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Old 08-13-2004, 07:36 PM
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E36 Steering Wheel - How the heck do you lower it?

I want to install the chrome gage trim around my spedometer, fuel gage, etc, but to get thus unit out, the steering wheel has to be lowered. Ive searched everywhere, I cant figure out how to adjust the height on the damn wheel..... anyone know how or if its possible? I looked in the owners manual and it tells me to pull down the tab located underneath the wheel, but its not ther...

Its a 1997 318i.

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Old 08-13-2004, 08:12 PM
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I dont think you car has the tab, that lowers the weel. You will have to remove the weel. Or try and play with the cluster just right to get it out.
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Old 08-13-2004, 10:15 PM
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Since you cannot lower the wheel, you might be able to snake the gauge cluster out through the top opening of the steering wheel without removing it. If not, just remove the steering wheel
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:45 AM
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-M3's are the only E36 that come w/ a tilt steering wheel . In order to get the cluster out you must first pull it as far towards you as possible and then turn your steeering wheel to the RIGHT as you pull the cluster out the right side. You might want to use some rags so you don't scratch anything! Hope this helps
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--M3's are the only E36 that come w/ a tilt steering wheel
With or with out? My car has a tilt and its a non M.
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Old 08-14-2004, 01:04 PM
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-M3's are the only E36 that come w/ a tilt steering wheel . In order to get the cluster out you must first pull it as far towards you as possible and then turn your steeering wheel to the RIGHT as you pull the cluster out the right side. You might want to use some rags so you don't scratch anything! Hope this helps

Thanks for the advice dude, i was able to get it out...it wasnt easy removing it as the cluster was pressed so tightly against the back of the wheel and the dashboard that it actually pushed a section of the dash in. but good thing the dashboard is made of that soft flexible material, it returned back to its original shape after an hour
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Old 08-14-2004, 01:41 PM
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It should not be hard at all if you turn the wheel as you snake it out towards the inside of the car. lad to hear you got it out though.

FYI, I dont have tilt in my M3.
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:39 PM
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i also don't have tilt on my car, damn shame, i'd give almost anything to have tilt
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:46 PM
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Neither my 95 m3 or my 99 m3 had tilt.
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I thought BMW made tilt wheels in early 95 production cars, and then scrapped it? Some kind of regulations forced them too I believe...
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Old 08-16-2004, 04:19 PM
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http://www.apexcone.com/JimPowellHom.../tiltwheel.htm

You can still retrofit it.
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SG_M3 thank you SO much for posting that. I don't have tilt either and it's been KILLING me!!! It's a little pricey but none the less totally worth it and something I will be doing asap! Thanks again.

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Old 08-16-2004, 06:28 PM
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Just to let you know. Its not a big tilt. maby 2inc drop.
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:27 PM
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That's all I need really............2 inches would be great.
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Old 08-17-2004, 12:29 AM
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..my 98 M sport 2dr came with tilt steering
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