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Old 05-20-2015, 12:20 PM   #26
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Steering wheel nut size.

Would anyone happen to know what size socket for the center nut to take the steering wheel off an 06 rx-8?
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:19 AM   #27
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Educated guess...21mm. Why is it critical to know in advance?
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:29 AM   #28
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Just nice to know, in case it was some wack size I for some reason didn't have so I'd be able to pick one up from work instead of running back into town after having my steering wheel apart only to realize I don't have the proper size. But thank you for the response, cheers :D
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:38 PM   #29
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Just an FYI

If you try to do this, and need to pull the wheel, some pulling kits won't come with metric bolts. I just did it today, and it was a PITA. Having gone to Home Depot and bought new bolts, I wanted others to know. m8 1.25 x 90mm. With the right tools, it can be done. Without them, you will curse the day you ever bought the thing.

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Old 05-31-2015, 08:57 PM   #30
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Most chain parts stores will rent a puller with both SAE and metric.
I have this kit... http://www.harborfreight.com/steerin...set-68982.html it also has both.
If I made my living with these tools, I'd have probably bought some more expensive name brand. But it's pretty inexpensive and I've probably used it a dozen times or more on my cars and others.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:15 PM   #31
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The crappy autozone kit I rented was only SAE.
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Old 06-01-2015, 06:54 PM   #32
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I got mine off without a puller, no problem.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:03 AM   #33
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quick question regarding the airbag connectors. I'm proceeding with a very light hand. Do the connectors come out completely or just at the 90 degree bend?
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:06 AM   #34
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why are you pulling the airbag shell?
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:08 AM   #35
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I'm putting my A/T steering wheel back on with the MT buttons. The wheel I got from RR (off eBay) has the leather separating around the 10 o'clock seam. I had asked the shop to do the swap when they had it for 6 months but they just slapped the MT wheel on.

Trying to make this thing be as presentable as possible.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:19 AM   #36
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I think this covers it.... looks like they just pull completely out.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:44 AM   #37
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Get a fingernail or the end of a flathead screwdriver into the back of the connector. It has a retaining clip, you get that loose (loose, not off) and the orange and yellow things will pull clean off the back
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so the yellow one came right off without messing with the retaining clip... i figured it out after looking at some pictures online that don't show the clip at all.

The orange one is being a little more difficult... armed with a little flathead now.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:56 AM   #39
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that did it... came right off just as soon as I released the clip with a clock makers flathead
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guys, sorry to revive this for so long. I just got the autoexe wheel and trying to install it. Mazda installed a wire clip on the left screw hole beside the nut. I can't take this clip off, so I can only use one side of the free thread hole to use a steering wheel puller (wheel won't come off)... will it still work with one side only?
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