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Old 24th September 2004, 15:44   #1
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E46 B3S steering wheel

Hi guys
Just a quick question. I am soon to purchase a B3S but cant understand why Alpina only used the ordinary steering wheel and not the chunkier Sport/M3 wheel. I am wondering does anybody know if it is possible to change the steering wheel for an SMG wheel from an M3 and use the paddles instead of the switches on the normal Alpina wheel. Would it be a straight swap and how are the electrical connections made at the wheel. I presume it must be a series of tracks behind the wheel that correspond to wipers on the wheel. Any help appreciated/has anyone done this or researched it.
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Old 24th September 2004, 16:36   #2
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Re: E46 B3S steering wheel

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Hi guys
Just a quick question. I am soon to purchase a B3S but cant understand why Alpina only used the ordinary steering wheel and not the chunkier Sport/M3 wheel. I am wondering does anybody know if it is possible to change the steering wheel for an SMG wheel from an M3 and use the paddles instead of the switches on the normal Alpina wheel. Would it be a straight swap and how are the electrical connections made at the wheel. I presume it must be a series of tracks behind the wheel that correspond to wipers on the wheel. Any help appreciated/has anyone done this or researched it.
Thanks

Gary
I'm sure it can be done as I've seen somewhere (can't remember) that some guy connected up SMG wheel to a std 3 series automatic to use the paddles!

If I remember I will post the link
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Old 24th September 2004, 16:55   #3
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You can contact member Vinvin on this forum. He knows all about this. Here is a link to his homepage: http://www.bmw-paddleshift-retro.com
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Look forward to seeing some pictures of your B3S once you get it. What body type are you going for?
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