Heated steering wheel

LordTJC

Member
Just wondering if anyone has ever tried fitting a heated steering wheel to an A2? I know there’s heated steering wheels fitted to A6s that look identical to A2 4 spoke wheels so I’m guessing they will physically just bolt straight on but what about the electrics?

Do they have internal controllers or need modification to the vehicle wiring to work? I believe in A6s the wheel heating is activated in conjunction with heated seats so may only be possible in A2s with these?

Will be nice not to have freezing cold fingers over winter. :)

Tim
 

Proghound

Admin Team
@timmus would probably have the most informed opinion on this one. The first question that comes to mind is the airbag. Would it be single-stage or could the A2 one be used with the A6 wheel? If so, and the electrics work out, this would be an interesting development.
 

putyourmittenson

Well-Known Member
@timmus would probably have the most informed opinion on this one. The first question that comes to mind is the airbag. Would it be single-stage or could the A2 one be used with the A6 wheel? If so, and the electrics work out, this would be an interesting development.
The standard wheels and airbags on the right vintage A6 is the same as the A2 (much like the A3/A4/TT). Following for an answer regarding the electricals. Got an A2 customer here with heated seats who is desperate for a heated wheel!
 

timmus

A2OC Donor
Hi Tim,

I spent a considerable amount of time investigating this option a few years ago. It's doable ...sort of.

I believe in A6s the wheel heating is activated in conjunction with heated seats so may only be possible in A2s with these?
The heated steering wheel is indeed activated in conjunction with the driver's heated seat.

Do they ... need modification to the vehicle wiring to work?
Most definitely! In order to keep weight to a minimum, each and every A2 had its wiring loom custom made, meaning that there is no wiring present for any optional extras beyond those that were specified by the original purchaser of the car. As such, in order to retrofit anything, additional wiring looms are always needed. The only exception to this rule is heated mirrors, for which the wiring is present in all A2s. Given that a heated steering wheel was never an option that could be specified on the A2, the electrical infrastructure for this option would have to be designed/fabricated from scratch.

Whilst I have done this design in my head, and I know I could get it to work, the next problem is, for my A2 at least, a deal-breaker. The A2's heated seat regulators do not have the necessary connections to also run a heated steering wheel. As such, regulators with greater functionality need to be used from another Audi ...and they don't fit in the A2's centre console receptacles. They're the wrong size, the wrong shape, the wrong orientation, etc. I'm too much of an aesthete to cope with anything on-show that's not seamlessly integrated. There's no way of doing this retrofit without having custom bracketry or glued-on bits of plastic on display.

Even if this isn't a problem for you, the costs might be. As you look into the project in greater detail, you realise that the number of parts needed to complete the upgrade is a lot more than just what meets the eye. Of course, I'm happy to do the retrofit for anyone who's keen, but there's always the issue of how to mount a non-standard regulator in a way that's not too offensive.

Cheers,

Tom
 
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timmus

A2OC Donor
so no wiring hidden for front fogs if not specced on the car at build ?
Correct. There is no hidden wiring for anything other than heated mirrors. If you want to retrofit stuff, additional wiring looms are always needed. I can't begin to add up the cumulative amount of time I've spent tied to my soldering iron adding optional extras to hundreds and hundreds of A2s across the UK and Central Europe ...basically because Audi were true to their engineering principles and prioritised lightness over ease of manufacture.

Cheers,

Tom
 
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timmus

A2OC Donor
Bug ger. How much is the loom for Front fogs then Tom ?
It's one of the cheapest retrofit upgrades that I offer. However, I don't like to 'talk shop' on the public forum, so can we please shift specific enquiries to a private conversation? Ta. :)
 
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