Steering Wheel Cover removal

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Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Daeths » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:43 pm

Quick question. My 120d (56 plate) has the multi function steering wheel and on the cover the matt coating has worn away slightly a the edges on the top.

I wanted to remove it and wrap it in carbon to match the rest of the OEM trim. Two questions:

1. How do I remove the cover without busting it, where are the clip and hpw best to do it.
2. Can anyone post a link for the wrap which is as near a match to the OEM carbon look trim

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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by DazBMW » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:49 pm

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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by sonicvanman » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:41 pm

Unscrew from the back using Torx/Star Key tool the just pull off from around the horn.

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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Daeths » Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:58 pm

Many thanks guys, appreciated.

Anyone know where the place place to get the wrap from that will be as close as poss to the carbon effect trim.

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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by marco_polo » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:04 pm

The 3M stuff is the best, as far as I know. Try eBay?
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Lippo » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:25 pm

I did this recently, a couple of pics on my thread below. I used matt black vinyl which matched my interior. Looks better than it did and only cost a few quid. I used Ebay for my vinyl.
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Amz » Thu May 12, 2016 3:02 pm

Lippo wrote:I did this recently, a couple of pics on my thread below. I used matt black vinyl which matched my interior. Looks better than it did and only cost a few quid. I used Ebay for my vinyl.
Love what you have done to your car. I have just wrapped the door handles and dash strip (looks good). Next up is the steering wheel trim and center console trim.
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Lippo » Thu May 12, 2016 4:54 pm

Nice one Amz, I did mine nearly 5 years ago and still looks the same :)

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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by thesheep » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:05 pm

sonicvanman wrote:
Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:41 pm
Unscrew from the back using Torx/Star Key tool the just pull off from around the horn.
I'm just attempting to do this now. I've unscrewed the 3 torx screws at the back. Cover doesn't immediately want to come away. I'm reluctant to just pull it away from around the horn/air bag because of the embedded multi-function buttons. Seems like they might have wires behind them or something? Can someone re-assume that with a multi-function MSport wheel I should just pull the cover away?
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by marco_polo » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:08 pm

It will manipulate off. Remove the button packs afterward.
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Gareth Barry » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:13 pm

Thanks for the uselful info! I'll try to remove it.
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by thesheep » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:52 pm

Finally got round to doing this. Works really well, as people on here have said. That 3M vinyl wrap is amazing stuff, I can't believe I got it onto such a complex 3D shape without any air bubbles. And once wrapped, it really does look like OEM quality.

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So here were the steps I took (largely the same as above):
  1. Use T20 torx driver to remove 3 screws from behind the steering wheel
  2. At the top left side of the wheel, just above the volume up/down bank of buttons, use a flat head screwdriver to push in at the top side to release a small clip. (This was the missing piece of the puzzle for me. Before I did this, I couldn't get the cover off.)
  3. The rest of the cover will come off easily now. Carefully unscrew the buttons from the cover (again using T20).
  4. Using a cheap bottle of nail varnish remover, I poured it over the cover and the remaining matt coating comes away easily. Brush it off and rinse.
  5. The cover should be really clean now. Using it as a template, mark the shape out on the vinyl and cut it out, allowing a decent amount of overlap.
  6. Remove the backing and begin smoothing it carefully over the cover. The vinyl stretches more than I expected, making it possible to neatly cover the slopes of the cover. Some bits are still a bit tricky, but with time it seems to go well. I used a craft knife to trim the edges after I had wrapped them around, and also to cut out the area covering the M badge. Leave a few mm of overlap here, then I used a fingernail to push down between the badge and the cover.
  7. That's it. Reconnect both banks of buttons using the T20 screws, clip the cover back into place and re-tighten the other 3 torx screws.
Now, how easy is it to replace the BMW badge in the centre of the wheel? The lettering in mine is starting to fade ;)
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Ktmpedro220 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:47 pm

I don't think you can replace the badge. I'm sure someone asked before. I need to do my trim but feel that I'll not do it well enough. My badge also needs replacing as it's dented.

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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by MattR8700 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:05 pm

The badge is actually attached to the airbag. Don’t make the mistake I did and try and pull it off, I thought it would just pop off like the Vauxhall badges do. All I did was bend the edges. Get a stick on replacement would be my advise.
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Re: Steering Wheel Cover removal

Post by Ktmpedro220 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:39 am

Just a quickie, which vinyl did you order??

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