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post #1 of 47 Old 03-22-2014, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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AMG shift paddles

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post #2 of 47 Old 03-22-2014, 06:46 AM
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those things functional?
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mebbe they are....he's almost out of fuel from driving it too much. :P
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Do you have a write up for the installation? This would be awesome!
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Yes, they work just fine. I uploaded the pics of the installation to my gallery and I will do the write up when i get the time.
The easy parts:
The AMG paddles are easy to get, fit perfect and have a great haptic feeling
The steering coil has three pins empty (Guess what? You need three ! )\
The wiring is awfully simple- a common wire goes to both paddles. The paddles just are normally open push switches. The car wiring is Brown=Common, Yellow=Down, Orange=Up. The paddles have one black and one yellow wire each. Connect both black to common, one yellow to yellow and the other yellow to orange. Even the AMG wire crimp terminals fit perfectly. Just push them into the steering coil plug and your done.
The hard part:
The steering wheel is an aluminum frame covered with PU foam. The frame is already prepared to accept the paddles, with the bolt hole and all. But the AMG paddles, even being the thinnest, are to deep for the foam layer and you will have to spend half an hour with the dremel, eating out 1/8 inch on the frame (which is 1/2 inch thick) to make the paddle sit flush.
Other than the dremel issue, it is really simple.
I have a friend who used the Audi A6 square paddles. They are smaller and black, the + and - are illuminated and require less dremelling. But the LED is red, and the click is nos as good as the AMG.
You also can use the Mercedes paddles that are identical to the AMG ones but black color. They are more difficult to find and expensier.
Another guy just replaced the steering wheel with the new Fusion wheel, that comes with the paddles in, and is plug and play.
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Now that is just plain awesome.

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You don't have to do any wiring up to the wheel? Its all their including the programing for this to work? Please explain further.

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post #8 of 47 Old 03-22-2014, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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No programming required.
The wires for the horn, airbag, switches, etc. end together in a black connector beneath the airbag. This connector has three empty pins for the paddles. Here you can see them taken by my wires yellow - black-yellow From there it uses the existing steering wheel coil circuit. At the other side of the coil, beside the left stalk, there is a grey connector that also has three empty pins. Here taken by my wires red-red/black-red. You plug your three wires there, and pass them very easily 15 inches away to the shift lever area without having to disassembly anything.
Pull out with your hands the shifter shroud. There you have three wires going to the shift knob: brown, orange and yellow. Make a "Y" connection off the brown to the black wire of the paddles, the orange wire to the yellow of the up paddle and the yellow wire to the yellow of the down paddle. It just works...
The tools you need are:
A flat screwdriver to release the tabs of the steering shroud and to release the airbag.
A 24 mm wrench for the steering wheel bolt.
An exacto knife for the PU foam.
A drill to pass the wires through the wheel frame.
A dremel (see previous post).
For the wires and crimped terminals from the coil to the gear shifter, I just bought off the internet a wire set used to connect the cruise control switch in the focus/escape/kuga for $4 so I didn't have to mess with it.Just tap them into the shifter wires.
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post #9 of 47 Old 03-22-2014, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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The wiring part, a monkey can do it.
To fit the paddles so they look just like original equipment, it requires a certain patience and care. A monkey can do this also, but it would look like a mess...
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Very cool. More importantly, how can I get Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control on my Escape!?!?

Oh yeah, not buy one in the US... lame.


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