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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Jan-22-2013, 05:23:45 AM   #21
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Default Re: E36 M3 three spoke steering wheel swap

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I didn't see the pics before. Yes, the clock spring is there. The wheel is a little beat up, but for $150, who's complaining.

Trevor's DIY is very helpful. It doesn't go over centering the clock spring, as he bought his new and they come centered, but it's something I'd recommend doing. It should be centered. But you never know. If its off, you'll rip the wires out with the wheel at full lock.

Rotate it and count the turns from its pisition in one direction, then the other. They should be the same. I can't remember how many turns it gets. But you'll know it if the clock spring is rotated to one side. I know someone that had a used clock spring that wasn't positioned correctly and he ripped the wires out turning out of the driveway. A new one isn't cheap.

Good luck with the swap, enjoy
Yeah. That's one thing I didn't have to deal with. (And I got the wheel from a total loss car when I was at the body shop).
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Default Re: E36 M3 three spoke steering wheel swap

Anyone know know roughly how much it would cost a dealer to do the install on this? (or how many hours the process takes)

I'm in a city all winter and don't have access to tools or space, but I'm dying to upgrade my 4 spoke to a 3-spoke. I reached out to a local dealer but no word yet. I only say dealer, not local shop, because I really don't want 1) trouble with airbags and 2) fraying wires and dashboard lights in 6 mo. because of a shoddy job.
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Old Wed, Jan-30-2013, 05:15:07 AM   #23
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Default Re: E36 M3 three spoke steering wheel swap

So I installed the new wheel. looks great but it makes alot of clicking sounds. I took a look at Sirius's thread and came across a comment

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Anyway, I think you actually MAY need a new switch bracket. I used my existing one and it worked...but it's sorta noisy. I see a couple spring loaded knobs on that bracket though. The lower one that was metal is now broken because my new wheel just broke it off.
which is what exactly happened to me. I know that metal one was actually the switch that sounded the horn when it was pressed down. I didn't change the slip ring or switch bracket. would that be the problem? I called the vancouver BMW dealership and told them about the swap I was doing and asked if I needed any other parts and they said no.
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So I installed the new wheel. looks great but it makes alot of clicking sounds. I took a look at Sirius's thread and came across a comment



which is what exactly happened to me. I know that metal one was actually the switch that sounded the horn when it was pressed down. I didn't change the slip ring or switch bracket. would that be the problem? I called the vancouver BMW dealership and told them about the swap I was doing and asked if I needed any other parts and they said no.
Maybe i'm confused, but it sounds like you didn't use the correct parts and are wondering why there is an issue with the swap.
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I'm asking if I am using the wrong parts. I'm not sure because its noisy, but everything went on.
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Old Wed, Jan-30-2013, 12:39:55 PM   #26
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Did you even read the write ups? Of course you need the new slipring and bracket. The bracket is pretty cheap, the slip ring is probably about $200.

Let's make this really simple, if you don't have a US 98.5 or later, you need the bracket and the slip ring. Done.
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I'm asking if I am using the wrong parts. I'm not sure because its noisy, but everything went on.
If you didn't swap the slip ring and switch bracket, then of course you're not using the right parts. That's the entire reason why people like Trevor do DIY writeups on the swap, as it isn't plug and play.

So, you took the slip ring off your old wheel and bolted it to the 3-spoke, which already had the correct slip ring on it? I didn't even know you could do that.
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Default Re: E36 M3 three spoke steering wheel swap

I think I got everything figured out. The clicking noise turned out to be the wire from the clock spring was a little loose.

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The wheel tired turned out better than expected, after 15 minutes of cleaning all the grime off.
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Let's make this really simple, if you don't have a US 98.5 or later, you need the bracket and the slip ring. Done.
I have a '97, this was EXACTLY the question I had (I have the slip ring, didn't get the bracket yet).


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I think I got everything figured out. The clicking noise turned out to be the wire from the clock spring was a little loose.

shitty iphone pics but,

before:



after:


The wheel tired turned out better than expected, after 15 minutes of cleaning all the grime off.
Hey man - what year is your car? And what year/model is the new steering wheel out of? I want to do the same swap but am unsure about which wheels require splicing or won't work, etc.

Any help would be awesome as I have a 95 m3 with the four spoke and desperately want to get rid of it lol.
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