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Old 4th April 2014, 07:07   #1
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New interior parts - custom steering wheel by "tainik" and Alcantara sun visors

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.

LEFT - 51 16 2 693 603
RIGHT - 51 16 2 693 604

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.
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Old 4th April 2014, 15:05   #2
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Looks amazing!
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Steering wheel looks awesome - From all accounts it seems the E46 M3 and the E39 M5 have the same steering wheel, but I swear the E46 M3 I had about 4 years ago had a thicker feel to it!
I like the look of the perforated leather. Enjoy!
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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.
Additions are very tasteful, well done!

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Very nice.. now I am wanting those visors!!
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that steering wheel though...
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Beautiful, and a delightful remembrance of JClyman. RIP.

Thanks, Josiah. Hope to see you and your beast soon!

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Thanks for the comments guys. I got the visors and wheel installed today. The wheel is so awesome and feels great! It's subtle but it works very well. Installation was a snap and took about 20 or 25 minutes. Now, for the pictures!

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The car feels a tenth or two faster; probably picked up 5 or 10 horsepower I would guess between the wheel and the visors.

I hope you guys can see the visors in the pictures. They really are a very nice feature and they seem to have lowered in price since when I last looked at them several years ago.

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Beautiful, and a delightful remembrance of JClyman. RIP.

Thanks, Josiah. Hope to see you and your beast soon!

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Two of his posts have very recently helped me; the first I linked to in my original post here and the second was in a thread that discussed placement of the rear badge where he had posted the measurements that he obtained from his car. Since he was the original owner of that car, I figured those measurements were the closest I would get to factory. I am happy to say that my re-badging turned out great and looks perfectly correct. He is certainly missed.

Hope to see you all of you this year!
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