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      04-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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Sport Pkg Steering Wheel Retrofit

All- I have a base 6M Sedan with steering wheel controls. Cannot stand the steering wheel now that I've help my E39 M sport's wheel for 20k in 6 months. I've looked up the parts on Real OEM.com and the net and the forum. Did not find a DIY for this. I'm sure some folks have done this. Straight forward? Buy the proper wheel and go to town?
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      04-14-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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If you have the sport wheel you will be able to swap over the airbag and buttons. If you have the normal wheel you have to buy a whole bunch of things. airbag, buttons, trim, clockspring, airbag wire harness, and depending if it comes with your clockspring an airbag bracket.

My thread (ignore the paddle stuff since you have 6mt):
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=822134
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      04-15-2013, 10:55 AM   #3
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Yep, just buy the wheel and use your existing buttons, cover, and airbag. Make sure you follow the posted DIY's though particularly regarding disconnecting your battery and leave the trunk open and headlights on. I just bought a M sport wheel so I'll be doing this myself soon too.
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I have a regular base steering wheel. So it's a little project...
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for non-sport E90/E91 steering wheel upgrade to sport/Msport/M3 steering wheel, you will need:

-steering wheel with airbag bracket
-new air bag
-corresponding steering wheel trim
-multifunction buttons

once you have all the parts, it's just plug and play (though some people have reported they had to modify the airbag connector a little to make it fit)
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Going to say, not sure how my old airbag would fit the new wheel... ^ that makes more sense.
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      04-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #7
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The standard airbag will not fit the sport/M3 wheel
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This is one expensive upgrade. My base wheel looks good now.
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Pricey but worth it I think. You can always keep your old wheel to put back in when you sell the car, then sell the *gently used* sport wheel for about half what you paid on it. That's what I'm planning on doing with the m-sport wheel I got in there now.
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This potential project alone made my buy the sport package car.
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Yep, just buy the wheel and use your existing buttons, cover, and airbag. Make sure you follow the posted DIY's though particularly regarding disconnecting your battery and leave the trunk open and headlights on. I just bought a M sport wheel so I'll be doing this myself soon too.
I get disconnecting the battery (airbag) and leaving the trunk open so you can reconnect said battery... Why leave headlights on?

I'll be trying to fix a steering angle sensor issue soon so ill have the wheel off but haven't heard this yet.
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About the lights. I read that it may help to not surge the ECU when reconnecting the battery. Better to do just in case. I swapped my wheel in less than 10 minutes after watching a YouTube vid on how to remove it.
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Anyone knows what is the part number for airbag bracket?
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Update. I've spent some time on realoem and Ebay. I want the perforated M sport wheel. I have the base wheel with controls. According to Realoem.com my air bag is the same air bag in the M sport wheel. The Sport Pkg wheel takes a different airbag. So my trim, buttons and air bag should carry over to the M sport wheel. Can I get a confirmation... maybe. maybe not. thanks.
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Update. I've spent some time on realoem and Ebay. I want the perforated M sport wheel. I have the base wheel with controls. According to Realoem.com my air bag is the same air bag in the M sport wheel. The Sport Pkg wheel takes a different airbag. So my trim, buttons and air bag should carry over to the M sport wheel. Can I get a confirmation... maybe. maybe not. thanks.
Pretty simple - is your airbag circular or does it more closely resemble a baseball diamond?

If circular, then yes, the airbag, trim and buttons will swap onto the M-sport wheel. If shaped like a baseball diamond, you need a new airbag, trim and buttons.

EDIT: See attached picture; does your current wheel look more like the left (baseball diamond) or the right (circular)? Ignore the highlighting and text at the bottom, I stole the picture from ebay.



For reference, I have performed this same swap in my car, so I'm not just making stuff up.
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Circular. Like the Realoem pics show. So i'm on the right path... need the wheel, everything else carries over. I'll read up in my repair manual on the tools, torque, steps etc. Hopefully nothing special.
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Is your car sport pack? I thought all the non-sport E90's had the "base" steering wheels whereas the E92's came with the sport wheels that could be easily upgraded regardless of sport pack or not. I'm not saying you're wrong it just surprises me is all.
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^ Yes, i'm wrong. I have the base style wheel. I need a new airbag like the sport Pkg has. Dammit. The airbag cost more than the wheel!!
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^ Yes, i'm wrong. I have the base style wheel. I need a new airbag like the sport Pkg has. Dammit. The airbag cost more than the wheel!!
Bummer. If you're not opposed to a "used" airbag keep an eye out on the b/s/t section and ebay. I was able to pick mine up for about $250 shipped.
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Just beware of airbags coming from China. There are lots of fake airbags that doesn't deploy properly & can cause injury instead. http://www.scmp.com/news/world/artic...ags-made-china
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^ good to know. Ebay... eh. The board probably. Still, an additional cost that I didn't want to pay for.
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^ good to know. Ebay... eh. The board probably. Still, an additional cost that I didn't want to pay for.
Hey, I'm lookin at 'upgrading' my steering wheel as well, Do you have the baseball airbag? When I've seen "custom" wheels that fit base airbags,( like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...ectorid=229466) they have that same shape, but the sport ones look circular.

I dont think I have the sports package, but I have a 6mt e90 sedan, and is circular like the pic on the right.

looks exactly like this, but without the perforated leather and the (///M), but with silver trim and those..... Thumb grips?



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