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Right, here is a guide on how to fit steering wheel paddleshift to your Qtronic if you do not have the steering wheel paddles.

First off, you need to either order a new wheel with paddles already on, or buy some paddles and retrofit them to your wheel (JabawokjayUK to supply that guide soon ) In my guide i bought a new Ti wheel with the paddles built in already.

Secondly, you will need a new shift gate with the CANBUS node built in, to receive the signal from the paddles. This part number is 55344202 and costs around 181.39. This comes in black, but i believe the PCB on it can be removed and fitted to an original silver surround if necessary.

Lets start with the wheel. Follow this guide and replace the wheel with the new paddle wheel, or follow JabawokjayUK's guide and remove the wheel and fit the paddles to your existing wheel.

Once the wheel is replaced, re-instate the battery and replace the shift gate. This can be done as follows :-

1) Put key in ignition, depress brake pedal and then move gear selector into N.

2) Depress brake pedal, then depress gear selector button and pull down on chrome shaft below the gear knob and it will lower by about 20mm. The gear knob and chrome shaft will now lift off

3) Using a small screwdriver, ease it underneath the metal base that the shiftgate is bolted too, and lift it upwards off of its clips. DO NOT prise it up as you will damage the soft surround that the metal sits on. Pull the screwdriver upwards and the metal base will unclip, it does take a reasonable amount of force to do this.

4) Remove the electrical plugs from the shift gate and remove from the car. Remove the 4 allen key bolts holding the shift gate to the metal base, and fit the new gate in reverse order.

5) Re-fit the gate and base to the car, ensuring you reconnect all the electrical plugs. Re install the metal base, and be patient with this step as its fiddly and takes some force to push it back into its clips. But make sure you have it lined up with the clips because you will bend them if you rush it and dont line them up.

6) Once clipped down, refit the gear knob and shaft. This is done by putting it back over the gear selector shaft, make sure the knob is facing forward and push it down firmly while holding the button in. Once it clicks into place lift the chrome shaft upwards until it clicks back into place and make sure all is secure.

And your done. Go out, find some nice quiet roads or track and enjoy having steering mounted paddle shifters. All you have to do is put the shift selector into - + manual mode. This has been by far the best mod i have done to the car, being able to control the box via the paddles during 'spirited' driving is a huge improvement and really highlights how good this Aisin box really is. Hope this is useful
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