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      Hello Everyone!

      I wanted to share my step by step process of installing the paddle shift retrofit AND being able to keep that glorious illuminated shift knob!


      Special thanks goes to member “Pietila” as they took the time to answer a few questions of mine and helped steer me in the right direction for my retrofit method and pioneered the first real guide to the solder method of the original retrofit that I am aware of.


      Previous methods required soldering and modification of the SWM circuit board and replacement of the entire shift assembly which meant you would lose the illuminated shift knob if you had a 2013 model Volvo car. This was something I wanted to avoid desperately as I really liked my S60's illuminated knob and I wasn't sold on the soldering method as it seemed a little "rough" and not to my liking, so I set out to find my own method that I was happy with.

      I'm a Parts Manager for a Volvo Dealer so I was lucky enough to have access to VIDA and every possible wiring diagram that I could need. After many hours of research and building upon pre-existing methods others had figured out with the "solder method" I was able to figure out a plug and play method without soldering or modification of the major components. You will have to connect some wires together which you can do with solder or use bullet connectors like I did for a zero solder method.

      The goal for me was to create a simple, straight forward plug and play method as close to factory as possible.

      You will require the following items to make this work No software is required at all for this procedure!


      1x 2014+ SWM without heated steering wheel but with paddles PT# 31481774

      1x 2014+ Wiper Stalk PT# 31456038

      1x 2014+ Signal Stalk PT# 31456045

      1x 2014+ Up shift paddle (+) PT# 31343008

      1x 2014+ Down shift paddle (-) PT# 31343007

      1X 2014+ Steering wheel harness PT# 31332540 (This harness connects the steering wheel switches, stalks and paddles to the new SWM)

      4x Volvo repair terminals PT# 30656669

      1X 2014+ Polestar GSM control unit PT# 32207748 (If you don't care for the illuminated knob, you can use the GSM module from a 2014+ non Polestar car, however there is no PT# for this unit that I am aware of, so you will have to take it from a used GSM assembly such as a salvaged car at a wrecking yard or used parts vendors and the 2014+ black knob and swap that over too along with the new GSM. No need to swap the entire shift assembly if you’re going to use the 2014+ knob and forgo the 2013 illuminated knob.)

      And of course a steering wheel that allows for paddles or modify your existing one to fit the paddles.

      If you have a 2010-2011 Volvo, then you need to replace your entire shifter assembly. At that point you're better off to source the assembly as a used part from a salvaged car or a vendor and THEN just follow the steps for the wiring for the SWM and GSM once you have complete the gear shift assembly swap. Member "p.rico" created a wonderful step by step guide on how to replace that assembly which can be found here:

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...011-2012-S60-s


      All of these parts minus the repair terminals can be sourced from a salvage yard. Also keep in mind, this method had factory "fit and finish" in mind at the trade off of a little more $$$ This method is also the fastest way to add paddles because you don't have to remove your GSM assembly for a new one, unlike the solder method. Took me about 1 hour to install everything.



      If you need instructions on how to remove or install the SWM, SAS (reuse your old one), stalks and steering wheel, then you can reference this thread here thanks to member "BHTeam":



      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth.../topics/606323



      Basically what needs to be done is simple, like the other solder procedure, a link needs to be established between the SWM and the GSM. Below is how to create that link and where to plug in the terminals.

      DISCLAIMER: Please proceed at your own discretion, I am not liable for any damage that may result when modifying your vehicle!

      After adding about 6 feet of wiring to the repair terminals (solder or use bullet connectors to attach wire to repair terminals), you can go ahead and add the wiring to the factory SWM connector housing at the back of the SWM into ports 1 and 5. Then route your 6 ft of wiring however you like, I ended up routing it along the factory harness that's already present under the steering column and along the side of the center console "waterfall". Once you've routed the wiring to the GSM connector location, plug port "1" wire from the SWM into the empty #4 port in GSM connector housing and then your second SWM wire from port #5 of the SWM into the empty port #5 on the GSM connector. That's it! It's wired and you can now start to put everything back together!

      NOTE* In order to be able to insert the repair terminal into the connector, you will need to release the locking tab/bar that holds them in the housing of the connector. Pry along the top, back side of the connector to release the locking bar then insert the terminal in the same orientation as the other are installed. Push the repair terminal into the empty ports (#1 and #5) till you hear it "click" into place. Repeat this with the GSM connector. See image below.



      To summarize:

      SWM #1 wire -----> into GSM #4 port
      SWM #5 wire -----> into GSM #5 port






      If you want to keep your illuminated knob and have acquired the above mentioned Polestar GSM module, then you will need to replace your old one with the Polestar module at this time. Follow the steps and pictures below.

      Step 1: Remove the shifter plunger bracket (not sure what it's actually called) by pulling the lower tab out and over it should come right out. Please refer to the picture below and refer to the picture in step 2 to see this plunger removed from the assembly.





      Step 2: Now carefully unplugging the very fragile ribbon cable pictured below by pulling at the beige clip on both ends just enough that it backs out and the cable becomes free. DON'T PULL THE CLIP ALL THE WAY OUT!!! IT WILL BREAK! Then remove the power cable for the module in the lower left corner. This will just pull right out but don't pull it out by the wires, use a small tool or pic to back it out.



      Step 3: Now time to remove the GSM itself. Pry at the indicated corners in the picture above and the GSM should pop free. Don't be afraid of wrecking this GSM because you will be replacing it with Polestar version. Install the new Polestar GSM in the same way the old one came out.



      Step 4: Plug the ribbon cable back in and then push the beige clip closed then plug the power cable back in and reinstall the plunger bracket that you removed in step 1, MAKE SURE TO LINE THE POSTS BACK UP WITH EACH OTHER AS INDICATED IN THE PICTURE BELOW and now you can plug the GSM connector in and you're all set!!!! Reassemble the interior and you should have functional paddles! Enjoy!







      I hope this helps some of you out and that you found this post informative and helpful. If you have questions, please ask!

      Regards,
      Edwin S
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      Great post they should sticky this

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      Awesome work buddy, enjoy the paddles


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      Quote Originally Posted by CJ2 View Post
      Great post they should sticky this
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      Awesome work buddy, enjoy the paddles


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      Thanks guys! This took a lot of time to make but if it helps even one person, then it was worth it.

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      Awesome guide. Just a quick question, can you provide a pic and more explanation of this:

      1X 2014+ Steering wheel harness PT# 31332540 (This harness connects the steering wheel switches, stalks and paddles to the new SWM). There are a few different harnesses, is this one that is hard wired into the 2014+ steering wheel itself, or should this also be salvaged from the 2014+ donor car? Or is it something that can be reused from the 2011-2013 car?
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Awesome guide. Just a quick question, can you provide a pic and more explanation of this:

      1X 2014+ Steering wheel harness PT# 31332540 (This harness connects the steering wheel switches, stalks and paddles to the new SWM). There are a few different harnesses, is this one that is hard wired into the 2014+ steering wheel itself, or should this also be salvaged from the 2014+ donor car? Or is it something that can be reused from the 2011-2013 car?
      It will be wired into the wheel if you’re getting it from a salvaged car. If you’re buying your parts new like I did, you will need to order it.

      The one from the 11-13 cars won’t work because the harness has an additional wire for the 2014+ cars that hooks up to your paddle shifters that the 11-13 cars obviously don’t have. Hope that helps, if you need more info let me know.

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      Awesome thanks for that, yes mine is already hard wired into the donor 2014 steering wheel itself.

      Cheers

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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Awesome thanks for that, yes mine is already hard wired into the donor 2014 steering wheel itself.

      Cheers
      Yup, that’s the one!

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      Hey all, I will soon pluck up the courage to do this. I have a quick question. When you are driving in D or S what happens when you change the gears with the paddles, does it temporarily shift into manual mode and then back again if you don't use the paddles again within a certain time?
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Hey all, I will soon pluck up the courage to do this. I have a quick question. When you are driving in D or S what happens when you change the gears with the paddles, does it temporarily shift into manual mode and then back again if you don't use the paddles again within a certain time?
      For me, you have to be in “S” mode to use the paddles. The paddles aren’t active until you place the car into “S” mode otherwise they don’t do anything. Not sure if that’s the case for the cars with paddles from factory.

      Also, if you’re in sport mode and don’t shift, I THINK it will eventually shift but I’ve never tired it.

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      Awesome thread. I finally plucked up the courage to do this mod and the car is all back together now with paddles shifters working! Just a coupe of points/questions.

      I have an airbag error. Is this bad or does it just need a reset?

      My GSM had the ribbon type whereas the GSM from the donor car has a tiny two pin plug so I was not able to swap gsm and keep my illuminated knob. I had to do the whole shifter swap so now I've got the piano black one which really isn't a deal breaker.

      There at two tiny screws left over not sure what they are for.

      Thanks for this I love the paddles!
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Awesome thread. I finally plucked up the courage to do this mod and the car is all back together now with paddles shifters working! Just a coupe of points/questions.

      I have an airbag error. Is this bad or does it just need a reset?

      My GSM had the ribbon type whereas the GSM from the donor car has a tiny two pin plug so I was not able to swap gsm and keep y illuminated know. I had to do the whole shifter swap so now I've got the piano black one which really isn't a deal breaker.

      There at two tiny screws left over not sure what they are for.

      Thanks for this I love the paddles!
      No problem! Glad you like the paddles.

      You can do the GSM Polestar swap later if you want to go back to your clear illuminated knob.

      As for the airbag error, I’m not sure why that’s displaying for you. What year is your car and what year was the parts car? Did you reuse your air bag?

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      Quote Originally Posted by EdVQ37 View Post
      No problem! Glad you like the paddles.

      You can do the GSM Polestar swap later if you want to go back to your clear illuminated knob.

      As for the airbag error, Iím not sure why thatís displaying for you. What year is your car and what year was the parts car? Did you reuse your air bag?
      Cant say I would want to pull all that apart again, so I'll stick wit the piano black gear knob.

      My car is a MY 2013 S60 T6 RD - Donor car was a MY 2014 S60 D4. I reused my own airbag and just plugged it back in again. I have to say, getting the airbag out was the biggest pia of the whole thing. Took me 2 freakin hours!
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      Also big shout out to BHTeam for the steering wheel pull thread and p.rico for the Gear shift assembly swap thread also, thanks guys!

      Also, I don't think that 6ft of wire was necessary to route from the GSM to the SWM, I ended up with heaps of twisted pair wire that I had to hide alongside the Gear shift assembly. Probably 3 to 4 ft would be ample.
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      Hi All and @EdVQ37,

      Thank you for your detailed explanation. I need a bit of a help as i did acquired few parts preparing for the retrofit on 2011 XC60 T6.

      Bought following parts already:
      2016 VOLVO S60 Steering wheel with paddles including harness (31332534 / 34138853B 34110217A)
      2016 VOLVO S60 Combination Switch Wiper Indicator Stalk 295 (31456022 31456038 31456045)
      2015 VOLVO XC60 Gear Shift Stick Shifter (31367921)

      I have not taken Steering wheel squib and looking to find the correct SWM. I found one and need your help whether it will work

      2018 VOLVO V40 V60 XC60 Steering wheel Center Contact Board Control Module 31481774 31481765

      By below link Volvo OEM Part Number 31481774 is defined as S60 Switch housing which make me unsure if i have all needed
      https://www.volvocarparts.info/Volvo-S60-Switch-housing-p/31481774-23035.htm


      Please help

      Regards,
      Tsvetan

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      After a bit of searching it seems that my "SRS Airbag Service Urgent" error could be from disconnecting the positive battery terminal before removing the negative terminal. I've got a DICE but I cant seem to get it to connect the car so I cant check fault codes until that is resolved.


      EdVQ37, I notice when I was reassembling the gear shifter assembly there was a small green plug on the opposite side to the GSM but it didn't seem to match or reach to anything, at first I was a bit worried that I had missed something that I unplugged but I couldn't match it up with anything, did you find the same thing? I didn't take a photo but if you check post #3 of p.ricos thread in the 2nd picture you can see the green plug, the yellow bow strikes through the middle of it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Cant say I would want to pull all that apart again, so I'll stick wit the piano black gear knob.
      Removing the waterfall doesn’t take that long, you wouldn’t need to pull the entire shifter assembly again. Just swap out the GSM module from the side. Took me 10mins to remove the waterfall and maybe another 10 to swap the module out.

      My car is a MY 2013 S60 T6 RD - Donor car was a MY 2014 S60 D4. I reused my own airbag and just plugged it back in again. I have to say, getting the airbag out was the biggest pia of the whole thing. Took me 2 freakin hours!
      This took me the longest too! I’d say almost 2 hours too after fighting with the damn thing.

      Also, I don't think that 6ft of wire was necessary to route from the GSM to the SWM, I ended up with heaps of twisted pair wire that I had to hide alongside the Gear shift assembly. Probably 3 to 4 ft would be ample.
      Maybe it’s how you ran your cable? I rand mine from the SWM along the factory harness back around the waterfall and along the tunnel assembly to the GSM. It took the entire length. Perhaps it wasn’t 6ft...I don’t remember the length I just took the amount from BTteam’s thread.

      EdVQ37, I notice when I was reassembling the gear shifter assembly there was a small green plug on the opposite side to the GSM but it didn't seem to match or reach to anything, at first I was a bit worried that I had missed something that I unplugged but I couldn't match it up with anything, did you find the same thing? I didn't take a photo but if you check post #3 of p.ricos thread in the 2nd picture you can see the green plug, the yellow bow strikes through the middle of it.
      I didn’t remove the other side for my install but that plug goes to the adjustable suspension buttons in the waterfall with the cars that are equipped with “Four-C” chassis.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cecodc View Post
      Hi All and @EdVQ37,

      Thank you for your detailed explanation. I need a bit of a help as i did acquired few parts preparing for the retrofit on 2011 XC60 T6.

      Bought following parts already:
      2016 VOLVO S60 Steering wheel with paddles including harness (31332534 / 34138853B 34110217A)
      2016 VOLVO S60 Combination Switch Wiper Indicator Stalk 295 (31456022 31456038 31456045)
      2015 VOLVO XC60 Gear Shift Stick Shifter (31367921)

      I have not taken Steering wheel squib and looking to find the correct SWM. I found one and need your help whether it will work

      2018 VOLVO V40 V60 XC60 Steering wheel Center Contact Board Control Module 31481774 31481765

      By below link Volvo OEM Part Number 31481774 is defined as S60 Switch housing which make me unsure if i have all needed
      https://www.volvocarparts.info/Volvo-S60-Switch-housing-p/31481774-23035.htm


      Please help

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      31481774 Is the one I ordered. I don’t see why it shouldn’t work for you. Again, I only have experience with the part numbers I listed. You should be fine as the SWM differences are for a car with paddles and without heated steering wheel OR with heated wheel. everything else should be the same.

      Hope I answered your question. 🙂

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      This is a must do mod if you like to drive in manual mode. The gear changes actually do feel quicker imo as you are clicking a button instead of shifting the whole lever, a much better experience and I really like the feel of the paddle shifters in this car. Really happy with this mod.
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      This is a must do mod if you like to drive in manual mode. The gear changes actually do feel quicker imo as you are clicking a button instead of shifting the whole lever, a much better experience and I really like the feel of the paddle shifters in this car. Really happy with this mod.
      I agree. It’s worth doing for sure. It’s fun to play around with the paddles. It makes a terrible transmission a little easier to live with lol.

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      Quote Originally Posted by EdVQ37 View Post
      I agree. Itís worth doing for sure. Itís fun to play around with the paddles. It makes a terrible transmission a little easier to live with lol.
      I actually don't mind the tranny in this car, other than 1-2 all other upshifts and downshifts are pretty quick in manual mode. Granted D is a bit crap but I drove a 2014 XC60 RD and D felt a lot more intuitive so maybe they upgraded the shift logic after 2013?
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by EdVQ37 View Post
      I agree. It’s worth doing for sure. It’s fun to play around with the paddles. It makes a terrible transmission a little easier to live with lol.
      I actually don't mind the tranny in this car, other than 1-2 all other upshifts and downshifts are pretty quick in manual mode. Granted D is a bit crap but I drove a 2014 XC60 RD and D felt a lot more intuitive so maybe they upgraded the shift logic after 2013?
      Nothing changed. The RD cars got a different shift program but they are the same from year to year on the 6 speed cars. Only thing that changed the shift mapping was the Polestar tunes like the RD cars got.

      These trannys are bottom of the barrel but I come from a world with PDK and ZF transmissions. So top tier transmissions to what ever junk Volvo took form Asain lol. That’s why they feel so lacklustre to me.

      If this car had a ZF transmission in it, it would be a BEAST but we have to settle for a transmission that shifts and reacts like it’s from 2003 Honda Accord.

      The paddles make it much funner and more responsive to driver input and shift timing. Manual mode is a must when driving this tranny lol.
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      Succes with installing paddles but wont work Drive.

      Hi,

      I have the exact same car so with your quide it was a easy job, thanks for that.
      When i search for promo movies of volvo 2014 they say it's possible to use paddles in drive mode.
      Anyone has an idea why this does not work for our models with illuminated knob? Or does someone who used a new knob from like a 2015 model the GSM does not have this problem.

      Perhaps the car needs an update? I would really like to use the shifters in D mode aswell.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Volvo Fanaat View Post
      Hi,

      I have the exact same car so with your quide it was a easy job, thanks for that.
      When i search for promo movies of volvo 2014 they say it's possible to use paddles in drive mode.
      Anyone has an idea why this does not work for our models with illuminated knob? Or does someone who used a new knob from like a 2015 model the GSM does not have this problem.

      Perhaps the car needs an update? I would really like to use the shifters in D mode aswell.

      Greetz Roeland
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      Not sure about your question. Personally I like how the paddles are inactive until you put the lever into 'S' mode, stops you from accidentally pulling a gear when you are driving in 'D', I actually disliked this feature on normal paddles shift cars!
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      Quote Originally Posted by thezoneS60 View Post
      Not sure about your question. Personally I like how the paddles are inactive until you put the lever into 'S' mode, stops you from accidentally pulling a gear when you are driving in 'D', I actually disliked this feature on normal paddles shift cars!
      Sometimes when driving to a round about i would like to change te gear or hold it. Without putting the car in S mode first.
      When i look at promo movies from Volvo on youtube the models 2014 and later have active paddles in D mode aswell. After 5 seconds not using them the car deactivates the paddles again.

      Perhaps someone had a software update or a trick to get this working.

      Greetz Roeland

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      Quote Originally Posted by Volvo Fanaat View Post
      Hi,

      I have the exact same car so with your quide it was a easy job, thanks for that.
      When i search for promo movies of volvo 2014 they say it's possible to use paddles in drive mode.
      Anyone has an idea why this does not work for our models with illuminated knob? Or does someone who used a new knob from like a 2015 model the GSM does not have this problem.

      Perhaps the car needs an update? I would really like to use the shifters in D mode aswell.

      Greetz Roeland
      Netherlands.
      You’re most welcome! I’m glad you found it useful.

      I’m not sure but I suspect it’s different programming within the CEM that allows the paddles to be active in regular drive mode.

      I find I use the paddles only during “spirited” driving so for me it’s a non issue.

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