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Old February 23rd, 2004, 10:40 PM   #1
 
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radio and cruise control unit on steering wheel

i was wondering if the control units on the streer wheels like up? i have an ex and i haven't driven at night for awhile in my car and i'm not sure if the buttons are suppose to light up? it just seems awfully dark for some reason but it could be just me hahaha
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the one on the steering wheel? i dont think so ... or else i'll be changeing it to blue. lol
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Old February 24th, 2004, 05:19 PM   #3
 
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No, they don't light up...not sure why they don't?! Would have been a nice feature
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Old February 24th, 2004, 06:17 PM   #4
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I think the 2005's are supposed to have lit steering wheel controls.

I would very much like them myself, but my guess is that it would require a new wiring harness, not just the switches, in order to retrofit them to an earlier gen 7.
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I think the 2005's are supposed to have lit steering wheel controls.

I would very much like them myself, but my guess is that it would require a new wiring harness, not just the switches, in order to retrofit them to an earlier gen 7.
They should have had them from the get go IMO .

And I don't think it will need a new wire harness. The new switches should be able to draw power from the same wires for the little lights inside of them. The wiring for the window switch on the 6th gen stayed the same when Honda added a light up driver window switch.



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Old February 25th, 2004, 07:19 AM   #6
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They should have had them from the get go IMO .
I agree. That would have been a nice touch.



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And I don't think it will need a new wire harness. The new switches should be able to draw power from the same wires for the little lights inside of them.
We'll see.

Yes, they can probably draw power from an existing wire in there somewhere, but I was thinking more along the lines of them being able to be controlled by the light switch and dimmer....... that's where the difference may lie.
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Old February 26th, 2004, 02:01 AM   #7
 
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We'll see.

Yes, they can probably draw power from an existing wire in there somewhere, but I was thinking more along the lines of them being able to be controlled by the light switch and dimmer....... that's where the difference may lie.
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Then they would possibly have to change the wiring for it to work. The current wires might already be setup for that but I doubt it. If they use different wires then the new wires should at least be able to fit onto the 03-04 steering wheel.

I hate when car companies add all the good little touches to the later models of the same gen .



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Old February 26th, 2004, 12:39 PM   #8
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If they use different wires then the new wires should at least be able to fit onto the 03-04 steering wheel.
Maybe, I just don't look forward to running new wires up my steering column...... sounds like a female dog, plus the airbag complicates it some.

I ran a new wiper harness thru the column on my wife's old Celica, and it was no fun. Had to take all the individual wires out of the molex connector in order to snake them up thru there. Major pita.

Oh well. We'll see. I'd really like lit controls. Looks sweet, imo, and it would eliminate some of the confusion on which buttons do what. That wouldn't be a problem if this was the only car I drove with steering wheel controls, but I drive the wifey's Bonneville quite often, and the buttons are totally different (location vs. function wise). After driving her car for a day, I'll get in mine and press the wrong button for a little while, because I won't be thinking about it.
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