So ever since MINI has been selling their JCW steering wheel, they said that it's not compatible with the automatic tranny's. Never having had an auto before, I never paid much attention, but now that I've got one, I don't think it's fair we are left out of the fun! So I set out to find out why MINI says the JCW wheel won't work with the paddle shifters. First I acquired a used JCW Alcantara wheel. Then I got for cheap a stock wheel with paddle shifters. One of my biggest challenges has been finding torx bits to take things apart. Seems the ones I've got are slightly too small or too big! Gonna have to get a better kit tomorrow. Tools Needed: T20 and T25 Torx bits. T20 for removing the MFSW pcs and the T25 for removing the 4 bolts around the panel that holds the steering wheel release wires. The MFSW wiring is placed behind this so if you remove this panel, it's much easier to remove and reinstall the wiring. Comparing the R56 JCW wheel to the OEM wheel wheel with paddle shifters. Closer view Closer view How the paddle shifter fits Internally is there any difference? Only very subtle differences Here's the paddle shifter The stock wheel is cut for the paddle shifter Another angle This is where I will have to cut on the JCW wheel. I stacked the wheels to show that the oem wheel in back has an extra hole for the paddle shifter Closer view of the hole JCW wheel doesn't have a hole I'm going to mod this wheel to accept the oem paddle shifters. In the future, I may experiment further and see about changing out the shifters with something different. For now this writeup will continue to show my process and how you can do the same too!