Some people have asked me on how I got my horn to work when I installed my JDM steering wheel off an EG. Well here it is.
Torx T30 screwdriver
19mm socket and ratchet
14-16 gauge wire
Honda part # 35259-SH3-A02 (shoe horn)
Grease (Mobil 1 synthetic grease or equivalent)
When I refer to a PIC
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JDM Wheel Installation Pictures
Removal of old steering wheel:
1. First, remove the 3 screws that are on the bottom of the rear steering wheel cover (the one the covers the turn signals and headlight switch), and just yank off the bottom portion of the steering wheel cover. The top cover is easily taken off too. No Pic.
2. Next, disable the SRS airbag by unscrewing the single screw on the bottom of the steering wheel, and pull down the cover. You will see a red piece called the short connecter. PIC 1, 2
3. If you look on the bottom of the steering wheel, where you have just taken off the bottom cover, you will see a yellow connection. Unplug this connection and using the red short connecter, secure it to the yellow plug that you just detached. PIC 2, 3
4. Next, look on the left side of the steering wheel, and you should see a piece that can be taken off. PIC 4
. Once you have that off, you will see PIC 5
. Using your Torx T30 screwdriver, take off the bolt.
5. Now, look on the right side of the steering wheel where the cruise control is. Fortunately for me, mine didnít have a cruise control, just a cover. PIC 6
. Once the cover is off, there will be 2 screws that will need to be taken off. PIC 7
. After that, you will then see another Torx T30 bolt. Remove that too PIC 7
6. You will now be able to remove the SRS Airbag. Place it safely away.
7. Now, disconnect the horn wire as well as the cruise control and the srs plug from the steering wheel. PIC 8
8. Now, just unbolt the 19mm nut from the center of the steering wheel. Now, before you remove the steering wheel try to mark the position where the top of the steering wheel would be using some sort of marker or white-out on the steering columnís bolt. (no Pic). Now wiggle out the steering wheel. Your steering wheel should look something like this now. PIC 9
. You can now discard the old steering wheel as well as the old airbag.
Removing the SRS wire harness:
1. With the steering wheel off, you should see the wire harness for the srs and cruise control. PIC 8
2. There are 3 screws holding it in place. Unscrew them. Now, remove the under dash panel underneath the steering column (uses 3 screws), as well as the metal knee bolster( uses 2 10mm bolts). Follow the SRS wire harness to underneath the steering column and unplug the yellow connection, and remove the entire SRS wire harness. You should be left with a harness like this. PIC 10
. Discard this harness as you wonít need it anymore.
How to make the horn work:
Here is the most valuable piece of information that most people want to knowÖ how to make the horn work when using the JDM non-SRS steering wheel from an EG.
1. Start off by getting a piece known as a shoe horn, PART #35259-SH3-A02, from any Honda dealer. It comes from the horn trigger of the 88-91 civics. It will look like this. PIC 11
2. Some modification will need to be done to it in order for it to work properly. You will need to cut a tiny piece of the shoe horn in order for it to install correctly. The Red shapes in the pic are the things that will need to be cut. PIC 11
3. Installation of the Shoe horn: Once you have gotten the modifications done to the shoe horn, proceed by unscrewing the combination switch lever which is held on by 3 screws behind the white plastic in the middle. You can see 1 of the screws here. PIC 12
. Remove it carefully from the steering column.
4. Now, look on the bottom of the combination switch lever on the side with where you turn on the headlights. To connect the shoe horn, simply place the female spade connecter into the male spade connecter on the bottom side of the combination switch lever. Here is a pic from the bottom of the combination switch lever. PIC 13
. Once that is secure, go back to the front and screw in the tiny screw that I said you needed too (it is silver on mine). PIC 12
5. Wiring the horn. Now that the shoe horn is in place, you will need to wire it properly. Look behind the combination switch lever, (headlight lever side) and look and the wire connection area. Get about 2-3 feet of the 14-16 gauge wire for this. You will need to place one end of the wire where I have placed my hand holding it at in this pic. PIC 14
6. The other end of the wire, will go where you previously separated the SRS wire harness from the underside of the steering column. I donít know how to describe where to put it correctly, so I will just show you a pic of where to place it. PIC 15
. Sitting from the driver seat, it should be on the left side of the connection.
7. Thatís it for the wiring. Now place the combination switch lever back on the steering column, and put the 3 screws back in so that it looks like PIC 12
Installation of the new JDM EG non-srs steering wheel:
1. First, separate the JDM steering wheel into its two pieces (Steering wheel, and horn plate) by unscrewing the 3 screws on the back of the steering wheel. It should look like PIC 16, 17
2. Before you place the JDM steering wheel on, you will need to use the grease (PIC 18
) on the back of the steering wheel where the shoe horn will make contact with the wheel. PIC 19
(area covered in red)
3. Now, place the JDM steering wheel onto the steering column and bolt on the 19mm nut (36 lb-ft torque spec) The trickest part here, is how to line it up, so that the steering wheel is place correctly i.e. when you are driving in a straight line, the steering wheel is in its upright position. PIC 17
. Trial and error. At this point, you can drive it around a little and see if it is to your liking. If not, unscrew the 19mm nut and adjust. Drive again, and repeat the process. Also, Make sure that the shoe horn is touching the metal contact area of the steering wheel. PIC 20
4. Once you have it straight, all you need to do is screw on the front of the JDM Steering wheel. I think this is the hardest part. First you want to screw on the bottom screw first. Donít tighten it all the way yet though. After that, do either the top left or top right one by turning the steering wheel over so that it looks like this: PIC 21
. You will probably need a small and thin screwdriver for this, cause it is a PITA.
5. Once you are done with that, check to make sure the horn works. If it does, then you are done, and you car should now look like this: PIC 22
. If the horn doesnít work, you will need to check to see if the shoe horn is touching the steering wheel, and/or check your wiring connections.
6. Also. Donít forget to put back on the rear steering wheel column cover and put the 3 screws back in.
: This is only for the JDM EG steering wheel. However, this should work for any model civic or integra when you are installing a JDM NON-SRS steering wheel.