So I took a chance on eBay with a Chinese steering wheel that stated it was for the TRX. I was very hopeful since the seller asked if I wanted to retain heating (yes) and whether it had paddle shifters. They even had me send pictures of the wheel to confirm everything.
It took about 2 months to receive the wheel because the seller got covid, and I think China was forcing lockdowns anyway, but they were great with communication. They notified me twice it was delayed and then contacted me to let me know when it shipped. Shipping was surprisingly quick. It only took about 4 business days with FedEx.
It arrived today and I pulled the old wheel off with the help of Tyler Potter’s Adaptive Cruise Control YouTube video (I don’t remember his forum name or I’d tag him), and the Vicrez Ram 1500 steering wheel swap video. I didn’t even have to disconnect the battery, I just pulled the horn fuse, like Tyler’s video.
The swap was pretty straight forward and easy to do, just making sure you get the connectors all pulled at the right times.
When I pulled the old wheel off, I flipped it over to compare it to the new wheel core before I did the full swap. I’d seen some horror stories of people buying aftermarket wheels that didn’t quite fit right, or caused clicking with the clock spring, and had to be ground a bit to seat right. This wheel matched perfectly.
Figment of the new wheel was pretty good. I did have to work the back cover quite a bit, especially over the bottom pegs. One small complaint was one of the heated wheel wires was a little short, so I couldn’t keep the left connector on the slot of the back of the case. I had to leave it loose so it would reach. No big deal, it’s out of the way.
The quality is really nice. It’s also substantially thicker than the OEM wheel. The pictures really don’t do it Justice on how thick it is. Overall, I’m really very happy with a “cheap” eBay knockoff.
I’ve put a picture of the seller if anyone is interested.
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