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lpphreakx06's Avatar DIY: Removing steering wheel trim
Replacing with an alcantara one.
lpphreakx06
03-20-2009
Hey e90post.

I initially did the install a few months ago, but then I had to readjust some of the alcantara so I decided to take pictures.



You can...
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By dvl on 08-31-2010, 04:18 PM
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pulled the plastic tabs that go in the rubber of the steering wheel ... and nothing ... still won't come out ... it seems there is still something that's holding the god damn thing ...

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Had the same problem when I pulled mine off a while back, did you pull the plastics tabs that go in the rubber of the steering wheel out of the top? Right above the multi function buttons? Thats what happened to me when I realized thats' what was holding it, I just took a flathead and pushed down on the plastic tab lightly and it popped out.
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By psquires on 09-01-2010, 05:24 PM
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I think the easiest way is just to remove the airbag first. It doesnt take that much time to do.
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By rudyv1 on 09-25-2010, 09:34 PM
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alcantara for airbag cover?

Do you think it's possible to redo the airbag cover in alcantara as well?

Thanks
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By lpphreakx06 on 09-28-2010, 12:25 PM
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Yeah, the roundel comes off pretty easily. I don't think it would look too good though.
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By fn_ on 09-28-2010, 01:11 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bakeme521 View Post
Had the same problem when I pulled mine off a while back, did you pull the plastics tabs that go in the rubber of the steering wheel out of the top? Right above the multi function buttons? Thats what happened to me when I realized thats' what was holding it, I just took a flathead and pushed down on the plastic tab lightly and it popped out.
Thanks for the post, it's been a year and I still haven't installed it and kind of gave up on it and by chance revisited this forum and seen your message.

I'm going to try it again this week when the weather is not too hot and see if I can push on those tabs you mentioned about. Thanks again for your instructions and hopefully I can get it to work.
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By eldestructo on 10-01-2010, 05:45 PM
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Thumbs up

Thanks for the DIY, just did this, very easy.
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By Alpine3 on 10-07-2010, 07:02 PM
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Just did this. Did it in 4 minutes. Once you get the screws unscrewed, get the trim to move around and don't be afraid to use force, you can't really break the clips since they are clipped into rubber in the steering wheel. If anyone need help in the nyc area i can do it for you it's real easy.
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By Asiann on 10-08-2010, 03:46 PM
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It only took me a few minutes as well. Like they said the hardest part is removing the trim. By starting at the bottom of the right side first and then pulling upwards until you can get the top half from around the steering wheel. After that is very easy. Great write up and photos! I paid about $75 to replace the OEM. Had to special order.
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By Rezza on 12-10-2010, 11:09 PM
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I have the part number for you

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can someone help me out with a part number? I have an 06 330i and the steering wheel started peeling. I'd love to replace it with the one from the 07 3series that has the silver sides to the trim. Do they fit the 06 e90s too? And what is the number so I can order it off tischer soon?

I found this one 32306792576 but it says something about paddle shifters, which i do not have on my car, will it still fit?

Thanks for any help! This writeup made it easy for me to make the decision to fix this problem!
The part number that you are after is 32306792576. The steering wheel cover with the pearlesent strips. I ordrered mine from www.getbmwparts.com. It fits my 2005 bmw E90 325i with the sports steering wheel. I dont have paddle shifters.
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By lpphreakx06 on 12-12-2010, 02:10 AM
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By WDBi on 01-05-2011, 12:17 AM
would this look good red?
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By lpphreakx06 on 01-08-2011, 03:09 AM
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Yeah, I don't see why not?
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By Higgs1 on 01-28-2011, 11:48 AM
great writeup, just did this in my driveway in about 10 minutes no trim tools either, just used my torx 20 screw driver and my hands lol

My trim was attached with torx 20 to the buttons as well, no philips
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By lpphreakx06 on 01-28-2011, 10:25 PM
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Glad that it was painless! I need to do a writeup on how to take the exterior trim off (e92).
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By klove83 on 02-26-2011, 06:08 PM
hey has anyone removed the trim on a non my steering wheel? I dont see any bolts to take out?
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By The_DDub on 02-28-2011, 07:39 PM
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Great write up! I was able to swap out my pearlescent trim with chipping rubberized plastic with one from a 330 which is plastic only in about 15 mins (first timer too).
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By ou8durian on 03-06-2011, 10:27 AM
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Big thank you. I did mine yesterday and because of this write up, i was confident and just pulled it out after removing the torx behind, took 5 mins. On my 06, and not sure for others, i pulled the left side first as the wires for the controls which is attached to the actual steering was on the right. So if I had pulled the right side first, I may have yanked the wires out.
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By 335forme on 04-04-2011, 06:23 PM
Thank you for posting this. Another thread on here had a post saying that the steering wheel had to be removed.

Glad that I read this first!
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By vdbmario on 04-22-2011, 12:31 PM
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THANK YOU

Just did install based on this threat. Thank you so much.

The swith boxes are attached to the trim on a '09 335I.

1 Torx srew on each side. You have to peel the trim back a bit so you can unscrew. Then the trim comes off super easy. Make sure you start on the left side first as it has more play room with the wires.

Now I'm in the market for a M steering wheel. Anyone have one available?
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By dvl on 04-24-2011, 09:08 AM
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wheel trim won't come off

loosen the 3 screws on the back of the wheel and tried for almost 30 minutes to shimmy off the trim .... i have also pushed down on the upper plastic tabs .... it just won't come off ... could it be possible to have more than 3 screws??
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By paulkim510 on 05-03-2011, 02:06 AM
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I was finally able to get my DAMN trim off! It was pretty easy once I figured out what my problem was. (My torx screws weren't unscrewed all the way) Some important tips to follow:

1) It may sound stupid...but make sure all your Torx screws are unscrewed all the way! You will feel that the screws are loose.
2) Get a small screw driver to pull up some of the rubber on the top corner of the steering wheel trim. Pull the rubber part up and make your way across from left to right and make sure the two little rubber tabs are out.
3) Pop the top INNER left or right corner of the steering wheel trim over the horn. (This may require a little force) I think it would be better to start from the left because there is a wire on the right side you don't want to brake or yank off.
4) There are 4 Torx screws on the inner part of the trim that I unscrewed to get the wires off.

Hopefully this will help people like me who were struggles to get this stupid thing off.
Last edited by paulkim510; 05-04-2011 at 01:41 AM.
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By BMSilicon on 03-19-2012, 07:51 AM
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Hi,

This guide doesn't quite work for me unfortunately, I have a tight wire under my track selection Multi fiction button that stops me from pulling the right hand side of the trim outwardly enough to get my torque tip in for removing the last multi function button screw. Has anyone else had this???

Cheers
Craig
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