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Old 09-11-2012, 06:20 PM
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Steering Wheel Swap

Question for the experts: can a 1995 steering wheel be made to fit a 1994? Here are the subjects:

The 1995 wheel:


The connections that go to the steering column of the 1995 wheel:


The connection to the steering column of the 1994 wheel:


1994 wheel:


1995 wheel:


I'd like to make the upgrade, but I have no clue as to how to make the 1995 wheel fit. One connection is straightforward- there is a brown and blue wire that connects the airbag to the steering column (although they have different connections I can always splice the wires). I am puzzled as to what the other connection is on the 1995 wheel- any idea?

PS- sorry for the poor quality pics. The days are getting shorter, which leaves less time to do things after work.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:32 PM
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I have no idea about the wiring issues you might have, E34s with airbags are like hens teeth in NZ, but the spline may create an issue anyway. early 94 and prior have a thinner spline, same as E30s right back to the dawn of BMW, whereas late 94 and on is the same as E36 and all current models with a thicker spline.

so long story short, test fit it over the spline to see if its compatable before you go investigating the wiring side of things. its a very common problem people have when trying to upgrade E34 wheels
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