Category Archives: Accessories

Active Autowerke Short Shift Kit for E92 M3 Project Car


A short shift kit is one of those things that I have heard about for years.  Nobody really ever made a big deal about it, so I didnt think much of it.

As is now an authorized reseller of the full Active Autowerke line of products, we felt it was our responsibility to check out the kind of products they carried, so we ordered a short shift kit.


After installing it (sorry guys, no pics of the install), I was driving the car back to the shop…. and I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE DIFFERENCE THIS THING MADE.

The shifts became so tight, there is absolutely no play when in gear, the shifts are shorter, firmer, and more notchy, so you know when you are in gear, allowing for faster shifts.


Everyone who drives the project car comments to me about this, how great the shifter feels.

This is absolutely worth the price — and its available for MANY different vehicles: check it out or order at

Racing Pedals for BMW


Our friends at the racing pedals shop sent us over a custom made gift for our BMW E92 M3 Showcar!!!! Thanks guys!!! Looks awesome as always.

These pedals are made out of high grade aluminum, and can can be customized for aesthetic and racing purposes.

For a great grip, these pedals feature a frosted grid shaped pattern to grip the rubber of your shoes very well.  These pedals also feature an enlarged upper gas pedal for heel-toe shifting.   There’s also a special surprise about the footrest…

For more information, to see the available finish and heel-toe options or to order your very own set of racing pedals for just about any BMW vehicle, please check out


Installation is straightforward.  Just pop the rubber cap off the gas/clutch pedals. and align or clamp the pedal replacement to the vehicle.  Mark where we will need to drill holes in the vehicle pedals, one for each corner of the pedal.  Drill it out, four for each pedal, and use the included fasteners to attach the pedals to the vehicle.


And theres the special surprise on the footrest.  The logo!!!


Looks Great!!!! (Yes, I know, the installation is not done.  Only the top screws were put in at this point.)


AutoCarbon Carbon Fiber and Alcantara Steering Wheel For BMW


So the ///M steering wheel is nice….. but the AutoCarbon Carbon Fiber and Alcantara Steering Wheel is way nicer.

This is one of those products that everyone would get if they just sat in the drivers seat and touched.  The thickness of the wheel is significantly thicker than stock, for a feeling of power and aggression and ultimate control.

It is made of premium materials as well, black perforated leather at the 9 and 3 positions for ultimate grip when racing, real carbon top and lower for an extra cool appearance, and alcantara bottom to accent the alcantara roof found in so many M cars.

With this wheel, driving will never be the same.  Since you are touching it and looking at it all the time, its one of the best modifications you can make to your car.  Get more details or order at

The installation method for installing a steering wheel is VERY similar regardless of which vehicle you are installing the wheel on.    We also have an installation video at for your reference.

in this installation we will also be installing AutoCarbon Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel Trim from available at

Lets start the install…. (ignore the fact that the dash is all taken apart, you’ll see why later …… )


Out with the old….  first thing to do is to turn the steering wheel so the wheels are exactly facing forwards, and steering wheel is 100% upright.  Then, remove the negative terminal on the battery.  As we will be working with the vehicle electrics and airbag, its better safe than sorry.  If you decide to ignore this warning, It is important that you do not for any reason turn on your car (even to auxiliary mode) with any of the steering wheel cables disconnected.  This will cause you a trip to the dealer to get your error lights switched off.    And, obviously, don’t drive without an airbag!


First, look on the backside of the steering wheel.  Its more obvious on older cars, but on this e92 M3, its hard to see, there are two tiny little slits in the backside of the wheel.  feel around for them, you will feel a divot around them.  Once you find it, insert a flat-head screwdriver.   Go straight in, and you will feel a compression spring (see pictures later to get a better idea where these are) compress the spring and pull out that side of the airbag.  Do the same for the opposite side and the airbag will release.


pull directly outwards on the airbag to remove.


Release the clips on each side of each of the wires that connect to the airbag, then pull outwards to remove the wires.



Use a torx screwdriver to remove the screw holding the ground strap in place.   Then remove the plugs going into the steering wheel column.


Use a torx screwdriver to remove the three bolts holding the airbag mounting structure to the wheel.


Finally, use a ratchet, likely with extension piece to remove the main bolt holding the steering wheel to the car and pull the wheel straight off.20120321-164042.jpg


On the backside of the steering wheel there are several screws holding the trim to the wheel.  Remove those.



Install your new wheel.  You cannot see it clearly in the picture, but you will see a notch on the wheel near the bottom of where the wheel connects to the steering column.  You will see a similar notch on the steering column as well.  Make sure these line up 100% before installing the bolt to secure the new wheel to the car.   (in this example we left the protective packaging on the wheel during installation as not to scratch the wheel.),… by the way, the next few steps I did while the wheel was on the car.  You may find it easier to reassemble all the parts on the new wheel while the car is off the car first.   Other than for airbag installation (which must be last), it doesnt matter which steps you do first.


On the backside of the trim piece, there are the two button modules for operating stereo/cruise control functions from the steering wheel itself.  Remove those from the trim ONLY if you will be replacing your trim with a carbon trim also available from at, otherwise, leave them on the original trim.  Once removed, attach to new trim.


Reattach all wires to the wheel and steering column, and re-affix the airbag mounting plate to the new wheel.


Reinstall the trim as well. Then reconnect the airbag.  Double check all your wiring connections at this point.

Finally, align the airbag up with the holes where it will snap into and push firmly and equally across the entire surface of the airbag to click it into place.


The AutoCarbon steering wheel came with optional stripes to be used to mark a centre line on the steering wheel….. (need info about this?  check this post).  Five stripe colors in 2 different widths each are provided.


I am going to take the thin blue, dark blue and red stripes to put the M colors on the wheel.


I positioned the blue in the centre of the wheel, then the red and light blue on either side of it.   I started the middle of the stripe at the front of the wheel and worked it around to the back so the seam is on the back of the wheel.



Looks great to me.  I can’t wait to get driving!


Carbon Key Covers to Protect And Improve The Look Of Our BMW Keys


Today we are just going to do a simple 5-minute mod, which is actually pretty cool.

We are using carbon film to cover our key.  This will both give it a new look, cover damage, and prevent more damage from occurring.

These overlays are available for most BMW vehicles with remotes, and are computer cut to ensure the best possible fitment on your key.  Check them out at


Our plain key.


The overlay kit from which we will apply to our key.  Each kit includes patterns to do a pair of keys.


Each piece is cut to specifically fit one of the black areas on the key.  One by one, line them up and stick them on.


There is the finished product!  Just as promised…


Lets do the backside.


Looks great!


Goes great with a M3 key chain!

7 Piece Colored Roundel Emblem Overlay Kit for BMW


The classic BMW logo… a marque of quality, reliability, and …. unfortunately …. mass production.   Lets make our project car stand out from the millions of other mass-produced BMW vehicles by changing the color of the roundel emblem.

We may change the color later (just wait to see what we are working on for this car…. :) ) but for now, we are going to install our NEW MATTE CARBON FIBER roundels on the car, as we need to take some professional photographs for the website anyway.

These colored roundel overlays are available in your choice of over 40 colors for any BMW vehicle at - 7 Piece Colored Roundel Emblem Overlay Kit for BMW



The original……. lets change it!


The kit comes with a sheet of overlays in any of 40+ colors.  Enough to overlay all the emblems on the entire vehicle!


Simply peel off with a screwdriver or blade, line it up, and stick it on.  The high quality adhesive on the back of the emblems will make them stick for years!


Hood emblem completed!


Trunk emblem completed!


Four wheels completed!


Steering wheel completed!