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Old 19-01-2021, 10:44 AM
Hatter Hatter is offline
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I’ve also never liked the factory wheel and always felt they numbed the feel of the car. My search for a 340mm Raid wheel (at a realistic price) has proved fruitless. Instead of going for a Raid 365mm wheel, I’ve bought one from a Z4 which is also 365mm, much cheaper, an original BMW part and - to my eyes - better looking. Although the hub will require a little bit of machining to make it fit....
2001 S54 Silver with Red/Black interior. Totally standard.
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Old 20-01-2021, 04:43 PM
urquattrogus urquattrogus is offline
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Some progress on this.

I will ask about making steering wheels smaller but I'm not sure if people will be willing to do it, most still have a metal ring under the foam rim and I also slightly worry about safety.

Still no raid wheel but here is the Facelift Z3 Steering wheel I have just bought complete with Airbag and Slip Ring, from a 2002 car.

It's the same 375mm size but I'm struck by how much nicer it feels in the hand without even fitting it.

The quality of the leather feels nicer, and the rim is sort of flat and a bit fatter, and the thumb grips near the airbag feel nice.

It's also a two stage airbag which my car has so hopefully no messing with wiring.

I think I'll try it and then maybe consider re-trimming or changing the coloured silver insert for plain black or maybe if I'm daring Estoril Matt.

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Old 20-01-2021, 05:06 PM
danzoe danzoe is offline
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I am with you on this one All the standard OEM steering wheels are to large for the coupe

I have an old EVO E36 sport wheel with the air bag I have seen this on the forum reduced in size by carsdream.com , perhaps you could give them a shout
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Old 20-01-2021, 05:47 PM
David z coupe David z coupe is offline
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I’m interested on how the z4 will fit, it’s definitely a nicer wheel with a much more compact Centre.

I follow a company called Bognor Motors on Facebook. They are selling heavily modified VW transporter steering wheels. There must be companies out there cutting steering wheels up and putting them together again with a smaller diameter
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Old 21-01-2021, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Fat Tony View Post
I’ve a feeling that Chris (C_W) felt that the 340 was a little too small for his preference so that 365 might be worth a try. I love the size of the 340, absolutely spot on for me

Anything smaller than the OEM HGV size has to be an improvement, ha
Mines a 340 too I think. It's significantly smaller than stock, but it's not ridiculous like a 320mm size. I sold my original M wheel years ago and as I had thoughts of putting the stock one back on during my recent "restoration" I found a dual stage M steering wheel but haven't put it back on yet. It's nice to know if I did, I can sell my Raid for a million pounds
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