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  1. From the album: My 523i Conversions and Maintenance

    Honestly, I have lost count of how many steering wheels I have put in my car sins I got it back in 2010 but I think this is number 4. This steering wheel is actually a SSG steering wheel, probably from a e46 that looks like a SMG wheel with a carbon film. What "they" did is they covered the hole that is between the down spokes with fiberglass or some kind of raisin and then it looks like SMG wheel with no hole in the middle and then cowered it with carbon film. Unfortunately, you can not see the bottom half in this picture, but there are other pictures in my log that show the bottom half of the steering wheel. Although this is a two stage steering wheel and my car is a one stage it can be mounted with some modifications to the steering wheel stem/root for the new clock-spring that is from a steering wheel with heating capability and connect only one of the stages of the air bag. That said, it means that if the airbag blows, it will only give you a full blast in all cases. When connecting the paddles you need to take the paddles apart and remove two tiny(2mm) resistor in each of them (corr. I think that was only 1 resistor on one of them and 2 on the other one, you will see them when you open them up), otherwise they will not give a clear ground as they should (read about it in another description in my folio). If you look trough my folio you can read much more about how to mount a two stage wheel on a one stage e39 from 1997. #7 SSG-Circuit Board For The Flaps The thing I like about this setup is that, instead of having two "Yoda" ears with + and - on them on each side, I now have two cuddly soft cat ears . With the SSG paddles I can both up or downshift on bot left and right side that you can not with a SMG + and - shifters as far as I know. My setup is; when I pull them toward me, they shift up and if I push on the top, they shift down. It is easy to convert the shifting sequins just by switching the wires. All buttons on the steering wheel are functional and no air bag warning lights in the dash.
  2. V_MAX

    SSG -SMG/Bastard_With 14 Functions

    From the album: My 523i Conversions and Maintenance

    There are more than one reason I chose to buy this steering wheel....you can see the steering wheel inside the car hear; SSG-SMG Steering Wheel With Flaps in e39 from Feb.1997-/04.04.2021 First of all, I wanted a steering wheel that looked like an SMG wheel but didn't like the flap design with these long pointy or thin flaps with + and - and then again I didn't like the SSG steering wheel, because the spoke pointing down is split into two with a gap in it, but the flaps have a nice sophisticated design and you have the option of up or downshift on both "flaps" separate from each other, that you can not on a SMG steering wheel, as far as know. So, what can you do? When I found this not so original two stage airbag (my car is a one stage) steering wheel on eBay in Germany, I could see that it was originally an SSG steering wheel but it had been altered to look like an SMG by filling in the hole on the downward spokes with resin or glue and then used the cover plate from SMG. After that, they covered it with a carbon film that actually is an immaculate work that you can not put a finger on (no pun intended) and it blends well in with the rest of the steering wheel. The things I like about this steering wheel are; the steering wheel is ever so slightly flattened at the bottom under side and the seams on the upper half are horizontal, instead of just going around the rim, that is a nice professional workmanship and probably not easy to do. Beside the overall look, then this steering wheel has all the functions you can put on one steering wheel inc. changing gears with the "flaps" that actually do not look like any cheep flaps but more like finger size buttons when looked at, head on. I can tell you that it was not cheep, but it did fulfill all my wishes and drain my wallet a little bit.
  3. From the album: My 523i Conversions and Maintenance

    In case, as I experienced when I mistakenly bought a two stage airbag steering wheel, instead of one stage for my car, I would like to give this advice to any one who is thinking of getting a new or refurbished steering wheel. These are two different type of steering wheels, on the left is a one stage airbag wheel and on the right is a two stage airbag wheel. It is nearly impossible to put a two stage wheel, in a car that was born with one stage steering wheel. My advice and 2c, do not try to attempt to do that conversion, unless you have a good understanding on reprogramming the ECU bin. files, (that is if you decide to convert it to a functional two stage airbag car) and a fairly good understanding of your car wiring. So far, I have not heard of anyone that has made this conversion 100% to the specs and correct......> BUT, there is an "easier" way around this, by scarifying one of the stages of the airbag, thereby it becomes a one stage airbag steering wheel, like the one you have in the older BMW´s like mine from 1997. You can read more with; Two Stage Airbag On One Stage Configuration. Sins writing this above in 2016, I have installed the two stage steering wheel (in late 2018) and I got it to works perfectly, including all the control buttons and the airbag, without getting the red airbag warning light! and again in late 2020 I installed ones again a "new", two stage steering wheel with shifter flaps, with the same positive results You can read more about how to make this changeover with other pictures and "info" I have in my portfolio. #3 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel #4 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel #5 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel
  4. V_MAX

    #7 SSG-Circuit Board For The Flaps

    From the album: My 523i Conversions and Maintenance

    These are the electrical circuit board's that I had to make some modifications to, to get a good ground to enable the flaps to work properly. The shifters will not work, unless the resistors are removed from the electrical circuit board . I had to remove the two tiny 2mm resistors on each circuit board (or was it only 1pc. on one of the boards and 2 on the other? you can see the leftover from the solder) after that I cut of the two leads on the circuit board that has 5 wires, the white and the yellow/light brownish wire are removed. All we are using are the brown and red leads . The green wire will be connected to earth, inside the steering wheel. More about it hear; #6 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel Contacts Usually a brown wire indicates earth but for some reason they chose to use green for earth (come to think of it, then I remember seeing green color used for earth in other places on e39). The only two connections left are brown and red and these are the ones we use for the up and down shift signals. Therefor you only need to solder or connect two new wires; one to the red and one to the brown wire. Then connect the wires to the two contacts that where meant for the steering wheel hating elements on the clock spring and now you are finished with the steering wheel setup itself and that goes without saying that you have mounted the clock spring to the steering wheel itself. Note! The SMG circuit board is totally different from SSG.
  5. V_MAX

    #3 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel

    Not a pretty sight but newer the less necessary, to make room for the new clock spring. Before you start drilling, grinding and cutting I would suggest that you wrap as much as you can the steering wheel to avoid small and aluminum flakes and dust flying allover the place. As you can see, then we have to take a little bit of the stem to in three places for the new clock spring. Also it duos not hurt to grind down the two bumps one with a hole in it, (at this stage they have not been flatted out) on the flat base of the steering wheel, other vice it might strife the underside of the clock spring when tuning the wheel.
  6. V_MAX

    #4 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel

    This is how it looks like after preliminary work has been done and the next step is to add the new foundation for the spring clock. I got a hold of a aluminum epoxy "muddy" quite a remarkable stuff to work with. Aluminum epoxy comes in the form of finger thick stick that is two component and all you do is cut of a piece of it and mash it between your fingers, after that it is flexible and easy to form. Now you can apply it to the base stem of the wheel and then press the clock spring over to form it. After that, just let it be until the aluminum epoxy hardens into something that looks like a gray metal aluminum. This clock has two brass rings on it and most likely yours have only black plastic and missing the metal rings. Those two rings are originally used for a a steering wheel that was a built in heating element in the steering wheel. Instead of using these contact rings for heading we use them as two contacts to send appropriate signals to the automatic shifter through two carbon brushes that are mounted in a small hole or loop-fastener behind the clock spring, one for up shift and one for down shift, you can see them hear #6 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel Contacts One thing you should be aware of: it is all-important to mount the clock spring exactly the same as the old one or your tun signal might not come of at the right time, or maybe not at all. You might think that the middle part of the clock spring with the brass pointing down should be straight in the middle pointing up but actually, it should be more like 4° to the right. If you are thinking that you can just put the steering wheel a little bit crooked on column to correct this misalignment with the clock spring, then remember you have to get the car front wheels aligned. It is much easier to simply grind away the aluminum epoxy and start from the scratch.
  7. V_MAX

    #2 SSG/SMG Steering wheel

    From the album: My 523i Conversions and Maintenance

    This is a two stage steering wheel similar (the current one is missing the flaps) to the one I have in may car, that was manufactured with one stage airbag. If you are going to do do this conversion you need to remove the yellow part out of the steering wheel base to accommodate for the new or old clock spring for the connection. You also need to remove a little of the "stem" to accommodate for the screws that hold the clock spring in place when you have added the aluminum epoxy to form a firm new foundation for the clock. Actually the drawing for the hole could have been a little smaller than I made it.
  8. Pricey

    Steering wheel dilemma

    I have a Vermont Green 540i Touring with light yellow leather, black carpets and anthracite headlining, along with Vavona wood trim. I know it's the most common wood trim, but I actually quite like it and feel it works well with the rest of the interior. When I bought the car it was fitted with the ugly 'H' spoke bus size steering wheel, so that was the first thing to go, being replaced with the early style big airbag sport wheel (dual stage as car is a 01/2000). I grew to dislike this wheel too pretty quickly as it partially obscures the top of the dials when the column is moved down even slightly, and quite frankly I just think it looks quite dated now. My long term plans for the car are to start adding some Alpina goodies, so I wanted to avoid the newer round airbag M Sport wheel and purchased the wood trim type with the twin lower spokes from an E53, as I really like this style of wheel and think the wood is more suited to the Alpina vibe I'll be going for. The only problem is that I thought the wheel had Vavona trim, but it's actually the darker walnut so doesn't match my existing trim Have been looking online for a replacement lower trim piece in Vavona, or even a complete wheel to use the trim from but am having no luck. I know I could rock the two tone wood look for a while whilst I keep looking for the correct trim piece, but am concerned it will just look obviously wrong and stand out like a sore thumb. Does anyone have any suggestions/ideas, or thoughts on different steering wheels I could potentially use instead? Thanks
  9. americantruck

    X5 wheel on e60

    I have a refurbished steering wheel off of a BMW X5 and I want to fit it to a BMW 520d. Is this possible. Dave.
  10. n80nag

    E39 Horns

    Hi all, first off I just want to say how great it is to be back with an E39 after a few years without one ;-)) I’m just wondering if anyone here knows where the horns are fitted on a ‘99 540 - mine are inop. but also got issues with cruise control being inop. I want to check for lives/earth at the horns but also wondering if there’s any known issues with steering wheel contact rings that could link the faults? Any advice would be most appreciated
  11. I recently got a 535d in white. Lots of spec, new M Sport steering wheel. Can't get comfy like in my old F10.. Steering feels quite stiff Is the steering wheel a bit too big? Is the steering a little stiffer in post 13 cars? I will get good money for it due to the spec etc but I think I might want something else. Having taken a year to find this car, it doesnt feel right. Car feels heavy and not very poised. If I change to a different wheel will it be smaller? Such as the flat bottom one or the alcantara one?
  12. Hey guys, Today i've purchased an OEM sports steering wheel (late prefacelift one) for the E39. Yesterday I sat in a few new BMWs at the dealership and loved how the steering wheels felt. Can I see some pictures from those that had their wheels retrimmed, and the cost of it, thanks I'm thinking of having perforated leather on the East/West parts of the wheel, and Nappa smooth leather on the North/South parts of the wheel, with either Silver or Black stitching. I'm moving toward black stitching atm. Something like this (obviously mine will have the buttons on the wheel): Many Thanks
  13. hi. I live in Spain, I am looking to buy a car... naturally I would like a BMW. Could someone please advise me, I have found a manual 525i 2002 sports wagon (or estate as I usually refer to them). The price is good, under 4,000€ 180,000kms, with service history. I have spent weeks getting up to date on everything BMW, until my eyes bleed. This car looked great, until I noticed that the steering wheel has no controls! I have looked at the drivers manual (which as usual is aimed at the USA) and the MFL (multifunction Steering wheel) appears to be a standard fitting. The sports wheel, which is the same shape as that pictured has buttons too. Please see the picture below. Can anyone here explain to me why this car would not have buttons on the steering wheel, how would one adjust the cruise control for example? Perhaps the car is not all that it is made out to be. Any thoughts very gratefully received. Thanks very much in advance
  14. A nice box arrived in the post this morning and upon opening the smell of leather was rather pleasing. Not as pleasing as the look and feel though Delish!