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    Three spoke airbag

    I’ll call my local dealer tomorrow but does anyone know if the 3 spoke, M sport steering wheel airbag is still available and who has the best price? Schmiedmann has the best price, but not sure how shipping an “explosive” device works given I had customs issues with the red Motorsport seatbelts being delivered.

    Get BMW has the wrong photo so wanted to check with the experts on here and verify part numbers.

    P/N 32342229030

    Thanks guys.

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    That's correct PN, but they are just lazy with that diagram as BMW ETK shows correct steering wheel + airbag. Never seen airbag in the same picture as the dashboard in any official diagram.

    And if you're going to call anyways, we don't have to guess if it's still available as with these old E36 parts, they could be available today and NLA tomorrow.
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    LOL… so true here today, gone tomorrow with classic car parts. Thank you for confirming the part number. My local dealer can’t seem to keep a consistent parts staff, so getting one that knows how to use the parts diagram outside of oil/air filters has proven challenging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hagasan41 View Post
    LOL… so true here today, gone tomorrow with classic car parts. Thank you for confirming the part number. My local dealer can’t seem to keep a consistent parts staff, so getting one that knows how to use the parts diagram outside of oil/air filters has proven challenging.
    I've found that walking in with RealOEM pulled up on my phone gets their attention, but if you're more familiar than they are... yeah, that doesn't help too much.

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    Just know that that airbag will chalk over like every single stage airbag does. It'll probably be chalked over out of the box.

    You may be after the peace of mind of a fresh safety device but it's going to look like crap sooner than later.

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    Better of getting it leather covered for the longest lasting result with the least maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MParallel View Post
    Better of getting it leather covered for the longest lasting result with the least maintenance.
    Untested risk

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    Quote Originally Posted by blckstrm View Post
    I've found that walking in with RealOEM pulled up on my phone gets their attention, but if you're more familiar than they are... yeah, that doesn't help too much.
    Just got off the phone. Only took the dude 5 min to get into the system and after some heavy breathing and monkeying on the keyboard informed me it’s available from Germany.

    Quote Originally Posted by Braymond141 View Post
    Just know that that airbag will chalk over like every single stage airbag does. It'll probably be chalked over out of the box.

    You may be after the peace of mind of a fresh safety device but it's going to look like crap sooner than later.
    100% Brett. I ordered a replacement roundel kit from you a while ago so I’m considering picking up a new airbag while I decide what route to take with the original one. Either way, I can’t stand the shiny look or the faded chalky look which is compounded since I installed a rewrapped wheel in Nappa.

    Quote Originally Posted by MParallel View Post
    Better of getting it leather covered for the longest lasting result with the least maintenance.
    One option I’m considering for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Braymond141 View Post
    Untested risk
    Exactly, so I may try painting first. The clear I had applied from Fibrenew looked good for a while but turned glossy over time. May need to use a matte black color coat then top coat for the best and longest lasting results.

    Maybe I’ll just do a quick release unit since I’ll have 2 wheels then join stance nation and live the E36 bro life. LOL

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    Airbags have been covered in leather for ages.

    Not even taking into consideration that most of these E36 gas generators are toast anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MParallel View Post
    Airbags have been covered in leather for ages.
    Typically by companies that are responsible for the safety of the driver after leather wrapping the airbag. Meaning, they likely know wtf they are doing to ensure the bag continues to work as intended... not act like a bomb after someone restrained it with leather. I don't even think any reputable company made a leather wrapped airbag for the one in question.

    By all means, please test out any one of DIY Facebook Marketplace ones and report back. Would love to see how all their double sided taped on roundels feel against your face.
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    I wonder if something like this: https://www.frost.co.uk/frost-liquid...aerosol-400ml/ would work on it. It's gotten good reviews from the Vanquish crowd for re-coating steering cowls after the original coating goes all sticky at about 20 years. Granted, that's a different sort of plastic, but it might work all the same....

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    Bray already has the solution: vapor blasting.
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    And here I always thought that it was just my airbag that became a sticky/ shiny mess after 2 mins out in the sun... Is there a fix for that?
    No matter where you go, there you are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRSperry View Post
    And here I always thought that it was just my airbag that became a sticky/ shiny mess after 2 mins out in the sun... Is there a fix for that?
    I just posted the (Brett's) solution ONE post above yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MParallel View Post
    I just posted the (Brett's) solution ONE post above yours.
    It didn't last. We can go back to no solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braymond141 View Post
    It didn't last. We can go back to no solution.
    Ah good to know.

    So that doesn’t leave much besides painting/wrapping/plasti-dipping (is that still a thing?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MParallel View Post
    Ah good to know.

    So that doesn’t leave much besides painting/wrapping/plasti-dipping (is that still a thing?)
    Don't forget the option to bedazle the airbag. Tiny pretty projectiles!

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    I think my next action is to vaporhone and then matte clear coat. I feel like it's an uphill battle with the plastic offgassing/decaying forever though.

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    I have a backup cover if anyone is in need for testing. Just the cover no airbag no roundel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MParallel View Post
    ... plasti-dipping (is that still a thing?)
    The Frost stuff is basically plasti-dipping, but in an aerosol formula.

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    Worth a try. Maybe it 'seals' the surface from offgassing. Although at some point, that process must have finished.

    Then again, I am not chemist.
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    here's my solution: i bought a dual stage airbag that isn't prone to the chaulking and transfered the cover to the signle stage airbag.

    https://www.mforum.net/forum/e36-m3-...=9547#post9547

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    I’d like to see the markings that indicate the material(s).
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    ​ more shots of the innards of the different airbag covers before I rivet everything back together. the lettering and numbers don't seem to distinguish construction or material differences

    Single Stage



    Dual Stage


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    Quote Originally Posted by Braymond141 View Post
    It didn't last. We can go back to no solution.
    Dare I say it? Swap to a (or stick with the) 4 spoke?

    I assume the response to that is, a chalky 3 spoke still looks better than the 4 spoke!

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