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Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Allen F, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. Allen F

    Allen F Formula Junior

    Mar 29, 2006
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    Allen
    Hi there,

    I purchased a 458 withOUT the LED steering wheel. I called my local dealer to verify if a wheel could be replaced (upgraded) to LED, I was told "no problem you'll just need a software flash after the new wheel is installed". Ok, cool - I thought! I purchased a new old-stock factory wheel (not cheap, lol) and the dealer just clarified that the software file costs $2,500 just for the file download from Ferrari plus an hour labor.

    So, now is the question ... are there any other sources to get the software I need to make an LED steering wheel work?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. greyboxer

    greyboxer F1 World Champ

    Dec 8, 2004
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    Jimmie
    Wasn't there a thread about someone doing this in the 458 section ? It could have been they were ok with the software cost but I can't recall the details
     
  4. OffsetImage

    OffsetImage Rookie

    Apr 21, 2020
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    Spence Haldren
    Ferrari can charge whatever they feel necessary for the updated file, its definitely not cheap but about 2000-2500 sounds right for one that I have done before. If you buy the wheel through the dealer they can program it for free, there are also some aftermarket shops that specialize in Ferrari that can install the new PROXI file for $500 or so. Might do better calling around to smaller service centers to see if they have the ability to do it for you.
     
  5. PaulK

    PaulK F1 Rookie
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    Apr 24, 2004
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    I don't have a newer Ferrari that needs to connect to the server in Italy for updates, but given that you do, you should probably just pay the $2,500 and call it a day. The last thing I would want is some bootlegged one bricking my car.
     
  6. Ferrari Tech

    Ferrari Tech Formula Junior

    Mar 5, 2010
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    Wade Williams
    There are no other options. I have had this discussion with a client already and he had to pay the dealer for the proxi file update and an hour to install it. That is just t he way it is with the newer cars now.
     
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  8. ADINEEN

    ADINEEN Rookie

    Mar 3, 2008
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    Sell your car and buy one of the 96% that have the LED steering wheel
     

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