Monthly Archives: May 2012

AutoCarbon Carbon Fiber and Alcantara Steering Wheel For BMW

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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 http://www.bimmian.com/STW

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 http://www.bimmian.com/STW for your reference.

in this installation we will also be installing AutoCarbon Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel Trim from Bimmian.com available at http://www.bimmian.com/CWT

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

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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!

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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.

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pull directly outwards on the airbag to remove.

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

 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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 bimmian.com at http://www.bimmian.com/CWT, otherwise, leave them on the original trim.  Once removed, attach to new trim.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Wrapping Complete

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OK guys, so heres a tip.  Never try to wrap your own car.

Maybe I’m just lazy…. but its incredibly tedious.   Took me about 17 hours to do the Hood, single front fender, single door, and roof.  The hood took the longest, the power dome and curved nature of the entire hood made it tough.

 

Dreading the return to the job (and especially the front bumper) and the sacrifice of at least 2-3 more weekends, I delayed and delayed…. hence no new blog posts for a while.  I realized I would never have this wrap finished, so I threw in the towel and sent the car out to be finished by professionals.

Its back, and it looks great.  I got a couple pictures of it in the mean time.  (I told them to leave the trunk black as I was replacing with a CF trunk lid. (also ignore that theres no passenger door handle and side vent… :)

Take a peek….

If anyone wants a referral to someone in the east end of Toronto who does a good job on wraps, let me know.

E92 M3 White LED Sidemarker Lights + Black Surrounds

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Hey all.  We’re actually installing two products at one time here. We are installing matte black side-grilles and LED turn indicator lights on our E92 M3.  These are sold together, at http://www.bimmian.com/LSL/9X or just the grilles can be purchased separately at http://www.bimmian.com/MSG/9X.     Either way — you have GOT to get rid of that chrome :)

Thanks to our friends at Jlevisw for sending these over for us!

Yes, you are right, the side marker lights on the E90 or E92 M3 are already LED…. but….. its one led, so its not so bright…. and its orange.    The LED side markers we sell are CONSIDERABLY brighter than OEM as they use a whole strip of SMD LEDs.  AND they are available in white…. i figure the white will go well with the white wrap we are putting on the car.

Let me show you how to install them:

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Look at where the clips are on the replacement piece.  Use a flat-head screwdriver to push between the car body and the grille, this will release the clips as you go.   Pinch and pull outwards on the grille more and more as you release each clip, so they don’t snap back in unintentionally.  I recommend either doing the top only or the bottom only as once you have either side unclipped the whole thing will just pop out.

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Not shown: once its out, remove the wire from the back, it just unclips.

Next we need to take the black piece apart so that we can access the clips that hold the black piece to the chrome piece.  This will be a little different for the sedans, but the concept is the same.

Theres a clip on the front + rear side of the black piece.  Use your flat head screwdriver to lift up on this clip to release the two halves of the black part.

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Once separated, one of the black pieces will still be attached to the chrome.  this is tricky and tedious, but you need to pull these pieces apart.  Lifting the clips on the silver part doesnt really do too much.  I just had to reef on it until it pops out, it didn’t break the clips as the black plastic is flexible.  I probably shouldn’t advocate doing it this way, but thats how i did it.

 

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Remove the one hex screw that holds the light housing to the chrome part.

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Use screwdriver or blade to remove the M3 Logo from the chrome grille.  If you bend it, flatten it out after removal.

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Use screw to attach the LED strip to the black grille.  Clip the original two black pieces that came off the original grille onto your black side grille (e92 only), and use double sided tape or glue to attach M3 emblem to the front of the black side grille.

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Connect wire, and test functionality before installation.   Then just clip it back into the fender.

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Crazy bright…. looks great.

 

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The black grille looks awesome off too!