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Cardboat 09-26-2012 09:37 AM

Alcantera steering wheel
 
Any of you guys have a steering wheel made of or has alcantera on it? If so, does it get dirty fast and are they easy to clean? I was reading about them and it seemed like you had to buy special products and if you don't do it right then you'll die. (something like that)

Peacoben 09-26-2012 11:30 AM

I just got mine put in a week ago. Amazing so far. From what I hear they will last if properly maintained and cared for. Loving mine.

FTLAUDM3 09-26-2012 11:44 AM

I had my original done by Coby wheel. He did a great job and amazing customer service. They will wear out if u miss treat it. I just wash my hands before I touch it. Oil is the main killer...

illestminimike 09-26-2012 12:09 PM

Don't ever touch it with dirty, greasy hands. And don't put lotion on your hands.

Peacoben 09-26-2012 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by FTLAUDM3 (Post 14764361)
I had my original done by Coby wheel. He did a great job and amazing customer service. They will wear out if u miss treat it. I just wash my hands before I touch it. Oil is the main killer...

Also had mine done by coby wheel. Definitely a good way to go

Cardboat 09-26-2012 07:16 PM

I was going to get it done by coby wheel too. What is the process for it? Do they send you one and when you get it you send them your original or do you send them the original and they wrap it and send it back.

rodz017 09-26-2012 07:36 PM

i got mines really messed i guess the guy before me didn't do nothing to it i would like to take it off n replaced it with leather or something IMO not worth it

Peacoben 09-26-2012 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Cardboat (Post 14765696)
I was going to get it done by coby wheel too. What is the process for it? Do they send you one and when you get it you send them your original or do you send them the original and they wrap it and send it back.

They send you a wrapped wheel then you switch over the airbag and electronics and send back the old one!

theOCHO 09-27-2012 08:49 AM

The wheel in my 04 is beat to hell, and I'm not sure I'll replace it with another Alcantara one. I did hear good things about Coby though.

Chain//M 09-29-2012 07:53 PM

I just installed my new wrapped wheel, also from Coby wheel. Awesome quality, great customer service. Go for it, you will not regret it.

nofar 09-30-2012 10:50 AM

I found a very novel way to clean my alcantar steering wheel on my ZCP. I take a cotton terry cloth and soak it in water with a tiny bit of lemon juice (just a few drops). Then I wring out the cloth so it's just barely damp. I drape the cloth over my steering wheel and wrap it around. I very lightly move the cloth around on the steering wheel, not rubbing a lot, but just in small sections. I move from section to section to get the whole wheel. I'm not dragging the cloth at all, just moving it back and forth in one area. I let this sit for a few hours or overnight, and it always looks re-freshed. I try this every 3-4 months and it's worked for 2+ years.

webster 09-30-2012 11:54 AM

coby wheel customization FTW!

the alcantara will last years if maintained properly. but truth is a lot of people have "sweaty" hands by nature so alcantara is just not meant for that type of body chemistry.

alkemyst 09-30-2012 12:28 PM

I have found no matter how 'clean' you are in a daily driver you are looking at 15-20k miles before the spot(s) you normally keep your hands get a bit of shine to them...another 15-20k and then you almost need to replace it no matter how careful you are.

I have heard the average is about 25-30k miles before many original owners had their's redone and this was a common complaint under warranty services (not honored usually).

I like the feel. I had thought about going perf. leather, but the alacantara gives a great connection to the wheel and doesn't get as hot (I live in S. Florida).

Gheybe 09-30-2012 12:30 PM

I love mine, but damn it it's getting worn out.

braymond141 09-30-2012 04:07 PM

Wear gloves = last forever
Clean hands, don't wear lotion, etc = last a few years if you daily drive
Dirty hands, greasy body type = wore out in short order

You'll have to get over any false pride and wear gloves if you want to enjoy the wheel for ages.

Team M3 4 life 09-30-2012 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by braymond141 (Post 14775343)
Wear gloves = last forever
Clean hands, don't wear lotion, etc = last a few years if you daily drive
Dirty hands, greasy body type = wore out in short order

You'll have to get over any false pride and wear gloves if you want to enjoy the wheel for ages.

I think ill keep my false pride before anyone sees me wearing gloves in my car on the street.. :lmao::lmao:

wilsel 09-30-2012 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Team M3 4 life (Post 14775423)
I think ill keep my false pride before anyone sees me wearing gloves in my car on the street.. :lmao::lmao:

Same here. Plus you can't enjoy alcantara with gloves, its all about the feel of it. It does get dirty fast, but the plus sides are its never hot/cold to the touch in summer/winter. There are days I wish I had cloth seats even.

braymond141 09-30-2012 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Team M3 4 life (Post 14775423)
I think ill keep my false pride before anyone sees me wearing gloves in my car on the street.. :lmao::lmao:

Quote:

Originally Posted by wilsel (Post 14775501)
Same here. Plus you can't enjoy alcantara with gloves, its all about the feel of it. It does get dirty fast, but the plus sides are its never hot/cold to the touch in summer/winter. There are days I wish I had cloth seats even.

Wrong and wrong.

alkemyst 09-30-2012 06:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by braymond141 (Post 14775343)
Wear gloves = last forever
Clean hands, don't wear lotion, etc = last a few years if you daily drive
Dirty hands, greasy body type = wore out in short order

You'll have to get over any false pride and wear gloves if you want to enjoy the wheel for ages.

It's all of less than $400. My 40k maintenance was $4000+ a few months ago :)

braymond141 09-30-2012 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by alkemyst (Post 14775728)
It's all of less than $400. My 40k maintenance was $4000+ a few months ago :)

And? I was simply giving an option to always have a mint condition wheel without the progressive deteriation. There's a difference.

$420 OE Competition Wheel (non-SMG)
$20 a year (if anal) for fresh sheepskin gloves (that do NOT take away from the feel of alcantara)

Or

$420 OE Competition Wheel (non-SMG)
$200-250 every 2-3years for a re-wrap

You decide which is more economical. The only thing that makes this hard for people to grasp is their apparent egos and ability to "pull a**" wearing gloves.

What did you spend $4k on? Nothing at 40k costs that much unless you're paying retail and someone else is getting paid to do labor.


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