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Any skyline owners here ?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Enzo, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. Enzo


    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

    Posts: 590

    Location: York

    Just need a quick question answering

    I have had a skyline for a month or so now and want to replace the faded steering wheel that came over with it from japland

    Anyway was told that you could just go into halfords and they would be able to fit a momo or somthing similar...but no

    Anyway they say that because this has an airbag fitted i can only get hold of one from Japan, is this true ?

    If anyone knows of somewhere a little closer please let me know

  2. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,520

    Location: Staffordshire

    You could get the airbag disabled and removed, then you can fit any wheel you want. However disarming airbags isn't that straight forward.
  3. agw_01


    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,681

    Isn't it? :confused:

    In my car, you disconnect the battery and leave it for 20 minutes or so for the circuit to discharge. Then you can go about removing the airbag from the steering wheel.
  4. Enfield


    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 7,401

    Location: Hampshire

    Or you could just drive into a tree. :D

    Halfords probably didn't want to mess about with the air bag, simply because they wouldn't know what they're doing! But I see no reason why you can't just fit a 'racing' steering wheel without an air bag.
  5. Enzo


    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

    Posts: 590

    Location: York

  6. kaiowas


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,275

    Location: Castle Anthrax

    Another option may be to get the existing wheel retrimmed.
  7. penski


    Joined: 9 May 2005

    Posts: 20,834

    Location: NE8

    Kick the bumper, set off airbag, remove wheel.

  8. Enfield


    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 7,401

    Location: Hampshire


    He'd have to kick it pretty damn hard!
  9. One More Solo


    Joined: 29 Dec 2004

    Posts: 15,866

    Location: Manchester

    What's worse, a nasty steering wheel with an airbag, or a nice one embedded in your face? :p
  10. Trifid


    Joined: 18 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,427

    Well don't crash it then. ;)
  11. Chris1712


    Joined: 29 Jul 2004

    Posts: 9,297

    Location: Somerset

    Durzel had a mint R34, but im not sure if he still frequents these forums. Checkout www.gtr.co.uk, excellent owners club with tonnes of info.
  12. Confused


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    You can quite easily remove airbags - leave battery disconnected for a while before doing it, though. You'll probably find there's a connector so you can short out the pins on the airbag - if this is the case, connect this straight away, to short out the firing mechanism and stop any small sparks setting it off.

    You'll then likely need a resister to fit into the wiring harness on the car, so that it "emulates" the appearance of an airbag, and doesn't log an error code on the SRS ECU - if you've got a passenger air bag, it will still allow this to function.

    Of course if you don't feel happy playing with airbags (basically small explosive charges!) then don't :)
  13. NightShadow

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,925

    Location: Welling/London

  14. timbob


    Joined: 27 Nov 2002

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  15. MNuTz


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  16. Durzel


    Joined: 10 Oct 2003

    Posts: 5,509

    Location: Wiltshire

    You'll need to get a Momo boss for it as well I think, there's probably a part code specific to your Skyline model/year.

    When I was looking at getting a Nismo steering wheel I found out I had to get the boss as well to stop the airbag system having a fit, and you need to get a different one depending on whether you've got passenger airbag, etc.
  17. floatindolphin

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,244

    Location: Derby

    you have to get the right boss so that the rear wheel steering will work. It's about £120 I think (buying a new steering wheel doubles in price)

    I used to have a silver r33 GTS-T :)
  18. c0caine


    Joined: 24 Mar 2003

    Posts: 357

    Location: stoke

  19. Dave85


    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 8,734

    Location: Sunny Scotland

    I though airbags where dangerous? and that if it went off accidently it could kill you.

    That one just looked like a baloon and not very safe if it goes off when something just touches it.
  20. wsurfa


    Joined: 16 Mar 2004

    Posts: 527

    Location: Surrey

    Pop onto gtr.co.uk, I had a bit of a faded wheel on my old R33 and was going to get it retrimmed, but as I was doing c 15-20k miles a year I sold it. That was about 2 years ago and I still regret it.

    Unless you want a Nismo one, I'd look into having the original retrimmed as I prefer the look.