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      07-25-2012, 04:04 AM   #1
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F30 style M steering wheel install on F20?

A big Hi to the forum. I am new here and i'm in the process of ordering my new 118i.
I like very much the new M steeing wheel that can be ordered for new F30.
I wonder, is it possible to order it or install it later on F20?
I guess it can also fix the instrument view problem?
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      07-25-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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Looks interesting, I've not seen that style before.

I should imagine the answer from BMW is "Nein", but I'm sure it could probably be retrofitted
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      07-25-2012, 05:24 AM   #3
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There is an M style steering wheel already for the F20. I'm not sure if it can be retro-fitted.
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      07-25-2012, 06:03 AM   #4
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There is an M style steering wheel already for the F20. I'm not sure if it can be retro-fitted.
Yeah but that looks a completely different style to the F30 wheel
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      07-25-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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Retro-Inspired 'M' steering wheel different from M-Sport steering wheels

All 2012 F-series M cars come with the retro-inspired steering wheel pictured with the round boss. The "M-Sport" steering wheel is markedly different.

I am not sure the 3-spoke retro 'M' steering wheel can be retrofitted.

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      07-25-2012, 08:55 AM   #6
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The picture in the first post is the genuine M sportswheel for the F30.

I also think this can be fitted to a F20 as I came accross this vid on youtube the other day;

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      07-25-2012, 06:14 PM   #7
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Is there an instrument view issue? I have the M Sport steering wheel in my F20, and I see the instruments just fine.
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      07-26-2012, 06:06 AM   #8
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I also like the performance steering wheel...


http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/owner/acc...roduct=cockpit
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      07-26-2012, 07:19 AM   #9
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Is there an instrument view issue? I have the M Sport steering wheel in my F20, and I see the instruments just fine.
It all depends on where your seating position is and how you have the steering wheel adjusted.. I had to fettle with the position for a little while before I got it right
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      07-26-2012, 08:38 AM   #10
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BMW M Performance alcantara + carbon which is approx. EUR 715


BMW M Performance alcantara + carbon + race display which is approx. EUR 1.350
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      08-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #11
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I think if possible. This is the non-M sports steering wheel (F30)

This is the non-M sports steering wheel (F20)



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Yo creo que si es posible. El volante del F30 y del F20 no-M parece el mismo. Cuando tenga mi F21 voy a probarlo. Me encanta el volante del serie 3 con paquete M.
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      08-11-2012, 03:33 AM   #12
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I've tested the new F30 with M sport package last week.

The M steering wheel looks very nice and have a good handling, but the buttons of the control unit are so substandard.

By pushing the feeling is not like a BMW... it's unlikely and feels exactly the same like the buttons of Mercedes.

It was somewhat disappointing cuz the design is so cool!
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f30 wheel

thanasaki did you have any success with your f30 wheel fit issues?

I would like to attempt the same and I am pretty sure it will fit without problems, but I guess the only way is to try and it and see.

The f20 has a single stage air bag, right?

thanks
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      06-05-2013, 11:58 AM   #14
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This 3 spoke m sport steering wheel is supposedly going to be available for the new 2er (some prototypes have been spotted with it).
Considering that the 2er is basically an 1er underneath, it should be possible to use this steering wheel on the 1er as well.

The only thing is, considering that the airbag modules are different, this wheel might not be a single plug-and-play swap, some coding might be necessary as well. But this is just speculation from my part.

Anyway, I'm interested in performing this mod on my car too. Has anyone else tried this already to provide us with more information?
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Looks good!

PS: The NBT system is also retrofitted
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      11-27-2013, 05:19 AM   #16
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Is there an instrument view issue? I have the M Sport steering wheel in my F20, and I see the instruments just fine.
You must have missed the threads where many of us commented on how hard it can be to get both the OBD and instrument dials in view through the wheel.

Most compromise with the wheel rim just masking the top of the speedometer and rev counter.
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      11-27-2013, 09:14 AM   #17
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You must have missed the threads where many of us commented on how hard it can be to get both the OBD and instrument dials in view through the wheel.

Most compromise with the wheel rim just masking the top of the speedometer and rev counter.
I have had quite a few people of very different shape test sit our car, and none of them had any issues seing everything through the wheel.
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      11-27-2013, 10:01 AM   #18
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I have had quite a few people of very different shape test sit our car, and none of them had any issues seing everything through the wheel.
Oh you can see everything but only just I spent over an hour using the correct arm relief (Wrists on the top of the wheel with arms straight out).

The very best compromise is OBD fully visible and dial trim ring on speedo and rev counter obscured but as the digits are clear that will do.

The F30 loaner I am in at the moment has a slightly larger upper wheel aperture to match the cluster and would work for the F20 if it can be retrofitted.
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      11-28-2013, 06:26 AM   #19
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F30 steering wheel can be fitted to F20 series.. you need new airbag. . The M P steering can be purchase at 600-650 usd on eBay. Using back the same airbag. Just make sure u got the right steering wheel either with/without paddles ..
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