I recently replaced my Steering wheel with a model from Sparco. Keeping the horn function was easy. I have to drive the car to and from race tracks, and cruise control would be a great item to have on the drive. There isn’t alot of info on how to do this but with the wiring manual I figured it out.
This is the harness for the cruise control, you can see the blue wire for the horn is already cut and spliced to make it work. This will also be the power for the cruise control buttons.
Further down the line from the steering wheel, inside the dash is where i made my splices to keep a short lead to where i was going to place the buttons for the cruise control. I placed them in the coin tray on the left side of the steering wheel.
Here is a pic of the extensions of the cruise control wires and the splice of the horn/power wire.
I cut off the coin pocket and trimmed a piece of real carbon fiber to fit the hole. After I drilled holes I added the two momentary on/off switches.
After soldering the power lead to both buttons, and one green wire to each button I sealed them up with heat wrap.
The completed project, I sealed the carbon fiber to the dash with some structural adhesive.
M fest is a road trip tour for M division BMW cars, though all BMW’s are allowed. They Start in different parts of California and eventually converge on Las Vegas for fun and some track times. I got a chance to snap some pics at the Local cars and coffee event last Saturday.
One Thing is for sure is that they all drive their cars, no trailer queens.
I love all the Carbon fiber covers on this M3. Makes the engine look like the high revving beast that it is.
This is the engine bay of a supercharged 2003 M5 V8. The fit and finish was excellent and if it is a custom kit the builder should sell it. The owner had a dyno sheet showing 700hp and a stealth look to the rest of the car. Very nice for keeping a low profile.
There were some classics that showed up, like this 325is. Not sure if the owner had any mods done to the engine or if it was the stock 2.5l engine. I liked the stance with this car.
This M5 did not look the part of a sleeper. The carbon fiber spliters front and rear, along with the titanium exhaust gave hints of the power under the hood. An ESS super charger gave it the power to go along with the look.
Well a lot has been happening getting the car ready for it’s first outing. I hope to get out for a shake down in April, but we’ll see if everything goes as planned. He is a little more information on the interior of the car.
I replaced the steering wheel for a Sparco unit. It is detachable which makes it an easy entrance into the buddy club one piece drivers seat. The Passenger unit is a Sparco Torino 2 piece seat. True race cars don’t have 2 seats but my plan is for a N.A.S.A. racing license and to get one you have to have a trainer ride along to judge your progress.
The rear seats where removed for weight savings, along with all sound deadening. Most racing classes require cars to have front panels in place so those where kept but the speakers where removed. I didn’t want the car to look like a thief recovery so I left the rear carpet and the rear side panels. The EM racing bars tighten up the flexible hatchback chassis, and really add some stiffness back into the car. They attach to the suspension points and form a Z to deliver the most strength from such light bars.
The radio was deleted, and a custom block off plate was created in front of it. The Shifter was replaced with a Skunk2 short throw shifter and knob. Along with the Energy Suspension bushings that where installed this is like the bolt action on a rifle now.