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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.
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    #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.
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    #5 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel

    That is how it looks after I fixed the clock spring to the steering wheel. This clock has two brass contact rings on it and most likely yours have only black plastic. Those two rings are originally used for a a steering wheel that was headed. Now, instead of using these contacts for heading the steering wheel I use them as two contacts to send appropriate signals to the automatic through two carbon brushes that are mounted in a small hole or loop-fastener behind the clock spring, "#6 SSG/SMG Steering Wheel Contacts" one for up shift and one for down shift. One thing you should be aware of: it is imperative to mount the clock spring exactly the same as the old one, otherwise your tun signal might not come of at the right time or possibly not at all. You might think that the middle part of the clock spring with the brass pointing up should be straight in the middle, pointing 90° up but actually it should be more like 94° or 4° to the right. If you are thinking that you can just put the steering wheel a little bit crooked on to correct this, then remember you have to get the car front wheels realigned. It is much easier to simply grind away the aluminum epoxy and start again.
  4. From the album: My 523i Conversions and Maintenance

    Wishful thinking? This is what I would like to see on my speedo Actually, this is one of two Ohm resistant measurements for one of the steering wheel flap/pad, the up shift gives you a Ohm reading of 1008 Ohm with the resistors on the electrical boards in the flaps. That is why I had to remove the two tiny(2mm) resistors on each circuit board to fully separate the connection to get two clear signal-poles for up and downshift with less than 0.04 Ohm. All bells and whistles worked fully as intended on the steering wheel, that is, both paddles work the same way. When you pull on the flap it shifts into a higher gear and push on the top for downshifting. It was my chose to have it this way but I could easily have made a split, so that one paddle would have a downshift and vice versa. This a modified SSG that looks like SMG wheel with two stage airbag, paddle shift, steering wheel that is fully functional without any red warning lights on a one stage e39 from '97 that was borne/manufactured with one stage air bag steering wheel and no flaps. You can read more about the resistors with picture; #7 SSG-Circuit Board For The Flaps You can read more about two stage wheels vs. one stage with other pictures to.
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