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Specific discussion about the E89 2009 Z4 (sDrive35is, sDrive35i, sDrive30i, sDrive23i)
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Post by huytonman » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:53 pm

The steering wheel on my 53k 35iS was a bit manky, very shiny with various marks and no amount of leather cleaner would get it back to a satisfactory condition for me and as its the main interface to the car I want it to feel good. During a recent visit to Bryan (dietcokeman) I saw that the wheel on his now departed E85 looked brand new and he mentioned Royal Steering wheels to me, based near Aylesbury and who refurb steering wheels at a decent price. After some short discussions with Jack who runs Royal, I went for a smooth leather with M sport colour stitching on an exchange basis (returnable deposit). The wheel arrived today (two weeks since ordering) and really is indistinguishable from a brand new wheel - fitting took me about 30 minutes (plus another hour with the battery disconnected to allow the airbag to discharge) and its made a massive difference to the feel of the car, for £160 (inc postage) I struggle to think of a better value upgrade. Highly recommended!

Sadly the light is rubbish here today and the pics I took aren't up to much, when I get the car in the open with the top down I'll post a pic of the wheel.

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Post by sunnydays » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:15 pm

Did you have it wrapped in the stock trim / colouring?
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Post by R.E92 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:29 pm

I had mine re-trimmed by Royal Steering wheels a couple of weeks ago.

I spotted an M2 at the dealer and decided I wanted the same wheel in my Z4 so had them do the smooth leather on top and bottom, perforated on sides and had the tri-colour stitching. Also went for the extra padding option so it's the same thickness as the M wheels.

They did a great job, I'm tempted to do the same to my 3 series too.

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Post by Busterboo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:54 pm

Royal did a flappy paddle wheel for my 911. First class job.

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Post by huytonman » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:59 pm

sunnydays wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:15 pm
Did you have it wrapped in the stock trim / colouring?
Pretty much apart from the tri-colour stitching, the thickness suits me and I dont like perforated leather or alcantara but these options are all available.

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Post by IRD » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:50 pm

Royals are great to deal with and provide excellent value for money. You can have the wheel exactly as you want it. I had mine done to 11/2times the normal thickness because it suited my hands. Highly recommended.

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Post by IRD » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:51 pm

Royals are great to deal with and provide excellent value for money. You can have the wheel exactly as you want it. I had mine done to 11/2times the normal thickness because it suited my hands. Highly recommended.

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Post by BeardyJon » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:51 am

R.E92 wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:29 pm
I had mine re-trimmed by Royal Steering wheels a couple of weeks ago.

I spotted an M2 at the dealer and decided I wanted the same wheel in my Z4 so had them do the smooth leather on top and bottom, perforated on sides and had the tri-colour stitching. Also went for the extra padding option so it's the same thickness as the M wheels.

They did a great job, I'm tempted to do the same to my 3 series too.
How much did that all cost, if you don't mind me asking?
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Post by R.E92 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:57 am

BeardyJon wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:51 am
R.E92 wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:29 pm
I had mine re-trimmed by Royal Steering wheels a couple of weeks ago.

I spotted an M2 at the dealer and decided I wanted the same wheel in my Z4 so had them do the smooth leather on top and bottom, perforated on sides and had the tri-colour stitching. Also went for the extra padding option so it's the same thickness as the M wheels.

They did a great job, I'm tempted to do the same to my 3 series too.
How much did that all cost, if you don't mind me asking?
Mine cost £145 since I removed the wheel and sent it to them. I only use my Z4 on the weekend so it wasn't an issue.

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Post by benv6 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:14 am

Sounds interesting, especially the tri-colored stiching, Any pics please guys ?

Are there any instructions on how to change the steering wheel ?
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Post by huytonman » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:05 am

benv6 wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:14 am
Sounds interesting, especially the tri-colored stiching, Any pics please guys ?

Are there any instructions on how to change the steering wheel ?
if you drill down into the gallery on their website you will see plenty of examples:

http://royalsteeringwheels.com/bmw-z-series/

Do a Youtube search and you will find examples of wheel removal, its straightforward but you do need the right tools (nothing special) and most importantly disconnect the battery for a while (I did it for an hour) to make sure that the airbag is safe to remove and that you dont get error messages afterwards. Getting the airbag off is meant to be tricky but was very easy in reality, just requires a relatively small screwdriver to push the retaining spring clip in, again take a look at Youtube under paddle change for the E89.

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Post by R.E92 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:21 am

It's a simple job. Just need a couple of screwdrivers and a socket (I can't remember the size but youtube should tell you).
Just a note:
MAKE SURE YOU DON'T CLOSE THE BOOT AFTER YOU DISCONNECT THE BATTERY

Luckily I have the ski-loading hatch but it was still a huge pain in the arse to get it open.

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Post by Smartbear » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:30 am

R.E92 wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:21 am
It's a simple job. Just need a couple of screwdrivers and a socket (I can't remember the size but youtube should tell you).
Just a note:
MAKE SURE YOU DON'T CLOSE THE BOOT AFTER YOU DISCONNECT THE BATTERY

Luckily I have the ski-loading hatch but it was still a huge pain in the arse to get it open.
Couldn’t you just connect a power source to the terminals under the bonnet to get the boot open again?
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Post by R.E92 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:50 am

Smartbear wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:30 am
R.E92 wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:21 am
It's a simple job. Just need a couple of screwdrivers and a socket (I can't remember the size but youtube should tell you).
Just a note:
MAKE SURE YOU DON'T CLOSE THE BOOT AFTER YOU DISCONNECT THE BATTERY

Luckily I have the ski-loading hatch but it was still a huge pain in the arse to get it open.
Couldn’t you just connect a power source to the terminals under the bonnet to get the boot open again?
Rob
Yes that will also work. I didn't have any jump leads or a charger to hand :headbang:

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Post by SteveSmith » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:01 pm

I really want mine done, mine is so shiny it's horrible. Would need it on the exchange basis but I can't decide what I'd want (smooth / perforated / alcantara).
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