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Compatible steering wheel with paddle shifters
12-18 gauge wiring(6 ft in length depending on the switch location)
12v rated On/Off/On switch
Electrical connection fittings (In total I used 3 female connectors at the switch, but it depends on how you set it up)


Have a automatic transmission in your cruze? Is the floor shifting boring you? You are not alone. Everyone was so excited when someone was able to get them working, but then the kit was selling for $400. That's not even including the steering wheel! Too much for my economy car that doesn't it make it faster or look better. A lot of people have bought a 5th gen camaro steering wheel, and it was my turn to keep an eye for a sweet deal. While on eBay one day looking around, I found a Chevy SS steering wheel for $100 buy it now with free shipping! Didn't hesitate, it was a steal for a quality leather flat bottom wheel with paddle shifters. It showed up quick and in immaculate condition, the buttons even felt stiff and new.



So I got excited and was ready to install it. I used this link for a how-to install a new steering wheel

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/161-interior-tutorials/10776-how-remove-replace-your-steering-wheel.html

This how-to will work for all GM steering wheels that are interchangeable with the cruze. So after using that how-to I got it installed.



I loved it! It felt lighter, contoured to my hands, all the buttons worked except for the paddle shifters, forward collision monitoring, and blind spot monitoring. I knew the last two weren't feasible. But driving it daily I couldn't stop staring at those paddles. I figured theres got a be a simple way of getting them to work. So the research started...

So after looking looking at endless pages of schematics, forums, and pictures of compatible steering wheels. I found a page that showed how the automatic gen 5 camaros go from Drive, to Sport, and to "tapshift". All you do it put the shifter into S mode, then when you pull on either - or + paddles, it will engage them. Seemed simple enough, all I had to do was trick the bcm. Once you put it into Manual mode, then switch the gear selector power from the floor over to the paddles. So I got it all opened up...

Then I found the manual switch wire which is the yellow wire within a harness located in the console tunnel on the driver side of the shifter. There is two wires in there that are yellow. One is for the 12v power plug in the console, the other is the manual mode wire (it's a little thicker in gauge).

Now that we have located that wire, we can check out the steering wheel side. Here is the schematic for the steering wheel with paddle shifters:



Note there is only one wire that controls the paddles. So all we have to do is run a wire that goes from the harness at the steering wheel down the yellow wire we located earlier.

Luckily the clockspring behind the steering wheel has the harness and pin we need to hook up that wire coming from the steering wheel. So we have to pop the top pad up that's behind the steering wheel to access it...



Notice it has 6 wires coming out of the clockspring from the factory, and the steering wheel will have 6 wires going to the clockspring. The paddle wire(purple) skips a pin and is going into the 8th spot. So now we have to run the wire we ran from the floor shifter to the steering wheel harness coming out of the clock spring.

An option would be to find a pin that will work for the harness, but I simply stripped enough insulation to feed into the harness and fold it over about a 1/4" to help keep it in place.



Now that the steering wheel side is complete, we need to find somewhere to mount the switch. A On/Off/On style switch is needed. I used this:



I installed this switch into the side the tray located in front of the shifter. Now we will cut the yellow manual shifter wire where you want to place your switch. The yellow wire with the female connection coming the dash side will go in the middle male connection on switch. The wire coming from the paddles and the yellow wire coming from the shifter are connected on the two outside connections on the switch, it's up you to pick which side goes where.




Time to button everything back up.

So the procedure is to simply have the switch on the floor shifter side engaged all the time (if you leave it in the off center position, the manual floor switch won't work). Then when you are ready to use the paddle shifters, you will put it in manual mode on the floor side, then flip the switch to the paddle shifter's side of the switch. Then when you are done using them, switch it back to the floor shifter. If you don't switch it back, the display will show it still in manual mode. It will work normal when you put it in park, reverse, etc. But you won't see it on the display.
 

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The whole shift denied bit ruins the wish for paddle shifters for me. I want to be able to downshift and upshift as I please.
 

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Yeah, denies low rpm upshifts in the diesel as well. It shouldn't, it should just let you do what you want to do.
 

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Yeah, denies low rpm upshifts in the diesel as well. It shouldn't, it should just let you do what you want to do.
i find itll upshift regardless, cuz it wants to be in low rpm/high gear

i only use the manual when downhill though...aside from running it thru the gears when i did the trans fluid change
 

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Really, if you want to shift then get a manual trans.

Shifting with a paddle is like sex by yourself. It get the job done, but it's not the same.
 

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I drive this car in the city and sit in stop and go L.A. driving every couple months. A clutch is not for me. I like being able to switch over to them when I go through the canyons. And considering these cars have electric steering and don't really need the clutch to shift the MT, you're not in "full" control of the car.
 

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The whole shift denied bit ruins the wish for paddle shifters for me. I want to be able to downshift and upshift as I please.
I hate this so much. i OWN you cruze i decide when i want to shift
Im glad the ss, camaro and other wheels fit. after 10 years when the leather is peeling camaro wheels should be easy to get.
 

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There have been a few people commenting an considering that silly $400 "kit" to do this. hopefully they will see this thread and realize it can be done for parts plus maybe 20 in Elec. materials.
 

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Two questions to the OP: 1.) Seeing as how the 2013+ Malibu has the same steering wheel, do you think most of your build thread would be the same for a Malibu owner (me) ?

2.) I don't want the rocker button on the gear lever to function ever...again, so do you have any idea as to how I could go about this modification if I only want the paddles to function when i put it into manual mode? like as far as wiring the new connection in, what would you suggest I do instead of the three female connectors to a flip switch? p.s. sorry for the third question...
 

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Sorry I'm late. But I'm not sure if it would work just the paddles only due to the BCM having to recognize the manual mode then switch over to the paddles. I tried just the paddles only and it didn't work. The car would only stay in D.
 

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What's Needed:

Compatible steering wheel with paddle shifters
12-18 gauge wiring(6 ft in length depending on the switch location)
12v rated On/Off/On switch
Electrical connection fittings (In total I used 3 female connectors at the switch, but it depends on how you set it up)


Have a automatic transmission in your cruze? Is the floor shifting boring you? You are not alone. Everyone was so excited when someone was able to get them working, but then the kit was selling for $400. That's not even including the steering wheel! Too much for my economy car that doesn't it make it faster or look better. A lot of people have bought a 5th gen camaro steering wheel, and it was my turn to keep an eye for a sweet deal. While on eBay one day looking around, I found a Chevy SS steering wheel for $100 buy it now with free shipping! Didn't hesitate, it was a steal for a quality leather flat bottom wheel with paddle shifters. It showed up quick and in immaculate condition, the buttons even felt stiff and new.



So I got excited and was ready to install it. I used this link for a how-to install a new steering wheel

http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/161-interior-tutorials/10776-how-remove-replace-your-steering-wheel.html

This how-to will work for all GM steering wheels that are interchangeable with the cruze. So after using that how-to I got it installed.



I loved it! It felt lighter, contoured to my hands, all the buttons worked except for the paddle shifters, forward collision monitoring, and blind spot monitoring. I knew the last two weren't feasible. But driving it daily I couldn't stop staring at those paddles. I figured theres got a be a simple way of getting them to work. So the research started...

So after looking looking at endless pages of schematics, forums, and pictures of compatible steering wheels. I found a page that showed how the automatic gen 5 camaros go from Drive, to Sport, and to "tapshift". All you do it put the shifter into S mode, then when you pull on either - or + paddles, it will engage them. Seemed simple enough, all I had to do was trick the bcm. Once you put it into Manual mode, then switch the gear selector power from the floor over to the paddles. So I got it all opened up...

Then I found the manual switch wire which is the yellow wire within a harness located in the console tunnel on the driver side of the shifter. There is two wires in there that are yellow. One is for the 12v power plug in the console, the other is the manual mode wire (it's a little thicker in gauge).

Now that we have located that wire, we can check out the steering wheel side. Here is the schematic for the steering wheel with paddle shifters:



Note there is only one wire that controls the paddles. So all we have to do is run a wire that goes from the harness at the steering wheel down the yellow wire we located earlier.

Luckily the clockspring behind the steering wheel has the harness and pin we need to hook up that wire coming from the steering wheel. So we have to pop the top pad up that's behind the steering wheel to access it...



Notice it has 6 wires coming out of the clockspring from the factory, and the steering wheel will have 6 wires going to the clockspring. The paddle wire(purple) skips a pin and is going into the 8th spot. So now we have to run the wire we ran from the floor shifter to the steering wheel harness coming out of the clock spring.

An option would be to find a pin that will work for the harness, but I simply stripped enough insulation to feed into the harness and fold it over about a 1/4" to help keep it in place.



Now that the steering wheel side is complete, we need to find somewhere to mount the switch. A On/Off/On style switch is needed. I used this:



I installed this switch into the side the tray located in front of the shifter. Now we will cut the yellow manual shifter wire where you want to place your switch. The yellow wire with the female connection coming the dash side will go in the middle male connection on switch. The wire coming from the paddles and the yellow wire coming from the shifter are connected on the two outside connections on the switch, it's up you to pick which side goes where.




Time to button everything back up.

So the procedure is to simply have the switch on the floor shifter side engaged all the time (if you leave it in the off center position, the manual floor switch won't work). Then when you are ready to use the paddle shifters, you will put it in manual mode on the floor side, then flip the switch to the paddle shifter's side of the switch. Then when you are done using them, switch it back to the floor shifter. If you don't switch it back, the display will show it still in manual mode. It will work normal when you put it in park, reverse, etc. But you won't see it on the display.
Is there any way you could repost the pictures because they won't display.

Thank you
 

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