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Old 07-17-2021, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default East Detailing vs Redline Goods Steering Wheel cover

Does anyone have any experience with both of these? Wondering if the price difference is worth it.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-17-2021, 10:43 PM   #2
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I only have experience with the East Detailing cover. The fitment is ok, but I accidentally removed the old cover first so that's probably my fault. The old cover is on there, but I didn't completely sew it back in place. I am also terrible at interior mods so keep that in mind. But for $40, it's a pretty good deal on a 200k mile GD.

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Old 07-17-2021, 11:01 PM   #3
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How's the stitching holding up? Any fraying at all?
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Old 07-18-2021, 11:28 AM   #4
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I've only had it installed for a couple of days.
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:09 AM   #5
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I've only had it installed for a couple of days.
Gotcha

So I've been in touch with both companies. Apparently East Detailing is made to install over factory leather and Redline requires old leather to be removed prior. As a result, their leather is thicker and I would assume that means wheel thickness shouldn't change at all or be closer to original with their stuff. Currently awaiting a couple answers from Redline but at the moment, the price point and the fact that I don't have to remove the old leather first has East Detailing in front in terms of what I am most likely to buy however, apparently leather is out of stock right now from East Detailing so IDK what the hell Imma do.

Any other experiences from others out there?
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Old 07-19-2021, 08:11 AM   #6
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Also, can you provide a bit more clarity on the "fitment is ok"

What would make it better? Where are the problem areas? Did you do this with or without removing the wheel from the car? And what would you consider the installation difficulty on a 1-10 scale?
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Old 07-19-2021, 06:10 PM   #7
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The fitment is probably my own fault since I removed the old leather first. And I basically just put the old leather back on to function as filler. I didn't stitch the old cover back in place so that's probably the cause of my gap all around the wheel. Granted, no one can see it but me and this is a temporary solution anyways until I pick up a DAMD-D or FunctionFab wheel. It's a little loose around the spokes as well, but again, that is probably my fault.

And I did it off the car. It's not hard, but it is slow and tedious. Terminating a stitch is probably the hardest part. There are a bunch of youtube videos on re-covering a steering wheel. I would watch those to get an idea of the level of work involved.

But for $40 it's a pretty good option.
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Old 07-23-2021, 09:06 AM   #8
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Thanks for the idea; I recently bought an 01 Forester w 287K and the steering wheel is shot as well as the cover that the previous owner put on lol! So i need something temporary that isn't disgustingly sticky.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:06 PM   #9
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I've ultimately come to the decision that I wouldn't feel comfortable doing all that stitching and just went ahead and opted to buy a FactionFab steering wheel from SubiSpeed.

I went with this one
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:51 PM   #10
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Good deal. I will probably do the same at some point.
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Old 08-13-2021, 08:56 PM   #11
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Got the wheel installed last weekend. So far I like it but a couple of drawbacks for this wheel on a daily driver. I am now concerned with preserving the carbon parts by covering it with a microfiber while its parked in the sun. Also, the ergonomics, while very good, are taking a bit of an adjustment as I relearn how to comfortably grip the wheel. My car also required an alignment. I must have tried taking the wheel on and off about 8-10 times to try and get it perfectly centered but just couldn't do it. If I remember correctly it took a 0.3 degree adjustment to get the wheel to be dead on straight and of course $120 price tag.

If I had it to do all over again, I may have just opted for the full leather wheel but the carbon bits are a lot less susceptible to damage. These are good questions to think about if you're considering this type of wheel.

Picture of it here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GPN...ew?usp=sharing
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