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- There really isn't much here because the VAQ was more of an
afterthought than anything. But this should be enough info for you
DSM'rs who think Home Depot is an auto parts store.
All right, onto the meat and spuds.
The lower panel of the column is easy to remove - especially with the wheel off. Inside there is some white plastic in the lower RH corner that, if you fiddle around a bit, will accept the cruise lever from the factory wheel. It will have to go in at a bit of an angle, CCW from horizontal.
you have it fitted up, you will need to drill a couple holes that match
the top and LH tab on the cruise lever. The lower tab will need to be
removed. Drill and mount the lever with a couple screws/bolts/zip
ties/etc. The hole sizes you drill will depend on the mounting
equipment you use.
Be careful drilling the white plastic - it's quite brittle!
now hold the lower cover up and fiddle around with it to get a good
idea where you are going to cut your hole. Then take measurements for
how far back and down the lever is, and how big the lever itself is.
Transfer these to the lower plastic using tape/marker/fat
crayon/whatever. How you cut your hole is up to you, but I used a
dremel with a metal saw blade, a flat file with teeth on the edges, a
combo rasp/bastard file for major plastic removal, and a couple sizes
Wasn't that fun?
Connect the wiring harness to the lever (again, you decide how - I used vamp clips) and reinstall the cover.
she is in all her glory. I filed the top and bottom of the hole round
to match the existing hole for the w/w stalk (sorry about the glare).
It's a little different reaching for it at first, but you get used to it.
The only bad thing about this mod is there is no going back on the plastic - it's got a hole forever. So if you go back to the stock wheel, you'll need to buy a new lower cover. Or, if you do a good enough job, just leave it and no one will know any better. Heh.