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Old 03-17-2013, 12:39 AM   #41
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Yeah wiring is never a problem for me, unless it's my dynavin clone unit.. >.>
The wheel is amazing, I more than likely will never do the SMG wheel, but it does seem really cool. I'm assuming you can still use the shifter when in manual mode?
Yes you can also use the shifter in manual mode. But yeah, the wheel is much better than a stock one. Glad you like it
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:59 AM   #42
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I did this. it's a direct fit depending on what year model you car is. When I ordered mine it was from an 00 M5 because of the airbag system being a single stage it was compatible with my car. No coding. I see you went with the 3 series wheel. I chose the m5 prefacelift wheel because of the slightly larger diameter. it feels great with my sedan btw if anyone needed an opinion.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:34 AM   #43
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I did this. it's a direct fit depending on what year model you car is. When I ordered mine it was from an 00 M5 because of the airbag system being a single stage it was compatible with my car. No coding. I see you went with the 3 series wheel. I chose the m5 prefacelift wheel because of the slightly larger diameter. it feels great with my sedan btw if anyone needed an opinion.
Smart way around the Dual system problem
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:55 AM   #44
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Judging from some the replies, am I right in thinking that a Pre Facelift E46 will need wheel coding if it's changed to an M wheel?

My Wheel does not have buttons but I assume that would need coding, if I got a wheel with more buttons?!
yeah i just figured i'd throw in my knowledge from personal experience since OP said e39 m sport wheel. Referring to your problem if you are wanting to go from steering wheel with no buttons to a wheel with buttons you would have to retrofit it to have the buttons be operational. otherwise you can just not use the buttons or if you just like the e39 msport/m5 wheel the e36 M3 steering wheel is without buttons and has the same design.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:01 AM   #45
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Judging from some the replies, am I right in thinking that a Pre Facelift E46 will need wheel coding if it's changed to an M wheel?

My Wheel does not have buttons but I assume that would need coding, if I got a wheel with more buttons?!
Prefacelift vs facelift doesn't mean much.

Before 09/1999 -- You need a new airbag module and have to recode it for dual stage air bags.

09/1999 - 06/2000 -- You have the right module, but it still needs to be recoded for dual stage air bags

06/2000 and newer: You have dual stage airbags already and the M3 wheel is a direct swap.


Buttons... I don't believe it requires coding, but it does require a little bit of wiring

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=544160

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #46
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