How to retrofit M Steering Wheel with Multi Function Control

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Post by shootking » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:31 am

Followed the guide, worked like a charm!
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Post by bearded_ed » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:44 pm

Hi all,

Anyone got any idea which wheel I'm looking for? Is it an E89 wheel?
I have the standard wheel in my E85 and would love to get this swap done but can't find a wheel!
Current E82 125i M Sport :driving:
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Post by terryo » Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:01 am

can anyone definitely confirm the 2006 E85 models dont need the "cable" you mentioned. all the wiring should be in place already so you jump to step 11??

can anyone confirm if this wheel is shared with any other BMW models?

does this wheel/upgrade require the bluetooth module to be factory fitted or does it work totally via the CANBUS like on other BMW's of that era

thanks

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Post by Haggisman » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:07 am

Anybody know if they are still available new and how much? Cheers
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Post by Harry_sz » Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:52 pm

I have upgraded also to a MF wheel yesterday.
I bought a used MF wheel, had it re-upholstered (to M-thickness) and the plastic parts painted.

After I put it in my car yesterday, the buttons were not working. My car is a 2006 facelift Z4 2.5 so I expected the cable to be in there, but that does not seem to be the case.

Are there more people with a car built after 9/2003 that had no cable?

Here is my wheel.

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Post by Harry_sz » Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:55 pm

I have the retrofit cable, but would rather not take off the airbag etc again, because it could possible scratch the newly painted parts :-)

So my extra question is: Do the buttons usually work straight away or do you have to get the software switched on at a specialist or dealer?
If they should work without software changes, then I will probably need to put in the cable.

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Post by Mau » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:18 pm

a) They do work without any software changes (i.e. as soon as properly connected);
b) The FL models do not have the cable, unless MF was ordered with the car.

Had to do the same to my previous '07 2.5si and did some research at that time.

However - though probably superfluous, as you already replaced the steering wheel once before - IMHO there is no risk of damaging the repainted spokes, as the airbag springs are released via the holes on the back of the steering wheel itself. To be on the safe side you could of course wrap teh spokes or put some cloth on it while working your magic via the holes ...
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Post by Harry_sz » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:12 pm

Yes thanks. I could not wait any longer so pulled everything apart after work :)
The cable was indeed missing so there are probably only a couple of years with this cable in place without MF wheel.
So only the 2004 and 2005 cars?

But I fitted the cable using page 1 of this thread and it worked like a charm.
Buttons are working and no damage to my newly painted spokes. The thicker wheel with the new leather feels very nice and the car smells like a new one again :)

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Post by Rldee007 » Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:48 pm

Hi all,

I have a 2004 with Nav and CD changer. I suppose I don't need to retro fit anything and it is a straight swap?

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