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Just about to buy a 2015 V6S has loads of options but not the wheel.
Wish to retro fit this I guess this has been done by other members?
I guess heated wheel wouldn't work as this purchase doesn't have that option too.
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You never know... it might. Sometimes its cheaper to put the wiring in and just leave out the button. The BMW 1 series had all the wiring, electronics, and light bulbs installed for rear fog lights, but didn't come with the button. All you had to do was buy a $20 headlight switch and boom... rear fog lights. Considering the heated steering wheel is activated with a button on the steering wheel itself, it may very well work. Not to get your hopes up!

Should be a simple swap over, just gotta find a wheel. We can help you with the instructions i'm sure.
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Try searching here, it's been discussed, but not for a while. My dim memory is that it was prohibitively expensive, and I don't recall anyone actually doing it.
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DJS is surely correct but I will add that the flat-bottom steering wheel is one of my favorite features. FWIW. If $'s aren't an object - and maybe even if it is - I say do it!

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You never know... it might. Sometimes its cheaper to put the wiring in and just leave out the button. The BMW 1 series had all the wiring, electronics, and light bulbs installed for rear fog lights, but didn't come with the button. All you had to do was buy a $20 headlight switch and boom... rear fog lights. Considering the heated steering wheel is activated with a button on the steering wheel itself, it may very well work. Not to get your hopes up!

Should be a simple swap over, just gotta find a wheel. We can help you with the instructions i'm sure.
You may be right. Here are a couple of pictures of the "blanking plate" for cars without cruise control. As the picture of the back indicates, it's actually a full set of switches but without working buttons...

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Part of the climate pack, heated steering wheel.
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If I'm not mistaken, I don't even think the SVR has the flat bottom steering wheel. Wonder why.
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My S has flat bottom heated steering wheel. I actually use heated option more than I expected - heated seats and heated steering wheel allows me to take top down in 12C or so without feeling too cold.
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If I'm not mistaken, I don't even think the SVR has the flat bottom steering wheel. Wonder why.
That flatbottom wheel is not very useful during tight high-speed driving. I like the looks, but I find it annoying when I'm trying to grab it in tight slalom.
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If it's any use I fitted and SVR wheel to my MY14 S. The SVR wheel has heating, but my S did not and clearly is not wired for it either, missing the appropriate heavy duty cable to feed it.

I ended up having to retrofit my S buttons and loom into the SVR wheel as nothing worked, leaving heated wheel to contemplate as a future project

My guess is at a minimum I'll need a new slip ring to carry power up the column, so will likely be too much effort
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my friend has a spare carbon fiber wheel with the flat bottom, if you want let me know and I can contact him.
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my friend has a spare carbon fiber wheel with the flat bottom, if you want let me know and I can contact him.
I think he's looking for an OEM wheel.
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I think he's looking for an OEM wheel.
it's molded from the OEM Wheel, looks pretty good, but i'd understand wanting completely OEM
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i have the flat bottom wheel

it's not just the bottom, but also the grips are much thicker than stock round - it's a completely different wheel
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Did DIY already. Go get one its worth it....
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I didn't realise there was such a thickness difference. Glad I have the flat bottom one.
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Unless you are very advanced level, dont mess with anything to do with airbags yourself, both because you can seriously injure yourself if you set it off while working on it, and because if you dont get the reinstall right it might not operate properly in an accident.

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Unless you are very advanced level, dont mess with anything to do with airbags yourself, both because you can seriously injure yourself if you set it off while working on it, and because if you dont get the reinstall right it might not operate properly in an accident.
With a few basic precautions and treat them with respect there's little danger with airbags
Disconnect battery, wait 15 mins. Unclip and remove the connectors
if it's not correclty reconnected the airbag light will be on so obvious it's not correct.

I've removed dozens off times on many cars without issue and know of no one on the many forums I frequent who's done worse than trip the light and needed to reset it.
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Flat bottomed steering wheels make the driving world go 'round. Sorry couldn't help it...I'll blame on unhinged's influence.
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I have these if anyone is interested

Leather and Carbon or Suede and Carbon options

Everything OEM fit airbag, buttons etc.


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