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Mr Paddle.Shift
04-27-2003, 11:52 PM
So a X5 customer,Andy, contacted me about a week ago and was extremely interested in getting the paddle shift kit for his 2001 X5 4.4i. Amazingly, he saw my ad in a UK magazine last year. But he never had a chance to contact me until lately. He wanted the M3 SMG steering wheel but not the titanium shadow trim. Turns out that he is a huge fan of light polar wood trim. After consulting a couple of places, he and I gathered that a customized wood trim for the M3 SMG steering wheel costs about US$350 ~ US$400. Not cheap!

Andy brought along his Dremel set, thinking of cutting the trim piece to fit the wheel, but I hate to deface such a well-made wood trim. Spent a good 2 hours or so modifying the M3 SMG wheel and finally, so we ended up with this instead. I saved him US$400 and he drove home a happy X5 paddle-shifter. ;)

<img src="http://www.bimmerfest.com/members/VinceTopasBlau3/andy_x5_3.jpg">

So can I say Mr Paddle.Shift has done it again? :p

doeboy
04-28-2003, 12:23 AM
Nice... :bow:

I suppose it's better that the trim be slightly longer rather than slightly shorter.... :p

I just swapped my stock sport wheel trim with the Titanium Shadow trim off an M3 wheel I had laying around.... needless to say, the bottom spoke is a little short... really shows how much fatter and beefier the M3 wheel is... looks kinda strange... there's about a 1/2 cm gap from the bottom of the trim piece to the wheel, but if I don't look close enough, I don't really notice it too much....

Guess it's more incentive for me to get that dreamy M3 wheel I've been dreaming and drooling over... :angel: :eeps:

Katt
04-28-2003, 12:44 AM
Looks good :thumbup:


Katt

Tominizer
04-28-2003, 09:29 AM
ALl I want to know is where did he get that crazy wood trim for around climate controls/ashtray etc ?!!??!?!? :neener:


That ain't factory on this side of the pond !!

Mr Paddle.Shift
04-28-2003, 10:49 AM
John, the gap is there. Remind me to point it out to everyone at the next TS. The tribe has to see! :rofl:


Originally posted by doeboy
Nice... :bow:

I suppose it's better that the trim be slightly longer rather than slightly shorter.... :p

I just swapped my stock sport wheel trim with the Titanium Shadow trim off an M3 wheel I had laying around.... needless to say, the bottom spoke is a little short... really shows how much fatter and beefier the M3 wheel is... looks kinda strange... there's about a 1/2 cm gap from the bottom of the trim piece to the wheel, but if I don't look close enough, I don't really notice it too much....

Guess it's more incentive for me to get that dreamy M3 wheel I've been dreaming and drooling over... :angel: :eeps:

Mr Paddle.Shift
04-28-2003, 10:51 AM
Good observation! That is a customized piece. If you notice the inlay around the power window buttons are trimmed in wood too. Andy is a fanatic when it comes to customizing wood trims for his X5! ;)

Originally posted by Tominizer
ALl I want to know is where did he get that crazy wood trim for around climate controls/ashtray etc ?!!??!?!? :neener:


That ain't factory on this side of the pond !!

doeboy
04-28-2003, 11:08 AM
Originally posted by VinceTopasBlau3
John, the gap is there. Remind me to point it out to everyone at the next TS. The tribe has to see! :rofl:

Gimme a break.... I was bored and felt the need to tinker a bit... :p :rofl:

Raffi
05-05-2003, 03:13 AM
Woaw Vince, YOU DA MAN! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: