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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:47 PM
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How do I disconnect this wire?

Airbag-euipped steering wheel. There's a wire that goes from the steering column to the back of the steering wheel - how do I disconnect it from the steering wheel? For some reason it doesn't feel like it should pull straight out. Maybe I am being too gentle with it?

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:02 PM
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Diconnect battery and go have a looooong coffee. I think that wire is the airbag trigger and will disconnect from the airbag unit end. Battery disconnect to allow units to discharge fully.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:10 PM
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Diconnect battery and go have a looooong coffee. I think that wire is the airbag trigger and will disconnect from the airbag unit end. Battery disconnect to allow units to discharge fully.
The battery had been disconnected for eight hours prior

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:17 PM
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that is an airbag wire, you need to disconnect that orange plug you see under the column in the picture.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:02 PM
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Thank you, Steve!

It looked to me like that wire went through the column - I didn't realize that orange connector had a little access panel below the column.

Just as an FYI, the airbag wheel weighs 9lbs, the MT 1 weighs 5lbs. Measured at the post office.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:57 AM
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the airbag wheel weighs 9lbs, the MT 1 weighs 5lbs
The 4# you lost there will drastically decrease your acceleration times
Never mind lowering the centre of gravity
Sorry, I could not resist
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:03 PM
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the airbag wheel weighs 9lbs, the MT 1 weighs 5lbs
The 4# you lost there will drastically decrease your acceleration times
Never mind lowering the centre of gravity
Sorry, I could not resist
From my seat position, the airbag wheel blocked the oil temp gauge. The solution was to install a MT 1, which I prefer anyway due to its minimalist, classic design. The weight savings was an additional benefit, taking 4 pounds off the steering column. I shared the info as an FYI, not as a reason to believe.

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Mark, more pictures of the M3 please!!
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should have gone tech2!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:31 AM
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Mark, more pictures of the M3 please!!
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should have gone tech2!
I am not a fan of the MT II and am less a fan of the alcantara stuff. They just seem out of place in an E30. More suited to the E36
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