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The question is if the E39 slip ring is 100% compatible with E36?
I have a '98 E36 323ti Compact Open Air, equipped with a M-tech sports steering wheel with airbag: RealOEM.COM * BMW E36 323ti M SPORTS STEER.-WHEEL, AIRBAG, LEATHER
I'm currently building a car-pc and wants to control the audio volume etc from my steering wheel, but it doesn't have the controls included in the E36 version.
I found out that E39 has a sport steering wheel that looks a lot like the E36 sport steering wheel, except that the one for E39 comes in a version with the control buttons: RealOEM.COM * BMW E39 523i M SPORTS STRNG WHL,AIRBAG,MULTIFUNCTION
The side covers for the E36 version has the same part numbers as the side covers for the E39 version (without the control buttons), which indicates that the E39 steering wheel might be compatible.
I'd like to know if anyone has some experience in replacing the side covers on the E36 steering wheel with the E39 covers including the control buttons?
I know that the wiring will not fit anywhere on my E36, but I just need the buttons to connect to an interface that will control the car-pc volume, so I need to either get the wires from the steering wheel to the dashboard without breaking the wires when turning the wheel, or if that is completely impossible I want to use it as a kind of built in battery driven wireless remote control.
If it's totally impossible to replace the covers only (plus probably some other parts), will it then be possible to buy the entire E39 steering wheel and make it fit in my E36?
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