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Old 12-22-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default DAMD Flat Bottom Steering Wheel - 2011 STI Sedan (correct wheel this time)

Ordered the right wheel this time. Nice. Yeah, last time was for the GD or legacy or some other model audio controls. Bummer. But here we are...

FYI, got it from Avo JDM in Japan

Impressions (bear in mind I also just put my winter 17" wheels/tires on, too... But don't think that'd make a major major difference as the wheel seems to have):
1. Sick.
2. Minor getting used to the D, but nothing difficult.
3. Smaller, makes a perfect U turn now
4. Dude: Steering response is quick, much more accurate feeling; your arm movement actually corresponds to what it should in wheel movement
5. More resistance!!! Hell yeah. That's the number one annoying thing on the GR--the light steering
6. Sick
7. Yeah, so the combined aspects of more resistance and shorter, more accurate turning = beautiful.
8. And looks don't hurt either...





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Old 12-22-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
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I wish these were available for earlier years. I'm jealous. *sadface*
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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looks awsome, how long did it take to arrive?
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:13 PM   #4
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I wish these were available for earlier years. I'm jealous. *sadface*
They have them for 05+

I have one in my 04 sti with a 05 airbag, i love it
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:27 PM   #6
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Is that suede or alcantara I spy on the dash?
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:29 PM   #7
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That's awesome.
I will be needing one of those.
How long does it take to arrive ?

Also...
Did you do the airbag swap yourself, or did you have the dealer do it ?
Thanks.

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Old 12-22-2010, 12:54 PM   #8
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looks awsome, how long did it take to arrive?
Fast... Maybe a few days for processing, then maybe 3-5 business days.

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Is that suede or alcantara I spy on the dash?
Alchy... custom cluster hood wrapped by JPM coachworks in black Alcanatara w/ red stitching.

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Did you do the airbag swap yourself, or did you have the dealer do it ?
Thanks.
Just responded to the delivery time question above - I had my shop do the swap, only 'cause I didn't have the right tools on me. It's straightforward, really. Plug and play.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:58 PM   #9
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My friend ordered one from RallySportDirect... It was in stock and he received it in about 4 days...

http://www.rallysportdirect.com/Steering-Wheel
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:16 PM   #10
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They have them for 05+

I have one in my 04 sti with a 05 airbag, i love it
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Guess i've never really looked into it since I doubt I will ever be in the market for an $800 steering wheel. I can dream though.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:48 PM   #11
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yeah seriously 800 dollars you can make your car go faster or lower, even the wrx one is 670 after shipping
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:54 PM   #12
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yeah seriously 800 dollars you can make your car go faster or lower, even the wrx one is 670 after shipping
To some people its not about the cost. Quality=cost. Want good stuff then you pay up. But also for some styling is more important than performance. I wouldn't pay that much for a steering wheel now as their is lots other mods I want first for that, but when all said and done I wouldn't mind buying a damd or prova for $700-800
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:06 PM   #13
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To some people its not about the cost. Quality=cost. Want good stuff then you pay up. But also for some styling is more important than performance. I wouldn't pay that much for a steering wheel now as their is lots other mods I want first for that, but when all said and done I wouldn't mind buying a damd or prova for $700-800
Once mine wears out I will definitely consider this as an option. Getting the stocker re-wrapped is like $400+ anyways.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:10 PM   #14
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Once mine wears out I will definitely consider this as an option. Getting the stocker re-wrapped is like $400+ anyways.
Exactly. I prefer the prova one over damd but both are very nice. they keep stock airbag, stock cruise control or buttons for newer models. Its also not just the cost to wrap a steering wheel but also the shipping cost, time without the car and the prova and damd are about 25mm smaller which is a huge difference.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:44 PM   #15
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Guess i've never really looked into it since I doubt I will ever be in the market for an $800 steering wheel. I can dream though.
I know you weren't trying to come of as - and probably, you really want the wheel, and just feel truly since you can't afford one. I understand, I'm broke. But, as evidenced by Landin's comment, you should try to be accurate with pricing before you throw numbers around on the forum. Some people unfortunately take them as fact (which they shouldn't; but because they do, ya gotta, or should be, careful).

I paid $665 shipped to my door from Japan. If I knew it was going to give me more responsive steering, with more feedback and direct communication, I would have paid $800 in a heart beat. But I paid 665 shipped. Actually I paid 630 shipped, but that's because I goofed, bought the wrong one the first time, and begged them to give me a 5% discount (since I didn't want to pay to ship the wrong one back to Japan for a return...ended up selling it for $670 in the states, btw).

To be clear: they used to charge $665 PLUS $80 shipping (745). But the link that gte123v posted - if you convert from yen - is about $600 unless the yen conversion has changed drastically over the last few weeks. And shipping was 65.

If I had to choose two mods, I'd choose AP and this steering wheel.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:47 PM   #16
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I was just using rally sport directs price on the one for my car.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:48 PM   #17
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yeah- their's is a grip, but that's because it's the "prova" version. it's more dinero.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:15 PM   #18
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Are STI and WRX the same wheel (MY08)?
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:56 PM   #19
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That is sick! I would love one of those, but that pricetag....ouch
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They have them for 05+

I have one in my 04 sti with a 05 airbag, i love it

Can you post a pic or PM me a pic... love to see what it looks like.. debating on getting one for my 05'STi.

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:52 AM   #21
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I just installed my DAMD flat bottom wheel over the weekend, looks and feels great, steering response is a lot different.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:12 PM   #22
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Looks nice...clean your floor mats, lol
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:16 PM   #23
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IMHO the GR steering wheel looks much better than the GD style.




I wish someone would sell me their GR style steering wheel
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:49 PM   #24
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yeah seriously 800 dollars you can make your car go faster or lower, even the wrx one is 670 after shipping
800 dollars to upgrade the part of the car you touch and interact with the most...especially considering the factory wheel is not great doesn't seem bad.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:28 PM   #25
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that looks really nice. Maybe ill buy myself an xmas present later on in the year.
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