average car person's wheel house but the tools and the mechanical "touch" is what I lack...(I was already there for the airbag recall as well).....
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Lowes 700lb impact gun, took less than 2 seconds to loosen. One of the best $50 air tools I ever bought! As a note, my dewalt electric impact wouldn't budge it nor my 500lb Home Depot impact gun.

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Finally got this installed and it looks great. Need to clean it but wanted to post it right away.
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Very nice!
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I've been contemplating going to the suede wheel. Worried about accumulation of skin oils and sweat over time and difficulty keeping the suede clean. Any indication this might become a problem over time?
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Had one on my centennial vert. Love the feel and held up well.
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That's funny...I actually did just the opposite.
Mine came with the fuzzy wheel and shifter ****.
I changed them both for the smooth leather ones:

BEFORE




AFTER

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I've been contemplating going to the suede wheel. Worried about accumulation of skin oils and sweat over time and difficulty keeping the suede clean. Any indication this might become a problem over time?
The guy at the dealership said the only problem he has seen with suede was scratching from diamond rings. My wife can't drive a manual so I should be good.
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I am guessing that the suede probably will not wear too well. Only time will tell.
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Did mine myself.
Easy...just take your time.
Steering wheel nut ...don't bother with an impact wrench...just used a simple basic breaker bar....2 seconds!

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Originally Posted by ///ADMAN View Post
That's funny...I actually did just the opposite.
Mine came with the fuzzy wheel and shifter ****.
I changed them both for the smooth leather ones:

BEFORE




AFTER

I like your AFTER better, just looks cleaner to me.
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Originally Posted by ///ADMAN View Post
That's funny...I actually did just the opposite.
Mine came with the fuzzy wheel and shifter ****.
I changed them both for the smooth leather ones:

BEFORE




AFTER

what did you do with the factory one you took off?
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Old 12-09-2016, 04:39 PM
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Where is the best deal on a suede M7 wheel? DO you send yours out or do a core charge? Cost? I love the idea as I had it on the CTS-V and it held up well and wasnt slippery at all great deel. I am looking for one for my car.
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