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Headed over to Thompson BMW in Doylestown, PA for the driver side airbag recall. Sourced a square wheel w/ airbag so I can finally stop getting those pesky notices.

I'll be buying a wheel from Coby Wheels wrapped in Alcantara w/ Yellow Strip and Yellow Stitching. (Will match the yellow calipers rather nicely)
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Ditto, if I have a round bag wheel that needs an airbag I make sure that's in the car getting done and then trash the square bag.
 

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It shouldn't matter what steering wheel is in the car vs what it came with. It's more about the VIN in the system. They should replace whichever style airbag, as they are all recalled. The early square wheels are the latest to be recalled.
Few years ago (2020 if I recall), I went for my airbag recall. They only did my passenger airbag (they told me they couldn't do my driver side airbag because the VIN said it came with the square airbag, and not round :rolleyes:).

I asked a good friend of mine a few months ago who worked at BMW at another dealer, and essentially said the same thing.

Could depend on dealer, idk.

Ditto, if I have a round bag wheel that needs an airbag I make sure that's in the car getting done and then trash the square bag.
I genuinely forgot how terrible the square airbag wheels are (especially the steering wheel controls), its a bit of an odd hand placement just to press them. Doesn't help that I have small hands. :rolleyes:

Soon as I got home, I yanked the square wheel out and put a spare sport wheel I had laying around. (I put my M3 wheel in the vert).
 

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Few years ago (2020 if I recall), I went for my airbag recall. They only did my passenger airbag (they told me they couldn't do my driver side airbag because the VIN said it came with the square airbag, and not round :rolleyes:).

I asked a good friend of mine a few months ago who worked at BMW at another dealer, and essentially said the same thing.

Could depend on dealer, idk.



I genuinely forgot how terrible the square airbag wheels are (especially the steering wheel controls), its a bit of an odd hand placement just to press them. Doesn't help that I have small hands. :rolleyes:

Soon as I got home, I yanked the square wheel out and put a spare sport wheel I had laying around. (I put my M3 wheel in the vert).
Safety is safety, period. I'll double check with my service manager, but I don't think we've ever not completed a recall because the steering wheel didn't match what the VIN said was OE. We just get the airbag that fits the car from parts.
 

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Discussion Starter · #487 · (Edited)
After much thought, I have finally decided the plans for winter 2023.

Original Plan: Finish Vert
  • Swap a ZF 5-Speed
  • Headers
  • Few other maintenance items

That has been reschedule for mid summer.

New Plan: Fix Wagon!
(1) Send Wagon to Body Shop
Pull Passenger Apron a smudge
Fix few spots of surface rust
Fix the few roof dents
Few other misc things
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MTech 2 (Front, Side Skirts, and Rear Bumper).
(3) Send wagon to friends shop to get wrapped.
(4) Rebuild Headlights, and New Wheels
(5) Chassis Mount (Coolerworx)
(6) Enjoy the summer

The reason I am going with getting it wrapped is essentially the wagon will need a full respray with the body work it needs and its not cheap to do it professionally (which is what I want). As a recent graduate of Uni, the funds don't particularly exist for that. It seems a bit more realistic in budget to get it wrapped, considering the quote my friend gave me. I'm currently eyeing toward wrapping it Gloss Midnight Purple (I am quite a sucker for purple.)
 

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Snagged these two items last week.

CTEK MXS 5.0 w/ CTEK COMFORT CONNECT INDICATOR EYELET

Finally decided it was time to tuck the wagon for winter. CTEK made it super easy to keep a trickle charger on wagon, and not worry about unplugging the battery.
 

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Discussion Starter · #491 · (Edited)
Snagged a set of Alzor Style 881 (18x8.5 ET35) from ECSTuning (25% off w/ there winter sale).

Essentially BBS LM Replica's. I have always been fond of BBS LM's, however... I just cant justify spending 5k on a set of wheels.

I was browsing marketplace and found a set of Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (245/35R18) w/ about 150 miles on them [essentially brand new]. Got them for a steal.. 600$!
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Test mounted the Alzor Style 881 last night. I'll have to run 5mm spacers in the front, because the spokes hit the Z32 Calipers.

This offset is already aggressive as it is. With the addition of the 5mm spacer, I'll need to run some camber and roll the fenders.

I might just get some fixed camber plates from turner, and it should fix my issue.

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Can't wait to see the wheels on the car. I saw some LM's the other day and get tempted.
Unfortunately, ECS sent one wrong wheel, that is 5x112 and 66.6 Hub.

Have to send that wheel back and wait till they receive it before they send out the correct one. :mad:

Well, as a positive you already need some paint work from the accident, so rolling the fenders before that will only add one fender to the paint list.
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I'm running 18x9 ET30 with 245/35-18 without rolling fronts. I've never had any rubbing issues there with stock Sport suspension. I can't remember what you're running though.
Im running 18x8.5 ET35 with now a 5mm spacer, and im lowered compared to you.

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I've decided that I'll just fix the front end.

I sourced a Orient Blue Hood, and I'll be reusing my old fender from the accident (I think it can be saved).

I'll get the apron pulled, get the fitment corrected.

I'll snag a M-Tech 2 Front Bumper, get it painted and blended w/ fenders and hood and call it a day.

Fits in my budget much more, then my original plans.

Should be around ~3k
 

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Im running 18x8.5 ET35 with now a 5mm spacer, and im lowered compared to you.

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The lowering may have some impact, but as your last image shows we equal out on offset and I'm still poking more due to the wider wheel.
I still think that you can get probably get away without rolling, there's a good bit of room in the front.

Looks great though!
 
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