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      02-11-2019, 08:20 AM   #1
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What's the deal with M3 Steering wheels?

I have a sport steering wheel in my e92 this one https://www.e90post.com/forums/attac...mentid=1068222

It's wearing (not awfully) but it would be nice to replace it with a nice upgraded one.

I want something that's completely plug and play. I've been looking at ebay https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...LH_TitleDesc=0

And there are so many options, it seems like multiple models.

Which ones can I use as a plug and play?
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I have a sport steering wheel in my e92 this one https://www.e90post.com/forums/attac...mentid=1068222

It's wearing (not awfully) but it would be nice to replace it with a nice upgraded one.

I want something that's completely plug and play. I've been looking at ebay https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...LH_TitleDesc=0

And there are so many options, it seems like multiple models.

Which ones can I use as a plug and play?
So long as you already have the sport wheel, then any OEM M3 wheel will work just fine and everything will swap right over.

Something to note - if you have the heated steering wheel option, none of the M3 steering wheels are heated, just so you know.
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I would suggest looking at Coby Wheel at $225 for a refinished Alcantara wheel with core exchange.
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So long as you already have the sport wheel, then any OEM M3 wheel will work just fine and everything will swap right over.

Something to note - if you have the heated steering wheel option, none of the M3 steering wheels are heated, just so you know.
It's not heated ... so I see that some wheels it looks like you just replace the "horn area" and others looks like it doesn't come w/ that faceplate w/ the buttons.

So for me I have the option of using my faceplate as well?

It seems like there are so many variations.
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It's not heated ... so I see that some wheels it looks like you just replace the "horn area" and others looks like it doesn't come w/ that faceplate w/ the buttons.

So for me I have the option of using my faceplate as well?

It seems like there are so many variations.
There really arn't more than 4 variations

1) Base steering wheel
2) Sport steering wheel
3) M-sport steering wheel
4) M3 steering wheel

Options 2 through 4 are all interchangeable. The only caveat is to make sure you are getting an automatic or manual steering wheel to match what transmission you have to avoid unnecessary work.

Any of the steering wheel controls or trim covers are completely interchangeable between options 2-4.

If you just get a wheel and nothing else, simply swap over your current trim and buttons. It doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do the full swap over. Pulling the old wheel out, removing the airbag, swapping over all buttons and trim and reinstalling the new wheel can easily be done in about an hour.

Very simple to do.
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There really arn't more than 4 variations

1) Base steering wheel
2) Sport steering wheel
3) M-sport steering wheel
4) M3 steering wheel

Options 2 through 4 are all interchangeable. The only caveat is to make sure you are getting an automatic or manual steering wheel to match what transmission you have to avoid unnecessary work.

Any of the steering wheel controls or trim covers are completely interchangeable between options 2-4.

If you just get a wheel and nothing else, simply swap over your current trim and buttons. It doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do the full swap over. Pulling the old wheel out, removing the airbag, swapping over all buttons and trim and reinstalling the new wheel can easily be done in about an hour.

Very simple to do.
I'd also add that options 3 and 4 have a slightly different steering wheel cover trim. it's a bit more chiselled than the rounded regular Sport steering wheel ones. See the photo below, the M Sport one is more of a angular shape as it wraps around the buttons towards the center lower spoke. The Sport one curves all the way through.

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I'd also add that options 3 and 4 have a slightly different steering wheel cover trim. it's a bit more chiselled than the rounded regular Sport steering wheel ones. See the photo below, the M Sport one is more of a angular shape as it wraps around the buttons towards the center lower spoke. The Sport one curves all the way through.
Yes - this is true, although both will cinch down tight on any of the wheels in question.
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There really arn't more than 4 variations

1) Base steering wheel
2) Sport steering wheel
3) M-sport steering wheel
4) M3 steering wheel

Options 2 through 4 are all interchangeable. The only caveat is to make sure you are getting an automatic or manual steering wheel to match what transmission you have to avoid unnecessary work.

Any of the steering wheel controls or trim covers are completely interchangeable between options 2-4.

If you just get a wheel and nothing else, simply swap over your current trim and buttons. It doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do the full swap over. Pulling the old wheel out, removing the airbag, swapping over all buttons and trim and reinstalling the new wheel can easily be done in about an hour.

Very simple to do.
Ok .. I'm getting confused on the M Sport and M3 wheel I believe.

What do most people end up going with?
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Ok .. I'm getting confused on the M Sport and M3 wheel I believe.

What do most people end up going with?
M-Sport: Perforated Dakota Leather
M3: Smooth Nappa Leather

Both are the same thickness. M-Sport and M3 are the same steering wheels. M3 just has the different leather material and tri-colored stitching

Pics below:

M-Sport Wheel



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M-Sport: Perforated Dakota Leather
M3: Smooth Nappa Leather

Both are the same thickness. M-Sport and M3 are the same steering wheels. M3 just has the different leather material and tri-colored stitching

Pics below:

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M3 Wheel
Very helpful. And how do these compare to my sport steering wheel? Material and dimension wise?
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Very helpful. And how do these compare to my sport steering wheel? Material and dimension wise?
The M-Sport and M3 wheels are the same thickness. The M3 wheel is smooth nappa leather and the M-Sport wheel is smooth nappa and perforated leather. The M3 wheel also has the tri-color stitching.

The standard sport wheel is grained dakota leather and a little bit thinner, but not so much as the base wheel.

All three wheels are 370mm in diameter (about 14.5 inches).

Note that the M-Sport and M3 steering wheels do not have a heated option, so if your current steering wheel is heated, you will lose that feature. If you want to retain that feature, then the next option is to have it recovered in nappa leather like the M3 wheel. This is what I ended up doing and was very happy - cost was about $200 or so.

Photo of my wheel below:

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The M-Sport and M3 wheels are the same thickness. The M3 wheel is smooth nappa leather and the M-Sport wheel is smooth nappa and perforated leather. The M3 wheel also has the tri-color stitching.

The standard sport wheel is grained dakota leather and a little bit thinner, but not so much as the base wheel.

All three wheels are 370mm in diameter (about 14.5 inches).

Note that the M-Sport and M3 steering wheels do not have a heated option, so if your current steering wheel is heated, you will lose that feature. If you want to retain that feature, then the next option is to have it recovered in nappa leather like the M3 wheel. This is what I ended up doing and was very happy - cost was about $200 or so.

Photo of my wheel below:

What's the cheapest option here? I am not sold on necessarily an m3 or msport wheel vs my sport wheel, but since my sport wheel is wearing .. what is the cheapest or some of the "cheaper" solutions?

I would need minimal downtime as it's my DD
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What's the cheapest option here? I am not sold on necessarily an m3 or msport wheel vs my sport wheel, but since my sport wheel is wearing .. what is the cheapest or some of the "cheaper" solutions?

I would need minimal downtime as it's my DD

Well - I guess that depends on how much you want to spend, what your ultimate desired outcome is, and what condition your current wheel is in.

If your current wheel is terrible - then you can get a decent sport wheel on the forums or ebay for around $100-$150. That is probably the best option if your current wheel is shot.

If you don't really care about quality or anything, you can wrap your old wheel yourself for around $30, but it won't look very good and it takes the better part of a whole day.

For around $275 or so, you can get a newly recovered wheel from a few vendors overseas via ebay, that will prevent any downtime - can swap it for your current wheel in just a matter of an hour or so.

My car is also a daily driver - so I purchased a heated sport wheel that was in poor condition for around $80. I then shipped it out to get recovered for $200. Then, once I got it back, I swapped it for my wheel on my car and sold that one for $150. So my net cost was around $130 or so. Worked for me.
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