Completed: BMW M3-Style Steering Wheel Installed Into S550

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    I'm waiting on my recovered wheel to make it back to me. Snow has delayed the USPS Package. Will post pics when it's installed.
     
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    Very nice!

    I bought a GT350R wheel from someone on the forum (used), and have been driving with it for a week. While I love the feel of the Alcantara, and I rather like the D-shape, I feel like it's too thin. The D-shaped wheel on my wife's Mercedes C300 Sport with AMG package (not a C43 or C63) feels so much better, because it's thicker.

    I think I'll use the GT350R wheel until the Alcantara is worn, then have a local shop recover it. The red leather stripe was worn on my wheel, so I had it re-dyed, but they quoted me $225 for a full recover, including leather, Alcantara, and contrasting stitching.

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    $225 sounds like a good deal for transitioning materials, especially with alcantara involved. I vote that you intentionally wear down the alcantara on your current wheel to justify getting what you really want :headbang:
     
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    #24 RileyZ, Jan 7, 2018
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    Having a thicker steering wheel is one of the biggest things I miss about my old bmw. Definitely bookmarking this for a future mod! :D
     
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    One of my best mods I ever did on my SN95 was the much thicker FR500 steering wheel. Might look into doing this to mine as well.
     
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    Finally got the recovered wheel. Will be installing tonight. I didn't want any other color but black, but I did add padding. You really can't tell a difference unless you look close, until of course you put your hands on it. Will post side by side pics (if I remember) and pics after installed.
     
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    Well I didn't take a side by side picture...honestly, since I opted for the black leather with black stitching - there really is no difference just LOOKING at the recovered wheel. It's when you put your hands on it.

    Got it installed and I like it a lot. Thicker on the sides where it counts - at least for me. I also like the smoother texture of the leather from Redline than the factory 'textured' cover.

    Overall - definitely worth the effort.
     
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    Where did you go to get yours done? For some reason, I can't upload pictures on either of my computers or phone :frusty:
     
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    I scored the new, unused Redline cover and padding here in the marketplace. Ended up buying a spare steering wheel off Ebay for cheap. Sent that wheel and the cover to the Redline installer in NC (I'm in VA).

    They did a great job.
     
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    Ah, that's right. I'm glad that worked out for you, for future reference I will absolutely do the same thing. I'm thrilled with my wheel (with the redline cover) and it looks quite a bit different (added white stitching and a white center stripe), but install was a PAIN haha
     
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    An update after many months of use: the leather has held up extremely well, and even softened up a touch. The stitching remains tight and the divine leather smell still exists!
     
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    Here’s a new shot:

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