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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-26-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Alcantera steering wheel

Any of you guys have a steering wheel made of or has alcantera on it? If so, does it get dirty fast and are they easy to clean? I was reading about them and it seemed like you had to buy special products and if you don't do it right then you'll die. (something like that)
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:30 PM   #2
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I just got mine put in a week ago. Amazing so far. From what I hear they will last if properly maintained and cared for. Loving mine.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:44 PM   #3
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I had my original done by Coby wheel. He did a great job and amazing customer service. They will wear out if u miss treat it. I just wash my hands before I touch it. Oil is the main killer...
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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Don't ever touch it with dirty, greasy hands. And don't put lotion on your hands.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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I had my original done by Coby wheel. He did a great job and amazing customer service. They will wear out if u miss treat it. I just wash my hands before I touch it. Oil is the main killer...
Also had mine done by coby wheel. Definitely a good way to go
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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I was going to get it done by coby wheel too. What is the process for it? Do they send you one and when you get it you send them your original or do you send them the original and they wrap it and send it back.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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i got mines really messed i guess the guy before me didn't do nothing to it i would like to take it off n replaced it with leather or something IMO not worth it
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:10 PM   #8
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I was going to get it done by coby wheel too. What is the process for it? Do they send you one and when you get it you send them your original or do you send them the original and they wrap it and send it back.
They send you a wrapped wheel then you switch over the airbag and electronics and send back the old one!
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:49 AM   #9
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The wheel in my 04 is beat to hell, and I'm not sure I'll replace it with another Alcantara one. I did hear good things about Coby though.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:53 PM   #10
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I just installed my new wrapped wheel, also from Coby wheel. Awesome quality, great customer service. Go for it, you will not regret it.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #11
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I found a very novel way to clean my alcantar steering wheel on my ZCP. I take a cotton terry cloth and soak it in water with a tiny bit of lemon juice (just a few drops). Then I wring out the cloth so it's just barely damp. I drape the cloth over my steering wheel and wrap it around. I very lightly move the cloth around on the steering wheel, not rubbing a lot, but just in small sections. I move from section to section to get the whole wheel. I'm not dragging the cloth at all, just moving it back and forth in one area. I let this sit for a few hours or overnight, and it always looks re-freshed. I try this every 3-4 months and it's worked for 2+ years.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:54 PM   #12
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coby wheel customization FTW!

the alcantara will last years if maintained properly. but truth is a lot of people have "sweaty" hands by nature so alcantara is just not meant for that type of body chemistry.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #13
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I have found no matter how 'clean' you are in a daily driver you are looking at 15-20k miles before the spot(s) you normally keep your hands get a bit of shine to them...another 15-20k and then you almost need to replace it no matter how careful you are.

I have heard the average is about 25-30k miles before many original owners had their's redone and this was a common complaint under warranty services (not honored usually).

I like the feel. I had thought about going perf. leather, but the alacantara gives a great connection to the wheel and doesn't get as hot (I live in S. Florida).
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #14
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I love mine, but damn it it's getting worn out.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:07 PM   #15
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Wear gloves = last forever
Clean hands, don't wear lotion, etc = last a few years if you daily drive
Dirty hands, greasy body type = wore out in short order

You'll have to get over any false pride and wear gloves if you want to enjoy the wheel for ages.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:39 PM   #16
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Wear gloves = last forever
Clean hands, don't wear lotion, etc = last a few years if you daily drive
Dirty hands, greasy body type = wore out in short order

You'll have to get over any false pride and wear gloves if you want to enjoy the wheel for ages.
I think ill keep my false pride before anyone sees me wearing gloves in my car on the street..
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:13 PM   #17
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I think ill keep my false pride before anyone sees me wearing gloves in my car on the street..
Same here. Plus you can't enjoy alcantara with gloves, its all about the feel of it. It does get dirty fast, but the plus sides are its never hot/cold to the touch in summer/winter. There are days I wish I had cloth seats even.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #18
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I think ill keep my false pride before anyone sees me wearing gloves in my car on the street..
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Same here. Plus you can't enjoy alcantara with gloves, its all about the feel of it. It does get dirty fast, but the plus sides are its never hot/cold to the touch in summer/winter. There are days I wish I had cloth seats even.
Wrong and wrong.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:49 PM   #19
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Wear gloves = last forever
Clean hands, don't wear lotion, etc = last a few years if you daily drive
Dirty hands, greasy body type = wore out in short order

You'll have to get over any false pride and wear gloves if you want to enjoy the wheel for ages.
It's all of less than $400. My 40k maintenance was $4000+ a few months ago
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #20
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It's all of less than $400. My 40k maintenance was $4000+ a few months ago
And? I was simply giving an option to always have a mint condition wheel without the progressive deteriation. There's a difference.

$420 OE Competition Wheel (non-SMG)
$20 a year (if anal) for fresh sheepskin gloves (that do NOT take away from the feel of alcantara)

Or

$420 OE Competition Wheel (non-SMG)
$200-250 every 2-3years for a re-wrap

You decide which is more economical. The only thing that makes this hard for people to grasp is their apparent egos and ability to "pull a**" wearing gloves.

What did you spend $4k on? Nothing at 40k costs that much unless you're paying retail and someone else is getting paid to do labor.

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