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      01-05-2017, 11:47 AM   #1
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One off heated wheel retrofit done...

Finished this mod just before christmas, so thought I should post it....

I bought my F06 M6GC 12 months ago and when the cold weather came I was peed off I forgot to order the heated steering wheel option (ok, a small problem, but it still got under my skin).

So I though - could be a project? Retrofit the optional heated wheel maybe? I wanted to get the BMW Performance full alcantara wheel, but that isn't available heated - and it costs a shed load of money.

1... I bought a standard M6 heated wheel and had it retrimmed by an expert UK trimmer (royalsteeringwheels.com) in the exact same shade of black alcantara and blue leather stripe as used by BMW suppliers, same tri-colour stitching (maybe better quality too), so it looks as good as OE but is still 2/3 the price of BMWP wheel from BMW and it's heated!!

2... Bought the column switch for wheel heating, small loom and the wheel controller module

3... Also bought the BMWP carbon steering wheel trim

4... Also bought extended paddles in matt black from Autotecknic (while i'm at it...)

5... Fitted it all - easy!

Well, not so easy, my car didn't have lane departure so there is no power supply to the wheel for the "vibrator" which is the same supply for heating.

I had to do a lot of research on the wiring and circuitry and make up a extra lead (pins not present in switch cluster) all using BMW parts though.

6... Code the car for the new option: Add option 248 to the VO. Indicator switch cluster is a codable module "SZL" and it handles the heating commands.

7... Hey presto! cosy warm hands and a unique heated alcantara wheel!!
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Nice job dude!

Any more pics of your interior? Looks like Aragon Brown leather? Also looks like matching IND floor mats?

Alcantara wheels are the best things ever but just have to keep up on the cleaning, skin oils can make them really nasty over a long period of time.
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Thanks kbc.

Yep it's aragon brown (on San Marino). Doesn't photograph well, looks orange in pictures but it's not. The matching edged floor mats were just standard with the car, not extras. It has IND black grills and side markers though.

I had a part alcantara wheel on my previous E63 AMG and loved it, a gentle clean and dry every few months keeps it perfect. Clean hands help too.

Will post some pics up...
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doughboy, Great work! I have a huge favor, would you mind sharing how you overcame the "no power supply to the wheel for the "vibrator" which is the same supply for heating." I have the same issue. I just bought a heated when for my 2012 BMW F13. If you could explain or point me in the right direction I would be very grateful.
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Hi dbakez,

You need to use spare pins on the airbag socket to get the new supply into wheel and onto the heater control module as per circuit diagrams.

Some people run a new supply from the supply system in the footwell, but it was too difficult for me. I just use the supply from the cigar lighter in the centre armest. Is it an ignition on 12v supply.

So I added 2 new wires into the back of the SZL module then ran them behind the centre console trim and into the armrest cubby hole then attach a cigar lighter adaptor and plugged it in. bingo.

Do you know the pin numbers on the szl to use?
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Doughboy, Thanks for responding. No I dont know what pin numbers to use on the SZL module. I haven't gotten my parts from Ebay yet, I just ordered them this past Saturday. I'm guessing you didnt take any pictures during your DIY to show what you just explained :-). What type if wire did you use?
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Hi, try this thread http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1146335

Read it all and see what's involved.

That's where I started, its essentially the same as the F30 3 series except the coding will be different, you'll see my posts there too.

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I'm tempted but since your "20 minute" job to fit a wireless charging plate in the glove box took me an hour and a half I think I'll just get a pair of gloves

There seems to be absolutely no way that the velvety bit inside the central storage bin was willing to move on my car. Mine's a 2014 car so I don't know if it's different.

What was good about this post was to see was the carbon fibre trim for the steering wheel. I initially thought this replaced the silver painted bit but I can see that it's the bigger black plastic bit that's replaced with a carbon piece.

Is this an official BMW replacement part of did you get that elsewhere?

Aragon brown isn't a colour you'd have thought worked well with quite a vivid blue but it does look very nice.

It's a very pretty looking car you have there. Are you running any spacers on the standard wheels? I've got 10(F) & 20(R) on my 19" winter set (408M) and had been thinking of putting maybe a 10mm on the rear when I go back to the 20" rims come spring.
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I have the M Performance Electric Steering Wheel and I was bummed the heating is not available. So re-upholstering a wheel isn't an option for me.

Just curious, how easy was it to remove the paddles? Does the wheel have to also come off?
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There seems to be absolutely no way that the velvety bit inside the central storage bin was willing to move on my car. Mine's a 2014 car so I don't know if it's different.

CF wheel trim - Is this an official BMW replacement part of did you get that elsewhere?

Aragon brown isn't a colour you'd have thought worked well with quite a vivid blue but it does look very nice.

It's a very pretty looking car you have there. Are you running any spacers on the standard wheels? I've got 10(F) & 20(R) on my 19" winter set (408M) and had been thinking of putting maybe a 10mm on the rear when I go back to the 20" rims come spring.
I didn't remove the cubby hole liner, I ran the wires from the steering column and in behind the leather side trim on the centre console on drivers side then popped it into the cubby hole where i put a cigar lighter adaptor plug on the end and plugged it into the cigar socket, not disturbing the car wiring. Mines a lease car so it needs to be easy to remove when it goes back!

CF steering trim is official BMW part. Item 2 here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=03_0099

Also DCT shifter cover in carbon. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=03_0064

Thanks, yes the colour is a bit wacky, the aragon always looks orange in photos but it's a really a tan colour. I'm tired of black/grey/silver/white/more black yawn. It a lease anyway, so I don't care if people are put off!

No spacers fitted, standard wheels.


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I have the M Performance Electric Steering Wheel and I was bummed the heating is not available. So re-upholstering a wheel isn't an option for me.

Just curious, how easy was it to remove the paddles? Does the wheel have to also come off?
You can get the paddles off with the wheel on, but you have to remove the airbag first, but once you've done that its only a 30 second job to take the wheel off. One centre bolt, undo a couple of connectors and it lifts straight off (it's keyed so you can't put it back in the wrong position)

Then its much easier to work on the wheel on a bench.
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