Project E36 323is: Part 7 – Cleaning Up The Office with Driven Steering and BMWPedals.com
There’s something to be said for having a comfortable and productive work space, and that goes for your regular work desk or your driving office. We decided to clean up the look and feel of the Project E36 323is office as a way to increase driver focus, and to simply make it look a little better.
This is the current office space of Project E36 323is. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the steering wheel is heavily worn in the 12 O’Clock “bro” position, and the wheel is just large and ugly regardless.
This is our new Driven Steering wheel. It’s a 12.9” aluminum wheel wrapped in suede, so it’s a huge step forward. Driven Steering is a relatively new company, but they’re coming on very strong. With support from drivers in the NASCAR K&N series, ARCA, NASCAR Sprint Cup, and GTA you know they make a good product.
In order to get our Driven Steering wheel to fit our E36 properly, we had to get a hub adapter from MOMO. A slip ring is supplied with the adapter, as well as the necessary hardware to secure the wheel.
Along with the MOMO adapter for proper fitment, we also needed to keep the horn working for our daily freeway commute—no horn around here is just asking to be hit. We came across this Daikei horn plate while browsing 86worx.com for some parts for Project FR-S, and we thought it would be a great addition.
We started by disconnecting the battering and then removing the air bag from our stock wheel after letting it sit for a few minutes. Yes, we’re fully aware of the dangers of not having an airbag on the street. If you’re thinking of installing an aftermarket steering wheel, please weigh the pros and cons of not having an airbag—you’re putting your life in your own hands.
After the airbag has been removed, you’ll need to remove the steering wheel from the column. The bolt is torqued on tightly from the factory, so it will take some muscle—don’t be timid.