New steering wheel— installed!

As much as we preach the virtues of OEM, the thin-rimmed BMW M-Tech I we had left a bit to be desired in the sportiness category. Enter the Momo Monte Carlo. It’s a great wheel for this car— it’s chunky, feels great in one’s hands, and doesn’t look out of place (as much as we love the Momo Prototipo, it would be painfully mismatched in an E30). The aftermarket horn button is unfortunate, but we’re looking to rectify that with a replacement BMW button that’s on order— hopefully it’ll fit.

This is now the third wheel we’re on (after small diameter M-Tech I and II wheels), and it feels the best by a significant margin. We think steering wheels are so important, so we don’t mind having taken the roundabout way to get to this point. We’re just glad we don’t have an airbag to deal with.

Gratuitous Momo pics:

And in contrast, here’s the previous wheel that was on— a small diameter M-Tech I. Period correct OEM goodness, but lacking in the ‘feel’ department— it’s a trade-off we decided was worth making. We’ll hang on to this for when it becomes time to sell the car.


~ by velofinds on November 4, 2011.

12 Responses to “New steering wheel— installed!”

  1. I also like Momo wheels. I use a Momo Club4 on my E28, it is great. I think you made a good choice.

  2. I also use the momo monte carlo in my e30 M3 and it feels great. I would love to replace the “momo” horn button for a BMW horn button, but I can’t find where to buy them. Can you help me?

    Keep the good work in this blog.

    Cheers
    VR

  3. Looking very good, I’d like to replace the M-Tech 1 wheel in my 318is as well, but most of the nice classic wheels, like the Monte Carlo, are not allowed here in germany due to regulations on so called “safety”…

  4. Love it! Might have to get one for the turbo E34!

  5. Looks great! Love it.

  6. Love it! I now wanna use that same wheel in my M-B 2.3 16V. What diameter is it?

  7. I can’t recall what I was looking for! To much going on. I’ve sold the M5 to a friend, and am re-focusing on the 2.3-16. I’m gonna put this same Momo wheel in the cossie. I may have been looking for seats for the M-B, I’m gonna go with some Bride GIAS LowMax, because of the price, the bolster & because they recline. I’m not really worried about purism with this build because I’m losing to much money to care about recouping any of it. Building this one just for me:) I’ll send you pics around Christmas when it’s done!

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