Project E36 323is: Part 7 - Cleaning Up the Office With Driven Steering and BMWPedals.com

Project E36 323is: Part 7 - Cleaning Up The Office with Driven Steering and BMWPedals.com

by Jonathan Lawson

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.


Stock E36 steering wheelThis 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.
Driven Steering wheelThis 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.
MOMO steering hub adapterIn 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. 
E36 airbag removalWe 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.
E36 steering wheel removalAfter 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.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:30 PM
I find the interface is critical. Adding SRP pedal covers to my Z06 made a huge difference in my late braking confidence as I was able to downshift without upsetting the car. Having driven the Z28 with racing Racetech seat and deep dished wheel though, I find the Z06 still has some shortcomings. Being able to give the car accurate inputs and not being distracted by the possibility of a rough downshift, bracing yourself against the wheel, or simply being pinned to the center console or door panel is invaluable IMO.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:31 PM
Hmmm...no air bag light?
Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:37 AM
That horn plate is not the best looking thing I came across and functionally wise, well, I guess you'll find out quickly... :)

Other than that, the wheel does look great and should be very nice to hold! Great upgrade.

I found that installing the pedal covers was mandatory (in my case to bring the accelerator and break pedals closer to each other) to proper heel-and-toe downshifting... Should have opt for a cover with some rubber in it. Full metal can get slippery when wet!
Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:35 AM
Cool upgrades and glad to see another steering wheel company enter the market. High quality stuff was getting scarce.

I didn't see a shift knob upgrade though. My Rx8 has the factory one coming apart and I was looking for a replacement. Nothing crazy heavy but the factory one is 3/4 of a lb. and most of the stuff out there is either oddly shaped or 3+ lbs.

Any recomendations for where to look?
Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:26 AM
Does the standard MOMO/Sparco horn button fit in these wheels? The wheel looks nice, but I have to admit that horn button is a little ridiculous looking. Do you just deal with an SRS light? I like the MOMO hubs for older cars, especially the collapsible feature, but for some newer ones it's nice to have the hubs that integrate with the clockspring and include resistors for the airbag light.
Nick B
Nick Blink
Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:36 AM
@DerBruce - No airbag light, was totally expecting it. Not sure if something is broken or what. I was ready to do the whole 3ohm resistor jumper to make sure it didn't come on.

@Protodad - My wife got me a shift knob from Turner Motorsports for Christmas 2012 and that's what I've been running. It's a little shorter than the stock E36 one, I believe it's for a 1 series (That's what someone mentioned once). You can see it in the title pic.

@ED9 - yes a standard MOMO button should fit. No SRS light, not really sure why, there might be something wrong with the system dunno.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:10 PM
@protodad: A heavy knob is a great improvement at least for my STi. That's why a lot companies are letting you know what they weigh, not for lightweight but rather for heft (selling point) There isn't many places on a car you want to increase weight but this one.
Friday, March 28, 2014 9:10 AM
No offense but that wheel and horn combo looks a bit cheap and loud . Quality may be great but it looks a bit Pep Boys to me. A nice Momo would look better in my opinion.
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