The sun visors and steering wheel are something that I wanted to change up for a while. I de-stickered my leather visors over two years ago and it really does make a difference. This is apparent when I compare pictures of the standard OE visors and my car now. I've always wanted the Alcantara visors to finish off the interior.
With the aid of a post by member jclyman
, whom some of you surely remember, I ordered the proper, un-stickered visors from FCP Euro. They were around $300 shipped for the pair. These are the European versions or rather, the Individual option visors and I can confirm that they do not have the airbag warning stickers and are otherwise identical to the leather sun visors, except for being covered in Alcantara, of course.
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Despite attaining 13 years of age this March and quickly approaching 114k miles, my steering wheel is in good shape but it's time for a change. As the wheels tend to do, the grip portion has become glossy over the years and miles and it does not match the rest of my extended leather-optioned interior as well as it used to. In addition, I have wanted one with a larger diameter grip-area for a few years and the perforated leather has always caught my eye.
I had planned to send a core off to be recovered but decided to contact eBay member tainik
after reading numerous positive reviews. After discussing all of the options, I chose to go with pretty conservative and oft-chosen options:
- 40mm thick grip (about 8mm thicker than OE)
- thumb rests
- BMW Motorsport tri-stitching
- perforated leather on the sides
- smooth leather top and bottom
He didn't have one in stock ready be recovered at the time I contacted him but later that afternoon he had tracked one down. The next morning he had it recovered and then on the way to me that afternoon. I cannot say how pleasant and easy it was dealing with him and I would recommend him to anyone thinking of getting a new steering wheel. Expect to pay around 400USD shipped for a wheel like this.
I have included some pictures. Unfortunately, they are only cell phone pictures at this time but I promise more formal pictures once everything is installed and sorted.