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      07-03-2015, 12:34 AM   #1
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Link below is my documented of DIY paddle shifter that I installed on my BMW F30 316i. Other folk has done the installation before, but I have not been able to find a complete detail step and information related to paddle shift.

Hope that this DIY will save time to the folk that want to install since all the information is in one place.



Thanks to all the DIYer that do this before me.

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Wow, you got the paddles on the sport steering wheel? Thought i needed to go M Sport which would mean a new steering wheel and airbag, which would mean the paddle upgrade really wouldn't be worth it IMO. I'd mod the exhaust rather than pour that much cash into a new steering wheel, airbag, and paddles.

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On M sport steering wheel you need new rear panel 32307848268 which has area for paddle shifter to be installed (shaded area "3" of the figure below), harness 32307848337, and paddle shifters.


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On M sport steering wheel you need new rear panel 32307848268 which has area for paddle shifter to be installed (shaded area "3" of the figure below), harness 32307848337, and paddle shifters.

That's a fantastic write up - thanks. I have an F31 335i M-Sport with the std 8AT, but am really missing the paddles. I think I'll do this upgrade. I spotted a nearly new M-sport steering wheel for 255 complete with paddles. I'm wondering if this will any more expensive than the paddles and the new back panel I'll need?

Anyhow, I have a couple of questions - I'd really appreciate your views:

1) I'm a bit confused on the paddles I need. The ones you used (61319242983) seem to be the same as those on the M-Sport wheel. The other shifters you mention (61317847210) are from the F10 according to RealOEM. Which shifters have the different resistance values?

2) Is the harness (32306854769) needed if the wheel already has buttons for cruise, audio etc?

Thanks again!

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That's a fantastic write up - thanks. I have an F31 335i M-Sport with the std 8AT, but am really missing the paddles. I think I'll do this upgrade. I spotted a nearly new M-sport steering wheel for 255 complete with paddles. I'm wondering if this will any more expensive than the paddles and the new back panel I'll need?
If you have the m-sport steering wheel now, an airbag swap is all that will be required. It might be a slightly better deal if you go this route. The M-sport paddles are almost US$500.
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If you have the m-sport steering wheel now, an airbag swap is all that will be required. It might be a slightly better deal if you go this route. The M-sport paddles are almost US$500.
Thanks for that. Do you know of any info/links on how to remove the airbag on the M-Sport wheel? All the DIY stuff I've found so far has been about the standard non-M wheel.
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Link below is my documented of DIY paddle shifter that I installed on my BMW F30 316i. Other folk has done the installation before, but I have not been able to find a complete detail step and information related to paddle shift.
Thanks for the super detail DIY, KUDOs.
I was trying this before but would like to know if you can help me with this step.
On page 11, you have two connectors on the bottom of the plastic steering wheel cover shroud, I only have one connector. It is a 328i USA version, LHD, which I think is (2) on your picture. How do you disconnect the antenna from the shroud? I tried pulling on the connector but it will not disengage. The plastic part connected to the shroud is kind of snug and doesn't disconnect neither.
For the SZL, do you have to access it with the steering wheel and shroud completely removed? I have an M-steering wheel with all the wiring already, but when I was trying to remove the SZL, the plastic retaining clip move up but will be stopped by a plastic piece preventing the retaining clip to be completely flipped up, preventing the SZL harness to be removed.
Thanks for the help and really appreciate the post!
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Thanks for that. Do you know of any info/links on how to remove the airbag on the M-Sport wheel? All the DIY stuff I've found so far has been about the standard non-M wheel.
Removing the M-airbag from the steering is much much easier than a standard one, on the back of the steering wheel, you have two openings on either side of the steering wheel at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock position. Use a long Allen key or a Philips (+) screw driver and push the retaining pins inwards to disengage the airbag clips, a flat head may not work because there is a metal opening on each position. Once you know what to do, it will take like 10 seconds to do it. Be careful and don't let the airbag fall off or you may damage the harness.

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Jondaman - that's awesome - thanks. How do I give rep points?
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Thanks for the super detail DIY, KUDOs.
I was trying this before but would like to know if you can help me with this step.
On page 11, you have two connectors on the bottom of the plastic steering wheel cover shroud, I only have one connector. It is a 328i USA version, LHD, which I think is (2) on your picture. How do you disconnect the antenna from the shroud? I tried pulling on the connector but it will not disengage. The plastic part connected to the shroud is kind of snug and doesn't disconnect neither.
For the SZL, do you have to access it with the steering wheel and shroud completely removed? I have an M-steering wheel with all the wiring already, but when I was trying to remove the SZL, the plastic retaining clip move up but will be stopped by a plastic piece preventing the retaining clip to be completely flipped up, preventing the SZL harness to be removed.
Thanks for the help and really appreciate the post!
I tried to remove the connector and could not as well. My solution is to remove the antenna from shroud. There are two slots that guide/hold the antenna in place. You need to pry loose the one with longer post.

To remove the SZL connector you need to remove the SZL completely otherwise you will not able to swing the lock completely. Just remove the four bolts and remove the SZL. Make sure that you steering is in 0 deg. position otherwise you will not be able to line up the SZL when you need to put it back.
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That's a fantastic write up - thanks. I have an F31 335i M-Sport with the std 8AT, but am really missing the paddles. I think I'll do this upgrade. I spotted a nearly new M-sport steering wheel for 255 complete with paddles. I'm wondering if this will any more expensive than the paddles and the new back panel I'll need?

Anyhow, I have a couple of questions - I'd really appreciate your views:

1) I'm a bit confused on the paddles I need. The ones you used (61319242983) seem to be the same as those on the M-Sport wheel. The other shifters you mention (61317847210) are from the F10 according to RealOEM. Which shifters have the different resistance values?

2) Is the harness (32306854769) needed if the wheel already has buttons for cruise, audio etc?

Thanks again!
1. The 61317847210 may have different resistance values. Some said it works some said it does not (see my note on the part list). You can be on the safe side by using 61319242983, but it does not look as good.

2. The new harness is needed since the cruise, audio, etc. will not have additional two connectors. These additional connectors are for connecting the left and right paddle shifters.
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I tried to remove the connector and could not as well. My solution is to remove the antenna from shroud. There are two slots that guide/hold the antenna in place. You need to pry loose the one with longer post.

To remove the SZL connector you need to remove the SZL completely otherwise you will not able to swing the lock completely. Just remove the four bolts and remove the SZL. Make sure that you steering is in 0 deg. position otherwise you will not be able to line up the SZL when you need to put it back.
To remove the Antenna from the shroud, did you use a screw driver to carefully ply it open and that's it? It seen pretty tight and I of course don't want to break any parts.

Thanks for the SZL connector explanation, I figure better ask than to make a mistake.
Once again, great write up and appreciate the DIY. Hopefully I can find an airbag soon enough to get my retrofit done. I have an M-steering wheel with paddle shift sitting by my desk for the last two months now. Itching to drive with it when all is done
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Well, I bought the M-Sport steering wheel with the paddles already fitted (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181771021769). I figure that if I sell my wheel I'll probably get a chunk of the money back and I avoid paying for the paddles and the new harness.

I'm going to check at the weekend whether the connector from SZL to FEM is already there in my car - I read in another post (http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=45) that some cars have it already fitted - fingers crossed! I've also put an offer in on a used SAT gear shifter. That would be cool - ze transformation vill be komplete!
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To remove the Antenna from the shroud, did you use a screw driver to carefully ply it open and that's it? It seen pretty tight and I of course don't want to break any parts.

Thanks for the SZL connector explanation, I figure better ask than to make a mistake.
Once again, great write up and appreciate the DIY. Hopefully I can find an airbag soon enough to get my retrofit done. I have an M-steering wheel with paddle shift sitting by my desk for the last two months now. Itching to drive with it when all is done
To get the antenna out, I just use my finger tip.
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Thanks for that. Do you know of any info/links on how to remove the airbag on the M-Sport wheel? All the DIY stuff I've found so far has been about the standard non-M wheel.
In the 'old' days (i.e. 5 years ago) you looked it up as a DIY and either got someone who could put two or more words together in a sentence and had photos of things related to the DIY. Or, you got someone you wonder how they got their license because while they could probably manage to read STOP you know they really struggled with YIELD, never mind 'I-90 NEXT EXIT' (needing to slow to crawl to figure it out---you know that guy/gal we've all seen him/her). Included pictures are things like 'The UPS Truck that brought my stuff' and 'My dog Fart'

YouTube is the way to go now. If it looks like you're going to end up with a screw driver in the middle of your forehead, you might want to get a bit of help. If it looks like patience and common sense will prevail you should be fine.

One of the 'M' examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIdT6r2ozKU
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Well, I swapped my steering wheel for the new one with paddles. It was all very easy thanks to the DIY here. Seems I got lucky since there is already a pin 3 present on the SZL connector (and I'm assuming it goes to the right place at the other end!). Now waiting for the cable I ordered from eBay to arrive so that I can do the coding.
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Got the coding done and it works a dream. Since I'm new to coding I first just did the FDL change for the paddles only, but then since it was all going so well, I decided to go the whole hog and change the FA 205 code to 2TB and code the four ECUs. I had a bit more finger trouble with E-SYS doing that, but I eventually sorted it and it's working fine

So - thanks to all on this thread for helping, and a special mention to mokorx for a brilliant DIY doc which is what convinced me in the first place.

PS - I did get lucky with the wire from the SZL to the FEM. So, by buying a spare wheel with paddles, the job was no more than an hour in total.

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Awesome, i bougth a new steering wheel with paddles and installed it a few months ago, now im gonna make the paddles work with your awesomely explained DIY
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Removing the M-airbag from the steering is much much easier than a standard one, on the back of the steering wheel, you have two openings on either side of the steering wheel at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock position. Use a long Allen key or a Philips (+) screw driver and push the retaining pins inwards to disengage the airbag clips, a flat head may not work because there is a metal opening on each position. Once you know what to do, it will take like 10 seconds to do it. Be careful and don't let the airbag fall off or you may damage the harness.

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Super helpful. I will add a bit of info here to save the next guy some trouble.

Use an allen key for this, and make sure it's a medium thickness allen key. You will push into one hole until you feel resistance from metal clips - keep pushing and half the airbag will pop out. If you push and feel the clips and bottom out the allen key without the airbag popping out, chances are the allen key is too small. I wasted about 30 minutes trying to figure this out - it's not that complicated. Push in and it pops out. Once you do one side, do the other side in the same way. It really is about 10 seconds once you figure it out.
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