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Chilling Sele' Paddle Modification!

I asked about upgraded selespeed buttons for my car, and found that the 2002-on cars had paddles, not buttons.

got hold of a 2002-on wheel, disappointed with paddles size really, so i decided to make some. i still intend to mould a pair from fibreglass at some point, however i have created a decidedly easier, 35-ish modification another way.

this uses BMW M3 "SMG-look" paddles, ive used cheap versions of the paddles available, although better quality M3 paddles are available.

what do you think? i would like to hear opinions, and i appreciate it is not to everyones taste.

the M3 look paddles came with aluminium mounting points, these are not needed. i simply removed the sele paddle "cover" from the main paddle housing, drilled 3 holes, used two "superscrews" to fix in (only two as the heads were too big to allow 3), and then ground off the ends of the superscrews until full pivoting of the paddle could be acheived, and the "clicking" heard.

not road tested, as the "-" paddle seems dodgy, waiting on a replacement before i modify that one and fit the wheel, but the paddle is stable, and "clickable" from all round the paddle, even coming directly down from the top of the wheel(around the "+" in the photo at the top of the M3 paddle).

the original alfa paddle cover is being epoxy coated now, should look great when done and fitted.

have some photos. i would have liked the paddle to be a little higher up and more central, but i couldnt have done that without getting in the way of the contact switch/general electronic stuffery.
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Nicely done looks cool
 
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looks well, and really good to see someone being innovative!!
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Re: Sele' Paddle Modification!

wow, 2 comments and both positive! i honestly wasnt expecting it, i was expecting more of an "what the fudge are you doing putting BMW bits on an Alfa?!"

thanks for the comments. have now got a fucntioning "-" paddle so will attach the other side, finish the blanking of the audio control switches, and get more photies up.
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wow, 2 comments and both positive! i honestly wasnt expecting it, i was expecting more of an "what the fudge are you doing putting BMW bits on an Alfa?!"

thanks for the comments. have now got a fucntioning "-" paddle so will attach the other side, finish the blanking of the audio control switches, and get more photies up.
haha I'm not a "run-of-the-mill" alfaowner.com member one look at my 147's grill will tell ya that

Deffo good to see people doing things that are different. I think that the masses on this site put people down so much when they don't conform that there's very little originality going on with modifications and the like.

It's good to see someone else just going for what they want to do
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Re: Sele' Paddle Modification!

Paddles done, not quite symmetrical, but as damn near as i possibly could, hard to tell too.

quick mock-up with airbag and lots of dust, but minus audio control blanks.


cheers again rancido.
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haha I'm not a "run-of-the-mill" alfaowner.com member one look at my 147's grill will tell ya that
Ya but that is hideous man. Whereas this isn't it looks good and is of better function I would imagine than the standard ones.
 
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Ya but that is hideous man.
ah, but that's your opinion, not mine
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and that be a touch....harsh in my eyes i think. rancido's grille is striking, but not hideous<my op.

aaanyhoo.....
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and that be a touch....harsh in my eyes i think. rancido's grille is striking, but not hideous<my op.

aaanyhoo.....
thanks

but i don't care if people don't like it if i did i wouldn't have done it in the first place
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I know. And you know me I'll say it straight as you know.
 
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I know. And you know me I'll say it curved as you know.
say it what now?
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Re: Sele' Paddle Modification!

well, the wheel is done!

went to fit it today and had a massively irritating setback...the airbag control switch is different between the 2000 and 2002 cars, the sele wiring is different, the horn contacts are different, and the wiring comes out in the wrong place.

new rotary switch needed, from a 2002 car. gah.
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Looks great. I thought about doing this exact same thing with those M3 paddles on ebay and a facelift wheel. (great minds think alike!)

...think i'll add this to my long list of future modifications
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its not as easy as it looks....

needed wheel, airbag, replacement paddles, and now contact switch, plus M3-esque paddles. &#163;135 so far.
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Regarding the blanking of the audio controls, could you not have used the blanks from a facelift 166?
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Regarding the blanking of the audio controls, could you not have used the blanks from a facelift 166?

if i had known, then maybe yes. if i could have got hold of a pair separately.
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Re: Sele' Paddle Modification!

I watch this with great interest, planning to do the same thing, but the differences between the contacts of the different steering wheels keeps me off. Keep us informed ! btw where did you get the steering wheel ?
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i got the steering wheel and airbag from autolusso. got a spare pair of paddles from gtleigh on here, due to one of mine being wobbly and not "clicking" correctly.

rarebear, do you have a photo of the differences in the contacts of the 2002 wheel, once the wheel is removed?
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Have you found a facelift clock spring? how easy does it look to change?
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facelift clock spring? not sure what that is. im assuming you mean the rotary switch that sits directly behind the steering wheel, with wiring for audio, airbag, horn and sele.

i have one on its way today from autolusso.
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yep thats it, let us know how easy it is to change
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will do, should arrive tomorrow morning, meaning i *might* have time to switch everything over before work. the existing one is held on with 4 small screws, and i think there is just a small multiplug behind it.
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its not looking promising....the wiring is different, and i cant find a diagram. might be able to rewire if i know which wire does what
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