Hi everyone! This is my first post! I've learned a lot about the i3 on this forum. Thank you all!
I have been quite frustrated with the i3's two spoke steering wheel. It's been very difficult to acclimate to this after many years with three spokes (horizontal spokes at 3 and 9 o'clock, with a vertical spoke at 6 o'clock).
I thought a steering wheel top center marker would help me orient my visuals, but wanted the option to be able to fully reverse any solution in the future.
Searching the internet, I found a number of great suggestions for a DIY job:
1) leather dye, permanent marker
very permanent, can be messy and hard to fix mistakes for non professionals like me
2) plasti dip
semi permanent, can be removed but you really need to make a commitment
3a) duct tape
silver color, but the adhesive can get VERY messy over time and when removed
3b) electrical tape
typically available in white, red, blue and brown, also VERY messy over time but the adhesive will "melt" in heat and also get VERY messy
3c) gaffer tape
supposedly a lot less messy and less sticky compared to duct tape and electrical tape, but I have no easy access to this tape
3d) painter's masking tape
the light blue version from 3M matches the BMW "i" blue trim quite nicely and supposedly removes quite cleanly
4) sewing thread
looks amazing!! It would need to be wrapped many, many times to build up to say a 1 cm width, but seems easy enough to "unwrap" when one decides to remove
5) steering wheel covers
added benefit of making the steering wheel a feel a bit more substantive/thicker in the hand, also easy to undo when one decides to remove
Options 4 and 5 seemed the least permanent and easiest to remove, but I don't have any sewing thread and am too impatient and OCD to deal with searching for, ordering, and waiting for a what will be a cheap, plasticky and likely off-gassing steering wheel cover.
I ended up DIYing with plumber's Teflon tape (the white-colored tape used to seal pipe fittings).
https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-2-in-x-52 ... /202206819
This is a 5 minute job.
1) Cut a 9 inch strip of the Teflon tape (enough for maybe 5 layers when wrapped)
2) Identify the top center position of the steering wheel
3) Apply the Teflon tape with a little bit of tension on the tape (hold it taut as you wrap it the 5 times around the top of the steering wheel--it's Teflon so it's a bit slippery on the leather.)
4) Once it's fully wrapped, firmly squeeze the tape between thumb and index finger (as if you are making an "OK" hand sign) and simultaneously twist it tight in the same direction you've applied the tape (twist like the twist grip throttle on a motorcycle). The Teflon tape will bind with itself given the pressure from this process
5) Admire your work--it's finished!
Carefully razor blade and peel off. Please note: I would suggest doing this on the front of the steering wheel where there will be a small gap between the Teflon tape and the aluminum insert on the steering wheel, created by the Teflon tape (which was pulled taut) "bridging" the leather over the inset "sunken" aluminum trim.
Take care to avoid cutting the leather or scratching the aluminum trim on the front of the steering wheel.