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Old 05-11-2013, 01:09 PM   #121
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Nice job man.
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I does look a little high. You might take the airbag out, make sure all the wires are sitting out of the way and put it back in. Either that or just smash the horn a few times
We took it out today ( what a pain it was! ) but nothing was wrong with that. It perfectly sits on the steering wheel springs but still looks a little high from outside.
This airbag is removed from an M3 steering wheel, and my new steering wheel is an M sport but not M3. However, this shouldn't make a difference since the round airbag for all of them has the same part number.

Ok then I am going to crash the car into a tree to have this airbag open, rip it apart, piss inside the bag and bury it under that tree. I prefer a big hole at center of steering wheel rather than that annoying gap.

Just kidding, I think I will live with that.

BTW, I'm very pleased that I have track, volume and cruise control working now.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:01 AM   #122
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^ Mine didn't sit flush at first. Make sure you have the springs pushed ALL the way in with the screwdriver. With some more force, the bag was able to sit flush. This may or may not fix the air bag not sitting flush.

I did this modification this weekend. Wasn't very hard. Removing the panels and splicing the wires where the most time consuming aspects. The directions are fairly clear in the PDF you can download on page 1 of this thread. Having cruise control is absolutely fantastic, and working radio controls are just icing on the cake.

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Old 07-16-2013, 01:20 PM   #123
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Well done man!

I am sure the hooks have caught the springs so I don't think more force would result any better. Last thing I did about it was making real a funny idea that came to my mind to fatten the spring rod so that the airbag's hook have to go deeper in order to get behind the rod. I decided to do this in a minimum time and effort way! so I didn't even remove the steering wheel. I took a few inches of those solid shaped wires and wrapped it tight around the spring rod using a screwdriver and a hook-like tool since there is not any space to bend the wire by fingers. The idea kinda worked! Not much but made it sit just a little better. I got satisfied at that point not by the results but by the ridiculous idea and procedure actually working!


BTW, Now after a couple months I think that I can not live without volume and track change controls on the steering wheel! Yaaay!!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:51 PM   #124
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^ Mine didn't sit flush at first. Make sure you have the springs pushed ALL the way in with the screwdriver. With some more force, the bag was able to sit flush. This may or may not fix the air bag not sitting flush.

I did this modification this weekend. Wasn't very hard. Removing the panels and splicing the wires where the most time consuming aspects. The directions are fairly clear in the PDF you can download on page 1 of this thread. Having cruise control is absolutely fantastic, and working radio controls are just icing on the cake.

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Look nice now, better than B4, I have the same square steering and I have changed it with this sport wheel, I have bought it used, it was removed from an X5. I did some polishing painting job and became like new.
This is the best useful nice look mode I've did for my car. every thing is working nice as it should.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:15 PM   #125
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Hi guys, I've read all posts and still need your help.

I'm trying to replace my 4 spoke non-multifunctional with 3 spoke MLF triangle steering wheel.My compact E46 is built in 11/2003, and the new 3spoke steering wheel is made back in 98/99, so I am not sure is it possible to install and old E46 steering wheel, on a facelift model from 11/2003 ? I have connected all three wires as shown in the DIY tutorial, and the only thing that is working is the siren, the orange illumination on the buttons, and the controls on the left for music, volume, etc. Cruise control buttons are glowing, but are not working, and the airbag light is on. The diagnostics says : resistance too large IGNITION CIRCUIT / AIRBAG DRIVER STAGE 2. Please help!
I have tried to clear the airbag error from memory but it keeps showing...



Car is BMW compact e46, 316ti N42 engine, 115hp.

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Old 06-11-2014, 12:28 PM   #126
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Please confirm Proper Parts/Harness THANK YOU!

I am looking to retrofit on wifes 99 323
M 52 engine code.
I obtained same year wheel/airbag with buttons.

I know I need wire kit# 61120016012
I found on ECS here:
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/61120016012/ES161712/#

It doesn't appear to contain this harness from the DIY posted here
What is the part number for this harness?

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Old 06-11-2014, 02:00 PM   #127
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You don't have to buy any wire set, you can make it yourself. Only things that you need is three wires with different colors, approximately 2x 1m and 1x 2m, and some old computer cables like this on this picture above, and you can search for old floppy power cable for those pins on pictures on ecs site.

If you want diy I can post here?

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Old 06-11-2014, 05:54 PM   #128
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Diy

I'm pretty sure I have the DIY from here in addition to the pdf.

Question #1-Is there just one wire set, such as the ECS kit or are there two?
I thought the little set I had pictured ran from bottom of column to wheel and there is another harness that plugs into loom below headlight and in firewall
yes?
no?

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Old 06-11-2014, 07:07 PM   #129
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I'm pretty sure I have the DIY from here in addition to the pdf.

Question #1-Is there just one wire set, such as the ECS kit or are there two?
I thought the little set I had pictured ran from bottom of column to wheel and there is another harness that plugs into loom below headlight and in firewall
yes?
no?
The wiring harness you posted is for connecting under the steering column.
It has wires for going to the light control model and into the engine box.
You also need the cable between the multifunction switches and the top of the steering column (if it didn't come with the wheel).

If you got the round airbag the part number for the connecting line is 61318386947
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...6947/ES168287/

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...98&hg=32&fg=35

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Old 06-12-2014, 03:48 AM   #130
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Sqaure Bag

I bought the square wheel.

Cazz, thanks, that's what I thought. That appears to be the harness I posted in my first pic that isn't included in the ECS pic/kit.

Mine did not come equipped with said harness.

Do you know if part #5 in diagram - 61318386947 $30.43
will work with the square bag as well?
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:01 PM   #131
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I bought the square wheel.

Cazz, thanks, that's what I thought. That appears to be the harness I posted in my first pic that isn't included in the ECS pic/kit.

Mine did not come equipped with said harness.

Do you know if part #5 in diagram - 61318386947 $30.43
will work with the square bag as well?
Here is the diagram. It is either #6 or #8

http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...46&hg=32&fg=35

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Old 06-12-2014, 05:34 PM   #132
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Get information, I just disconnected the battery and am heading down to go from a Sport to an M wheel.

Update: It took about fifteen minutes to install and is one of the best upgrades that I've done.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #133
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Thanks for the assistance

Thanks,
Like everyone else, much prefer to have all parts on hand once work begins.

Thanks everyone
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:08 PM   #134
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Hi

I have a 2000 model BMW 318i, it came with no malfunction steering wheel. Instead a square shaped Airbag, so today i went to the scrap yard and bought a round airbag wheel with the buttons. My problem is when i tried it out it did not work i cant control my radio. What is wrong or what must i do. I am aware about the cruse control needing extra wiring but i don't want that i only want to use my radio from the steering wheel.
Can anyone please help me????

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I have a 2000 model BMW 318i, it came with no malfunction steering wheel. Instead a square shaped Airbag, so today i went to the scrap yard and bought a round airbag wheel with the buttons. My problem is when i tried it out it did not work i cant control my radio. What is wrong or what must i do. I am aware about the cruse control needing extra wiring but i don't want that i only want to use my radio from the steering wheel.
Can anyone please help me????

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You have to do the wiring retrofit. You need the i-bus controls hooked up.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:55 PM   #136
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You have to do the wiring retrofit. You need the i-bus controls hooked up.
Okay. Do you know what to do?Can you explain or send some pictures? Sorry I am new to all this just started with upgrading my baby.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:09 PM   #137
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Okay. Do you know what to do?Can you explain or send some pictures? Sorry I am new to all this just started with upgrading my baby.
Buy part number 61120016012
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...6012/ES161712/

Download the PDF file in post #10

Do what it says in post #1 and the pdf file.

You will run 3 wires. They all go to a plug under the steering column. From there 2 wires tap into the wiring behind the light switch. 1 goes into the engine bay for the cruise.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:56 AM   #138
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Buy part number 61120016012
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...6012/ES161712/

Download the PDF file in post #10

Do what it says in post #1 and the pdf file.

You will run 3 wires. They all go to a plug under the steering column. From there 2 wires tap into the wiring behind the light switch. 1 goes into the engine bay for the cruise.
Hi

Thanks, will do. Late night working on the car just cost me. Removed the slip ring but forgot to put it back correctly now its ripped out.
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