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Old 02-17-2012, 05:21 PM
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Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures

So I had posted my interest in a replacing my black laredo steering wheel bezel with a silver one (see original post here: http://jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=37088)

Thanks to a JG member who was willing to sell me his for short money, here is the step by step replacement with pictures:

INSTALLATION TIME: 30 mins

The original black bezel:




And the new one:



As always, disconnect the battery first. Since the install required removal of the airbag unit I waited a little while after disconnecting before doing anything (I have heard that some airbag systems can remain charged for a short while even after the battery is off).

Step one was removal of the 2 10mm hex head bolts from behind the steering wheel. These bolts hold the airbag/horn unit in place, and once removed the airbag unit will pull straight off.





Next remove the yellow airbag connectors by lifting the orange retaining clips with a very small flathead screwdriver. Once lifted about an 1/8 of an inch, the yellow connectors will pull straight up and out.




Next remove the two phillips head screws from the rear of the steering wheel on the bottom vertical piece of the bezel. Sorry no picture.

Then remove the four T-27 torx screws which hold the bezel to the wheel.




After this the bezel can be removed. There are four plastic tabs holding it in place above and below the EVIC and Cruise Control buttons. Be careful not to force these tabs as they break VERY easily (I found out the hard way)

Once you have the bezel removed, disconnect the two electrical connectors from behind the buttons.



At this point I swapped out the Cruise Control buttons on my bezel with the new one. The silver bezel I bought had the Adaptive Cruise Control buttons, and since I knew that these would not work with my vehicle, I opted not to have two dead buttons on the wheel. The button modules are removed easily with three small torx screws.





After that it's as simple as reversing the process and snapping in the new bezel. I should also note that my original bezel did not have the Uconnect buttons on it, and the new one does. These buttons actually do work as a plug and play add on if you have either a Uconnect module or the RHR nav unit.

All in all a very simple project, and since I truly hated the black bezel, I couldn't be happier with the final product:

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Old 02-17-2012, 07:20 PM
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Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures

Nice job! I was following this on your other thread. I did not know there were black bezels.
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This is awsome, thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:37 PM
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OMG I want to do this!!!! I wish I knew what the part number was though!!
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:45 PM
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Rage,

I would say the most reliable part number I got was the one from the dealer using the VIN of the WK2 on the lot with the silver bezel:

1TE64GFAAB

I couldn't believe that there wasn't a part number on the back of this one!

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Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures

You did a wonderful job taking the photos and writing the descriptions.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:31 AM
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You did a wonderful job taking the photos and writing the descriptions.
+1. Very nice job.
And an added bonus with the plug and play Uconnect buttons
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Glad to see that you had no issues Kris..... Enjoy
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nice post.
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Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures

Now Kris needs to get rid of the manual climate control and get the auto, it will make his dash look 10x better IMO.
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Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures

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Nice job! I was following this on your other thread. I did not know there were black bezels.
I didn't know there were any black bezels, did Jeep change to silver for the 2012 model year ?
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Now Kris needs to get rid of the manual climate control and get the auto, it will make his dash look 10x better IMO.
I still can't believe the (incredibly cheap) look of the standard manual hvac knobs. They look like a complete afterthought or something you could make in your garage to shame you into getting the auto hvac unit. Even the 1972 Dodge Dart controls looked better than those. I'll bet that was some bean counters intention at Chrysler.
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