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Old 05-15-2006, 01:12 PM   #1
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Anyone ever get their steering wheel's leather replaced or just buy a new wheel? Wondering what these go for price wise.
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Old 05-15-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
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you can get it re-wrapped in suede/alacantra from racecomp
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:21 PM   #3
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you can buy 2 wheels for the price they charge to re-wrap
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:27 PM   #4
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I was going to get mine rewrapped then I saw what it costs. Either get a new oem'er or an aftermarket one. The problem w/ aftermarket is there is no airbag. I'm getting a wheel from a friend at a scrap yard because of the costs.
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:40 PM   #5
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yea the price racecomp charges is pretty crazy....as much as i like it i think it only looks nice on the 04 STI with the silver airbag
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Old 05-15-2006, 03:45 PM   #6
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Do you have to buy the whole setup when u get an OEM replacement? Or can you just get the wheel without all the guts (airbag, electronics, and whatever else is in the wheel).
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
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you can buy 2 wheels for the price they charge to re-wrap
Ya, but I would guess the feel of the RaceComp wheel from Myles would be three times nicer. Only a guess though, and I would love to have that wrap job on mine but I don't have the funds for that either. What the OP might consider is contacting Redline Goods who is a vendor on here who makes the shift and parking brake boots in leather. They might be able to quite a good price on a custom leather wrap job.

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Old 05-16-2006, 05:02 PM   #8
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i've been thinking about this too.
couldn't you take your wheel to any auto upholstery place and have them do the wrap?
there's lots of places that i would imagine to do that sort of work cheap (especially here in los angeles for me) as long as you can supply the right material.
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Old 05-16-2006, 07:07 PM   #9
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Paulie had his steering wheel re-wrapped in alcantara at an upholstery shop that also covered his door cards, rear seats and dash board. He doesn't have an itemized price for just the wheel, but it proves that places will do it.

It honestly can't be that hard. I've put on those sew-on steering wheel leather covers. They take forfreakingever to put on if you do a good job. But it's relatively easy. You just need to get a template, some alcantara or suade, cut to the pattern, roll the holes with a leather punch wheel (a pizza cutter with spikes), get some padding and you are all set to sew it up.

Then you could sell the pattern to NASIOC members and make some cash to help pay for your own mod.
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Old 05-16-2006, 07:10 PM   #10
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The other factor is living with suade. I believe suade rubs off over time. Steering wheel won't last long if it's suade. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe alcantara wears longer.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:26 AM   #11
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No Johnny, you are right it has a limited life. Either wear driving gloves or keep your hands very clean and don't use any lotions.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:39 AM   #12
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Heres a question, can you say buy a used JDM OEM wheel for example that doesn't have cruse control swap out the CC parts from your current wheen into the JDM one?
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Old 05-17-2006, 10:42 AM   #13
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Or just live with it and spend the money on something else.
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Old 05-17-2006, 10:53 AM   #14
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Used JDM STi wheels, up through Version 7, are on eBay all the time. This one is what I mean:



I'll be getting one eventually.

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Old 05-17-2006, 12:41 PM   #15
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Or just live with it and spend the money on something else.
Well, you spend about 100% of you time with your hands on the wheel (hopefully ) , so this is one of those upgrades that you feel everyday, every second you drive your car. You will get A LOT more comments about your suede or alcantera steering wheel then you will about a downpipe/catback/CAI.


P.S. - we lowered the price a little while ago, so it's not as bad as you guys probably think.


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Old 05-17-2006, 01:29 PM   #16
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Hey Racecomp shoot me a pm on an 03 wrx wheel in alcantra.
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Old 05-20-2006, 02:04 PM   #17
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Used JDM STi wheels, up through Version 7, are on eBay all the time. This one is what I mean:



I'll be getting one eventually.

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Wow that steering wheel is hot. Are they easy to swap out? What about the levers on the side of the stock wheel?
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