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12 Oct 2018 10:16 #196701 by mresowik
Morning All,

My 03 Jimny steering wheel is getting a bit tired looking and starting to wear away. Has anyone changed their steering wheel to something aftermarket or for something a bit nicer than the standard grey wheel. Or does anyone have any ideas on how to spruce up the old wheel.

All the best.

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12 Oct 2018 13:36 #196708 by kirkynut
We are limited in the UK as we have to keep our air bag steering wheels for our annual inspection - the MOT test.

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12 Oct 2018 17:29 #196711 by Lambert
I have done a paracord wrap on mine round the rim, makes the wheel much fatter and nicer to hold.

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12 Oct 2018 18:33 #196713 by helijohn

mresowik wrote: Morning All,

My 03 Jimny steering wheel is getting a bit tired looking and starting to wear away. Has anyone changed their steering wheel to something aftermarket or for something a bit nicer than the standard grey wheel. Or does anyone have any ideas on how to spruce up the old wheel.

All the best.

I fitted one of these - I like the thicker feel it gives to the steering wheel; it's an added bonus.
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13 Oct 2018 00:51 #196726 by zukebob
APIO has replacements (if you can find them)


I started out with nothing & still have most of it left
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15 Oct 2018 16:10 #196793 by ChrisW
I do wonder if the Swift wheel would fit. Or more likely if the Jimny airbag would fit into the wheel.

Would be a bit of a pain, but could wire up the buttons on the wheel to a stereo as well

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15 Oct 2018 18:06 #196794 by mickt
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I checked the link helijohn posted and typed the details of the car in and it said does not fit the car?

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15 Oct 2018 18:29 #196797 by helijohn

mickt wrote: I checked the link helijohn posted and typed the details of the car in and it said does not fit the car?


When I buy these things I go by the size. Sometimes I have ask them for the diameter. The list of vehicles is something I ignore generally as it is a waste of time. It can take a bit of searching through listings to find what you want.

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15 Oct 2018 22:53 - 16 Oct 2018 11:11 #196804 by Max Headroom
Hello mresowik

As already mentioned here, cord wrapping a steering wheel is a possibility.
Most folk use modern 'para' cord these days, and do a fancy knot making it look like a piece of Macrame art. Theres a good illustration of the method HERE...

However cord-binding a steering wheel is nothing very new; I'm involved with vintage sports cars and this practice was commonly done in the 1920s - 30s to give old fashioned thin-rimmed steering wheels more grip. It was usually done using cotton braided cord or a hemp based cord of about 3mm diameter.





These are my 1932 MG front springs...





There's a bit of an art to doing springs and it results in some blisters from hell, but it was done by enthusiasts of the day to improve performance. I did mine because I think it looks more interesting than bare leaf-springs. I haven't yet 'laced' a steering wheel but the method will be slightly similar to doing the springs I'd imagine.


There are plenty of articles on YouTube about how to go about binding steering wheels. The beauty of using para-cord is that you can seal or lock the final knot with a lighter and/or a very hot knife, whereas with cotton braided cord it would be a self-tightening knot such as a reef knot and be sealed with Araldite.
(When I 'lace' vintage car springs using 3mm cottom braided cord, the final knot is a reef knot sealed with the aforementioned Araldite)

Also, if you don't fancy a cord-laced steering wheel I happened to find THIS article a couple of weeks ago on how to renovate a tired steering wheel, and it doesn't look too difficult to do...


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15 Oct 2018 23:13 #196805 by helijohn

Max Headroom wrote: Hello mresowik

As already mentioned here, cord wrapping a steering wheel is a possibility.
Most folk use modern 'para' cord these days, and do a fancy knot making it look like a piece of Macrame art. Theres a good illustration of the method HERE...

However cord-binding a steering wheel is nothing very new; I'm involved with vintage sports cars and this practice was commonly done in the 1920s - 30s to give old fashioned thin-rimmed steering wheels more grip. It was usually done using cotton braided cord or a hemp based cord of about 3mm diameter.





These are my 1932 MG front springs...





There's a bit of an art to doing springs and it results in some blisters from hell, but it was done by enthusiasts of the day to improve performance. I did mine because I think it looks more interesting than bare leaf-springs. I haven't yet 'laced' a steering wheel but the method will be slightly similar to doing the springs I'd imagine.


There are plenty of articles on YouTube about how to go about binding steering wheels. The beauty of using para-cord is that you can seal or lock the final knot with a lighter, whereas with cotton braided cord it would be a self-tightening knot such as a reef knot and be sealed with Araldite.
(When I 'lace' vintage car springs using 3mm cottom braided cord, the final knot is a reef knot sealed with the aforementioned Araldite)

Also, if you don't fancy a cord-laced steering wheel I happened to find THIS article a couple of weeks ago on how to renovate a tired steering wheel, and it doesn't look too difficult to do...


I like the feel of leather.

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15 Oct 2018 23:20 #196807 by Max Headroom
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15 Oct 2018 23:28 #196808 by helijohn

Max Headroom wrote: :blink:

Must be a fetish.

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