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So, as you may or may not know, Brian J developed a module several years back that allows people with automatics to use the steering wheel audio control buttons as "paddle shifters", in the sense that you would use the buttons to change gears, rather than the stock center console shifter. I have reached out to him to purchase one, though I'm not sure if he still sells/makes them (we'll find out).

Now, I am proposing to custom fabricate ACTUAL paddles, as well as a bracket system with a spring loaded lever. My hope is that I can find a way to inconspicuously mount it on the steering wheel (inconspicuous as in, small, compact, aesthetically pleasing, not a big ass box superglued to the back of the steering wheel), and have the paddles be an extension of the buttons, and work in combination with the BrianJ module.

I think that this would be beneficial for the driving experience, because it allows the driver to keep both hands on the wheel at all times, even when shifting manually (or... sport-tronically?). Compared to just the buttons, It would allow the driver to have their hands in a more normal position than the direct center of the steering wheel. And lastly, if made well, It could look pretty damn cool.

Are there any automatics out there anymore that have the BrianJ harness set up? Would you be interested in a product like this- that gave you more "conventional" paddles? Also, would there be any people interested in purchasing a harness in combination with paddles (assuming I can get in touch with BrianJ, and actually develop a "kit" of sorts).

Side note: If you don't have steering wheel buttons, you can purchase them for cheap direct from Mitsubishi (like $15 from what I checked, not even joking), and install them. They can do it for probably the same price as your car, or you can go knife happy and do it yourself pretty easily, if you're daring. I guess my hope is to make legitimate paddle shifters available for any automatic Eclipse.

As for material, I was probably just going to use ABS plastic. Metal sounds expensive, difficult, and heavy, which would shoot production and final selling prices up. I could vinyl wrap the fronts of the shifters with CF, because we all like it, don't lie. Or just leave it plain black.

I'm getting too ahead of myself! Who thinks this would be cool? Thoughts, opinions, concerns, complaints? Bueller?
 

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To make your life easier, you could just install the Evo X paddle shifter assembly on your 4G and call it a day.
 

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I've looked at the assembly for the Evo X/Lancer/Ralliart. They look good, and it seems like it'd be easy enough, but they have that stalk with the wiring harness on it. It looks like it would have fitment issues, and then you'd have to run all those wires to the sport-tronic module and figure out what does what. The only reason I'm inclined to use the BrianJ system is because it's something that would be easy for anyone. Not to say this would be disgustingly difficult, but it might not be like an easy solution for everyone. I might head to a scrapyard and see if they have any. I suppose it's worth a shot.
 

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Side note: the Lancer series paddle shifters are stationary on the column (which I know some people are into) but I wanted my paddles to move with the wheel.
 

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Stationary on the column does seem counter intuitive for hand position while hitting the apex.
 

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I kind of want to get those paddles on the wheel. Lol. They already have a spring loaded mechanism, and they look good. I guess the question is whether or not it's cheaper to tap into the BrianJ system, or just custom wire everything. I read through a few threads and it sounds to me like it's more complicated than just an up shift and down shift wire. I'm not sure if it was only complicated to connect it to the existing buttons? Or if it's complexity in the shifting mechanism that causes the issues.
 

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Hey I know this is an old thread but I'm extrememly interested in this mod! If anyone knows anything about the development please let me know!
 

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He doesn't know how to do it, never did, and wanted to argue intensely about it without providing any information. But moving on...

You can just put another switch in piggybacking the shift select at the shift lever to simulate the momentary contact it makes when it goes into the forward or backward position on the shifter, but from wherever you mount the buttons (eg, on the steering wheel, triggered by paddles). You can do this on any automatic car with a manual shift option that works by pressing forward or back, and it's done the same way

Basically you just run a parallel system that loops back into the same spot. It shouldn't take very long, and shouldn't be much work. The hardest part will be preventing wires binding while turning the wheel if the paddles move with it, which is why the Brian J method of using buttons through the existing wheel setup is nice
 
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