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240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel

Parts needed.
240 turbo style steering wheel.
Mounting bracket for turn signal and wiper switches. This is the aluminum bracket under the steering wheel. The reason why you need it is because the horn contacts are at different heights on the airbag version of the bracket so the older horn contact rings are at different position compared to the newer one.

I have a 1993 240 classic wagon. The airbag cover is splitting open. The steering wheel itself has separated from the core inside. It has been annoying for the last few years. So this weekend I got rid of it. First disconnect the battery. Remove drivers seat. Remove carpet under seat and you'll see the air bag controller and backup power supply. Disconnect and remove both units.

Now remove airbag from the steering wheel. T30 torx. Remove knee bolster. Next remove steering wheel. Remove column covers.
Now remove and let hang the wiper switch and turn signal switch. Disconnect ground wire from the mounting bracket for the two switches. It's on the back at the top of the bracket. Remove two side fasteners and pull bracket outward slightly. Disconnect airbag orange wire from the harness in the dash. Now remove bracket from steering column. Don't lose the spring for the steering wheel. Now install the non airbag bracket. Be careful with the ground wire for the horn contact. Support it from behind when you push the connector on. Slide the bracket into place making sure to position it correctly with the ground contact at the top. Remount the switches. Install steering wheel.

Last item is to remove the dash cluster and take out the SRS light. Install steering column covers after reinstalling the cluster and you're done.

So much nicer to drive with that turbo wheel on there. Ahhhh.
Any suggestions or corrections? They are appreciated.

Don't try to school me about how bad it is to remove the airbag. That would fall on deaf ears and I don't want that clutter in my thread. Thank you.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
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10-01-2011 11:48 AM
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RE: 240 airbad steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
Good stuff, thanks for the write up.

It will prove useful in the future for many!

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http://brickspeed.net/forum/showthread.p...0#pid33640

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10-01-2011 08:22 PM
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RE: 240 airbad steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
I need to do this on mine. The airbag seems to be disconnected by a previous owner (no SRS light comes on, and the wires are not there). I have an 89 wheel for it, but I haven't actually tried installing it. The airbag wheel is also falling apart, with black foam coming off onto my hands when I drive it.
10-01-2011 11:55 PM
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RE: 240 airbad steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
An 89 wheel may directly fit as that is the wheel they use as the basis for the airbag steering wheel. I'm not sure though. I like the older steering wheel better and the bracket for the column switches is easy to remove and install. The steering wheel I used is on the 240 turbos and 85-88 240 series so changing the bracket is a must.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
10-02-2011 07:19 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
yep, gotta change the alum. bracket. Then any 240 St wheel from 1978-1988 (14.5" diamter) will fit. I have 78 242GT WHEEL ON MY 91 244. ONE OF THE BEST & EASIEST MODS I'VE DONE TO IT.

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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
Hi Smokey how are you? I have the 242gt center on the steering wheel in my 82 turbo. The centers interchange on the turbo wheel, GLT, 85-88 Volvo nameplate, and 242GT steering wheels.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
11-26-2011 01:20 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
Yep all the 14.5" diameter steering wheels will accept the different centers used from 78-88. My 91 had AB wheel & was too large to exit/enter the car comfortbly for me. I did a mod to my GT center's "GT". Mine now is lack & says "R".

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11-27-2011 10:06 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
If anyone wants to get rid of just the aluminum turn signal/wiper mount from an airbag car message me please.

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11-27-2011 10:11 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
I have a friend who likes the airbag stuff and keeps his cars stock. So, he got all the airbag parts from my car.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
11-27-2011 10:24 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
BTW: 1984 GL's and Turbos also had the smaller wheel with the "Volvo" badge. There's also the Bertone crown badge horn pad that was used on the 262C cars... 1981 had both Turbo and GLT, as did part of 1982, before Volvo switched to the bus wheel for all cars for about 10 months or so. Late '82 and early '83 cars all used the 15" wheel with the two horn buttons. Also, the 14.5" Volvo leather wrapped wheel also uses the same center hub section, so it can accept either the leather covered horn pad or the other pads as well. I ran a leather wrapped accessory wheel in my '83 245T for a while.

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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
So there is two different diameters of the 2 button horn wheel?
I like the turbo wheel but blocks line of sight at the top part of the speedo.
11-28-2011 04:01 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
(10-01-2011 11:48 AM)dl242gt Wrote:  Don't try to school me about how bad it is to remove the airbag. That would fall on deaf ears and I don't want that clutter in my thread. Thank you.
I'm not going to rant on about how bad this is, because I'm of the opinion that airbags are bad and should not be used. I also think this is an awesome, cheap mod to remove those pesky 'bags from later 240s. Smile

...that being said, it should be posted here as general info [for others who may find this article from the interwebz] that Federal law statutorily prohibits any manufacturer, dealer or business from making safety equipment inoperative, and that to do this "legally" should require you to write a letter to the NHTSA first, and when they grant you authorization to disable these safety systems then you can have it done at a shop. (If you do it yourself, you don't need their authorization)

http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/rulings/...r.n21.html

http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/adaptive...op.fr.html

All of the federal bullcrap aside, you might want to anonymously ask your insurance company about this. Should you get into an accident and it becomes known that you had disabled/removed factory installed safety systems, your claims might not be covered and you might be liable for any injuries you (and/or your passengers) sustain.
11-28-2011 05:55 PM
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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
Thanks Justin for the further information about the federal aspect of removing the air bag. I've been wanting to drive my car with a nice turbo steering wheel for a long time. I figured since this is an early air bag system of the type that would probably kill my five foot tall mother if it went off. Plus the system is going on 20 years old and the cover on the airbag itself is cracking and splitting and I'm not going to buy a new airbag. Thus I felt no compunction about removing it.

I don't have any kind of air bag discount on my auto insurance that I know of and those people raised my rates 25% last year. So, I don't want to know or really care what they think. I guess that's what you get when you are a over 20 year customer and haven't had any at fault anything the whole time I've been a customer.

Oh, and I swapped out the turbo center cover for a 242GT one I had. Now it's a 1993 GT wagon. Smile

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
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(11-28-2011 06:37 PM)dl242gt Wrote:  I don't have any kind of air bag discount on my auto insurance that I know of and those people raised my rates 25% last year. So, I don't want to know or really care what they think. I guess that's what you get when you are a over 20 year customer and haven't had any at fault anything the whole time I've been a customer.
Farmers? Sounds like something they'd do. Facepalm

They did something similar to me back in the 90s; tripled my rates without cause, justification, nor explanation. I was in good standings too. I jumped ship to Progressive and was with them happily until a year ago, when I went to State Farm. What it cost me to have liability on my 3 cars through Progressive, SF now has me with full coverage, better coverage, for less.

I don't have any kind of airbag discounts either, but I remember when that was being done back in the early 90s.

Good call on the GT horn pad Dave! Smile
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@Luke, no, only one size. Big. The only small two button wheels that Volvo sold for the 240 are the Momo-made R-sport wheels.

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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
Oh, and I swapped out the turbo center cover for a 242GT one I had. Now it's a 1993 GT wagon.

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I removed the faded orange/red GT emblem from my GT wheel's center pad. I made a black one, added an R lapel pin. Also laced on a IPD/Wheelskins geniune leather wheel cover. Also added another R pin to passenger side far right lower dash/vent trim corner piece. Now I have a 1991 244 R


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RE: 240 airbag steering wheel removal and upgrade to 240 turbo steering wheel
Looks great Mike! This wheel I put on the wagon came from one of the turbos I parted out. I think it was the 84 244ti. This one has a very soft cushy covering as compared to the turbo wheel that came on my 82 turbo. That one has a firm covering that would benefit from a nice wheelskins cover like you used.

Justin the insurance company is actually a not for profit named New Jersey Manufacturers. They give out preferred rates and a yearly refund of the unused funds. But you can bet my dividend as they like to call it did not get larger with the higher rates. It used to be 15% of your premium. Now it's 5%. To get in you have to join their club called The NJ Business and Industry Association to be able to get their insurance with the preferred rate. A couple of my former employers were members.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
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Mine has the foamy/cushy wheel rim under the leather cover. I had several of the wheels and seems some are 'softer" than others, I suppose due to aging a little different. The leather cover makes the rim a larger diameter, and makes for better grip for me. Really is an improvement IMO

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(12-02-2011 06:41 PM)smokeyfan1000 Wrote:  The leather cover makes the rim a larger diameter, and makes for better grip for me. Really is an improvement IMO
Agreed.

There was one of those Wheelskins covers in my last 745T when I bought it, really made driving the car a lot more enjoyable. So much so, that I just recently installed one onto the 945T I'm driving now. The thickness of the wheel now is comparable to my Momo wheels in thickness, and leather is much nicer to grip compared to whatever rubber compound those Volvo wheels are molded out of. I highly recommend the Wheelskins covers.
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When the 14.5" wheels are new, the covering is quite hard and is textured. As they get older and worn, they get squishy, and begin developing cracks at the spokes. Some also have a hole at the bottom center on the rear side where the foam was likely injected into the mold and a piece remained in the mold, instead of sticking to the wheel.

I also have a suspicion that the horn pad used on the late 1976-78 240 15" wheels will fit the 14.5" wheels.

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All of the turbo wheels I have, have that little circle at the bottom of the wheel from the mold injection. I know what you mean about the wheel getting old and squishy but that is not the case. There aren't any cracks or splits. It is in fine condition. This is a softer wheel that I guess started being used on the later cars. Either that or I'm lucky and got a wheel that just happened to be softer.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
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Lucky. I've had wheels from 1988 that were hard, and wheels from 1981 that were soft.

Also, the later wheels usually have a bump where the hole is on the back.

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I still need to do this...
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Does anyone know where to find this bracket for the horn? Few junkyards in the area, and fewer 240s.
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Try ebay and post in wanted here and turbobricks. It's a very common part. All non airbag cars used this bracket from about 1975 to 1988. Contact the ebay parts sellers about buying it. I used one from an early 80s car in my 1993.

1982 242 turbo. MVP coilover front and rear suspension. Bilstein HD. IPD 25/25 bars. 3" MVP exhaust. Cosworth Sierra hot side T3 .48 with upgraded stock .42 compressor. Ported 90+.True Track diff. Flat hood, 1979 front grill, 2 screw Hella Ecode park/turn lights with H4 Hella headlights. 321k miles.

1993 Classic Edition wagon 5spd 341k miles.
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