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E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:54 PM
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Installed Z4 M steering w/ paddles

When I found out that paddles can be fitted to the M-steering wheels, I decided to pickup one for my daughter from Tischer. The one I received has red & blue stitching, also has the multimedia controls.
I wasn't sure at first what to do with the spokes, the black rubberized ones seem to wear poorly (i.e. peeling), and I couldn't find the correct 6 o'clock spoke in the brush finish that would fit the M-wheel (that spoke tapers differently & is slightly longer than the M's).
However, once I pulled everything apart, the decision was sort of made for me, one of the connectors from the original control pods has one more wire than the M's, so I decided to use the silver pods and figured the pods may look odd if mated to black spokes, so I used all the original horizontal spokes, besides, I needed the cut-outs in the back for the paddles. I suppose I could have swap wiring harness, but those miniature connectors are hard to separate and easily destroyed.
The M-wheel has dimples to index for mounting the paddles, so I only had to drill one hole on each spoke, then 2 more for index/alignment.
Put everything back and drove for a bit, the thicker wheel is certainly a pleasure to use, slightly out of place with mixing spokes, I will just have to figure out what to do next.






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Old 02-17-2013, 01:16 AM
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Good work! Looks great.

This could be an option:
http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=796800

Or you could wrap yourself (or get them wrapped) I suppose.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:36 PM
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The bottom spoke can be modified to work with the M wheel. You have to use a dremel on the backside of the spoke to thin it a bit. There is a thread on here somewhere about how to do it. Looks good and great job figuring out how to mount the paddles.

http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthre...g+wheel+spokes

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Old 02-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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The bottom spoke can be modified to work with the M wheel. You have to use a dremel on the backside of the spoke to thin it a bit. There is a thread on here somewhere about how to do it. Looks good and great job figuring out how to mount the paddles.

http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthre...g+wheel+spokes
Appreciate the link, I saw that before but was a bit apprehensive to dremel the plastic that I cannot get a replacement by itself, apparently BMW sells the spoke pieces by the set. I actually found part number for the black ones with the back pieces relieved to accept the paddles, but they cannot be ordered in the U.S.

I may very well end up modding the silver 6 o'clock piece in the end, depending when my daughter starts bugging me. To be honest, the M-whell feels even better than the one I have on the IS-F except it is not perforated. However, the M-wheel takes away some of the harshness when compared to the original wheel on the 3.0 si.

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Old 02-19-2013, 11:34 AM
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Not entirely happy with the mixing of spokes, went back in and used all the black pieces, except for the back since the M pieces did not have cut-outs for mounting the paddles. Will leave it as is for now.






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