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Paint steering wheel trim panels on 14-15 tundra

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by 15TRDPro, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. Jun 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM
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    15TRDPro

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    this is my first DIY so here we go. If you want to paint or wrap, this is how you remove the trim panels on a 14-15 steering wheel. You'll need a T30 torx, pry tool and Philips screw driver.
    First step is to disconnect the negative battery terminal (10 MM socket)
    On bothe sides of the steering wheel there are 2 small access panels that need to be removed to get to the T30 torx.
    Using a pry tool, pry off those two panels. You'll see a single T30 on each side.
    Remove these, they hold the airbag in.
    Pull straight out on the airbag and set it on top of the steering wheel.
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    just reverse the steps to put it back together.
     
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  2. Jun 8, 2015 at 11:54 AM
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    Well done! Very nifty.
     
  3. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:10 PM
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    Nice. You should enter this in the unique mod contest! Ill add this to the DIY list.

    Edit: added.
     
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  4. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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    How do you get off the AC rings to paint those? Also, which paint are you using and how many layers?
     
  5. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:25 PM
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    the long panel above the glove box is clipped in as is the one to the left of the steering wheel. The ones on the left and right of the nav are a bit more challenging. radio has to be removed and most of the dash to remove the surround around the nav, they are screwed in from the back. took me about an hour to pull most of the dash apart. I used dupli color bed armor spray. I like it because it's textured and I know it will last forever. I put 4 light coats on.
     
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  6. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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    thanks, I had a lot of trial and error when I was modding my 06 Tacoma x-runner.
     
  7. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:36 PM
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    Good work with the description of pulling it apart.
     
  8. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:37 PM
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    Now the question is, did you pull apart the TRD shift knob or just tape up the leather?
     
  9. Jun 8, 2015 at 12:56 PM
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    didn't see any reason to pull it apart, I just removed it and taped it off.
     
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    Too much work. Im out.
     
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    Jeremy do you know how to remove and replace the actual steering wheel. I am wanting to replace my stock leather wrapped wheel with one that includes wood grain grips. The place I am looking to purchase from uses genuine OEM Toyota wheel and adds the woodgrain or carbon fiber grips to it and you install yourself and send them back your old wheel in exchange. You use your existing airbag and electrical wheel controls and just swap out the actual steering wheel. They indicate its easy to do yourself and say it can be done in about 30 mins. Problem is I can't find anything to show me how to replace the wheel 2014+ Tundra's. Closest thing I have found is your thread so thought you might know since the instructions you provided would at least be the first few steps in actually removing the steering wheel itself. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
     
  13. Jul 28, 2016 at 3:49 PM
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    Sorry, I didn't really pay much attention to removing the whole wheel. You might try a dealership, ask if they will print you out a schematic for removing the wheel.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2016 at 6:21 PM
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    Looks good! I may actually try doing this!
     
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    Good work!!
    Can't tell by the pic but it looks like the badge is shot as well. Did you remove or shoot the whole airbag?
    Thx
     
  16. Apr 2, 2017 at 10:41 AM
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    Thanks for the write up. This is in my to do list eventually.
     
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    I was just talking about this today as well. Great mod.
     
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    I removed the Toyota emblem with a trim tool and painted it.
     
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    Man gonna try this with Vinyl. Thanks for the great write up!!
     
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    http://www.tundratalk.net/forums/tu...ering-wheel-swap-2.html#/topics/120845?page=2

    Follow this staring at post #18. You can rent a steering wheel puller to make it easier. Make sure you dont thread the two holes on the side of the center nut too deep or it will crack the clock spring. (Ask me how i know). I replaced mine with a tacoma one.
     
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    Thanks for the info on this mod - I followed it to the letter and easily pull off the panels on my steering wheel for painting. Simple process!
     
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    Nice work on the trim pant, I'm in the process of "de-chroming" my interior as well. I am really interested in how you removed the steering wheel emblem on the airbag. Do you have pics of how you did it or any tips?
     
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    You forgot the rings inside the cluster gauge :gossip:

    But seriously, awesome job. I will be doing this here real soon and this helps a lot. I am just trying to figure out what color I want the light gray and chrome trim to be.

    I think I want to match the other dark gray trim as close as I can. I already have cans of Duplicolor in Toyota MGM for the hood bulge and surround. I am thinking that with a matte clear might be good. But I also have black trim paint...

    Might do both somehow :notsure:

    Edit: Also, is there a secret to how you did the volume button? Does it come off with the whole steering wheel trim?
     
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    How is this holding up?
     
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    I wouldn't do textured like that. Use SEM trim paint 39143. Check out @2020Platinum and how he did his. He also has videos on the removal process. :thumbsup:
     
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    I'll check them out

    I used 2020s video for removing it a few weeks ago, but I already got a small chip in my Plastidip.

    I'll probably do paint next time. At least I'm comfortable taking it apart now.
     
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