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Is it possible to fit a newer padded steering wheel from a 73 Beetle or even a later VW on a beetle with the older horn ring type?

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The steering wheels are interchangeable from 1963 to 1971. I'm not really sure if one of the flat padded wheels on the 73 and up Beetle would fit (or why you'd want one...people generally think they are kind of ugly).

If you're looking for a nice wheel for your car, why not buy a leather sports wheel with adapter. You can even get ones with the Wolfsburg emblem on the horn button so it looks factory.

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I have always liked those late flat steering wheels Wayne, I put one on My 1971 type 3 Variant, back in the 70's.
Actually I upgraded everything from a 1973 type 3..
Back then they were in good condition... but most I see these days for sale are cracked etc....
Now I have a nice new wooden steering wheel for My beetle.
and work on My Beetle, is continuing...

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I have the same wheel on my Super Beetle and I love it, all stock for me. My car actually had another steering wheel under the hood when I bought it. I gave it to a guy at a VW show that needed one for his vert.
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Well I have to agree with Wayne on the later Steering wheels being kind of ugly...I much prefer the early style with chrome horn ring. I do believe however the later wheels will not fit early cars due to the depth of the newer hub. May be wrong though...never tried it. There could also be an adapter available as many early cars have the newer aftermarket wheels installed.
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The steering wheels from 74-79 will not fit anything prior. It is not a matter of hub depth, but rather spline diameter. The spline size in the steering column was changed in late 73, so it is possible for you to have the 74-79 spline diameter if you have a 73 that was manufactured very late in the model year. The spline size was changed from large to small I believe (I forgot the exact dimensions). I know a lot of people who think the late model steering wheels were ugly too, although I don't mind them.

Just as a side note, I will buy the original 74-79 steering wheel from anyone who does not want theirs, provided it is this type:

Padded 4 spoke with the horn pad that has silver edges and a "dished" Wolfsburg emblem in the center. I have a few friends who would like them for their VW restorations, and I wouldn't mind having a spare around in case I too need one in the future. If you're interested, please e mail me at BEETLEVH@aol.com. Just make sure you put "VW Steering Wheel" or something in the subject so it doesn't get taken as spam.
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On my 72 super, the wheel looks exactly like the later wheels.........slips right on and off the plines, and then i tried a later one and it was a very tight fit. Were the splines different? Can they be swapped?

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Remember these mis-matches if you want to fit an early wheel (pre72) to a later car to make it look more 'classic': It could kill you.

Early standard Beetles had an energy absorber at the bottom of the column, nearest the gearbox. In a high speed, headon collision, the steering wheel had a bad habit of coming up the column and partial impaling the driver. In later cars, the absorber was moved to the wheel itself and was four times the diameter of the early absorber. Much, much safer.

On the super, it's not such a big deal because of the two U-joints between the wheel and the gearbox. But on a standard...

The newer wheel certainly isn't as pretty. But it is a hell of a lot safer.

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Dear sir Lee Noonan,
Regarding steering wheel.
Could I ask how to disassemble the steering wheel of my VW SuperBeetle'71.
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HI
The 1971 early type steering wheel has a horn button in the center..
this is held in by a clip, and will just pop out with a screwdriver under the edge... You will then see the large nut which holds the steering wheel to the shaft..  Undo the nut and the steering wheel should just pull off...
sometimes they are a bit tight on the shaft if they haven't been off before..
a tap on the end of the shaft with a hammer while pushing the wheel up with Your knees should do the trick...
I hope this helps

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You had better let me know if your steering wheel is one of the later padded safety steering wheels.
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Okay guys, not to beat a dead horse here but I'm confused beyond belief. I have a 72 super with the ugly "newer" model steering wheel. I am restoring this to stock except for a few cosmetic changes. I am removing the dash pad and finishing it to match the older style. I also desperately want to get the more classic horn ring steering wheel installed. Is this even possible without tons of retrofitting? Can I simply remove the entire steering shaft from an older donor bug and use that or will the wheel simply swap? I keep searching for a definitive answer but I end up with conflicting information. I really appreciate any input. The bug I would be parting from would be a 69 standard
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