My 2014 Forte5 has an automatic transmission, but I manually shift it all the time, so I was interested in adding paddle shifters to my steering wheel for a little more fun. I found this kit on eBay and decided to get it:
Paddle Shift Shifter Switch for 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 KIA Forte Cerato
The kit consists of 4 genuine Kia parts: lower cover, left paddle, right paddle and wiring harness:
Note: this kit is only for non-heated steering wheels. If you have a heated steering wheel then there is a different kit you'll need.
It came from South Korea, but it arrived pretty quickly. I had to sign for the package.
Installing the new parts requires removing the steering wheel and then making all of the modifications on the steering wheel. None of it was hard at all, but I took my time and cleaned everything as I went along.
Step 1: Disconnect the negative battery cable and go drink a beer. The FSM says to wait 30 seconds, but I decided to wait about 10 minutes. I didn't want any chance of that airbag still having any kind of charge or the ecu throwing a code if there was still a residual charge.
Step 2: remove the airbag. I watched a few videos about removing the airbag, and they all just sort of stabbed at the holes with a screwdriver to release the 3 springs that hold it in place, but I just used a lighted mirror to look in the holes to see what needed to be done. Basically you turn the wheel to the left to expose a hole in the back of the steering wheel, then place a flat screwdriver into the hole and apply pressure downward to release a spring. There are 2 holes on the sides and one on the bottom (which requires a 180 degree rotation to access), all accessed from the rear of the steering wheel.
Step 3: unplug the horn cable and 2 airbag cables. The airbag cables have plastic clips that need to be lifted up, then the cables come right out.
Step 4: remove the steering wheel. There's a single nut in the middle holding it on. I figured it had to be a metric size, but my 13/16" socket fit perfectly. Once I removed the nut, I used a steering wheel puller to pop it off the shaft. Some people just grab the wheel and pull it while rocking, but using an actual puller is much better and easier.
After you remove the steering wheel you're left with this. Don't rotate that center part at all! I used some blue painters tape to hold it in place while I did the install.
Step 5: remove the 5 screws that hold the lower cover to the wheel (bottom screw is behind the wheel, the other 4 are all clearly visible from the front).
Step 6: remove the garnish (this is what Kia calls the piece that has all the buttons on it). This is just pressed on, so I used a plastic trim removal tool to gently pry it off.
Step 7: remove the lower cover. At this point it's just pressed in place, so just pry it out from the back.
Step 8: route the new wiring harness in the new lower cover so that it matches the routing of the original.
Step 9: plug in the 2 wires that go to the paddles BEFORE you snap the paddles into the lower cover. I snapped the paddles into the cover first, and there was no way to plug the wires into them because of the curvature of the lower cover, so I had to remove the paddles then plug in the cables then snap them back in place.
Step 10: install the garnish and lower cover. First plug in the 4 connectors into the back of the garnish, then simply press it back into place. The lower cover also presses on, then put the 5 screws back in place to secure everything.
The back of the steering wheel now looks like this:
Step 11: install the steering wheel. Just slide the wheel back on the shaft and tighten the nut. You want to make sure you have the steering wheel aligned correctly, of course. I had my wheels straight ahead when I removed the wheel so that it was easy to make sure it was still aligned right when installing it.
Step 12: install the airbag. Just plug in the horn and 2 wires going to the airbag and then simply press the airbag back into place. It'll snap right in.
Step 13: connect negative battery terminal.
And you're done!
Here's a short video of the first start and a quick test of the paddles:
You may notice my exhaust sounds nicer than stock. I just installed a new axle back exhaust from Evilla Motorspots
The paddle shifters work great. If you like to manually shift your automatic I highly recommend doing this.