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DIY: How to remove the Non-Sport steering wheel airbag
Published by markE90
05-11-2006
DIY: How to remove the Non-Sport steering wheel airbag

As what some other members here on the forum posted on how to take the Airbag from a sport steering wheel, the non-sport steering wheel has the same principle but very a different style and approach...

1. As stated for previous DIY, remove you battery connection.
2. There is also a small hole on the back side of the steering wheel, you can see and feel it. (like the sport steering wheel)
3. Position your flat screw driver pointing at 11-12:00 and push it towards the inside (pic 1) the aribag will be released from one side.
Do the other side exactly the same pushing the screw driver inward.
4. The Airbag will pop out and you can release the clips carefully.

* Don't worry about the multifunction buttons, no need to remove it.

** If you are changing your non-sport steering wheel to a Sport steering wheel or an M sport, you need to have:

1. Sport round Airbag and airbag bracket (which you cannot buy separately from the dealer).
2. Multifunction buttons
3. Connecting line for the airbag
4. Steering wheel cover or an M sport steering wheel cover


You can refer to this site for part number:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...23&hg=32&fg=35

then follow Bavarian19's DIY on how to install a Sport steering wheel or an M sport wheel. Good luck!
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  #1  
By Jason on 05-11-2006, 08:46 PM
Thanks for sharing Marcus. Added to Master DIY List
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By Luongo on 06-28-2006, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by marcus
1. Sport round Airbag and airbag bracket (which you cannot buy separately from the dealer).
2. Multifunction buttons
3. Connecting line for the airbag
4. Steering wheel cover or an M sport steering wheel cover
If you cannot buy an airbag bracket from a dealer, where do you get it from?
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By AW330i on 07-01-2006, 10:21 AM
I am pretty sure he meant that you can't buy it on its own, it only comes with the airbag...
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By andy_06xi on 06-09-2007, 11:22 AM
I just did the swap and the pictures really helped. I still had trouble getting the airbag out, however. Here a few further tips:

1) My 'holes' were covered with a thin film of vinyl that had to be poked through.

2) You need a fairly thin screwdriver. I had trouble getting mine to go all the way through to the airbag clips. It helps to jiggle the screwdriver fore-aft to stop it from 'catching'.

3) You don't need to release both sides simultaneously. Each side will just 'pop' out.

4) I wound up with an 'X-Drive' warning light when I re-connected the battery. I wasn't too worried about this -- as the car is going in on Friday for its annual service -- but the lights went away (and so far haven't returned) once I started driving.

5) I was hoping to use the screws that secure the radio switches from the old wheel to perform a similar function on the M-Tech wheel. I didn't wind up doing this, however, as the screws appear to be buried under the leather wrapping of the old wheel.


The new M-Tech wheel feels great!
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By jonnieb on 11-14-2008, 01:01 PM
Many thanks, just swapped my standard wheel for an M Sport - your guide was invaluable.

Regards, Jon
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By oncastillo on 11-15-2008, 11:43 AM
how much total does it run to change non-sport to a sport steering wheel? TIA.
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By gersomflores on 12-19-2008, 01:06 AM
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Hi how do i remove a 528i 2008 bmw driverside airbag?
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By bimmer335guy on 12-22-2008, 05:35 PM
Does the new MFL buttons on the sports or M wheels work ok with non-sports setup?
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By bimmer335guy on 01-16-2009, 05:37 PM
Just switched my non sports wheel to m sports wheel. MFL works just fine. No need to reprogram either.
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how do I remove steering wheel airbag from a bmw520d 2003(E39)
can you help me whith some pictures?
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By SE3P_to_E90 on 02-24-2009, 04:45 PM
just out of curiosity, if you swap from a non-zsp steering wheel to a zsp or m steering wheel, can you use the multifunction switches over? I know you need to replace the trim and everything... but not sure if the switches are transferable.
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By MooseCaboose on 02-25-2009, 12:57 AM
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the multifunction buttons from non-zsp is not transferable to the zsp wheel. you would have to get zsp multifunction buttons. 2 different kinds, one for non idrive and one for idrive.
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By SE3P_to_E90 on 02-25-2009, 08:07 AM
thanks for the info moose!
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By kisho on 06-06-2009, 01:19 PM
Hey, I tryed to do this, but no matter how much I tryed, I couldn't do it. Anyone near the MD/DC area that can do this? Or should I just go to the dealer or something?
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By MrDummy on 06-12-2009, 01:25 PM
thanks, THIS HELPED ME TODAY
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By Dale Henry on 07-01-2009, 06:40 PM
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thanks for the great pics

Thanks for the great pictures! Was working on getting the airbag removed and had a heck of a time until I came across your pics. After seeing your pics I had the airbag off in about 4 seconds! Thanks!
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By klipseracer on 10-24-2009, 02:29 AM
Awesome. Worked great for me. My screw driver was too small, needed a bigger one. Too bad it leaves permanent marks in your non-sport wheel.
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By iBeech on 10-28-2009, 05:21 AM
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It costs alot; even though i got my parts at a good VERY good price.

M3 stitched wheel- 140
Airbag - 185
Connecting line / m trim / multi function buttons / multi func screws - 165

Grand Total: 490

I've yet to receive my 'new' airbag- so i'm waiting to see if i have to scout out an airbag mounting bracket

Edit: Its arrived- it hasnt got the bracket- i've rang BMW and they told me that the part i need comes as part of the wheel. So i'm now in argument with the seller of the wheel, as to where this part is.
Last edited by iBeech; 10-28-2009 at 07:48 AM.
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By raf555 on 11-29-2009, 05:43 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MooseCaboose View Post
the multifunction buttons from non-zsp is not transferable to the zsp wheel. you would have to get zsp multifunction buttons. 2 different kinds, one for non idrive and one for idrive.
can i get clarity on this as a member in one of the replies has said u can but u say u cant?

why would the multifunctional buttons be different fitment to those that go on a sport wheel?

they look exactly the same in size and appearance!!?
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By Malbolge on 02-04-2010, 02:16 PM
to OP: can you take off the multifunction buttons (Trim)?
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By orangedawg on 03-26-2010, 12:19 PM
Anyone clarify any further on using non-sport multi-function buttons when upgrading from non-sport to sport? And if I have to get new sport multi-function buttons (and I don't have i-drive) I have to get the non i-drive version of the buttons? Would the i-drive version of the buttons work (meaning would the idrive button just be a "dead" button for me but the other buttons would work)? TIA!
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