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      04-04-2007, 11:11 AM   #287
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Did you have paddles previously on your old removed wheel or did you add them in with the install of the new M Sport wheel ?
If so, is the the wiring there for cars that don't come with paddles ?
Very interesting if it is !!
I did have the paddles already before I installed the new wheel. I'm not sure whether the proper wiring is already present on non-paddle cars. It's only a $100 option, though, so it's possible that everything but the actual paddles is already in place. The wires themselves plug into the back of the steering wheel button modules (volume, voice command, etc.).

When I post pictures of my install, I'll show where the paddle wires connect, so maybe someone with a Step and no paddles that does the install can say whether theirs looks similar.
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One of the member Kujo had his wheel upgrade to paddle shift and it's looks great.
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nice, did I miss something or was there a diy for how to add the paddles? I dont think the steering wheel comes with paddles, so how did you guys/gals attached the paddles to the steering wheel? Any photo of how it looks on the paddle side?
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Got paddles on my car with factory steering wheel... You can see it here
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the steering wheels that are designed to go with the shift paddles come with holes cut out in the back of the steering wheel, to accommodate the paddles

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nice, did I miss something or was there a diy for how to add the paddles? I dont think the steering wheel comes with paddles, so how did you guys/gals attached the paddles to the steering wheel? Any photo of how it looks on the paddle side?
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No, the multi-colored stitching version isn't available for use with the paddle shifters (at least it wasn't a few weeks ago when I ordered mine). The wheel I have looks the same as the one installed in the first post of this thread, with the exception of allowing for the shifting paddles. I'll probably switch it out again once the multi-colored version becomes available. The perforated version is plenty worth it, though.



I'd say the chance of messing up the airbag is very low. Just remember to disconnect the negative terminal on your battery and you'll be fine. This one was my second steering wheel install on an E90 and it's not very difficult. The hardest part is finding the clips to release the airbag, but even then I don't see how you'd harm your airbag unless you're jamming a screwdriver really hard into the slot.

thanks a lot, you really answered my questions!
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the steering wheels that are designed to go with the shift paddles come with holes cut out in the back of the steering wheel, to accommodate the paddles
I dont think my post is clear. His OEM steering wheel has paddles. He bought an ///M steering wheel which does not have the paddles (is what I am thinking). So that is why I was wondering how he adds the paddles to the ///M steering wheel? Could someone confirm that is what he did and if so, how did he adds the paddles?
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I dont think my post is clear. His OEM steering wheel has paddles. He bought an ///M steering wheel which does not have the paddles (is what I am thinking). So that is why I was wondering how he adds the paddles to the ///M steering wheel? Could someone confirm that is what he did and if so, how did he adds the paddles?
You take the paddles off the stock wheel (they're mounted with one Torx bolt) and put them on the M wheel. Just like you reuse the airbag and cover.
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there are different versions of the M Sport steering wheel. One for cars equipped with manual tranny or regular step tranny, and another M Sport steering wheel with the cut-out in the back to accommodate cars equipped with shift paddles.

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I dont think my post is clear. His OEM steering wheel has paddles. He bought an ///M steering wheel which does not have the paddles (is what I am thinking). So that is why I was wondering how he adds the paddles to the ///M steering wheel? Could someone confirm that is what he did and if so, how did he adds the paddles?
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so yeah, like GoBonesGo said above, the paddles are reused on the M Sport steering wheel, but you have to get the one that has the cut-out to accommodate the paddles
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OK, here are the pics

I apologize for the blurry pictures. I didn't realize they were so bad until I went to upload them.

The first pic is the stock setup, just for reference. In the second pic, the wheel has been removed from the steering column and I've marked where the paddles are mounted and connected. Then a pic of the paddle by itself, mounted to the new wheel, and the final product.

The last pic is everything I put on my car on Saturday.
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im thinking about doing this to my 335i w/paddles. but i have one more question. is there a consensus on which is more preferable. the perforated wheel or the smoother, and newer wheel?

if it's the later, then i would wait until they made it available for the paddled wheets.
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The only version available is perforated wheel for now and it's cost $265 plus freight on Ebay.
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The only version available is perforated wheel for now and it's cost $265 plus freight on Ebay.
The wheel costs $309 plus 45$ for shipping.
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      04-10-2007, 04:41 PM   #302
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need some help, guys...

didnt want to pop them out with even a little force without first verifying that there are NO release button of any sort.

just put a flat head under the connectors and "pop" them out?

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yeah i bought one on ebay now it shows one left and my parts guy says none are showing in Germany so it will be a while before they can order me one with the paddles option so i grabbed the one online last night thx to matt's kind words and reassuring me the right one!!! thx again matt i can't wait for it to arrive..Sweden is far!!!
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      04-21-2007, 06:45 AM   #304
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i did mine no problem except the holes for the paddles shifters were not there, cut outs yes holes no had them done at shop, i have had sensitivity issues with the paddles shifters now, everytime my finger gets close to them it shift real pain any experience?
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so how long did it take you guys?

this does not seem like a 1.5 hour thing like the diy says...seems more like a 20-30 min diy at the most!!!!
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      04-28-2007, 05:57 PM   #306
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Hi all, one of the best DIYs.
I am now ready to do this. Just wanted to double check that the part is correct for a 2007 E90 335 ZSP, Manual Tranny. The seller's (Qalbeli) list does not include 2007 335:

BMW part number: 32 30 7 906 846
This genuine BMW exclusive M-Power steering wheel can be fitted into all of the following vehicles regardless if You have the multifunction or not:

BMW 3-series E90: 318i, 320i, 320iT, 320d, 320dT, 325i, 325iT, 325xi, 325xiT, 330i, 330iT, 330xi, 330xiT, 330d, 330dT, 330xd, 330xdT. All limousine and touring.

Thanks!

OK, looked it up on RealOEM.com and 32 30 7 906 846 is the part # for the 335 too.
32 30 7 906 848 $117.18 is for the cover that fits with the little ///M.

PS We have to order the cover from Morristown or some other dealer?

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I bought my M steering wheel with tri color stitching from eBayer Galbelli and it was installed on my 335i sedan with no problem.
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