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Old 03-25-2012, 05:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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does anyone know if the e46 steering wheel is compatible with the e36? i want to change my regular stock wheel but would like to have more options than the m3 wheel. or will the steering wheel from other model fit too?
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't see why not, the shafts are identical.
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It's a direct bolt on. Here is a good writeup with pictures from Bimmerforums:

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Wiring is stock too !
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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fantastic, cheers guys. broadens the options available and with no wiring to hack/chop/change definitely adds a bonus
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If your interested, the E46 seats are also a direct bolt in replacement.
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sweet. are there a lot of bolt on parts for the e36 from the e46?
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I know that the seats and the steering wheel are direct bolt ins but I'm not sure what else. The seats and steering are by far the most common.
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thats good to know also. my leather interior, with the exception of my seat is in brilliant condition. i did put a thread on here asking if anyone knew what engines i could replace my 2.8i with. 325i e36 engine ir the 330i/328i e46 ones with the twin vanos. ideally no modifications to fitting is quite important. but if they need it, well , it they need it.
going to do my car as a project. basically needs new front wings and bonnet and tailgate and few bits of rust sorting. it will eventually be fitted with the mtec kit too which i gather apart from the compacts, is pretty universal across the e36's.
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I have a 98 328i, similar to yours, and if you can find it an S52 is a better drop in engine. The M54/S54 will fit, but requires more work to make it fit. The S52 is a direct bolt in to the factory mounts. You will need the DME and possibly the wiring harness from any engine you drop in.

The M-Technik front bumper was an available option on the E36 so a few had it But not alot. It's Definitley a nicer option. I have one on mine. Gives you more options for different lip styles. ECS Tuning has the full M-Technik kit with front and rear bumpers and side skirts for $550. Great deal as sourcing them individually would be close to $1,000. Won't help much since your overseas though.

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cool. well thats the m sport rear bumper sorted. speaking of interchangeable parts, do all the wing mirrors fit all models? coupe/saloon/touring? just noticed the main metal bit on mine has a crack. dang it!!
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The M3 mirrors? They should fit on any model. Mine is a sedan. The mirrors I got are also heated which is great in the winter!
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no i just have regular heated mirrors. but if the m's fit all models i guess the regulars will too.
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Mine are M3 heated mirrors. Their aftermarket.
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the reason why i said the m54, i think it is (the e46 3 litre engine) is that it's more affordable and not so harsh on the insurance. will it fit?
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