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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.



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By pinoye90 on 03-22-2012, 01:49 AM
I have done this and have the m trim cover on my 07 328i e90. I have the steering wheel trim with the silver left and right bottom corners and it fits perfect. The install took me 15-20 min and it looks great with the matching m shift knob. I did myself as well very easy just take your time and slowly get the cover trim out around the air bags circle then your golden removing the rest. The controls will stay on the trim until you remove a second set of screws which hold them in place especially the right control buttons.
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By BMWBias on 03-29-2012, 08:09 PM
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I just wanted to personally Thank you for this DIY. Your instructions (and suggestion to buy this part from getbmwparts.com.) were so helpful. The supportive comments from the rest of the individuals on this thread were also valuable. I changed the trim out in my e90 in less than an hour and I was really taking my time. I bought the M3 version. It looks fantastic!

Thanks again.
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By suresh on 04-01-2012, 02:30 AM
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This method worked for me, I changed trim in less 30 mins without removing the airbag. Thanks!!
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By bennny90 on 04-01-2012, 03:03 PM
LOOKS GOOD
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By ndukyh on 04-27-2012, 03:53 PM
This guide was super helpful and worked great for putting an m3 trim on my 07 335. Thanks!
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By Stevep200sx on 05-15-2012, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by BMSilicon View Post
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
Great DIY tutorial! Mine was peeling and rather than paint it, I just pulled the rest off, cleaned it, and put a few coats of wax on it. It'll wear off, I know...

I had the same problem with the tight wire so I un-did the screw that holds the button cluster to the plastic trim. The buttons on the left are only attached to the trim, not the whole steering wheel. The buttons on the left were tighter. The same size torx screw holds the buttons to the trim.

Also, for anyone struggling to free the trim from behind the centre piece, there are two clips, one on each side at the top...sort of in the centre of the top wing pieces. I used a gentle flathead to pry the rubber backing up a little and the clips should release. Someone here said not to worry that they won't break....I would agree mostly. Seemed like a pretty tough piece of plastic. I just did it today so if anyone has any questions, message me.
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By Fitz335 on 10-21-2012, 09:39 PM
Interested in replacing the stock trim(rubber is peeling) with a silver one the matches the interior trim, does anyone have a link or part number for one?
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By mbox on 10-28-2012, 05:20 AM
just did my trim in cf.

great diy, thanks again for posting!
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By ads_ali on 06-10-2013, 01:43 PM
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align steering wheel

does anyone know once they have removed the steering and the one has to go on, does is there any marked on the steering to align it with the steering column?
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By 07328icoupe on 07-23-2013, 07:33 PM
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Had the rubbery stuff peeling off from previous owner. Popped off the trim carefully used Laquer Thinner to remove the rest of the rubbery texture, washed and painted with a satin. Whatcha think?
Before:

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By See5 on 08-15-2013, 06:00 PM
Just did this. Thanks for the directions.

The only tough part is the right switch pack is difficult to work with but most can figure it out.
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By AWD Addict on 08-24-2013, 03:44 PM
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Great write up. Thanks much. Finally rid of the scratched wheel!

This is a 10 min job with no trim tools, and leaving the airbag on. Only hiccup for me, was when i reattached the left button module, i put the screw in the bottom rather than the top before remounting, which blocked the screw that ties in from behind the wheel. Doh. Even so, it was quick and easy, even with having to reset that screw.

Be careful but firm, and the shimmy technique will squeeze the old one off. Then youll be home free
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By tturbolife on 11-06-2013, 07:40 PM
Just did this, put it all back together... and the right buttons don't work!!!! paddle shifter works, buttons light up, but none of the buttons do anything! PLEASE someone help me I'm so pissed right now!!!!!
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By scottp999 on 11-10-2013, 07:40 PM
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Great write up. Literally took me 15 minutes from the time I got out the 1/4 inch ratchet, torx bit, and 3" extension. I needed no other tools. So nice to not have a worn trim piece any more. Thanks!

I switched out the original 335 for the Msport trim. I'm 6MT so no paddle shifters. Not sure if that is why this was so easy or not. To the poster above me, not sure why your buttons are not working, I did not disconnect the wiring going to the buttons, just unscrewed the one screw per side to get the button group off the trim, and then screwed it back on the new trim.
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By 335iNavyGuy on 11-12-2013, 11:04 PM
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thanks 4 the help

Thanks for the help!

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By 1QuikWS6 on 11-18-2013, 03:16 AM
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And if you remove the airbag first as it should be done - the job takes total from start to finish of maybe 5mins, & that includes removing the Negative cable from battery as 1st step & replacing it as last...

Heck, I can swap out the entire steering wheel in 15mins which includes removing the airbag & trim
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By uaizaz on 11-27-2013, 01:36 PM
Ok so I have the non m sport wheel and it's not a 335 so if I want to get just the cover with the m emblem will it fit on the steering that my car came with? I noticed the alcantara was installed on the stock wheel do the others for as well? Also part number please
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By BlkD12agon on 03-15-2014, 05:29 PM
Very nice write up
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By ahmetbasturk on 04-24-2014, 09:47 AM
Hello,

I will do this for my e90 325i from 2005. I will try to do this without removing the airbag but I can't see the pictures in this guide. Can anyone post this for me again. Thx.
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By Lotus99 on 06-30-2014, 05:53 PM
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Haven't checked out the full video yet to compare it to these instructions, but it might help. From skimming the posts above, quite a few say it's easier once the airbag is out, which this guy looks like he's already done. I'd hoped for a non airbag video.

PS The link above doesn't work anymore, so here's one to RealOEM:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...19&hg=32&fg=35

The part number for the basic one for multifunction buttons I believe is 32306783048 and one with M logo is 32307845527

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By damirj79 on 07-07-2014, 01:48 AM
There is really no need to take out airbag. Once you unscrew the three screws at the back, you have to pull to your direction both of the upper parts and the bottom part so they can move freely. Then you have to move all trim a little down (2 or 3mm are OK) and then will see that on both upper parts there is a pin which is holding in the plastic of the steering wheel, the pin is right up of the keys on both sides. Unclip them and then you can move the trim a little more so have a gap between bottom part of airbag and the trim. Once you have this gap, just pull it toward you and then with fingers snatch first left part of trim after that it is easy to remove all together.
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