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Old 11-12-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
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MDX steering wheel

I bought a Prelude steering wheel after reading a few threads on here. After trying to install it, I started measuring and came to the conclusion it does not fit. It sits almost an 1" too far inward and the plastic trim prevents it from being tightened. I could make a spacer but then there would be hardly any spline left and unsafe. To install it properly, the spline needs to cut off and replaced with the longer one off the accord wheel.

the prelude plastic trim sits nearly flush vs the accord which makes over .5" of plastic that is in the way of bolting the wheel on..




Since modifying the prelude wheel defeats the whole purpose of buying it and I still wanted a different steering wheel, I decided to install a nice leather MDX steering that I had laying around(Yes I know this is a '90 and it did not come with airbags and the airbag will not be functional). It sits too far out and has the newer larger spline. After a few measurements, I cut the original MDX spline off and replaced it with the shorter and smaller one of the prelude
wheel.

An idea of how much of a difference ther is betwween the MDX and accord steering wheels


The original MDX spline


I used a cut off wheel to cut the weld, then took a hammer to knock the spline off. The I ground the weld smooth with flap disc



Mocking the spline up, it will be about .25" out further than the accord wheel



Prelude spine welded up front and rear.



Almost identical, basically just the difference in thickness of leather vs plastic


The rear trim mount points and spoke ends were ground down to make more wheel to column trim clearance


The newer columns use a bolt instead of a nut/stud combo. The accord column leaves very little space between column and rear of airbag. I had to cut the bracket to clear.


wired up to the accord slip ring


All finished
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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WOW, I am very impressed with the craftsmanship and those welds. Good job in getting it to work, I'm sure now no wheel cannot be made to fit now.

cant wait to see what other ingenious things you come up with
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:33 PM   #4
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Very nice job bro.

Looks great!
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:33 PM   #5
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100 points since I wanted to do this but with a 03-07 accord streeing wheel
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:08 PM   #6
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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dude that looks freaken sweet.
good job
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:14 PM   #8
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Thats flippin amazing should be moved to the Stickys on the DIY side! Nice job! Rep Points for you sir! Whats that green CB in the backround? is that yours?
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:16 PM   #9
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:39 PM   #10
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nice work, great welding!
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:03 PM   #11
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Does the airbag and cruise control switches still work?
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:06 PM   #12
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great work!

OT: does your volume switch on the steering wheel works?!

i have the 6 Disk changer and i want to get the switch and make it work but not sure how.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:03 AM   #13
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Yes the cruise switches and horn work.

No the volume control is not wired up yet. I need to add a contact in the slip ring to make it work. I have the cruise switches already wired to control the radio when the cruise control is not turned on.

The airbag does not work since my car never came with airbags and I am never go to add control module or sensors

The green car in the background is daily that has been down for a while, 2002 CRV. See more of it herehttp://www.streetsource.com/forum/to...=106624&Page=1

Those weld really aren't that great, the prelude spline outer diameter was about .125" smaller than the mdx and had a gap to filled. It was a quick get it done free weld from a really good welder. You can see what he can do in above link
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:49 AM   #14
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That looks awesome man, great job!
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:58 PM   #15
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wow, that's a lot of work for a steering wheel but mad props! haha those welds look fantastic.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:24 AM   #16
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beautiful. Great work man!

Is the bimmer yours? I've got an E30 in my garage. The accord is just my daily driver. The e30 is my toy. I'm a Bimmer-Addict to the bone.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:21 AM   #17
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great job on fitting the wheel, now when you get the volume working youll be the man in my books!
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:51 PM   #18
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I love this, it's so clean.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:47 PM   #19
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the mdx wheel matches the palmy grey interior! NICE!
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:38 PM   #20
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I saw a post somewhere where they took an entire column from a cd5 and installed it in a cb7. Not sure what the purpose was how ever. I want something similar to this but with out the welding and such. I dont have the funds. But Im not afraid to swap the column if thats what I need ...
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