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      08-04-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I am looking to replace my OEM steering wheel with either a Momo or a Sparco wheel on my E90. Naturally, I will need some sort of a hub adapter to make this work.

I know our cars come with steering wheel sensors. Is this sensor used just for turning off the turn signal after you straighten the wheel, or is there more to it?

Is the steering wheel sensor used in ESP or other modules around the car?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi Folks,

I am looking to replace my OEM steering wheel with either a Momo or a Sparco wheel on my E90. Naturally, I will need some sort of a hub adapter to make this work.

I know our cars come with steering wheel sensors. Is this sensor used just for turning off the turn signal after you straighten the wheel, or is there more to it?

Is the steering wheel sensor used in ESP or other modules around the car?

Thanks in advance.
Without it all ABS and related brake functions as well as all stability control functions will not work, at all, including hill assist for 6MT cars. And, yes, turn signal canceling won't work either.
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So is there a solution that allows me to run a race steering wheel and maintain the steering wheel sensor operational?
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So is there a solution that allows me to run a race steering wheel and maintain the steering wheel sensor operational?
Sure, any one of them will work fine. The QD hub doesn't disable the steering angle sensor.
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Thanks for the response. I guess I was mixing up the turn signal auto shut off with the steering angle sensor which sits behind the plastics on the steering column.
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Thanks for the response. I guess I was mixing up the turn signal auto shut off with the steering angle sensor which sits behind the plastics on the steering column.
Turn signal canceling is dependent on the presence of the steering angle sensor.
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Right. I thought so too since it's all electronic. I got confused because I was looking at the NRG short hub adaptor which fits E46 and E90. The product details of that hub say that the turn signal canceling function is lost with this adapter, but they are likely referring to when it is installed on an E46.

Thanks for the help! I appreciate it. I ordered Momo steering wheel, NRG hub and quick disconnect system.
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Right. I thought so too since it's all electronic. I got confused because I was looking at the NRG short hub adaptor which fits E46 and E90. The product details of that hub say that the turn signal canceling function is lost with this adapter, but they are likely referring to when it is installed on an E46.

Thanks for the help! I appreciate it. I ordered Momo steering wheel, NRG hub and quick disconnect system.
FWIW I used a Krontec hub.
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Ok, so the NRG steering hub adapter does not fit with the steering angle sensor on an e90. It seems that it would work on an e46 though.

So right now, I remove the steering angle sensor and everything fits.

Can anyone share what brand and model are they using for steering hub adapter?

I see Momo has the 2013 model which supposedly works with e90 but it does not explain if the steering sensor is retained. Same for the OMP one.

Suggestions?
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Ok, so the NRG steering hub adapter does not fit with the steering angle sensor on an e90. It seems that it would work on an e46 though.

So right now, I remove the steering angle sensor and everything fits.

Can anyone share what brand and model are they using for steering hub adapter?

I see Momo has the 2013 model which supposedly works with e90 but it does not explain if the steering sensor is retained. Same for the OMP one.

Suggestions?
Krontec is a guarantee here and the best choice given its method of avoiding the slop that develops over time with other designs, especially splined types. If you use it don't forget the alignment sleeve, sold separately.
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