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Old 04-16-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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Has anybody swapped out the steering wheel on an 04 QC2? Specifically, would a Cobalt or G5 fit? I know some parts are interchangable.

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Old 04-16-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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why a cobalt wheel? why not a redline or 05+ ion steering wheel? if you don't have cruise, you can use ion wheels at the very least

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Old 04-16-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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Ultimately, I want to get away from the smaller Ion wheel so I just threw Cobalt and G5 out there.

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Old 04-16-2009, 08:36 PM   #4
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the non hockey puck ion wheels are bigger, and will definitely bolt up and match, you just might have to worry about cruise control compatibility if you have it.

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Old 04-17-2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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Hockey puck! lol

I don't have cruise (never did like it) so I'm good to go. Now I'm gonna go search if I can DIY without having to call 911 or a mechanic lol

PS I won't attempt anything without disconnecting the battery first.

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Old 04-17-2009, 12:14 PM   #6
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all you need is the airbag disable procedures, if no one else posts it, I'll try to find it when I get home and post it. this is completely doable yourself, though.

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Old 04-17-2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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to disable the airbags on these cars is the easiest I've seen it, disconnect the negative battery cable, wait 5 minutes for the backup power supply to drain, then remove the airbag fuse.

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Old 04-17-2009, 09:09 PM   #8
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Are the Cobalt and G% hydraulic or electric power steering? That would be the thing that may foul things up for you. The columns may be different enough for the steering wheels to not fit.

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Old 04-17-2009, 09:30 PM   #9
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they are EPS, but the ion ones match, a bowtie in a true saturn would be a disgrace.

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:07 AM   #10
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*dumb question time*

By disconnecting the negative battery cable, I won't require a boost will I?

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Old 04-21-2009, 12:38 PM   #11
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no, you just reconnect it and start the car, it's the first step in any maintenance, whether it's electrical or not, lol, at least according to haynes

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Old 04-21-2009, 02:48 PM   #12
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Thanks. So has anyone swapped their wheel/hockey puck? Is there a how-to anywhere out there?

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Old 04-21-2009, 02:55 PM   #13
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I can post a step by step removal and installation a little later, but you want to buy it from somewhere you can return it to in case it does not work for whatever reason

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Old 12-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #14
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Default Re: Steering wheel swap

Thread revival ... sort of, now that there may be a few more years of collective wisdom & experience with this matter, and seeing as I might be in the market for a used Ion:

I am wondering if there would be any issues with switching one type of Ion steering wheel for another.

Specifically if one wanted to remove that humiliating wheel that looks like an upsidedown silhouette of Mickey Mouse' head (I suppose this is the one also referred to as the Hockey Puck wheel?) and replace it with a 4-spoke wheel from another Ion.

Could there be any possible issues with the AirBag connections (triggering a DTC) or some other issue with the part being VIN specific or whatever?

I suppose I'd also be interested in doing the same thing if I ever bought an early LS or Vue.

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Old 01-11-2014, 01:22 PM   #15
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I too would be interested in a step-by-step guide for the swap. My horn button has gone bad and no longer works, plus the Saturn logo in the middle of the wheel is bent and is splitting the cover around it. I'd like to upgrade to an 05+ wheel, from my research on the actual connectors for the cruise control features they appear to be the same part....but I have neither taken my wheel off nor purchased an 05+ wheel yet

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Old 01-13-2014, 12:51 PM   #16
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got ya covered. http://www.redlineforums.com/forums/...ing-wheel.html

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Old 06-11-2014, 05:28 PM   #17
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dead post revival again

i can confirm that 05+ steering wheels with cruise control will fit on 03-04.
Just swapped mine out recently and cruise control works.
Removing the airbag on the hockey puck wheel was a pain for me.

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Thank you Kevin. Im defiantly going to be switching mine out. It's way to ugly and small. Not to mention that mine is having the clear coating on the outside start to come off.

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Hey guys! Sorry for waking a really old post! But I have always been a jdm guy and had a quick release steering wheel on all my previous cars! I'm looking to do this to my Aura XR but like every other mod I've done there's no info I can find or people still active to help 😔 I'm hoping this time is different. OK so is there a hub made for an aftermarket steering wheel? For a quick release Set Up? Or even just the hub at this point I'll settle for no quick release. Also the only things I wish to keep from the original is the shifting function(idc how) and the horn only. I don't have use for the rest of the functions and I'm more than sure I can reroute the options button to navigate the cluster options into the dash. As far as I know I have the most unique and modified aura still alive people not even most car guys can guess what make and modle it is. I even had a guy in an srt8 call me a liar for saying it was just a sock v6 with an intake thinking I had a v8 to keep up with him! Okay getting off track here 😂 point is if like to keep in and make it more of a sleeper that's just "rice" plus changing stock wheel to aftermarket would be around 10-15lb reduction! I'll take that 1-5hp just to make my car nicer IMHO. Well if anyone knows if it's possible please help and if there is any car that shares the same starting wheel Set Up as the xr 3.6 that actually has streering wheel swaps as a normal modification that's done often so I can just buy them and use them on mine with no problem because it fits exactly the same! Okay I babbled enough 😂 please help! Thank you all! :

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Iím also curious, as Iíve thought about doing an aftermarket wheel in my ION, instead of doing a Redline steering wheel swap, I donít know if anybody makes an adapter that works... a guy on RLF said that none of the adapters actually work, but the one he sold did *go figure*...

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