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#1 Hoopschevy

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 07:42 PM

I have a 2009 Chevy Silverado with cruise control, but no steering wheel audio controls. I was told I can purchase GM part number 25851951, and the wiring harness is already prewired in the steering wheel. Is this True?
Has anyone made this modification. Is this a hard install? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#2 dlewis1111

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:21 PM

I have a 2009 Chevy Silverado with cruise control, but no steering wheel audio controls. I was told I can purchase GM part number 25851951, and the wiring harness is already prewired in the steering wheel. Is this True?
Has anyone made this modification. Is this a hard install? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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No, this is not true. You must replace the entire wheel with one that has the steering wheel controls in it. The wiring is the one thing that you cannot purchase, and the wheel would have to be cut to fit the switches. They run around 235 or so brand new. Watch ebay.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:05 AM

My 2009 was set up the same way, did not have the wiring in the steering wheel. I bought a used steering wheel on eBay, swapped out the wiring harness and audio controls into my existing steering wheel, trimmed the plastic to make it fit, and everything works great! Hardest part was getting the air bag off of the steering wheel, but it's not bad once you figure it out.

#4 Hoopschevy

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:10 PM

thanks for the info... will look into it

My 2009 was set up the same way, did not have the wiring in the steering wheel. I bought a used steering wheel on eBay, swapped out the wiring harness and audio controls into my existing steering wheel, trimmed the plastic to make it fit, and everything works great! Hardest part was getting the air bag off of the steering wheel, but it's not bad once you figure it out.


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KMC XD series Hoss Wheels 20x9 & Nitto Terra Trail Grapplers 305x55x20
Modified 63 series K&N CAI
2.25" ReadyLift leveling kit with 3" rear lift

FlowMaster 50 Delta series DualOut Exhaust
N-Fab Stainless Steel Bars, Full length
Rear ABS fenderwell insert
Access Vanish Low profile Tonneau cover
All around Tint
DIC switch and Steering wheel audio controls


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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:02 PM

Wow! I've been reading different posts on this site and they all contradict themselves....some say the wiring is in the column, some say it ain't , other says it fits, other says no.......Which is it??? I'm confused?

Also, some say the airbag is easy to remove some say otherwise...is there any danger that it deploys on its own? Since it will be my first time removing an air bag, I'm afraid I will trigger something while I'm fishing for the release springs.

Any advice.....! Thanks
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

Also, any pictures would be awesome. I found a post that has pictures showing the steps, but are hard to see.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:19 PM

all pictures are from all data pro.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 08:18 PM

Alright! Here is what I'm dealing with. I took the following pictures with my airbag removed. I don't seem to have any wires/harness for the audio. Is there someone out there with a picture of there steering wheel that have the audio control already so I can see the wiring scheme. It shouldn't be hard to fix since there is no wiring that can go through the steering column. This being said, I believe this is just an harness situation. Plus I will need to buy a new shroud because the one that have doesn't have the hole to accept the part.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 05:56 PM

Alright! Here is what I'm dealing with. I took the following pictures with my airbag removed. I don't seem to have any wires/harness for the audio. Is there someone out there with a picture of there steering wheel that have the audio control already so I can see the wiring scheme. It shouldn't be hard to fix since there is no wiring that can go through the steering column. This being said, I believe this is just an harness situation. Plus I will need to buy a new shroud because the one that have doesn't have the hole to accept the part.

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Great pictures and was it easy to open? There are a couple posts on here that discuss how to wire the controls your self. I also found on the How To tips sections how to open the airbag and they discussed buying a steering wheel with a wiring harness and swapping out the steering wheel harness, I am going to try and see if the dealer will be able to sell one, they need a vin# for a truck that has this in it. I bought the audio controls already and all I need to do is dremel out an opening all the screw holes are there, no need to replace the shroud.
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2009 Texas Edition Chevy Silverado
CrewCab, 5.3L , 3.43 gears

KMC XD series Hoss Wheels 20x9 & Nitto Terra Trail Grapplers 305x55x20
Modified 63 series K&N CAI
2.25" ReadyLift leveling kit with 3" rear lift

FlowMaster 50 Delta series DualOut Exhaust
N-Fab Stainless Steel Bars, Full length
Rear ABS fenderwell insert
Access Vanish Low profile Tonneau cover
All around Tint
DIC switch and Steering wheel audio controls


Love My Truck...

#10 dlewis1111

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:57 AM

Alright! Here is what I'm dealing with. I took the following pictures with my airbag removed. I don't seem to have any wires/harness for the audio. Is there someone out there with a picture of there steering wheel that have the audio control already so I can see the wiring scheme. It shouldn't be hard to fix since there is no wiring that can go through the steering column. This being said, I believe this is just an harness situation. Plus I will need to buy a new shroud because the one that have doesn't have the hole to accept the part.

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You cant just buy the shroud that has the access holes for the new switches or the wiring harness that goes into the wheel. Unless you find a junker or ebay donor, you need to buy a new wheel. Then it's plug and play. To end all the confusion, the column is wired in all the trucks, but the wheel without steering wheel audio controls are not wired. The airbag comes off very easily if you get the "feel" for the release mechanisms. I went down this same road a year ago.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:17 AM

I was apprehensive at first to remove the airbag, but once you did it once, there really isn't much to it!. This being said, a lot of folks here are saying that if you have want the audio controls and you already have the cruise controls, all you need to do is buy the harness and no need to buy the shroud since it already has the screw holes, all you need to do is to dremmel the whole...is this true? Does someone have pics. of this....that would save me so much!!!
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:08 PM

I was apprehensive at first to remove the airbag, but once you did it once, there really isn't much to it!. This being said, a lot of folks here are saying that if you have want the audio controls and you already have the cruise controls, all you need to do is buy the harness and no need to buy the shroud since it already has the screw holes, all you need to do is to dremmel the whole...is this true? Does someone have pics. of this....that would save me so much!!!


Once again, you cant buy the harness for the steering wheel audio controls.....you can dremel the wheel, but you have to buy a wheel to get the harness for the audio controls, so why bother? AGAIN - YOU CANT BUY THE HARNESS FOR THE STEERING WHEEL AUIDO CONTROLS. IT'S PART OF THE STEERING WHEEL......unless you find an donor wheel from the yard or ebay you must buy a steering wheel. They cost 150 from gmpartsdirect.com

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#13 RollyVee

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:12 AM

Awesome....bought the whole steering package from GMPartsDirect.com.

Thanks and sorry for being a pest on details...I've been burned before...
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#14 dlewis1111

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:02 AM

Awesome....bought the whole steering package from GMPartsDirect.com.

Thanks and sorry for being a pest on details...I've been burned before...


No, you are certainly not a pest. I went through the same thing when I got my truck and someone had to give me the low down too. I don't blame you for verifying, I certainly did too.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 01:37 PM

yes the gm steering wheels are pricey. but just keep a look out and you will find a good deal. i picked up one with audi and cruise controls for 82$ my truck does not have either so i know im going to have to get all the other parts to get the cruise to work. the audi. im hoping thats just a plug n play. ill be getting my steering wheel soon so ill find out soon..




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