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bavarian19's Avatar Msport Steering Wheel DIY
bavarian19
01-28-2006
Well, after taking a break Ive decided to just get this over with... First, my car: 325i Sport/Premium packages and non-iDrive. These instructions should be pretty much the same for all sport E90's, but I cant guarantee that it is. The only new part that I needed was the wheel itself. ...
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By billspreston on 04-30-2008, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the DIY, just installed my new wheel!
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By phozenstone on 05-01-2008, 11:58 PM
did mine yesterday...the 16mm nut was a pain in the ass to get off...
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By x986 on 05-26-2008, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by steaman View Post
The easiest way to loosen and fasten the nut to the steering wheel is to use an electric impact wrench.
WRONG, WRONG! Do NOT use an impact wrench to tighten nut. Use a proper torque wrench, and you will probably need a short extension. (A good practice is to check how much torque it takes to loosen bolts or nuts. Due to friction, it will generally take a bit more torque to loosen than you should use to tighten.)
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By steaman on 06-03-2008, 01:10 PM
Give a some facts to your statement? I have used impact wrench for tightening the nut on my previous 7 Steering wheels installs. There is no way you can destroy the wheel, nut or the column as long as you use proper force. There is a bigger risk that you destroy the steering look when tightening the nut with brute force!

To measure the torque when loosening the nut is totally pointless, it give you no valuable information.
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By bavarian19 on 06-03-2008, 07:30 PM
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I never thought this DIY would get such a response. Glad everyone is enjoying their new wheels!!!


BTW, I have since added the tricolor stitched wheel to my E92, and I like it much better than even the perforated leather one.
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By TSM330i on 06-20-2008, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by steaman View Post
Just a reminder! The battery must be disconnected att all times when the Airbag is disconnected. If you connect the battery when the airbag is disconnected you will set an alarm that must be reset by BMW or using Carsoft.

The easiest way to loosen and fasten the nut to the steering wheel is to use an electric impact wrench.
I didn't disconnect the battery at all. I left my door open for 15 minutes and the entire car went into the sleep mode. No alarms and no issues at all upon start-up.

Also, never use an impact wrench to loosen or tighten the nut. Get a quality torque wrench and you won't have any problem.

As for the installation of the steering wheel:
Wow was this easy. Once I figured out where to insert the screwdriver to release the airbag it was a piece of cake. Literally, it took no more than 15 minutes of work, max. I even had to modify one of the clips that goes into the steering wheel because it had a tab on it and the new steering wheel wouldn't accept it. I just cut it off with an exacto knife.

I put a custom covered Alcantara M-tech steering wheel and multi-function cover along with alcantara e-brake, shifter and shifter knob.
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By Black Bimmer on 06-27-2008, 01:41 PM
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What happened to Qalbeli? His ebay store is empty. I'm hoping he's just on vacation as I was looking to do this mod in the next month.
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By PSUBALL10 on 06-30-2008, 11:06 AM
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Did this over the weekend, the DIY made this a pretty easy swap!
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By Black Bimmer on 07-22-2008, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by eldudo View Post
Cheaper here, from qalbeli on ebay:
BMW M3 E90 E91 E92 E93 Airbag M Tech Steering Wheel
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-M...spagenameZWD1V
What happened to qalbeli???? His ebay store is empty.
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By willie55912 on 07-23-2008, 06:24 PM
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What happened to qalbeli???? His ebay store is empty.
I think he is history. He has been gone from Ebay for over one month. I have tried to email him, but no luck to get some merchandise. Btw....the new 2009 3 series has a the wheel like in the M3 except it has black stitching and not the tri-color stitching. Nice move...now only if BMW will put in a different shifter for the manual trans.
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By dchen2 on 07-24-2008, 12:35 AM
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I think he is history. He has been gone from Ebay for over one month. I have tried to email him, but no luck to get some merchandise. Btw....the new 2009 3 series has a the wheel like in the M3 except it has black stitching and not the tri-color stitching. Nice move...now only if BMW will put in a different shifter for the manual trans.
Ouch... I was planning on ordering his m-tech preforated wheel with the paddle cutouts recently too . $720 from Tischer is definitely a higher step up than the $450 price that was available a while ago on eBay.
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By Black Bimmer on 07-24-2008, 12:43 AM
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Ouch... I was planning on ordering his m-tech preforated wheel with the paddle cutouts recently too . $720 from Tischer is definitely a higher step up than the $450 price that was available a while ago on eBay.
No kidding. Come back Qalbeli!
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By 4times on 07-30-2008, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for this post! It only took about 30 minutes...no problems. I had a sport steering wheel to start with, so the airbag matched up fine. I also ordered the M wheel from dealer, so it had all the wires already installed...nothing to change over except steering wheel radio controls.
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By bavarian19 on 07-30-2008, 11:07 AM
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For those that are trying to get this wheel without the ebay seller, you can order the wheel through your dealer. The parts are available. I can not comment on the pricing though. I think it might be close to $500 at the dealer.
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By willie55912 on 07-30-2008, 08:10 PM
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No kidding. Come back Qalbeli!
No Kidding!! I got "wheel" envy at the MOA in Minnesota; met one guy a few cars down with a 335i from where I parked. He showed me a wheel he got from him that was the perf.wheel with the tri-color stitching. It was much better than the smooth tri-color. He said it got it about 7 weeks ago. An offer of $400 and he would not sell. The guy also said Qalbeli was selling a perf wheel in tri-color stitching with alcantara leather for about $100 more.....come back Qalbeli!!
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By BillyV on 08-01-2008, 01:03 PM
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Perfect DIY... Just did this today with the new M3 wheel (with the colored stiching) actually had my brother do it as he is a mechanic, took him about 15 minutes, saved tons of time with locating the airbag thanks to everyone else in here who helped with that, i can see why it might be difficult to find the slits!

Bought it from Turner and got it in Toronto within 48 hours, just in time for the long weekend up here, very happy must go driving now!
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By Black Bimmer on 08-01-2008, 01:31 PM
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No Kidding!! I got "wheel" envy at the MOA in Minnesota; met one guy a few cars down with a 335i from where I parked. He showed me a wheel he got from him that was the perf.wheel with the tri-color stitching. It was much better than the smooth tri-color. He said it got it about 7 weeks ago. An offer of $400 and he would not sell. The guy also said Qalbeli was selling a perf wheel in tri-color stitching with alcantara leather for about $100 more.....come back Qalbeli!!
He's back!!! Only one up so far:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-M...1.c0.m14.l1318

I'm waiting for the tri-stitch non-perforated wheel.
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By g9sBMW on 08-04-2008, 09:46 PM
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hes back with more stuff

http://myworld.ebay.com/qalbeli/
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By willie55912 on 08-05-2008, 01:02 AM
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[quote=g9sBMW;3106165]hes back with more stuff

http://myworld.ebay.com/qalbeli/[/QUOT

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By Black Bimmer on 08-11-2008, 12:40 PM
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He's back!!!
I'm waiting for the tri-stitch non-perforated wheel.
Picked one up for $360 shipped.
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By TaTaToothy on 08-21-2008, 08:53 AM
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Thanks for the DIY! I just installed my new M3 wheel ($285 shipped after rebate from qalbeli using the Microsoft Live rebate program), and it took all of about 45 minutes. I was being especially careful about all the wiring clips. The thing I found toughest was removing the clips from the back of the airbag, but once I figured out how the little black saddles on the back of the clips secures them, I finally figured out to just use a small screwdriver on either end of each saddle to pop them loose. The rest of it was very simple. Maybe I just lucked out, but removing the airbag took me about a minute. I struggled a bit with the spring on the right, so I decided to just move to the left and start there. The left-side one came loose on the first try - the spring isn't nearly as deep as I initially thought - and at that point it was simple to free the right-side spring.

Anyway, thanks!
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By Black Bimmer on 09-21-2008, 05:00 PM
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Just swapped the stock sport e92 wheel for the M3 tri-stitch smooth wheel. As most everyone else mentioned, the hardest part was finding the springs to pop off the airbag. Once that was done, the rest was cake. I did have a tough time loosening and then tightening the 16mm bolt though. It was tough to get the required leverage because the wheel wanted to turn. Took a bit of coordination to hold the wheel with one hand and the torque wrench with the other.

Something else to mention, my M3 wheel is quite a bit fatter than the e92 stock sport wheel. My wife is a bit worried about getting a good grip with her fairly small hands. It is her car, but she said she'd give it a week to try out the new wheel. If she doesn't like it I may have to swap it back.

Personally, I love the fatter and squishier M3 wheel. Though I do think the stock wheel feels more like leather. The M3 wheel feels a bit like vinyl.

Here are some pics comparing the two:
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