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Old 09-06-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Just want to share with you guys my latest mod.. I didn't think it would make that much of a difference, but it truly enhances my driving experience. As an added bonus the wheel and airbag cost me absolutely nothing.

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Old 09-06-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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Looks nice! How did you score that?
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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Man I need to find a wrecked M3 at a yard for that.
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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Get a towel. Put water on towel. Scrub the **** out of the wheel. Get the shine off, and PO's hand crud -_-. Then post pictures.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #5
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Nicely done! I did mine a few months ago and love it. Completely changes the driving experience from my older sport-style wheel.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #6
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Looks nice! How did you score that?
Bought a M3 wheel w/ no airbag. could not find a decently priced airbag so I flipped it and made a $100. found another M3 wheel, got it for $90 then found a airbag locally from a dealer tech for $100. then sold the original sport wheel for $150..so actually made a few bucks too. the whole process took a couple months, well worth the wait.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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Get a towel. Put water on towel. Scrub the **** out of the wheel. Get the shine off, and PO's hand crud -_-. Then post pictures.

actually already cleaned off the PO's crud and treated the wheel with a leather restorer.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:31 PM   #8
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Jeez m3 tri stitch for $90!? I'd buy that just to hang on the wall
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:32 PM   #9
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Man I need to find a wrecked M3 at a yard for that.
Conrgats OP.. WDE..you can get it new.



This wheel felt SO thick when I first got it. now it feels thin again =/ Going back to a standard sport wheel must feel like a noodle
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:44 PM   #10
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actually already cleaned off the PO's crud and treated the wheel with a leather restorer.
http://www.autogeek.net/leleca.html

This stuff is expensive, but it works SO well. You need to do it when it's hot though. Basically, you slather this stuff all over the leather, let it sit in the sun for a while, clean it off, and the leather is practically brand-new. Check out some before/after shots on google images (particularly on M3s) - it's impressive.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=585834
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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Looks like you installed crooked?

haha



Is there a symbol for sarcasm?

I bought my M3 wheel for $200 and a mint airbag for $50. Sold my old Sport wheel + Airbag for $250, so my M3 wheel cost me nothing as well!


Doesn't that just feel the best

(correction, I paid $280 for M3 wheel, I just checked, so wheel cost me $80, still good!)

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Old 09-06-2013, 02:53 PM   #12
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http://www.autogeek.net/leleca.html

This stuff is expensive, but it works SO well. You need to do it when it's hot though. Basically, you slather this stuff all over the leather, let it sit in the sun for a while, clean it off, and the leather is practically brand-new. Check out some before/after shots on google images (particularly on M3s) - it's impressive.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=585834
That just *supposedly* softens dried leather. The problem is that steering wheels don't usually have a drying problem. They have a oily shiny problem. The leather is simply worn out from years of hands rubbing. Nothing can restore it from what I've seen. Even physically "sanding" away the leather surface with a magic eraser doesn't work--the shine comes back in days as the depleted surface absorbs your hands oils.

Leatherique does not work well on our leather for some reason. It does work on Napa leather such as in my E36 M3. One of my rear headrests is super hard and dry from years of heat exposure in the back window. Two proper SoCal HOT applications of leatherique did not make the slightest difference. Still rock hard.

E36 M3? The leather got WAY softer. Maybe it's the way our leather is manufactured I don't know.

The best product for restoring matte finish, removing oils, and adding heat/UV protection is 1Z, IMO.

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I have the same steering wheel.

Congratz OP.
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Worn leather bothers me so much that I felt the need to shell out the extra cash for a brand new M3 steering wheel. For anyone considering it, it's certainly worth it! I can't describe how much better it feels than my square wheel with worn leather.
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This wheel felt SO thick when I first got it. now it feels thin again =/ Going back to a standard sport wheel must feel like a noodle
Yeah for like $600 haha
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I got mine for $450 brand new from a member. fish around.

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It's worth it to buy brand new. Also, Tischer is having a sale as of yesterday!
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I got mine for $450 brand new from a member. fish around.

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I'd rather put it towards a valentine one or my 6 speed swap.
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I got mine for $450 brand new from a member. fish around.

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Got mine brand new for a lot less with lower and upper trim.
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Got mine brand new for a lot less with lower and upper trim.
Care to say where?
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