In Reply to: Project for Jon M.. posted by MrMCoupe on February 07, 2000 at 15:22:11:
Know that there are a lot of people on the board with the "old" 4-spoke steering wheel who would kill to have your M Coupe wheel.
The simple way to thicken the wheel that is with a sewn-on piece of leather like the Wheelskins products. I looked at one AndrewinLA had in his Trooper. It does thicken the wheel significantly. They are the least expensive and best quality solution out there today. However, I'm not happy with the look of Wheelskins. Even if you spend hours stretching them on, they still look like an aftermarket part.
I don't yet have the knowledge or skillsets required to re-finish factory steering wheels. I think you need specialized machines and dies to get a factory look. Down the road, maybe. But for now I'm staying away from steering wheels. Even if I could do them, you'd have to remove and send me your steering wheel.
One quick option is to switch your wheel with the 5 series wheel. But I thought they were the same part, sans the radio/cell controls. For reference, the E46 wheel without radio controls sells for $245 at Pacific BMW. However, you will need a new airbag to fit it. That's the cost that kills you.
Sorry I don't have more options for you.