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Stuff to do with this steering wheel?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ben Beckerich, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hola amigos

    I'll, of course, be cleaning the gunky old adhesive off first.

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    All the commercial steering wheel products I've looked at are ugly or fat or just won't look right in my truck. I'd like to do a bicycle handlebar tape - Fizik brand makes a really nice looking, super durable synthetic leather called Microtex... I even have some, but bar tape always comes cut in two rolls, one for each drop, and one roll won't make it all the way around the wheel. I could use contact cement to hide a seam on the "back" side of the wheel.... I'm going to have to do something similar to cover the two fat "spokes" (if I can call them that) anyway, so it's not like I won't already have the glue out... but I figured I'd put it up here and see if anyone else has any clever custome-but-not-too-flashy ideas first.

    Main criteria is: as skinny/flat as possible - I really like a skinny steering wheel; no cord wraps (just don't like the look); beige, blue, or gray/silver in color.

    Any ideas appreciated.

    Thanks!

    -Ben
     
  2. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Get a hacksaw. Cut it right off the column. Tear the horn cover completely off. Obtain a horn cover that has a Ram's head right in the middle. Secure it cleanly with a new airbag. Then find a 1999-2007 Dodge Cummins diesel that some idiot cut the steering wheel out of. Obtain a quality welder. Re-weld your wheel to the column, being careful to ensure the wheel is centered and straight. At this point you can actually enjoy driving and that small lump in the pit of your stomach will go away because you know you will make it to your destination and back home again safe and sound. Of course, and this goes without saying, if your truck has a 7.3l Powerstroke, then wrap it in duct tape and keep driving it until the world ends. :)
     
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  3. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Lift the radiator cap and swap cars under it. That's how you fix that steering wheel...
     
  4. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Probably wouldn't fit your desire for something skinny, but I've seen a few folks that did paracord and did a really nice job. Nice thing is there are tons of colors and patterns. I agree with you on the regular cord wrap type - like the suede/leather stuff, my father used to do that on his trucks and I hated it.

    But tape is probably your best bet if you want to keep it from getting too thick. If you haven't looked at them yet, you may check some of the products that bicyclists use to wrap their handlebars. I remember seeing something about a product call CatEye when I was looking for a tape wrap for a slingshot grip. I never did end up using it, but it looked interesting - I linked a photo and a post about that tape below. Worth considering at least.

    If I were doing it, and had the time, money and skill, I would love to have one done in carbon fiber. I've seen some carbon fiber accented steering wheels and I just love the look.

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    Last photo is from a blog post on how to do this: http://www.wastedlife.org/bike/harlequin/
     
  5. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    ON a serious note:

    Check into that bicycle handle tape. That stuff works pretty darn good.
     
  6. RLS

    RLS milwaukie Active Member

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    If that is leather it can be re coated in any color you want with good results. Industrial Finishes can set you up with aerosol cans to DIY.
     
  7. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I should try cotton handlebar tape... That'll be way easier to work with. And nice and skinny.

    Tried some Fizik Microtex tape today, and while I'm sure I could make it work with some glue and patience, it didn't come out well
     
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  8. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You're lookin at bare wheel skeleton.. already ripped the leather off
     
  9. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Dang, I never thought there were that many dudes who got so "metro" over their steering wheels. :D
     
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  10. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Get a good Grant wheel and adapter and throw that one in the trash.
     
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  11. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Us guys gotta be able to accessorize where we can! The steering wheel is a guys purse strap in a lot of ways, if you think about it. Tell me that you don't have a good portion or parts of your life in your car be it tools, music, stuff for work etc. My truck is my spaceship that takes me away from the BS a 20 minute drive at a time!
     
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  12. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Or go to the wreaking yard and get a better one
     
  13. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    This should give you some ideas.Why replace, when you can redecorate!:D

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  14. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    LOL.... your spaceship! :s0112:

    Honestly, my one pet peeve is that I absolutely HATE a cluttered, messy, over "accessorized" cabin inside cars as I like an über clean interior. I'll give you the music angle, but my vehicles have 6-7 disk CD players that play MP3's, so there's no "media" rattling around or filling the glove box/consoles.

    I've got a pretty nice Suburban (leather upholstery) loaded with factory options/upgrades, a Harley, and a couple Mercedes cars... maybe I should change out the head liner with some perimeter dingle-balls and fringe tassels, and put in a 6" chain-rim steering wheel in my E350 sedan, along with oversized tin-can tail-pipes and a whale-tail spoiler! :s0108:


    Uh-oh...... :s0128:
     
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  15. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I wouldn't be doing anything at all if the factory leather hadn't fallen apart.
     
  16. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well said, brother.
     
  17. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Keep your hands warm in the winter...........:s0092:
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  18. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I was going to 2nd the paracord, but it would be thick. Personally I like a thick wheel.

    If you can't duck it, f@&k it