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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Wheel switch

Jusr bought a leather OEM steering wheel from a Touring trim Forester (just the wheel, not the electrics that go with) because I like a leather steering wheel. Want to install it on my 2017 premium (CVT). Anyone have experience doing this? Or know where I can get instructions? Or is this a tough diy that's better left to the pros? Thanks!

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So this thread is about putting a WRX or STI steering wheel in the SJ, but should give you a pretty good idea of what you need to do and how to switch the steering wheel controls:

Tutorial: 2015 STI, WRX steering wheel into Forester SJ

Obviously, you won't need any extra parts (lower steering wheel cover) and can ignore anything that's specific to the STI/WRX wheel. Unfortunately the original post pictures are gone, but there is a video linked towards the end of the thread:


I did that, and honestly, the hardest part of the job was just getting the airbag off. Subaru uses metal springs/clips to secure it instead of screws or bolts. After messing with it for a while, I realized I was just not going to be able to do it by feel and I had to contort myself under the steering column to actually look at what I was doing and eventually got it...

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Thanks! Exactly what I needed.
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