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Funny how small improvements can provide big satisfaction. My 185K mile leather stock wheel has lost most of the finish especially across the top, I guess due to whatever caustic ooze that perspires from my paws. It was getting to be annoying when we have wet weather because I would end up with black stuff on my hands (the picture doesn't show the wear that clearly) Problem solved with my upscale new driving apparatus. Lets see who knows what it came off. I got it for $25, and am feeling pretty smug about it

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2.5 Legacy...Limited Edition.
Looks very nice actually.

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Correct sir ! Thanks, feels good too. Now I guess I need a wood shifter knob to go with it.

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Truthfully it would tie in very nicely with the steering wheel. To much wood grain will ruin it though. I do have a question? Do you still have a functioning air bag with that?

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Yeah, the MOMO center is still intact. You just have to be careful with the "clockspring" when you change out wheels. They are difficult to pull, but it's only been 16 months or so since I did the swap, and the WRX wheel came off without much effort.



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Won't match it's more of a lighter red. Well I can say that the current steering wheel in my car is 100x worse than yours was. I need to replace it, but the fear of the bag going off is what bothers me.

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^^ I'm still sitting here in awe at how you guessed that so fast....

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Won't match it's more of a lighter red. Well I can say that the current steering wheel in my car is 100x worse than yours was. I need to replace it, but the fear of the bag going off is what bothers me.
Just disconnect the battery first, loosen the two little torx screws on the sides (they don't come out) and the bag/horn pops off of four plastic pins. Two electrical plugs, one for the cruise, one for the air bag, one 17mm nut holds the wheel on. Then you just want to make sure the plastic wheel that the clockspring is in doesn't rotate when the old wheel is removed. Everything just goes back the way you found it. Piece of cake

Finding a wood knob that matches will be the hard part !!




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^^ I'm still sitting here in awe at how you guessed that so fast....

Wood knob.... funny
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On a serious note I pretty sure it's from like a 99-01 model year if memory serves me right, it's also a JDM model.

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Just disconnect the battery first, loosen the two little torx screws on the sides (they don't come out) and the bag/horn pops off of four plastic pins. Two electrical plugs, one for the cruise, one for the air bag, one 17mm nut holds the wheel on. Then you just want to make sure the plastic wheel that the clockspring is in doesn't rotate when the old wheel is removed. Everything just goes back the way you found it. Piece of cake

Finding a wood knob that matches will be the hard part !!




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Thanks for the tip. If you read about a guy in Ohio that was killed when his air bag deployed then you know who it was...
Oh and this guy custom makes them:
hard wooden knob lol

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It was just a run of the mill '03 legacy/outback limited USDM.

BTW, airbags only maim and disfigure, very rarely causing death.......you should be fine

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Oooh! Dibs on the Tiki one!

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Got a cheap E-bay shift knob today. It'll do until I find a real one that matches better

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Re-stain it and be a carpentar.

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I don't think I can sand and stain plastic

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