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E46 steering wheel

Post by Devon Z » Sat 02 Jul, 2016 16:14

When I ordered my Zed in 1999 I loved the brochure car so ordered that spec, it showed the car with the three spoke wheel with the bright silver lower trim to match the console/door trims, lovely! Then I was told part what through the build that it wouldn't come with that wheel, gutted! Well now I want to put that wheel on, I know it's been done so my questions are.

1. I believe my car has a two stage airbag at present? It's a June 99 build.
2. Other than the wheel/airbag/loome what other bits do I need? Do I need the E46 slip ring?

Cheers in advance, good to be back.

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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by bertiejaffa » Sat 02 Jul, 2016 22:23

do you mean the one where the lowest spoke is split in 2?
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Southernboy » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 09:13

All the Z3's have a similar slip ring. A singe or dual stage airbag is irrelevant - the wiring for the airbag(s) is part of the slip ring. You will just need the preferred Z3 steering wheel and your original slip ring. It is easily removable from your original wheel. (3 small screws).

I assume you're referring to this Z3 steering wheel with the chrome SRS insert at the bottom of the center spoke??

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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Devon Z » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 10:11

bertiejaffa wrote:do you mean the one where the lowest spoke is split in 2?
Yes, the standard E46 wheel with the round airbag.

I've got the wheel with trims and airbag loom and airbag but it doesn't look like the slip ring will work from old wheel?
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Southernboy » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 10:17

You're referring to this wheel then..
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by mrscalex » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 10:30

Is this wheel a standard Z3 fitment on some models, an option on Z3s or is it from another BMW?

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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Southernboy » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 10:32

Standard early Z3 wheel -circa 1996/7
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Devon Z » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 13:04

Southernboy wrote:You're referring to this wheel then..
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That's the one, coloured top trim? never thought about that? Looks good!!
So how did you fit that?
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by mrscalex » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 13:35

Strangely I actually prefer the early Z3 wheel with the chrome SRS badge to either the later M Sport Z3 wheel or the E46.

Let's face it. Any factory Z3 steering wheel is not the best part of the car anyway!
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Southernboy » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 14:14

The steering wheel is standard Z3.. My car is a 2001 / 3.0.
The red colour trim on it is leather which I stuck onto the top cover.
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by BladeRunner919 » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 21:43

Southernboy wrote:The steering wheel is standard Z3.. My car is a 2001 / 3.0.
The red colour trim on it is leather which I stuck onto the top cover.
I don't think it was standard, but was an optional factory-fit sports steering wheel. It's not that common to see on a Z3 - most have a version of the 3 spoke with the solid lower spoke.

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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by bertiejaffa » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 22:26

I fitted one to my 1st z3, 15 minutes of a job - nice and easy
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by Devon Z » Mon 04 Jul, 2016 13:30

bertiejaffa wrote:I fitted one to my 1st z3, 15 minutes of a job - nice and easy
Great! I've checked your jurnal but no details on the steering wheel swop. Did you buy new parts or second hand from another model?
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Re: E46 steering wheel

Post by bertiejaffa » Tue 05 Jul, 2016 02:34

Devon Z wrote:
bertiejaffa wrote:I fitted one to my 1st z3, 15 minutes of a job - nice and easy
Great! I've checked your jurnal but no details on the steering wheel swop. Did you buy new parts or second hand from another model?
Ha ha- oddly i looked too and I missed it off. Simple 2nd hand off eBay, nothing to change - just fitted it - the only difference is if you ever need to remove it - on the normal wheel there are 2 torx screws holding the airbag in place - on this version there's still 2 holes on the rear of the wheel but you push to release springs to release the airbag.

Honestly, simple job, eBay 2nd hand, 15 mins
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