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Old 02-16-2003, 12:20 AM   #1
MITE46
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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...



Here is a the new airbag...







SMG wheel...


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