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Hey guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today, we're taking a quick look at and, of course, installing the MMD GTX Steering Wheel in the Leather and Suede finish, available for the '15 to '17 S550 Mustang. You should be checking this out if you're looking for a race-inspired steering wheel, one to really spice up the interior appearance of your vehicle, but also to give you a more pleasurable driving experience, while also retaining all the factory steering wheel functionality. Now what I mean by that is this is a race-inspired steering wheel, which I'll get to in a second, but you have all the factory buttons will transfer over and you're using the factory airbag so it even remains street legal, perfect for on and off-road use at the track. Now as far as the leather and suede mix, the suede portion is basically the entire steering wheel where you typically would hold it and it comes all the way down to a smooth matte black leather finish at the bottom. You also have the red racing stripe at the top here, which is leather and red stitching all the way on the inside for a really nice accent color. Now the bottom of the steering wheel is also a little bit of a flat-bottom steering wheel. Your factory one is round all the way around. But this guy cuts off a little bit at the bottom, which definitely gives it that race looking field.Now as far as the bolstering goes on the steering wheel, it's pretty much the same bolstering as your factory one with just a little bit of tweaking. The 10 and 2 position is all the same with the bump in the middle here, but the 9 and 3 position, typically where you have your pedal shifters, has a little bit more of an angular feel here. It's a little bit more bolstered around this, where your thumbs would sit. So that, I personally do like but it's not too over the top. Now sometimes you get an aftermarket steering wheel that has a metal plate in the middle, that deletes your airbag, and it's got all this crazy bolstering around, wrapped in some crazy, really sticking out like a sore thumb kind of suede. This really blends in really nicely, almost like the GT350R steering wheel that has the Alcantara suede and the stripe at the top, very similar but still retains a lot of the factory feel. This guy also has a matching twin, that instead of the suede is all perforated leather. Now it's a little bit different than your factory one, different enough to justify picking up a new steering wheel, but it's not so different that it's a change-up in materials. So if you're not really a fan of the suede here, you might wanna look into the GTX from MMD that's also just full leather.Now either way, whichever way you go, it comes in right around 300 bucks. It's gonna retain all the factory components, like I said, so you'll be transferring over all those to your new steering wheel. And the install, I'm gonna give two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now as far as difficulty, you can tackle this, and I'd say 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish, depending on your experience and what tools you have on deck. Certain tools will make life a whole lot easier for the install, and I'll show you what I mean in just a little bit here. Now if you're a first-timer and you don't have all the specialty tools, it might take you an hour, maybe two from start to finish, and I'm gonna take you through the entire install. We'll start in the vehicle. I'll show you how to disassemble your factory wheel, transfer of all the components, and then come back into the vehicle for the install. So what do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun, 15/16 socket, a ratchet, 10-millimeter deep socket, extension, T20 Torx bit, the rest of these are recommended, a pick hook, needle-nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, panel removal tool, and a small Allen key, along with a hammer. All right, the first step here is absolutely crucial. Pop your hood, and we have to disconnect the negative terminal on our battery underneath this cover. Now you may have a couple of push pins here you have to remove, ours are already off, so I'm just gonna pull this guy and set it aside. So we're gonna disconnect the negative terminal on our battery here. Now you wanna do this because you don't wanna risk your airbag going off. And by disconnecting your negative terminal here, it disconnects the power from the airbag. Grab your 10 socket and your ratchet, loosen up this bolt here. You don't have to take it completely off, just loosen it up enough that you can wiggle this guy up. Pull this guy off and set it aside. You don't want it to come back and touch the terminal, so youwanna make sure that it's completely away from the metal.All right, once you have your battery disconnected, we have to pop the airbag portion off the steering wheel to access all the components inside. Now to do that, I recommend grabbing an Allen key. Now in the instructions, it recommends a pick, an Allen key, or a screwdriver. I find the Allen key to be the perfect tool. All you have to do is go to the side hole on the side of the steering wheel here, you're going to slip the Allen key straight in, and you're gonna feel a little pin. There's a little bit of a resistance. While you're pushing with the Allen key pull back on that corner of the steering wheel airbag, and it'll pop out just like that. Do the same thing on the other side and the airbag will pull straight back. All right, so both sides pop, just gonna wiggle it and pull it straight off. Now, I wanna disconnect the back of the airbag here and then I'll show you guys how that pin mechanism works because there can be a lot of trial and error and frustration depending on the tool you're using, so I wanna give you guys an idea what that looks on the inside. But to do that, let's get this out of the way. I am actually gonna switch over to a little pick here because we gotta lift up these orange locking tabs on the pins. All right, so these two guys are basically the connectors. The orange is a locking tab, lift up on that, and you should be able to pick that up and disconnect it. All right, that's your airbag. And then there's this one more connector, same kind of deal. Just a red locking tab. I'm gonna push out on that, pinch and disconnect. All right, set the airbag aside. And now I wanna show you guys how we disconnected that airbag with the components on the inside.All right, now I just wanna quickly show you guys how we disconnected the airbag because it can be pretty frustrating. So I'm using this pick to point. This pin here is the retainer pin that holds the airbag in place. The airbag clips in right around here. Now to release the airbag, you're putting your Allen key into the side hole. And when you go straight in, you'll see the Allen key hit the corner of this pin. When you push, it releases the airbag. That's what you're doing on the inside when you put the Allen key on the side here. So that's what you wanna aim for, go straight in, and push. Now you might slip past it just like that. So you just gotta keep going right in and if you slip past it, come back and push. You'll feel the resistance. It's a really tight pin. All right, so that's how you do that. And now at this point, we can move forward, disconnecting our next harness.All right, Next up, we're going to disconnect this harness in the back. and again, I find the pick to be really, really helpful here just because it's hard to get your fingers in there. So I'm gonna use this pick to push down on the tab at the top of that harness, while I pull straight back and disconnect that. We just have to take off the bolt next that's right in the dead center of the steering wheel, that way we can disconnect it. Grab your 15/16 socket. I'm gonna use my impact gun here and I'm just gonna get that guy off. All right, with that off, wanna put that in our cup holder, pull straight back, feed the wiring harnesses through and set your steering wheel aside.All right, next up we're on the table, still working on the uninstall. We have to remove some of the components from our factory steering wheel. We're gonna transfer over all of our buttons and the trim all the way on to our new MMD option. Now, in order to do that, we need a T20 Torx bit, and you'll see that there's a bunch of little screws in there, Torx bit screws. You have to get those guys off, which disconnects the buttons in the trim, and then we have to transfer over the pins that will retain the airbag and these little rubber knobs that click in as well. So grab a T20. I'm gonna use my impact gun and my extension, and I'm just gonna start working off all these bolts. Now it's worth noting here that they are all generally the same. They're all T20s. But the silver ones or the chrome ones are at the top here, top two, and the rest of them at the bottom are all the black ones. So I like to just keep in mind exactly where the factory things were just to, you know, replicate that on our new one. So I'm just gonna flip this guy over so the screws come out. Next up, I'm gonna use my panel removal tool here to just pop off the trim pieces. Just gonna go underneath, pry up and disconnect. All right, now, remember, a lot of these buttons will have little connectors, so when you pop them off, just pinch and disconnect any connectors on the back. All right, now, for the rest of the buttons here on the sides, there are a couple more of those T20 Torx screws, so I'm just gonna get those out of the way. All right, so that guy disconnected.All right, so next up, we actually have to take the backing off. Now in order to do that, there are three T20 screws up at the top underneath of the metal plate. So grab your extension again, go straight back there. All right, I'm gonna flip it over and dump those screws out. All right, so we flip it over, we're just basically gonna peel off these backing pieces. All right, next up, we gotta remove these blue little rubber retainers, grab your needle-nose pliers. You're just basically gonna pinch it from the bottom and pull it straight back. All right, once these blue guys come off, this plate will come off as well. We're gonna set that down. All right, next up, we gotta get those pins out. So I'm gonna use this pick, a flathead screwdriver works as well. Basically, just gonna pry up and pull straight up on them. Next up, basically taking the wiring harness off. It's a really good idea to take a picture of where it's laid out before you remove it, that way you can see exactly how these guys go. You can see these two come underneath, these guys go around, and then this guy's coming through the middle. Gonna lift up, take it off.First up for the install assembly portion on the table here is we have our steering wheel. I'm gonna start with the pins. Now the pins can be a little tricky. You gotta insert them basically into the same location that they were on the factory one on our new aftermarket one. And again, you gotta put pressure and kind of, like, pinch the pins in together and guide them into position. You might want to use a pick for this as well. All right, getting the pin in here is pretty tricky. Once you get the first part in, you're basically pinching it together, and getting it to seat inside this hole. I'm gonna push it down. Now again, you have to pinch from the bottom to get it to seat through. All right, so you can use your pliers to do that. From here, we're gonna flip it over. And while supporting the top of it from underneath now, I'm basically trying to push the pins down into position. You can tap on that with your pliers. Once you have that seated all the way through, you can flip it again, and you can see the little pin starting to come through here. Now, all we have to do is get the top to seat. To do that, you wanna grab a flathead screwdriver and a little hammer, and we're gonna basically just start tapping this through. There you go.Next up, we're gonna flip this guy over, and we're gonna seat this metal bracket in place. Now if you remember, this metal bracket came off with these little blue rubber grommets. So we have to put the grommets back in place. So what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna push these guys in, gonna do two at a time here. You're gonna flip it over. Grab your pliers. You kinda have to pull it through from the other side. There we go. I'm holding it on from the bottom, using my pliers to pinch and pull the rubber grommet through. Do the same thing for the other two.All right, next up, we have this facedown, and we're gonna put our wiring harness on. Now, remember, I thought it was a good idea to take a picture earlier. So if you need to reference a photo that you took, now's a good idea to do that. Also, because we're flipping it upside down, so you wanna make sure things are still going the appropriate way. So if you flip it again, it should be exactly how your photo looks. You have two down here at the bottom, two coming up through the middle slots, and then the two coming up through the center hole here. We're gonna keep it facedown. We wanna focus on the black backing here, which we took off close to the last step of the install. All right, next, let's snap backing on, all in one piece, and flip her back over. All right, next up here, we're gonna start focusing on our buttons. Now you wanna do the black ones first at the bottom because they're going to seat underneath of the chrome ones. Make sure your harnesses are fed through correctly. You're gonna plug them in. You should hear that click, and then seat them in their respective locations, depending on which side you start on first. From there, you wanna hold this guy in place and grab the factory screws and put them back through. Next up, we're gonna do this silver screw in the corner here. All right, let's do the black one on the other side.All right, so this one was a little trial and error. We have to take that bolt back out. That bolt has to sit on top of the next piece of trim here. So we're just gonna pull this top guy off of our black buttons. All right. So next one we focus on the Okay button we're gonna plug it in. And when we seat this, it will seat on top of where that bolt just was. Just like that. So now, we can put that bolt back through and it tightens down both the top and the bottom trim. Grab another one. Put it up here. All right, same thing on the other side here. All right, now we can finish off with this bottom trim. This one really has an audible snap there. Uses the two longer black screws for the bottom.All right, so we got our factory steering wheel off of our '15 GT behind me and it's next to our MMD GTX steering wheel with leather and suede. Now, of course, we already transferred over a lot of our components to the new steering wheel with the exception of the airbag, but I wanted to stop down and give you some similarities and differences between the two here, now that you see this a little bit more put together. Obviously the really big difference here are materials. Now, your factory steering wheel, of course, is leather wrap and it has black stitching on the inside. Now the leather here is a lot shinier. It's a little bit more of a sheen to it, and it's also more of a pebbled leather. Now pebbled leather basically gives you that kind of stony texture in the leather itself. This one, in particular, uses a suede wrap around the handles. The bottom is also a leather wrap but it's more of a matte leather that's got a smooth finish. So it's a little bit different from the leather used in your factory one. And then finally, for some accent, you have a red leather stripe, breaking off the two pieces of suede and you have red stitching on the inside. So overall, a really sharp steering wheel. Looks really, really good, a lot of race-inspired characteristics to it. Now as far as diameter, the diameter of the steering wheel is the exact same as your factory one. Now as far as bolstering goes, the steering wheel is bolstered pretty much the exact same as your factory one. You still get the added grip there at the top, at 10 and 2, and you're also gonna get a little bit of a bolstering down there by the buttons. Now, this is a little bit more bolstered in this section here, right around 9 and 3, than your factory one. The factory one's a little bit smoothed out. This has some angular bolstering to it. Now that I particularly like a little bit more. And then finally, the bigger difference is also gonna be the bottom. Your factory steering wheel is rounded completely. The MMD steering wheel also has somewhat of a flat bottom to it. It's not a super-flat, not a super sharp F1 type steering wheel, but more flat than your factory one, which is completely rounded. So it's definitely got a sport feel there as well. Looks really good inside the vehicle. The red really stands out, giving it a nice accent color, but overall the same dimensions as your factory wheel. The really nice thing about this is it retains all factory functionality from your steering wheel. You still have all the buttons. You still have the factory airbag. So it retains all that function and still remain street legal. A lot of times you get the ray style application, but it deletes all the safety components that make it an off-road wheel. So this is good for on and off-road, track, and daily driving, but it makes a huge difference. So at this point, we're gonna jump in the vehicle and start with the install, throw it up, put the center bolt in, and work our way back from there.All right, so now we're back in the vehicle, we have to feed the airbag plugs through the top here before we can bolt this guy down. Make sure that the harness is also going to come through the middle, just like that. So it's gonna seat in together. With that there, we wanna hold this in place. So grab your factory bolt, that 15/16 bolt. Grab the harnesses out of the way. We're gonna thread this guy on by hand it first. Once you go on as far as you can by hand, grab your socket, and tighten it down. All right, grab your socket and tighten this guy down. You wanna make sure this wiggles left to right, but not forward and backward like this.All right, first, let's plug in our master harness here, this big guy, the big gray guy, it's gonna go straight back into the steering column. Once that clicks in, we can start focusing on our airbag. For the airbag here, let's focus on the black and yellow plugs. You'll see on the backside of the airbag, there's a black clip and a yellow one. So make sure they're color-coordinated. Wanna make sure you're plugging those guys in. And you can push down on the orange locking tab once they're on. Perfect. From there, grab that third plug. You kinda have to lift it up so it's a little difficult to see here. You wanna make sure that the Pony logo is upright, plug in that harness, drop the red locking tab, and now we can connect our airbag. If everything lines up, it should snap in correctly. Just like that. At this point, you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the MMD GTX Leather and Suede Steering Wheel for the '15 to '17 Mustang. Now, you can get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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