Steer­ing wheel change

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In the Novem­ber 2016 is­sue of CM, a car had cruise con­trol fit­ted sim­ply by swap­ping the stalk con­trol for a used one which in­cluded cruise con­trol, be­cause the car’s wiring cir­cuit al­ready in­cluded ev­ery­thing re­quired. Can this be done with my 2006 MINI R50 Park Lane by buy­ing a used steer­ing wheel which has the ad­di­tional con­trols? I’m not re­ally both­ered about cruise con­trol, but I’m keen to have the ra­dio re­mote con­trols, which op­er­ate via ex­tra but­tons on the front and rocker switches at the rear. An­drew Powis

The ve­hi­cle you are re­fer­ring to ap­peared in Rob Mar­shall’s

Au­to­mo­tive Spaghetti fea­ture on ve­hi­cle wiring. Al­though Rob wrote that many ve­hi­cles have the loom re­quired al­ready fit­ted in the ve­hi­cle, this is not the case with your MINI. Fit­ting just a steer­ing wheel to your R50 would not be all that was needed for ei­ther the cruise con­trol or the ra­dio re­mote con­trols.

For the cruise con­trol, you would also need a clutch switch, a slip ring and two ex­tra wiring looms. Depend­ing on the ra­dio op­tion fit­ted in your MINI, re­mote con­trol might not be pos­si­ble with­out chang­ing the ra­dio. A retro­fit kit is avail­able for the ad­di­tion of cruise con­trol – it’s part num­ber 65 71 0 029 494 and the time given to fit the kit is around 3.5 hours.

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