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Old 04-10-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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SRS light fix with aftermarket wheel...

(yes I have searched...)

I purchased a new Nardi wheel and adapter, I'd like to install without the SRS light coming on when I reconnect battery and restart car. I know it's been posted many times before but I cannot find (searching for 2 days now on various forums) any specific info and pics for an E46 M3.



gorgeous, i know...

Friends that I have asked have said they've totally disabled and removed the airbags from their E46s (track cars). While my car is not my daily driver and slowly becoming more of a track (HPDE and drifting) car, I do not want to completely disable the entire airbag system from the rest of the car right now. (And yes I also understand the seat belt restraint system will act as if there is still an airbag in my steering wheel.)

And no, I'm not pulling a bulb or just putting tape over the light.

I've found the following informative threads, but nothing dealing with E46s:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=139336
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1122313
http://www.brazeauracing.com/tech/steeringwheel.htm

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After removing the airbag, steering wheel and contact ring, I installed a 3.3 ohm resistor across the terminals that connect to the contact ring. I fabricated a connector out of an old audio component connector that had the correct spacing and pin size. No wires cut and easy to go back to stock.

Below is a picture of the type connector I used. You need one with the correct pin size and pin spacing. Then it can be cut down to 2 pins. These type connectors are used in many types of electronic equipment. TVs, car stereos, home audio equipment and computers.
I'd like to know if the same "3.3ohm resistor" trick on the contact ring will work on my car. Right now I really don't know exactly what the "contact ring" is, or where to find it.

When I pulled my wheel off I see this:


It's a plastic ring that spins around an inch each way, is this the e46's contact ring? It has two plastic guides that stick out of line up the airbag and wheel correctly (and the connector for the horn on the bottom?). I'm pretty sure the center/left plug outlet up on the top goes to the airbag, as the same harness connects to the airbag itself.

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated. As I'm not really good at auto-electrical stuff, pics with photoshopped arrows would be spectacular. Hopefully you can help me and some other people in the future who find this thread, thanks.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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any pics of it installed?
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:35 AM   #3
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any pics of it installed?
As soon as I figure out how to fix this I will be happy to post one.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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...done! Found a wiring kit to use stock steering wheel wires, works great, no SRS light. It feels amazing to drive with, much thinner than stock M wheel but just makes the whole car feel stiffer and more responsive.


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Old 04-14-2012, 01:32 AM   #5
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Where did you get the wiring kit and how much did it cost you? The wheel looks fantastic
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:38 AM   #6
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So it looks worse than most OEM steering wheels and now you'll probably face a head injury in a crash.. brilliant.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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Where did you get the wiring kit and how much did it cost you? The wheel looks fantastic
Thanks, it's a simple wiring kit from Crowder's Customizing. I searched for info all over and it ended up being a pretty easy fix.
http://crowderscustomizing.com/catal..._red-2235.html

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Old 04-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #8
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So it looks worse than most OEM steering wheels and now you'll probably face a head injury in a crash.. brilliant.


I kinda agree - whats the point of changing the wheel, especially when that means removing the airbag?
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:58 PM   #9
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You two are honestly the first two people that I have heard dislike this wheel. (that's E46fanatics for ya ) Whatever, to each his own....

It has an amazing, very stiff feeling, makes you feel VERY connected to the car, and feel what's happening almost instantly. Inputs and movements no longer have this muted, "comfy" feeling. The stock M3 wheel felt like a wet sponge in comparison.

I don't drive my car very often on the street, the airbags will most likely be taken out full but right now I would still like the safety of them for a passenger as my passenger side doesn't have a track seat and harness.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:18 PM   #10
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I'm a bit on the fence about the styling. Good find with the wiring.

I definitely wouldn't want to do that to my E46 though, because I really don't want to die of a broken neck.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #11
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most of you guys look at the negative side of things dont you... i say it looks nice and flows pretty nicely. something new which makes it unique and it does look like it would give a stiffer grip to the car.
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If I'm going to be dubbed a hater because I care for my own safety and well being, so be it.
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In terms of aesthetics, I'm sure the wheel will look better once everything else is torn out in the interior/you get a rollcage.

Right now, with everything else being presumably stock, it's kind of ricey imo. But I'm sure you'll make it work.

Also, I too wouldn't do this, for sake of a neck/head injury.
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It has an amazing, very stiff feeling, makes you feel VERY connected to the car, and feel what's happening almost instantly. Inputs and movements no longer have this muted, "comfy" feeling. The stock M3 wheel felt like a wet sponge in comparison.
Is it not turning the same thing as the stock wheel was? Is it significantly smaller in diameter or something?

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I don't drive my car very often on the street, the airbags will most likely be taken out full but right now I would still like the safety of them for a passenger as my passenger side doesn't have a track seat and harness.
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as my passenger side doesn't have a track seat and harness.
I would assume you have a track seat and harness for the driver side...so it's all good!
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If I'm going to be dubbed a hater because I care for my own safety and well being, so be it.
No, you're going to be dubbed a hater because you're just an all-around dÓck all over this forum.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #17
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LMAO AC, you are the man
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:43 PM   #18
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I think it looks sweeet! And if it drives better then gooood for you man, as long as you like it, that's all that matters, right? And if you don't like it... I'll definitely take it. FO3 FR333333333
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So it looks worse than most OEM steering wheels and now you'll probably face a head injury in a crash.. brilliant.
As long as he is wearing his seat belt, he should be fine. The truth is, airbags are there as a backup system for people who are still too stupid to drive with a seatbelt. The side airbags do help when there is a side impact, and certainly prevented me from banging my head against the side window when I was hit in the drivers door. As long as he did not defeat all of the airbags, and it does not sound like he did, then he is probably not in any more danger than anyone with a front airbag, as long as he keeps his seatbelt on.
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As long as he is wearing his seat belt, he should be fine. The truth is, airbags are there as a backup system for people who are still too stupid to drive with a seatbelt. The side airbags do help when there is a side impact, and certainly prevented me from banging my head against the side window when I was hit in the drivers door. As long as he did not defeat all of the airbags, and it does not sound like he did, then he is probably not in any more danger than anyone with a front airbag, as long as he keeps his seatbelt on.
Reminds me of the time my cheap-ass Honda dealer didn't want to replace the seatbelt buckle giving me the SRS light in my beater. If the light is on, the airbags don't pop.
"There's no proof airbags save lives anyways".. I tried to be nice by only referring to him as a moron.

Even with a lack of common sense, coupled with complete ignorance towards the countless studies demonstrating airbag benefits, at least the manufacturers who spend countless dollars researching, developing, and then installing them in your car should be telling you something.
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