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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: North Yorkshire
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.