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    i'm not sure this is in the right section,but here goes...
    my e46 is a very early build,may 98 in fact(iirc).
    it has a 4 spoke m/f steering wheel that closely resembles those fitted to the e36's.
    i would like to change it to the more recent type of wheel fitted to these cars(the ones with the circular airbag)...anyone know if the wiring/airbag and boss splines are compatible?
    thanks in advance
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    So your current steering wheel has the multi function controls just to confirm?
     
     

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    yes it does
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    You may have issues with the airbag on the later ones, I'm just trying to find out for you.

    I do have this though http://www.my330i.com/mod23.php

    If you get a later wheel you will need the round airbag that comes with it, your one has a square/rectangular airbag doesn't it?
     
     

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    indeed,my airbag is oblong.the reason i want to do this is my present wheel feels very thin around the rim.a thicker wheel would be nice
    maybe one of the triangular airbag type wheels would fit?or an e36 m3 wheel even lol.
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    i've dug around a bit and found that the circular airbags are dual stage and,therefore,not compatible with my existing wiring.
    my next question is can i get around this by connecting up to the full deployment circuit somehow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    i've dug around a bit and found that the circular airbags are dual stage and,therefore,not compatible with my existing wiring.
    my next question is can i get around this by connecting up to the full deployment circuit somehow?
    This I really wouldn't know, The airbag module reads resistances IIRC, so it may be that even if you did get it wired up, the resistance of the bags could be different and so the light would stay on and then the airbag system would be inoperative.
     
     

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    google is a wonderful tool...it appears that an airbag warning light on the dash doesnt constitute an mot failure...i can fit any wheel i like and just not plug the airbag in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    google is a wonderful tool...it appears that an airbag warning light on the dash doesnt constitute an mot failure...i can fit any wheel i like and just not plug the airbag in.
    I could have told you that , I'm a MOT tester, The airbag light isn't a MOT failure, but the airbag system will not operate in a crash
     
     

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    my light is on atm anyway.its on my to do list,but if its gonna cost bundles then i have the perfect excuse for this mod
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