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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 Thu, Aug-24-2017, 02:23:09 AM   #1
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Default Updated 3 spoke steering wheel

Decided that the original 3 spoke wheel was looking a little frumpy and wanted to update to the euro version (w/airbag). Pretty happy with the results. Doesn't it just make you wanna get in and drive?
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Both wheels look good but I think the airbag looks way better on the euro one, the plastics seem to hold up better too. Looks great!


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It’s a shame that wheel is larger in diameter, and feels as such. Good looking wheel, just not nice to drive with.
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Yah, the wheel is 10 mm larger in diameter plus the leather wrap is a tad thicker. Honestly, I like the feel of the slightly thicker rim in the hands.

As far as not being as nice to drive with - it was the aesthetics I was trying to improve. If I was worried about 'how it drove' I guess I wouldn't have bought a 'vert in the first place. :^)

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I went the other way way back in 2007 in my 328i. The "sport steering wheel" (option 255) as it's called, I loved it. But I wanted the M wheel.

After doing the swap, I liked it even more. As Brad is saying, it's smaller and even at just 10mm, feels like much more and makes the steering a bit more weighted.

Plus the M wheel has the thumb rests and nicer tri-color stitching.
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I went the other way way back in 2007 in my 328i. The "sport steering wheel" (option 255) as it's called, I loved it. But I wanted the M wheel.

After doing the swap, I liked it even more. As Brad is saying, it's smaller and even at just 10mm, feels like much more and makes the steering a bit more weighted.

Plus the M wheel has the thumb rests and nicer tri-color stitching.
If you have a chance, would you please post a pic of the wheel you're referring to? I did a google search but turns up a wide variety of wheel types and old threads on forums which are so old the images are no longer visible for whatever reason.
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If you have a chance, would you please post a pic of the wheel you're referring to? I did a google search but turns up a wide variety of wheel types and old threads on forums which are so old the images are no longer visible for whatever reason.
I'm referring to the 2 wheels in your pics.
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I have the same wheel, they look great but are too big for the car imo. I have a renown wheel on the way

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Decided that the original 3 spoke wheel was looking a little frumpy and wanted to update to the euro version (w/airbag). Pretty happy with the results. Doesn't it just make you wanna get in and drive?
I'll take your old wheel off your hands.
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I'm referring to the 2 wheels in your pics.
What confuses me is that you mentioned that one has the thumb rests and M-tri color stitching. In my pics, both wheels have those features.

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I have the same wheel, they look great but are too big for the car imo. I have a renown wheel on the way
Ok, I'll bite - what is a "renown" wheel?

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I'll take your old wheel off your hands.
Sorry but it's staying with me in case I want to return to stock in the future. Was always the plan since this is literally 1 of 3 minor things not stock on the car (BavSound speaker internals and front shock tower brace).
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