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Old 08-28-2005, 01:44 AM
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Talking Yet even more M Wheel Installation Tips.

First, I would like to thank each and everyone of you gearheads hanging out in here for giving me the confidence to disassemble a steering wheel on a $60k vehicle.

There are few points that I would like to add for the novice modder like myself..... when attempting to remove the sport wheel and swapping it for the M3, or M5 wheel.

1. Make sure you disconnect the battery, I was thinking of just popping the airbag fuse but after careful consideration....it was just not worth it.
2. Before you even think about this project make sure that you have two types of Torx bits avail to you. The screw driver kind and also the type that you can use on a 1/4 ractchet set. I cannot say this enough. I had both types and it it saved my booty tonight and here is why....
2.a Start you MOD at a reasonable time. In my infinate wisdom I walk by the rig in the garage at 10:30pm after walking Neo and I said what the hell...lets put this bad boy on. by 11:05pm I had the SPORT wheel off, after some trickyness just like PEP advised.
2.b When you take your new wheel out of the box you will notice there is only one wire sticking out in the middle and there are like 4 in the old one. Take the old harness out of the wheel and install it in the new wheel. I was not expecting that, I was thinking it was going to be plug and play. It was remove/install play.
3. Ok..so I am hitting the home stretch right on time it was 11:20pm, right on time. I take both hands and put them at 10 and 2 on the airbag to reseat and pop it back into the wheel. So I think here goes nothing..Pop Pop~!, Ok the bag would not seat in the wheel correctly at all!

Talk about dissapointed.

I came back to the pc and re-read the instructions and it said that sometimes you might have to hold the clips and seat at the same time. Well since I have only two hands I improvised with vise grips, screw drivers, and two old socks.....the socks were to protect the M wheel...so anyway with the clips wide open the airbag would still not seat all the way into the wheel.

It was at that moment I realized what I needed to do. In the old wheel lies the seat tray....in the wheel is a steel tray held to the wheel by three bolts. My airbag fit perfectly in the "old tray" that came out of the Sport wheel. There are three torx bits staring up at you. You will need to use a ratchet set to break the locktight locks and then simple put your old tray in your new wheel!

By taking the extra five minutes to switch out the seating trays for the airbags from inside the wheel you can potentially save yourself time and aggrevation trying to get your airbag to fit in a brand new tray. With really tight or loose trys

Okay...so everything is done...nice wheel...I checked all of my connections but I have two lights on the dash now....the brake indicator and the airbag one....now I have not driven anywhere as of yet. I will know tommorow if something is really up......I will upload pics of eveything tomorrow too!
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Old 08-28-2005, 02:50 AM
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Good mini-writeup. Some handy tips in there. Did you leave the battery disconnected overnight?
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Old 08-28-2005, 03:16 AM
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Question airbag carry-over !!!!

I have been watching with interest all the talk of the M wheel mod, I have just taken delivery of my new X5 ( 2nd one after we loved the first for nearly 4 years ).This time we had the sports pack on a 3.0 but my sports wheel has a diferent shape air bag or is this just a cover.It is not round like the ones I see in the pictures.Any ideas anyone.
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Will it work on 2005 x5 3.0 no SPORT PKG?
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Old 08-28-2005, 09:01 AM
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Are you certain it is a sports package on the new rig....as far as I can tell...the square set up in non-sport so then you need a new airbag from a sport model before you can attempted this.
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Old 08-28-2005, 09:03 AM
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No....I put every thing back together.

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Good mini-writeup. Some handy tips in there. Did you leave the battery disconnected overnight?
Since I did not know how long the flash memory can hold in the radio with no power I put the battery back together right away.

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Old 08-28-2005, 09:39 AM
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Roc,

Lets see some pics of the new wheel. A pic is worth a thousand words. And...I promise not to make fun of the chrome...
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Old 08-28-2005, 09:56 AM
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Roc,

Lets see some pics of the new wheel. A pic is worth a thousand words. And...I promise not to make fun of the chrome...
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Yeah I will take some when I come back from the Gym...have to meet the inlaws for lunch today...run n gun!
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:07 AM
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Oh no...not the inlaws. Come down here and hide out for a while. I hope your inlaws are more tolerable than mine.

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Yeah I will take some when I come back from the Gym...have to meet the inlaws for lunch today...run n gun!
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It is a funny story but I did the same install Friday night starting at 1030 PM.
I have worked on cars for years and have done most eveything to them but I did feel uncomfortable holding an explosive devise that could take my head off if discharged! I hope I am making everyone paranoid. Do take your spare tire out (better to learn how to do this before you have to). My terminal ground was near the air compressor tank but I did not need to move it. Disconnect the negative terminal and wrap it with a towl then a plastic bag and another towl I do not want this ground to get a jump from anything while I am holding a package of C4 like material!

The install went great and when I pushed the bag in only one side kicked in then I used the screw driver to pop the other side. Done by 1135 PM

Great mod and great write up by X5world
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