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Old 11-15-2004, 09:45 PM   #41
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if only there was a way to heat the thick, cozy M steering wheel...
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Old 11-16-2004, 09:36 AM   #42
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Great DIY first off mad props to ya, and secondly I have a few questions. Did you just buy the airbag unit and put it on the e46 wheel like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...ssPageName=WDVW

Or did you buy the steering wheel with airbag? Also is the slip ring necessary?

I did the non-function to multifunction steering retrofit already I would have done this one if i knew it was possible.

Anyways Great Job again
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:20 PM   #43
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Thanks for the props My warm hands the last few mornings have definately made it a worthwhile project...

The ebay link you posted doesn't work though - post it again.

All I bought was the E39 heated wheel, slip ring (which is necessary for wiring the heating elements), and button pod with the heating button on it.

The airbag from the regular 4-spoke E46 steering wheel fits the E39 heated wheel so no airbag buying is necessary if you have the non-sport, 4-spoke wheel & airbag already.
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Old 11-16-2004, 09:16 PM   #44
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Sorry about the link i was bidding on it but now it somehow disappeared off of ebay. This is the airbag I have so all i would need would be the slip ring and the right button pod for the heating button correct? if so i thought the leather wheel had to be perifirated (however you say/spell it) or something like that so i dont see how i could use my existing airbag.
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:01 PM   #45
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Sorry about the link i was bidding on it but now it somehow disappeared off of ebay. This is the airbag I have so all i would need would be the slip ring and the right button pod for the heating button correct? if so i thought the leather wheel had to be perifirated (however you say/spell it) or something like that so i dont see how i could use my existing airbag.
That is the correct airbag. It fits the standard 4-spoke, non-sport E46 steering wheel AND the E39 non-sport, 4-spoke, heated wheel.

So you need all 3 parts: E39 non-sport, 4-spoke, heated wheel, slip ring, and button pod. The only thing you *don't* need is a new airbag.
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:06 PM   #46
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Santiago and Solid:

The only fear that I have is tapping into a switched 12V source that wouldn't like having a significant amount of current pulled from it...you know what I mean? For example, the radio harness switched 12V is fine to use as a remote turn on for my amplifiers since they don't constantly require current from the switched source, but probably wouldn't be suitable for supplying the current for heating elements.

The lighter is an ideal location since it is meant to supply current to heating elements already! The only problem is that it isn't switched...

The 5-series and X3 must have a separate, fused source for the heated wheel that our 3-series doesn't have.

Any ideas?
Jackboot, I don't know if you have heated seats or not but the power source there is designed for a heater. I don't know if you can put two on the same source but if you don't have the heated seats then you should look into finding the instructions for putting the heated seat retrofit. It will tell you where the power source for the heated seats is.
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:13 PM   #47
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Heated seats are (not surprisingly) standard in Canada on the 330.

I have actually thought about tapping into the heated seats power source also...good call...

...now that I think about it more, that sounds like the best idea. I think the wiring will be fairly accessible too.
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Old 11-17-2004, 01:24 PM   #48
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Heated seats are (not surprisingly) standard in Canada on the 330.

I have actually thought about tapping into the heated seats power source also...good call...

...now that I think about it more, that sounds like the best idea. I think the wiring will be fairly accessible too.
Heated seats are not standard on 325iT.

One of my long term projects is to retrofit heated seats.
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Old 11-17-2004, 03:52 PM   #49
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Dang Santiago...you are the retrofit KING!

Did you buy a 325i and retrofit the "T"?
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Old 11-17-2004, 05:19 PM   #50
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Dang Santiago...you are the retrofit KING!

Did you buy a 325i and retrofit the "T"?
Yup, and my next step is to take a chain saw and turn my car into a 325CIT, the only one in the world.

My plan for retrofitting the heated seats is to not try to put the heating elements directly in the seat but to swap out with a car that has heated seats. I'm holding out for someone I know that's going to sell their car with heated seats and do a transplant. My brother-in-law has a car with heated seats but his are beige, mine are black. Too bad!
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Old 11-18-2004, 12:51 AM   #51
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I had that option on my x5 and now I miss it very much. Still not something I want to screw with

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Old 11-18-2004, 05:53 PM   #52
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I had that option on my x5 and now I miss it very much. Still not something I want to screw with
I wouldn't worry too much about "screwing" with anything - the mod uses all OEM parts except for the wire.
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:08 PM   #53
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Yup, and my next step is to take a chain saw and turn my car into a 325CIT, the only one in the world.

My plan for retrofitting the heated seats is to not try to put the heating elements directly in the seat but to swap out with a car that has heated seats. I'm holding out for someone I know that's going to sell their car with heated seats and do a transplant. My brother-in-law has a car with heated seats but his are beige, mine are black. Too bad!
you can swap the seat cover very easy..........if you retrofit the heated steering wheel, send me an email, I want to join too......I love that feature when I drive the 5 series.....pure indulgence
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:01 PM   #54
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you can swap the seat cover very easy..........if you retrofit the heated steering wheel, send me an email, I want to join too......I love that feature when I drive the 5 series.....pure indulgence
Haven't done the heated steering wheel. I think I'd put the heated seats first. Have you swapped out the seat cover yourself?
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Old 01-04-2005, 04:02 PM   #55
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Haven't done the heated steering wheel. I think I'd put the heated seats first. Have you swapped out the seat cover yourself?
dealer replace my seat cover because it cracked from excessive use of the heated seats

it's not that hard, it's like a slip cover thing with some velcro attachements.

once you get heated seats, hard to drive any other car that does not have it
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:14 PM   #56
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Hey guys - original poster here. Just in case anyone cares, I have sold the car that I did this mod on and took the heated steering wheel off. The "retrofit kit" is for sale in the "for sale" forum. Thanks for the space!
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Old 03-29-2005, 06:13 PM   #57
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dude...I would be all over it...damn..it is getting cold here in Boston
I would give my left nut for Boston weather! I need this for Saskatchewan, Canada - -40 to -50 in the winter!
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Old 03-29-2005, 06:56 PM   #58
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cool I can do this mod just in time for summer! wish we could get chilled seats and steering wheels just wishful thinking
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:26 PM   #59
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If you do a search on the internet...you will find 2 or 3 others DIY for series 7 and 5. Doesn't look that difficult but I think the key is finding the right parts...I am most interest in part numbers.
check out this links
http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/S...eringwheel.htm

http://x5world.net/heatedwheel.htm
FIXED!

http://www.xoutpost.com/articles/x5/...rofit-e38.html
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