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Old 12-19-2018, 10:31 AM
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It won't be flush indeed, and probably will move/rotate a lot since there's only one screw in the center.
I see. Thanks a lot for all the detailed info. I bought the paddles and will be tackling this soon, but the shop where I had wanted to do this was saying we have to drill through the aluminum despite showing him your DIY guide. Now I know how to respond.
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Yes, you misunderstood. I used a soldering iron to make the hole through the material after removing the material where the paddles would sit. There is already a hole in the frame of the steering wheel as I didn't have to drill through any aluminum.















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Old 12-19-2018, 12:25 PM
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Yes, you misunderstood. I used a soldering iron to make the hole through the material after removing the material where the paddles would sit. There is already a hole in the frame of the steering wheel as I didn't have to drill through any aluminum.
Thank you so much for posting all these detailed pictures. I now understand 100% what needs to be done.
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Np, have not had a single issue with the install and it has been 2 years.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:47 PM
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I finally got to doing this mod and installing the paddle shifters. I had bought them off of eBay for $40. They came off a 2012 ML350.

A friend of mine who's into modding and I tackled this mod on a weekday afternoon and it was a cool enjoyable project rather than paying $100 for a shop to do it.

There's no need for me to post a lot of pictures because you guys did an amazing jobs with all the detailed pictures you posted so a BIG THANK YOU for that. The only comment I have is that I didn't have to go through the aluminum to get a flush fit. I just made the hole for the screw deeper and that allowed the paddle to sink in deeper and fit nicely.

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Looks nice. What did it cost to do all of this?
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:38 AM
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Looks nice. What did it cost to do all of this?
$40 for the paddles
$0.5 for 2 screws and 4 washers
Free labour because my friend and I did it
Free tools because we have our own
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