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      06-29-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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Thoughts on the Performance Steering Wheel

Just installed the Perf steering wheel today, have couple of thoughts on it:
1: The feel of the wheel does not have a huge improvement
2: Hard to clean and maintain
3: The blue strap is very annoying, hurts eyes
4: More grip for sure
5: Looks cool
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      06-29-2013, 10:26 PM   #2
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Sounds like a worthwhile mod

I personally love the OEM wheel on there so no clue why someone would change it. The OEM is so easy to wipe clean and keep nice and matte if you wipe it down daily or often. No reason to change to me.

Enjoy the new eyesore! lol
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      06-29-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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It wont look good after using for sometime.
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      06-29-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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It wont look good after using for sometime.
Not unless he uses driving gloves. That is the only want to keep Alcantara steering wheels - or any steering wheel for that matter - pristine.
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      06-29-2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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Not unless he uses driving gloves. That is the only want to keep Alcantara steering wheels - or any steering wheel for that matter - pristine.
after using for a while, it looks "shiny". Saw it in person though
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I love it. I don't have clammy hands and always wash them before touching the wheel. After a year it shows very marginal wear if you look very closely. One of my favorite mods, I just wish it was slightly fatter.

If I could do it over I would put it on again.
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Very cool. I've been wanting to do this mod but have been putting it off.
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      06-29-2013, 11:54 PM   #8
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Non electric?
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      06-29-2013, 11:57 PM   #9
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after using for a while, it looks "shiny". Saw it in person though
That's why I was suggesting the BMW driving gloves. It has kept every wheel in the cars that I've owned looking brand new. My '05 Comp Pkg's alcantara steering wheel looked like nobody had ever touched it after two years of use. Love these damn leather gloves!
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after using for a while, it looks "shiny". Saw it in person though
That's why I was suggesting the BMW driving gloves. It has kept every wheel in the cars that I've owned looking brand new. My '05 Comp Pkg's alcantara steering wheel looked like nobody had ever touched it after two years of use. Love these damn leather gloves!
Yeah but how do you get past the douche factor? My wife would laugh her ass off if I put the gloves on before driving. And I wouldn't blame her.
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Yeah but how do you get past the douche factor? My wife would laugh her ass off if I put the gloves on before driving. And I wouldn't blame her.
I didn't know it was douchey to wear ///M driving gloves. I think there are many other driving behaviors that are deserving of such a label. The gloves are really popular with the M crowd; I've been using them since 2002/2003.
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Have the electronic version and yeah I am worried about the wear (it's my daily) and I have very dry hands. May get the gloves at least for sunday twisty pleasure rides and the track and keep them in the glove box to keep my wife from laughing at me. The electric version is perfect for manual transmissions due to the shift lights (adjustable if you have a higher rev limit) and helped me quite a bit on the track. The 0-62 mph and 1/4 mile timing, G force meter and oil & coolant temps are also pretty cool too! Kind of Knight Rider/Ricey-ish, but has so much practicality that I love it--second most favorite mod after the MPE.
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      06-30-2013, 01:29 AM   #13
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I didn't know it was douchey to wear ///M driving gloves. I think there are many other driving behaviors that are deserving of such a label. The gloves are really popular with the M crowd; I've been using them since 2002/2003.
Do you wear your Members Only jacket while wearing your driving gloves?
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Sounds like a worthwhile mod

I personally love the OEM wheel on there so no clue why someone would change it. The OEM is so easy to wipe clean and keep nice and matte if you wipe it down daily or often. No reason to change to me.

Enjoy the new eyesore! lol
How do you wipe it?
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      06-30-2013, 07:12 AM   #15
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I believe this keeps the seat pristine as well!
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Wear gloves in a normal drive (non-track use)? It seems a little overkill IMO. I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.

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That's why I was suggesting the BMW driving gloves. It has kept every wheel in the cars that I've owned looking brand new. My '05 Comp Pkg's alcantara steering wheel looked like nobody had ever touched it after two years of use. Love these damn leather gloves!
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      06-30-2013, 08:14 AM   #17
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Yeah... if BMW were smart enough to put the DCT console w/

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Have the electronic version and yeah I am worried about the wear (it's my daily) and I have very dry hands. May get the gloves at least for sunday twisty pleasure rides and the track and keep them in the glove box to keep my wife from laughing at me. The electric version is perfect for manual transmissions due to the shift lights (adjustable if you have a higher rev limit) and helped me quite a bit on the track. The 0-62 mph and 1/4 mile timing, G force meter and oil & coolant temps are also pretty cool too! Kind of Knight Rider/Ricey-ish, but has so much practicality that I love it--second most favorite mod after the MPE.
Shift lights in the 6sp cars as well I probably would have stayed with the stocker... BUT I like the 2.0 E wheel for the shift lights and G-meters specifically. The 0-60 and 1/4mi timers are pretty cool too. I bought a matching alcantara/performance-stitch shifter to tie the two together(also prefer the stock style shifter to the M5 one now that I've swapped back). Both are wearing well but I am really trying to keep them clean as I go.

I bought the wheel thinking I'd recover it in Nappa leather initially and with the shifter I'll likely keep them as-is until they are too worn to restore...

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I love it. I don't have clammy hands and always wash them before touching the wheel. After a year it shows very marginal wear if you look very closely. One of my favorite mods, I just wish it was slightly fatter.

If I could do it over I would put it on again.
Blue or yellow striped wheel? I swear the yellow striped wheel feels thicker.
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How do you wipe it?

Hopefully front to back
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Have the electronic version and yeah I am worried about the wear (it's my daily) and I have very dry hands. May get the gloves at least for sunday twisty pleasure rides and the track and keep them in the glove box to keep my wife from laughing at me. The electric version is perfect for manual transmissions due to the shift lights (adjustable if you have a higher rev limit) and helped me quite a bit on the track. The 0-62 mph and 1/4 mile timing, G force meter and oil & coolant temps are also pretty cool too! Kind of Knight Rider/Ricey-ish, but has so much practicality that I love it--second most favorite mod after the MPE.
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Shift lights in the 6sp cars as well I probably would have stayed with the stocker... BUT I like the 2.0 E wheel for the shift lights and G-meters specifically. The 0-60 and 1/4mi timers are pretty cool too. I bought a matching alcantara/performance-stitch shifter to tie the two together(also prefer the stock style shifter to the M5 one now that I've swapped back). Both are wearing well but I am really trying to keep them clean as I go.

I bought the wheel thinking I'd recover it in Nappa leather initially and with the shifter I'll likely keep them as-is until they are too worn to restore...

Anypne having trouble with the electronic steering wheel getting it to work right? Was thinking of getting one but I heard it has issues with freezing and needing to be reset.
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Do you wear your Members Only jacket while wearing your driving gloves?
Maybe! Loafers with no socks too (...Senna style!). I keed....I keed!
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Wear gloves in a normal drive (non-track use)? It seems a little overkill IMO. I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.
Overkill? Maybe.....but peeling interior trim and peeling/glossy steering wheels (..both caused by hand oils) would be a serious annoyance to me (...as it seems to be for many others who complain about peeling interior trim; usually on the doors, etc.). Nonetheless, we each have our quirks. Some people won't drive their M3's on dirty roads or in the rain (..or will detail their wheels with Q-tips only to drive and immediately have all of that work go to waste)........I won't drive without the gloves.


...and I'm not the only one who enjoys these gloves


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