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      06-22-2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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F12/F13 M6 Steering Wheel Retrofitted to a Non-M5 F10

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To make a long story short, it works like a charm!

Ever since I saw the new M6 steering wheel, I was totally fascinated about it and wanted it to be retrofitted to my 2011 F10 520D. I did some research. There are some successful retrofitting cases for F10 M5/F06 5GT. No one has done it to a non-M5 F10. So I will take my chance. First I ordered the steering wheel without vibration and heating modules. This was the easy part. Next I need to buy a M6 airbag. No issue about purchase from overseas. My biggest probelm is how to ship it back to Taiwan. UPS/DHL/Fedex normally don't accept shipment of hazardous materials (airbag is one of them) for individuals so I have to use other alternatives. In the end, it took me five months for the airbag to arrive. Nevertheless the waiting is much more worth it.

I had a BMW certified maintenance shop to install it for me. Retrofitting should be easy without additional wires or coding. All buttons and paddles function perfectly, except for M1/M2 buttons which are specifically for M5/M6 but not for my 520D.

I am very happy about this retrofitting. An advice to whomever is interested: wait no more and just do it!

I am very satisfied with the new steering wheel as it completes my interior mods (for now). Here are some pictures to share. Hope you like them.

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      06-22-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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Congrats and nicely done! That's what I have done to my F06 couple weeks ago.....
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Congrats and nicely done! That's what I have done to my F06 couple weeks ago.....
Hey mlai, does the GC uses the same steering as the F10?

Good retrofit and was curious how much?
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Looks good, nice touch to the interior.

But was wondering do you reuse those M colour water bottle or you have a bunch of them at home.
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Hey mlai, does the GC uses the same steering as the F10?

Good retrofit and was curious how much?
Taobao is your friend and yes,F06 uses the same steering as F10
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Atomboy

Looks good, nice touch to the interior.

But was wondering do you reuse those M colour water bottle or you have a bunch of them at home.
The bottled water is from the maintenance shop for free!
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How much did it costs you? Also will all buttons work or some buttons wont have functions?
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      06-26-2013, 01:39 AM   #9
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How much did it costs you? Also will all buttons work or some buttons wont have functions?
If I were in the states, I will say less than US$2,000 in total. I have to add shipping and import tax so the price will be higher.

All buttons, except for M1/M2 buttons, are working perfecetly well.
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We need a goup buy price
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Taobao is your friend and yes,F06 uses the same steering as F10
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The bottled water is from the maintenance shop for free!
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Does the 2014 LCI F10 M Sport come with this steering wheel? Very nice...
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This is great news. My steering wheel is on the way!!
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Does the 2014 LCI F10 M Sport come with this steering wheel? Very nice...
No. Don't think so. This is the M6 and new M5 steering wheels, not M Sport.
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Very nice upgrade. Can't believe I saw so much trash talk on the 3-series forum about this steering wheel. It looks amazing!
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I would love to do this to my 2011 550i, however I have laser guided cruise control buttons on my steering wheel. Any idea if M1, and M2 could be programmed to control the cruise control? Also is anyone still interested in a group purchase?
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This looks great. Props to you bro. One question - do the paddles shifters work even if your steering wheel didn't have one before?
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I would love to do this to my 2011 550i, however I have laser guided cruise control buttons on my steering wheel. Any idea if M1, and M2 could be programmed to control the cruise control? Also is anyone still interested in a group purchase?
Sorry I don't have any ideas how to program M1&M2 buttons.
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This looks great. Props to you bro. One question - do the paddles shifters work even if your steering wheel didn't have one before?
Not sure if you need coding or not.
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is that a water bottle with M stripes?
all my dad gets from maintenance is a box of kleenex and a couple of air fresheners :/
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