I just posted up about wiring something strait into the esm wiring harness, since all it is, is a contact, it's just a modulating switch, one for up shift, and one for down shift. So if you could manually wire into a switch and remove the nickle contactor ( to take care of the codes that I'm sure will pop up) all you are doing is moving the switch in the esm from down there to your steering column..
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