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Changing Steering Wheel in 2002 Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hpz, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. Jun 27, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    Hpz

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    Hi guys!

    Quick question, my dad picked up a beat up 2002 Tacoma and we've been slowly nursing it back to health (motor swap and new paint job!) but something that bothers me is the steering wheel, it looks ghetto AF.

    I'm able to source OEM steering wheels but I've been watching clips online of aftermarket wheel swaps and they all seem to require complete disassembly of the wheel basically down to a bare steering column.

    Is this necessary? I'm only trying to change the outer part of the wheel, and plan on using the airbag I already have. I linked a picture of the current wheel and what part I'm trying to change. I'm not trying to accidentally mess up sensitive parts like the clock spring so I'm hoping this is an easy swap.

    Thanks for reading!

    https://i.imgur.com/6HRoVnW.jpg
    https://c1.neweggimages.com/productimage/A7G7_1_20150220250587954.jpg
    ^I know that's from an 05 but I just linked it for reference
     
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  2. Jun 27, 2018 at 11:40 AM
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    You want to use an original 2001-2004 1st gen steering wheel? Tearing down the column is only if you want to use the 2005+ steering wheel you linked with the audio controls and Bluetooth.

    If you want to use a 1st gen steering wheel it’s as easy as unbolting the one bolt connecting it to the shaft, using a steering wheel puller, and putting a new one on.

    I put a Lexus IS300 steering wheel on my truck. I just had to swap the clock spring to control the airbag.

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  3. Jun 27, 2018 at 11:47 AM
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    Thanks for the heads up, and yeah, just trying to keep the look stock. I've seen some nice 4runner piano black wheels that are possibly compatible but I think the style would just clash. And sorry, wouldn't be getting a new wheel, would just rip one off some local Tacoma part outs in my area. At least those wheels are 100% intact! lol
     
  4. Jun 27, 2018 at 11:56 AM
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    Right, new wheel as in replacing your old wheel. Just make sure you get one from a 2001-2004 Tacoma because 1995-2000 is different.

    And yes 4Runner ones will work.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2018 at 8:23 PM
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    I think I have my old steering wheel which looks just like yours.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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  9. Jun 27, 2018 at 11:34 PM
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    You'll need to compare shapes with yours. The Camry's used 2 different wheels along with the Tacoma's. Depending on the year.
     
  10. Jun 27, 2018 at 11:58 PM
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    I have this one I'll sell for $50+shipping without airbbag. $100 with.
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