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Old 12-19-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Has anyone rewrapped their steering wheel?

So I was looking around for a new steering wheel because MY04's got really worn out. I didn't care so much about removing the air bag but I really wanted to keep the cruise control where it is. And so I started looking for wraps and I was wondering if anyone can recommend a website where you got yours? I looked at

https://www.leatherseats.com

http://www.wheelskins.com/

I'm not sure which would be better and if this is at all a good option in the first place. Any info or recommendations would be appreciated, and yes, I searched around.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:41 AM   #2
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I am planning on removing the stock plasticky stuff on the outside of the wheel and wrap it with leather and stitch it up.

Like this: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7694
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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where are you planning on buying the wrap?
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:52 PM   #4
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I did not re wrap anything

I simply had mine dipped/re-dyed

cost $40 and took about an hour.
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Old 12-19-2009, 01:23 PM   #5
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whilst i was looking to buy an impreza i went to see a 05 sti the outer part of the wheel had been retrimmed in an alcantara type material it looked similar to the m3 csl wheel finish
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:37 AM   #6
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where are you planning on buying the wrap?
It's not somethiing that you really buy, you may have to buy some materials, but other than that you make it yourself.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:46 AM   #7
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I did a Wheelskins wrap on my Mustang's stock wheel. It has a pretty thin rim, so adding the leather wrap helped beef it up a bit.

Not sure how hard it would be to get a professional looking/feeling result if you remove the plasticky wheel material and try to recreate it yourself with leather. That's going to be a bit more of a challenge than just putting on a Wheelskins cover.
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:47 AM   #8
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I did not re wrap anything

I simply had mine dipped/re-dyed

cost $40 and took about an hour.
Could you explain this a bit more? Unless you have a plastic covered wheel, then I don't know how this would work on WRX wheel. Do you have any pics?
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:42 PM   #9
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I did a Wheelskins wrap on my Mustang's stock wheel. It has a pretty thin rim, so adding the leather wrap helped beef it up a bit.

Not sure how hard it would be to get a professional looking/feeling result if you remove the plasticky wheel material and try to recreate it yourself with leather. That's going to be a bit more of a challenge than just putting on a Wheelskins cover.
Hey that wheel wrap looks great. Did you take off the old cover or just wrap over it. Red stitching looks great
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:59 PM   #10
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wheelskins are very nice product, the shop I used to work @ sold the crap out of them.

If there is damage, the wheel skin won't help. They go over the stock wheel. So if your stocker is damaged, then when the Wheelskin is stretch & laced, the imperfections will show as "dimples" (think hail damage on a heavy woman's thighs <shudder>)

if its in good shape & you like the stock wheel/airbag.. skin it.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:23 PM   #11
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Could you explain this a bit more? Unless you have a plastic covered wheel, then I don't know how this would work on WRX wheel. Do you have any pics?
my steering wheel is leather, not plastic

i simply had a leather shop re-dye it.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:28 PM   #12
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my steering wheel is leather, not plastic

i simply had a leather shop re-dye it.
Did the re-dying remove the worn out grooves?
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:07 PM   #13
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Did the re-dying remove the worn out grooves?
dyeing changes color it doesn't magically fix deterioration or damage... kinda logical really.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:18 PM   #14
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I was actually just wondering if anyone knew how the rewrapping done by professional companies was done, or knew of any tutorials. I spent like the entire night googling it, found a lot of suede/alcantra wrapping on interiors (mostly VW's) but nothing on steering wheels.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:19 PM   #15
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Hey that wheel wrap looks great. Did you take off the old cover or just wrap over it. Red stitching looks great
As TXwrxWagon said, the Wheelskins covers just go on over the stock wheel. My model year of Mustang GT didn't come with a leather wheel, and the rubber/plastic stock wheel had a pretty narrow rim - just didn't feel good in my hands. Adding the Wheelskins cover thickened it up so it's more comparable to the Subaru's wheel and my CTS-V's wheel. And I got red-stitched shifter and e-brake boots from Redlinegoods.com, so I've got the whole black-and-red theme goin' now.

They have thread colors to match all of their leather colors. By default they'll send you thread to match the leather, but if you ask they'll send you any other color thread you want.

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:20 PM   #16
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I thought that RaceCompEngineering did this for a while, and sold the wheel outters for about 300.

You might want to contact those guys? That is about the only people I have seen offer it as a service, and they did sell them, for awhile.

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the wheelskins "lace" on meaning, yeah its kinda like sewing it on yourself...but all the holes are pre-punched & aligned. You lace, like a shoe, the provided thread through & then at the end you cinch up the cover tight & then tie it off & tuck the lace ends under the cover.
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the wheelskins "lace" on meaning, yeah its kinda like sewing it on yourself...but all the holes are pre-punched & aligned. You lace, like a shoe, the provided thread through & then at the end you cinch up the cover tight & then tie it off & tuck the lace ends under the cover.
Difficulty scale(to make it really look good I mean)?
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