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Cadillac ATS Technical Discussion Forum Discussion, Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions in Cadillac ATS Discussion Forums; Originally Posted by h3rmes Folks, I have installed a paddle shift steering wheel to my ATS Luxury (did not come ...
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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rmes View Post
    Folks,

    I have installed a paddle shift steering wheel to my ATS Luxury (did not come with it). This is very easy to do, just remove the negative clamp on the battery in the trunk, wait 15 minutes, poke a 3-4 mm allen wrench into the holes on the back of either side to take off the air bag, unplug the connectors. The ATS uses a Torx bolt to hold the steering wheel in place. There is no way to install it wrong as there are slots for the wheel to go in. Less than a hours worth of work.

    Does anyone know if the transmission requires reprogramming to recognize the paddle shifters or is there a replacement automatic shift knob that recognizes paddle shifters that is required?

    On some of the BMW forums on this type of mod, there appears to be a wire loom that needs to be made and some mods to the wires on the automatic transmission.

    Anyone that has access to wiring schematics for the ATS, I would be very grateful.

    Thanks,
    h3rmes
    what year is your car?

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    anyone know about adding paddle shift?

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    bump this one up, thinking about ordering the suede wheel and shift boot tomorrow along with the pedal kit.

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    lol wait someone took there bumper off to do the headlight bulbs?

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

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    lol wait someone took there bumper off to do the headlight bulbs?
    I sure hope not, i can see it being a possibility if doing an HID retrofit or conversion though.

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    lol no I put HIDS in my car without removing the front bumper

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    aged.
    the paddle shifters only come on the very spendy performance and premium models, im fine without what all those have to offer but i gotta have those paddles (since the automatic transmission normally isnt very good)
    be aware you probably need to get the car reprogrammed by a dealer; ask around tuning shops in your area, and ask them what dealerships will do reprogramming for customers.
    if the hookups are exactly the same between paddle and non paddle steering columns, that probably indicates it only needs programming

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    Keep in mind you can still manual shift with the gear selector until this upgrade is ready.

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraggy View Post
    Keep in mind you can still manual shift with the gear selector until this upgrade is ready.
    bah, not as fun as those clicky paddles, which are actually quite good on the ATS compared to its competition

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    Quote Originally Posted by joekitch
    bah, not as fun as those clicky paddles, which are actually quite good on the ATS compared to its competition
    Of course not, but them auto sucks so bad it's better than nothing until the retrofit gets figured.

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    Would like to do this....but I would think your car would need to be re programmed as the bcm or tcm is not receiving a signal from the paddle controlls

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ATS2.0 View Post
    Would like to do this....but I would think your car would need to be re programmed as the bcm or tcm is not receiving a signal from the paddle controlls
    Just for clarification, if it isn't just plug and play it would be an issue of the bcm/tcm ignoring the signals as opposed to not receiving them.

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    I'm an advisor at a Cadillac dealer and just purchased an ATS two days ago and have also been looking into this switch. I will figure out tomorrow what is involved in the mod and report back!
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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    Thanks please do!

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    Re: Paddle Shift Retrofit Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rmes View Post
    Yeah. This is true. To replace a burnt out head light bulb in an ATS you have to remove the front bumper. That seems a bit of an overkill to prevent customers from upgrading their headlights.

    I will check in with my local cadillac parts counter and see if this a programing or hardwire issue.
    Don't you just bend back the inner wheel well to get to the headlight bulb? I have HID"S I'm going to put in and that's how I'm going to do that.

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