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KrisRM70 02-17-2012 05:21 PM

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:

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5378.jpg


And the new one:

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5379.jpg

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.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5383.jpg

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5384.jpg

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.


http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5388.jpg

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.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5390.jpg


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.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5392.jpg

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.

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5396.jpg

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5397.jpg

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:

http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l5...p/IMG_5400.jpg

Brewster 02-17-2012 07:20 PM

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.

Dabitz 02-17-2012 08:53 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
This is awsome, thanks for sharing.

RageOfFury 02-17-2012 10:37 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
OMG I want to do this!!!! I wish I knew what the part number was though!! :(

KrisRM70 02-17-2012 10:45 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
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!

Also, PM inbound.

AAAA 02-18-2012 12:43 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
You did a wonderful job taking the photos and writing the descriptions.

Eric67 02-19-2012 05:31 AM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AAAA (Post 576428)
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 :thumbsup:

Jeep_addicted 02-21-2012 09:13 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
Glad to see that you had no issues Kris..... Enjoy

jwinger 03-07-2012 01:00 AM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
nice post.

gc4x4 08-10-2012 12:49 PM

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.:thumbsup:

gajim 08-10-2012 02:17 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Brewster (Post 576070)
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 ?

BobsWK2 08-10-2012 06:53 PM

Re: Steering wheel bezel replacement with pictures
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gc4x4 (Post 668594)
Now Kris needs to get rid of the manual climate control and get the auto, it will make his dash look 10x better IMO.:thumbsup:

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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