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      05-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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LCI Steering Wheel Retrofit to pre-LCI Car?

I'm looking to do the above - fit a used Sports Steering Wheel (non M-sport) from an LCI-spec car to my 2005 330i (SE wheel with angular airbag). Manual gearbox so no paddles etc.

Buttons are the same so I would assume straight swap but not sure...

Anyone confirm if this is as simple as I am hoping?
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      05-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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I'm looking to do the above - fit a used Sports Steering Wheel (non M-sport) from an LCI-spec car to my 2005 330i (SE wheel with angular airbag). Manual gearbox so no paddles etc.

Buttons are the same so I would assume straight swap but not sure...

Anyone confirm if this is as simple as I am hoping?
It will not fit. Sports steering wheel uses the round airbag. You would be better off getting the msport steering wheel.
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      05-02-2012, 04:02 PM   #3
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I know that I will need the round airbag, that's not an issue.

For clarity, these are the wheels that I am looking to swap from and to...

Mainly wondering from an electrical point of view whether it will be 'plug and play' or not.
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Non-sport to sport should be fine with the correct airbag.
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      05-03-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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Straight swap buddy but the buttons are not the same.
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      09-22-2012, 02:02 PM   #6
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Finally got round to trying to do this but got stuck when realised that the airbag connector from the new LCI wheel is a different configuration to the socket on my pre-LCI hub. See pic below (hub socket a bit blurry in the red circle). A bit annoyed as I had managed to source a really nice sport wheel (not M Sport) at a good price in the belief that it was 'plug and play'.

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Any advice on how to get around this?
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