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Old 08-10-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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would like to roughen my steering wheel a bit to make it easier to hold on to when turning. I just cleaned it, and removing dirt must have made it too slick again. I had forgotten about the problem, probably because dirt made it more grippy. Don't want to put a wheel cover on it but may have to. Thought about going over it with very fine sandpaper, but don't want to if I can avoid it. I think it would be better if it had a dull finish, not a glossy one
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:10 PM   #2
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This is just a plastic wheel? Different models and trim levels have different materials. Depending on the material, you may choose different solutions. If you've been using an interior cleaner in the car and used it on the wheel too, some of them can be quite slick to the touch.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:18 PM   #3
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I had just used some dish detergent I keep in the car, and then some Windex when doing the windows. The wheel had been too slick from when new, even though textured. Between the thickness of the wheel, and the effort it takes to turn it, it was never comfortable to turn, taking more effort, and needing to squeeze the wheel tighter than I would like, and I have large hands. I had forgotten about it, and getting dirty probably gave it more grip. Probably be nice if it had a dull finish like the center horn/airbag cover. Would like to try doing something to it, but want it to be right the first time.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:40 AM   #4
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I think fine sandpaper on the side of the wheel is the way to go. Since it is textured, will only dull the high spots, and is what is needed, and if it doesn't look good should be easy to fix, or will get smooth with wear. Probably can do the whole wheel if desired, and not make it look bad.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:00 PM   #5
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i was going to say clean it with windex will make most rubber a bit more grippy but it sounds like you tried that already
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:15 PM   #6
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I wanted to try different chemicals, to try to dull or soften the plastic, but not test them on the wheel itself on the car. No telling what something might do, and then regret it.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:20 AM   #7
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I went around the outer edge of the wheel with fine sandpaper to dull it some, and it helped some, but then I thought that I should have run the sandpaper across the outer edge, not around it, to make gruves or lines in the plastic that would be across the direction the hand would slip. That seems even better. Coarser sandpaper would probably be even better, but have to see how it looks.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:24 PM   #8
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If you can give up your airbags and cruise control, aftermarket is the best option to find grip. Or spend money and get a PROVA wheel.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:06 PM   #9
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wash you hands? LOL. but seriously i wouldn't use sand paper on my steering wheel. maybe try and get a leather wrx/sti steering wheel.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:18 PM   #10
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my steering wheels get pr`etty dirty. Maybe I don't wash them enough.)) I have oily skin, and always doing dirty work, but I also don't like the feeling of anything on my hands coating them.

I figured roughing the wheel was a thing to try first before getting more drastic. Rather not put a cover on it, since the Sube wheel is a lot thicker than my other cars already, and the amount of extra grip I would like is slight, so I don't have to squeeze the wheel tight in slow, tight driving situations in the city, where my hands can slip, and often one handed with a 5sp, which is a bit awkward. When streets are wet, it is about where I would like it. Increasing tire pressures didn't help.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:27 PM   #11
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I also suggest picking up a wrx or sti wheel out of the classifieds on this or other subaru forums
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:50 PM   #12
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$10 for a plain rubber steering wheel cover at Autozone

Yes, you said you didn't want one, but I don't see why not.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:34 AM   #13
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you can also buy a slip on steering wheel cover. if not try some steel wool it will give it some grip again
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:51 AM   #14
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$10 for a plain rubber steering wheel cover at Autozone

Yes, you said you didn't want one, but I don't see why not.
The wheel borders on being to thick to be comfortable as it is.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:01 AM   #15
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you can also buy a slip on steering wheel cover. if not try some steel wool it will give it some grip again
It never had enough grip when turning at slow speed, and tight spaces. Had to consciously grip the wheel tighter, or my hands would slip. I'm tempted to paint it flat black to match the center hub. Roughing it up seems to be helping, since I am not thinking about the grip when I turn, and I could make it rougher.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:37 AM   #16
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Are you one to use too much lotion or immediate fapping action? If so, stop doing that when you drive

Seriously, I don't hear this complaint often.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:25 AM   #17
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but you Do hear the complaint???

I don't fap, text, or use a cell while driving. I don't like the feeling of anything on my hands or skin, so find other ways to treat dry skin, and don't use sun block. Maybe the times you Do hear the complaint is other people have to drive in traffic with small streets, dodging bike riders, and people J walking, or texting or talking on their cell. I don't like anything that distracts me from something I am doing, especially when driving. Put a dash pad on the dash so the sun doesn't make it reflect into the windshield, which is distracting, and causes eye fatigue. Took the big head rests off except mine, which limited vision out the rear and to the side. I carry the pass one in case I have to carry someone. I noticed the white tag on the seat belt hanging on the rear pillar of the wagon drew my vision when looking out the rear, so hid it, but the belt also did, so took it off. I wish the brakes had a more solid feel, but not up to changing the dual chamber booster yet, but maybe the pads had to seat, because braking isn't as scary on the highway in traffic at speed, where the pedal didn't seem to react till it was pressed half way. I thought there was air in the lines, and had the dealer check them before taking the car, but they said they were right. The car would be More FUN to drive if I fixed all the things. I'm tall and have different seats for the car that have all kinds of adjustments and extendable seat bottoms that I have to get in it. I have 5 point harneses since I don't like air bags, except for the side ones I'd like to keep, and have to figure how to swap the ones on the side of the seat back into the other seats. Eventually I'll make the car the way I want it to be for me...
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #18
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If you still have a plastic steering wheel I would try something like this

Amazon.com: SUPERSKIN Genuine Leather Steering Wheel Cover, Lace-On, Size B, Black: AutomotiveAmazon.com: SUPERSKIN Genuine Leather Steering Wheel Cover, Lace-On, Size B, Black: Automotive

do some research and get the right size for you and TAKE YOUR TIME INSTALLING! Don't bitch at me about the installation...it sucks. But take your time and it is worth it. It adds almost nothing to the width of the wheel and makes it feels a hell of a lot better.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:45 AM   #19
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use a mr. clean magic eraser it works great on leather or plastic
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