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MITE46 02-15-2003 11:20 PM

More Paddleshift DIY info, this time on X5...lots of pictures!
 
I'm home in socal for the weekend, so I decided to retrofit the SMG wheel on our new X5...It worked like a charm...This is my 2nd SMG install so I learned a bunch of things....

The answer was under my nose the whole entire time and I just didn't realize it. All you need to retrofit a step ==> SMG paddles is

1. SMG wheel (+ airbag if necessary)
2. 2x CDROM audio cables from frys @ $2.99 each
3. some bare pins from radioshack $2
4. electrical tape $1
5. SMG steering column $50


It turns out that the four pin step connector is the exact same size as a audio cable on the back of a CDROM drive....It even clips into place...Since the ends are already molded into connectors, 0 splicing is needed....Here is a picture...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000244.JPG

Here is a the new airbag...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000230.JPG

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000231.JPG

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000232.JPG

SMG wheel...


http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000233.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:20 PM

Tested the fitment and got familiar with how to remove the airbag...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000234.JPG

X5 shifter console...


http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000235.JPG
X5 wires exposed....

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000236.JPG
4 pin step cables...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000237.JPG
step engaged...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000238.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:20 PM

CDROM cables...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000239.JPG
step pin header....

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000241.JPG
probing the leads...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000242.JPG
plug comparison..

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000243.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:20 PM

smg steering column.

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000245.JPG

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000247.JPG
cdrom cable work...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000248.JPG

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000249.JPG
pins and tape...

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000250.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:21 PM

four pins in....

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000251.JPG
some install pix....

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000252.JPG


http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000253.JPG


red and white wires are up and down shift, others are step on and ground...
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000254.JPG

M1 mode...
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000255.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:21 PM

other random pictures....

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000255.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000256.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000257.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000258.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000259.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000260.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:21 PM

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000261.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000262.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000263.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000264.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000265.JPG

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000266.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000267.JPG

MITE46 02-15-2003 11:22 PM

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000269.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000270.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000271.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000272.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000273.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000274.JPG
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MITE46 02-15-2003 11:22 PM

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000275.JPG[/IMG]
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000278.JPG

http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000279.JPG
http://E46.mit.edu/Images/X5_Paddles...t/IM000280.JPG





If anyone needs helping installing a SMG wheel on their step i'll be happy to help....I'll be in Boston for next week up until June and the back in socal after that....!

All I can say is paddles make the X5 simply so much more amazing....the 4.4 X5 rapes my 323i in everything but turning...=)

soheilm3 02-15-2003 11:36 PM

is it me, or does that make it seem ridicously easy. thank you thank you thank you.

--soheil

PowerDrift 02-15-2003 11:42 PM

Dude, that is awesome! :pimpin: wait... no, that deserves the following: :str8pimpi and :bow:

One question, did you find out what happens when both paddles are pulled together? You don't want to short out the step system. You might want to add an intermediate item in the cable to the 4 pin step connector that does something funky like if both are on, then switch back to SD mode or something. I forget my digital systems with gates as well.

Yellowmann 02-15-2003 11:43 PM

Mite All I can say is very very good DIY and pics... :thumbup: You just have it down pack now huh.....

He and his 02-15-2003 11:47 PM

good post:thumbup:

SrCsTc 02-15-2003 11:48 PM

Wow... Paddle-Shift Retrofit for $55.99. Nice work MITE46!!:thumbup:


Rich

HdS 02-15-2003 11:49 PM

MITE46 is a genius :thumbup:

soheilm3 02-16-2003 12:03 AM

dude, i just checked out your webpage, fockin GREAT. e46.mit.edu everyone! go go go go go go go go. seriously, TONS of information.

--soheil

BiMrBoi33 02-16-2003 12:10 AM

thx mite

MITE46 02-16-2003 12:41 AM

Thanks for the props guys.....

I forgot to mention...I stopped by my uncle's dealership and did some inventory look up for the SMG wheel....

There are about 30 avail in the socal area, of these at least 15 in the ontario warehouse....there is definately NOT a wait for these wheels....

The wheel is expensive though....body shops get them for $523 and internet pricing is a bit more...I do know that the dealers are paying $400 + freight for the part.

PowerDrift: I actually built a circuit and everything that you are describing on my first attempt at the paddleshift.... that is located here:

http://e46.mit.edu/PaddleShift_Retrofit_Project.htm

I found out that pressing both paddles doesn't do anything...BMW must have some sort of input protection, thus the logic gate stuff isn't necessary at all...bmw's stuff has good design....

E46_Angemon 02-16-2003 12:45 AM

Isn't this like a direct competion of Seanz original SMG kit???

MITE46 02-16-2003 12:56 AM

It's not competiton at all, cuz I am not providing a kit....merely information and assitance =)


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