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BMW Performance Steering Wheel Installation


Installation instructions for BMW Performance Steering Wheel V1 and V2. The differences between V1 and V2 are largely cosmetic and share the same installation steps save for a lap trigger on V2 which can be seen in the PDF.

This guide was taken from doba_s and moved here because the photos were victim of the photobucket switch and were a pain to retrieve.


For anyone who is piecing this kit together or has lost/broken piece, I managed to collect these while searching for one myself. Credits to rsofronici, awt and @AzNdevil for the part numbers.
- 61122212796 - wire harness
- 61138364646 - Covering cap, 12 pol. connector (Tyco 1-967415-1) (to PSW Control Unit)
- 61138364664 - Connector, 12 pol. female (socket), (Tyco 965776-1 B) (to PSW Control Unit) (A6)
- 61350444602 - Control Unit (PSW) (P-Lenkrad) ($139.45) (61 35 2 212 797 for V2)
- 61138373575 - Connector, 2 pol. male (pin), (AMP 1-968654-1) (to OBD II) (A5)
- 61319122381 - Coil spring cartridge (Slip ring) (w/additional 3-wire cable from top)
- 61136954518 - 12-pin that goes into the slip ring (Green but same connector)

1. Disconnect your Battery and make sure your (-) Negative terminal will not be touching battery

2. Remove lower plastic panels on both sides (passenger/driver). I just have picture of the passenger side

Driver side:

3. Read PDF instruction and unplug Blue connector

4. Reales the side tabs and pop off the Black/Grey connector that is inside the Blue one.

5. Read PDF installation and remove Blue/Red wire from Pin1 and Red from Pin2. Insert A3 into Pin1 and A4 into Pin2. Now install wires that you removed from Pin1 and Pin2 into Connector E

Pulling out wires from Pin1 and Pin2
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Connector E

Wires from Pin1 and Pin2 inserted into Connector E
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Wires A3 and A4 inserted into big Black connector into Pin1 and Pin2and Connector E connecter to A5

6. Now you can install Control Module B and connect A6 to the module

7. Attach module B to the harness using zip-tie like i did or somewhere else ... it is not the best spot because it make a bit hard to install plastic cover at the end.
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8. Install the Black connector into Blue connector and then reinstall Blue connector. I used zip-tie to get all those wires together ...

9. Now you need to remove your Airbag. Make sure you have no power going to your car or it can be very bad and dangerous !


Use medium size flathead screwdriver and insert it into very little openings (one on each side)

Insert screwdriver like this

Not like that

Push on it with the moderate force and pull that side of the airbag gently

Then do the other side

Now you can open Green and Black clips/locks with a flathead screwdriver. Take it easy and don't break them
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10. Disconnect the connector from the Coil spring cartridge (Grey/Yellow and Black)

11. Now you can remove your old steering wheel by using 16mm or 5/8 socket

12. Now we need to remove upper/lower steering column trim. Pull the upper part first. Pull it up and do one side at a time. You can use a medium size flathead screwdriver and push it up from the inside, but be very careful and don't punch yourself ... it hurts like a B... trust me
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Tape the upper part to the dash
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13. Remove the lower part by pressing on the tabs (one on each side)

14. Now remove Coil spring cartridge with T15 torx. Unplug Black small connector on the RT side(This connector was not black on my car, it was white and it was 12 pins).

Make sure not to pull the whole assembly out of the column. Very Important. Unclip all the clips and remove just the Coil spring cartridge and nothing else. These are the clips that are holding it on the side, so make sure to unclip them

15. Install the new Coil spring cartridge that came with you new PSW. Don NOT connect the Black connector just yet(Again, this connector was not black for me, and my replacement connector was blue since my steering wheel did not come with the A7 plug).

16. Now you need to remove the center console to rout the harness to the steering column. I did it this way but you might decide to do it differently.
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17. This is how I routed A7
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18. Read PDF instruction and remove wires from the Black connector ( the one I told you not to connect to your new Coil spring cartridge) and insert them into A7 white connector. They are numbered 1-6 and you need to insert them the same way ... #1 from Black connector goes to #1 in A7 White connector and so on ... Keep in mind there will now be un-used wires in the old connector which will just dangle there if you have a 12 pin connector like me.


Now you CAN connect A7 White connector into you new Coil spring cartridge

19. Zip-tie the wires together and put back steering wheel column trim.


20. Transfer everything from your old wheel to your new PSW and install everything back. Read the PDF file. Connect black connector from the new Coil spring cartridge to the Green connector on you new PSW. The rest is the same. In PDF file it says to connect Black connector to Black but it is actually Green and not Black. Just FIY. In fact, I wouldn't trust any color schemes in this guide as I found them to be inaccurate.

It should look like this


21. Since OBDII port doesn't have two needed wire to connect A1 and A2 I decided to use cigarette lighter as the power source. I have something else taped into this power source so don't pay attention to the Red and Black wires. You need to tap A2 Braun wire in to thick Braun wire and A1 Green/Braun into thick Red/Black wire on your cigaret lighter connector.(The pins on the CAS harness the guide wants you to tap for power don't match the color of wires either. Instead of a green and brown wire in pin 1, mine was red.

22. Now you can put everything back together. Connect your battery after you are done with everything, start your car and you should get this
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