Removing the instrument or gauge cluster in an E30 is a relatively simple task. It’s not as easy as removing the cluster in later models that followed such as the E39 or E53, but still not too bad. Since we’ll be removing electronic parts, it’s recommended that you disconnect the battery before beginning work.
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear among new E30 enthusiasts is, “How do I remove my steering wheel?” The removal of non-airbag steering wheels is very easy, and I’ll cover how to remove this version in this post. The airbag wheels are slightly more involved to remove, and I’ll cover that version the next time an airbag model E30 is available to me.
Nothing connects us to the car we drive as much as the steering wheel and shift knob. Over time, the leather on these parts will become worn down and unpleasant to touch. One of the easiest and most enjoyable upgrades for your BMW is to install a new shift knob. Here’s how to remove and install a new factory shift knob: