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Old 07-20-2022, 06:58 PM   #1
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Location: Austin, TX
2005 WRX
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Default 05 WRX new steering wheel options?

My steering wheel is falling apart, so it's time to replace her. I'm considering 3 options, OEM, aftermarket, or a reskin of the grip sections.

It seems Subaru has discontinued production of the OEM wheel, so I'm left with getting an aftermarket wheel or repairing the old one. It seems that most companies have stopped producing wheels for the 02-05 models, and I don't want to get one of the universal metal ones. I'd like to keep the stock horn section. That being said I wouldn't mind a different shape to the outer wheel.
So what's y'all's opinions? Favorite aftermarket wheels? Places in TX that I could get the wheel redone?

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Old 07-20-2022, 11:01 PM   #2
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2003 WRX
EJ207 version 8


There are two options to reskin if you want to do it yourself. I used the East Detailing kit. It didn't come out perfect, but honestly, it is way better than it was.


AFAIK, there aren't any aftermarket options to keep the Momo airbag. Personally, I would like another DAMD-D wheel, but they aren't cheap.
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Old 07-21-2022, 04:07 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by 05WRX_Mark View Post
Places in TX that I could get the wheel redone?
It'll be waaay more expensive than the DIY options that ether947 posted, but Dallas Custom Steering Wheel and Craft Customs are both in TX. On either site they've got dozens of pics of work they've done.

I had Craft wrap the steering wheel in my Fox Mustang. Ford only offered this wheel in leather on a couple model years (the mid-'80s SVO, if you're familiar at all with Fox-bodies), and sourcing one of those wheels is $$$. I grabbed a non-leather one from a junkyard car and had Craft add some padding and wrap it in leather. New leather + red stitching (rather than the factory black) + slightly thicker rim, all for less than what it would've cost to get an actual SVO wheel (which would've been nearly 30 years old at that point) = no-brainer decision for me.

I've never used one of Redline Goods' steering wheel wraps, but I've used their boots a few times - that's what the red-stitched shifter and e-brake boots are on the Mustang pic above. Leather and stitching quality have been great each time, no complaints there.
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Old 08-12-2022, 12:11 AM   #4
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If you have the money get this


Dumb questions would a 05-07 wheel fit an 02WRX??? Sorry to highjack the thread
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Old 08-13-2022, 06:05 PM   #5
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I put a '14 oem wheel in my 06 and wired in the audio buttons using a guide in this same section. I then got a carbon flat bottom wheel and swapped over the airbag and controls
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Old 08-18-2022, 04:54 PM   #6
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Ive got a Damd d-shaped that I'm looking to get rid of. Pm if interested.
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