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      02-29-2008, 01:41 AM   #1
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"M" Wheel Mod/No Chrome

Chrome Is The Enemy.
Since my car has the Brushed Aluminum Trim, I always thought that the Shiny Chrome pieces on my stock Sport steering wheel looked a little out of place.
So while doing the "M" Wheel Paddle Shifter Mod...(Thanks "roadkillrob" for blazing the trail on this one), I decided to go ahead and Scotch-Brite the Chrome Shifter Paddles & the two lower Chrome front trim accents. Unfortunatly, I decided to do this after I installed the paddles so it was a little more tedious, but shows it can be done while they're mounted the wheel. Just used blue painters tape so I wouldn't scratch the leather or trim pieces.

I took tons of pics, so I can do a DIY on changing out the Sport wheel paddle shifters to the non-paddle "M" wheel if there is enough interest.

I'm really happy with the new "M" wheel(much Softer than the sport wheel) and IMO the brushed Aluminum Paddle Shifters & Trim look more sporty, like they belong there unlike the chrome ones...

Stock Sport Wheel w/Paddles.


New "M" Wheel after cutting and installing Paddles (still chrome).


"M" Wheel while Scotch-Briting the Paddles. Right Chrome Paddle (before) you can see the reflection.


Left Paddle after knocking the Chrome sheen off.


Mounted in the car.






Night time shot w/flash.




Also did the Shift knob. Anyone know how to remove the i-Drive knob?
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      02-29-2008, 02:04 AM   #2
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Wow that looks good!!!

How hard was it to make the M3 wheel with pedals?
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      02-29-2008, 02:07 AM   #3
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Wow that looks good!!!
How hard was it to make the M3 wheel with pedals?
A lot of measuring & cutting!





I don't recommend it unless you're pretty handy with tools & comfortable with fabricating. If so, just take your time measuring twice & cutting once. Using a template helped.

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      02-29-2008, 02:32 AM   #4
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Damn dude, thats a pretty ballsy move to chop up that steering wheel I give you props on the fab, looks great! v
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That looks GREAT , nice job
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SWEET - Great JOB
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Also did the Shift knob. Anyone know how to remove the i-Drive knob?
From what I understand you just pull straight up.
Have a look at the following for reference:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23109
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60005
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47557

And the bushed Aluminum looks great! -Congrats!

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      02-29-2008, 04:05 AM   #8
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sick job.....
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wanna make one for me? >_<
lookin great, i wonder if wetsanding instead of using scotchbright would differ the result
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Nice Job - the brushed look is sweet - much better match with the rest of the interior and very nice job on paddles (it's worth all the work and fear of ruining the wheel in the end isn't it!)
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Quote:
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From what I understand you just pull straight up.
Have a look at the following for reference:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23109
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60005
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47557

And the bushed Aluminum looks great! -Congrats!
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Hey Savicbo...Thanks for the i-drive link. Guess I wasn't pulling up hard enough to remove it. I just gave it the Brushed treatment.

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wanna make one for me? >_<
lookin great, i wonder if wetsanding instead of using scotchbright would differ the result
The reason I used Scotch-Brite pads is because it leaves very small marks/scratches on the freshly sanded surface, which gives it that Brushed look. So sanding in the proper direction is important. Then I went over it with a 300 grit super fine foam sanding pad to soften the scratches. The flexible single sided 1/4" foam sanding pads work the best.
But if you just want to take the sheen off the chrome with no brushed marks, you can just use foam sanding pads...

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Nice Job - the brushed look is sweet - much better match with the rest of the interior and very nice job on paddles (it's worth all the work and fear of ruining the wheel in the end isn't it!)
Very Much So!
Thanks again Rob for originating this "M" Wheel/Paddle Shift Mod. http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110903 And proving it can be done!
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Is the M steering wheel thicker than the stock one by any chance?
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Is the M steering wheel thicker than the stock one by any chance?
It's 25% thicker in girth compared to the sport steering wheel.
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It's 25% thicker in girth compared to the sport steering wheel.
+1, and 1000% Softer!
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Im jealous....

You really did do an awesome job on this!

Enjoy your new wheel
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A lot of measuring & cutting!





I don't recommend it unless you're pretty handy with tools & comfortable with fabricating. If so, just take your time measuring twice & cutting once. Using a template helped.

Anybody ever tried this with the standard (non sport) steering wheel?
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