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Old 11-01-2021, 02:50 PM
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Default Wanted: Raid 340MM Steering Wheel

Just on the off chance that someone has one!
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Old 11-01-2021, 04:49 PM
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The same steering wheel is fitted to a lot of different cars including Porsche, Aston Martin etc.
I even had one on my last Smart Roadster!


So should be plenty available from breakers or on ebay - just a case of getting the correct boss to fit to BMW E36.
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Old 11-01-2021, 05:00 PM
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The same steering wheel is fitted to a lot of different cars including Porsche, Aston Martin etc.
I even had one on my last Smart Roadster!


So should be plenty available from breakers or on ebay - just a case of getting the correct boss to fit to BMW E36.
Thanks, did you like it?

Also fitted to the DB7 Vantage and Vanquish in various forms as OEM.

Most seem to be 320mm or 365mm and I have a feeling that 340mm would be best.

I'm after a plain black one with the minimum of markings, then keep my original wheel top put back on should the purists scoff if I ever sell.
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Old 11-01-2021, 06:58 PM
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I'm after a plain black one with the minimum of markings, then keep my original wheel top put back on should the purists scoff if I ever sell.


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Old 11-01-2021, 07:55 PM
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That looks just the job, have set some reminders on ebay etc

Not many people seem to sell them new, scary that some Porsche people want to charge a ridiculous £950!
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Old 11-01-2021, 07:57 PM
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Best of luck with the hunt. I'm sure if any of us spot one we'll flag it for you. It was really simple to organise our group buy a few years ago, so it's odd that they're so hard to get hold of now

I wonder if it would be worth your while getting in touch with http://www.carnewal.com/ who we bought through? They didn't have them in for the Z3 when I got in touch, instead buying them in to fulfil our order.
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Old 11-01-2021, 11:05 PM
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Thanks, did you like it?

Also fitted to the DB7 Vantage and Vanquish in various forms as OEM.

Most seem to be 320mm or 365mm and I have a feeling that 340mm would be best.

I'm after a plain black one with the minimum of markings, then keep my original wheel top put back on should the purists scoff if I ever sell.
I did like it yes and the smaller diameter did really improve the dynamics of driving. That said on the smart the electronics for paddleshift and angle sensor meant the boss added some cm to the non-adjustable steering column so it did jut out a fair bit. Probably not an issue you’d have on the BMW.

So when I replaced my roadster for another one in 2016 I went with a different steering wheel this time (still smaller than original but from a newer smart model).

As for pricing, one for the smart will always command over £1200. But that’s because of the electronics I think.
We also found that when replacing the airbag, Aston Martin dealers charge roughly half what smart dealers do..... who’d have thought Aston parts would be “bargain cheap”!
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:33 AM
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I like the counter-intuitive nature of the Smart/Aston story :)

So, things are becoming a little clearer now, Carnewal say that they (ATIWE?) have stopped making these steering wheels as the airbag manufacturer went bankrupt.

I also found another snippet saying that the company is focussing on OEM more and it seems harder to buy their products, so I guess it's look our for a secondhand or NOS one.
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Old 12-01-2021, 10:09 AM
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Ah damn, that's a shame but I guess goes some way to explaining the sometimes daft second hand prices.

I may now buy a steering wheel clamp to deter theft of it, ha
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