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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Mon, Apr-10-2017, 09:26:01 PM   #51
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Not familiar with the term. Anyway, they are not in the way. There does not seem to be enough clearance to remove the upper trim piece because the lip of the trim (the edge with the rubber trim) cannot clear the space between the steering column tube and the dash. My guess is that the steering tube has to drop maybe 1/2 inch to get the clearance. I'm trying not to force it because I don't know if the trim is suppose to clear as is (maybe the rubber gives way under enough force).

If anyone has done this, please chime in!
Then how do you call these? Handles?

If the stalks are off, you should be able to tilt the piece upwards, this way clearing that lip. That lip is not high at all.
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Then how do you call these? Handles?

If the stalks are off, you should be able to tilt the piece upwards, this way clearing that lip. That lip is not high at all.
I really have not thought about what I call them. I just have not heard that term before.
I'll take another look tonight. To my recollection they are not in the way but I'm happy to be wrong especially if it means less work.
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Old Tue, Apr-11-2017, 02:16:55 AM   #53
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Ok. Got the steering column trim piece off. Just took some fiddling and pressure at the right spots and it came free. No breakage either. Thanks everyone.
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I think I've narrowed the gauges to Innovate dual display and SPA Signature Dual digital.
I know some of you have used the Innovate gauges.
Anyone used SPA dual digital? Either the classic dual or the new Signature dual?
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A bit more of a track setup, but doesn't hurt to show others.. Spec Pro gauages. I am specifically talking about the 2 on top of the center of the dash.. In the line of site when on track and it flashes red when outside of the desired zones..

If it's a street only car, I wouldn't even bother with the gauges.. you aren't going to be pushing hard enough to see anything crazy.. unless you are just super paranoid (yes.. I am).
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Thank you!

Before going with the A pillar setup I also thought about mounting the gauges over the center A/C vent. It would've been an ideal location but I couldn't find any custom pod that looks good in that spot.

If you go with the A pillar route, be sure to get the pod custom molded and wrap it with Alcantara. It's a bit time consuming and costly but the result is well worth it.

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I'm gonna have to disagree, but only from a track driving point of view. If there's a warning light I don't think you'd even notice it when it's that far away from line of sight so that kind of kills the whole point. I like the A pillar or a dash mounted pod, but yes it's a bit track looking. Some would even go as far as to call it ricey but I'm not ashamed of my rice boy tendencies. this is how I mounted a wideband in my last track car, pretty clean IMO:



You could do something similar with the side vent on the E36. I had three other gauges on the dash which didn't "look" very good, but this placement was good for visibility.



I'm surprised no one has come up with a clean looking pod for the E36 to place gauges in this position. There's a perfect spot for it:





This looks great IMO and gives good visibility. I would potentially go with something like this for my own car.
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