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Old 09-26-2009, 11:39 PM   #1
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Leather steering wheel covers

http://www.leatherseats.com/products2.asp?c=3&id=345


has leather steering wheel covers that you can sew on which to me looks like a pretty neat mod if you have the non-sport steering wheel. The company claims that each cover is customized to fit the steering wheel of any particular car. It sounds pretty good...worth the try?
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:43 PM   #2
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:49 PM   #3
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http://www.wheelskins.com/index.php

another site...come to think of it. they all look kind of cheap...
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:52 PM   #4
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I still have a brand new wheelskin I got with grey and black euro perforated leather, I was going to put it on before I got my M3 paddle shift wheel. On my E36, I had a wheelskin, it was nice, made the wheel feel thicker but was a PITA to get the stitches correct. I say get a new steering wheel. Hell, I got a 2004 sport wheel in perfect condition, it is bare, but could sell it to you cheaper than the cover. Only problem is it would cost to ship it and you would need the other parts....and the air bag....the round ones are not that cheap.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:55 PM   #5
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Its definitely the airbag that scares me. As much as I want a new wheel, I can't justify spending all that money for a purely aesthetic upgrade to my car. But you do recommend the sew-on steering wheel covers as a cheaper alternative?(ps I am pretty good at sewing lol)
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:59 PM   #6
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Its definitely the airbag that scares me. As much as I want a new wheel, I can't justify spending all that money for a purely aesthetic upgrade to my car. But you do recommend the sew-on steering wheel covers as a cheaper alternative?(ps I am pretty good at sewing lol)
Well then, from my personal experience, Wheelskinz makes some of the best ones on the market. If you stitch them up well, they look just fine. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:25 AM   #7
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'Wheelskins' look sooo cheesy!

Of ALL the mods you will do, a nice SW is in your hands, and face all the time.
Most mods are done to enhance the car/interior, but this p/s says it all...I have no taste, I'm cheap, live at home in my parents basement, and...have no taste!

Either get a new wheel, or save up, and get it professionally re-skinned.

'Wheelskins' are really popular in third world countries.

How bout one of these beauties?










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Its definitely the airbag that scares me. As much as I want a new wheel, I can't justify spending all that money for a purely aesthetic upgrade to my car. But you do recommend the sew-on steering wheel covers as a cheaper alternative?(ps I am pretty good at sewing lol)
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #8
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Just do it

I realize its about 2 years since someone has bothered vacuuming this thread. Look at all this dust around here. In my opinion if you have hundreds of dollars to fork over for a steering wheel, you have it made (or you have no girlfriend other than your car). While us average Joes are attempting to keep up with the high maintenance costs it takes to upkeep our e46 beauties, we do try and find (not cheap) much more affordable alternatives to keep our worn out steering wheels looking like new again. My sport steering wheel was very worn. I happened to run into some luck and found a nice used one on craigslist for 80. It wasn't in excellent condition but it was better than what mine was. Still, it has miles on it. I have yet to try this, but I will. Like someone else stated, if it looks whack, rip it off. However if you take your time and do the best you can do, it can't be all that bad. I would rather have a steering wheel cover than an old looking beat up wheel.

The reason I say this is because both my ebrake and shift boot were dry, faded, just straight tore up. Instead of purchasing those entire pieces which would've been ridiculously expensive, I opted to rip the old pleather out and buy nice soft Italian leather and redo them myself. They didn't 100% fit like a glove, but had you not own an e46 or a bmw for that matter, you couldn't tell the difference. It looked better than that vinyl stuff, so remember, in the end it's you that will be noticing the details, it'll be you who will be staring at it day in day out. If it looks good keep it. My total cost for redoing my arm rest and shift boot? $30. Well worth it.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:15 PM   #9
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I did my own re-wrap using Wheelskins. I ordered from them with the specific dimensions. They came out perfect. Remove the wheel. Took my time to do the sewing using the cross-lace method. I had and still do have a a whole roll of wax strings and I did the double stitching. The wheels are now real thick. Pics were taken right after install. Leather has since tightened after lather with leather conditioner and no more wrinkles.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:47 AM   #10
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I did my own re-wrap using Wheelskins. I ordered from them with the specific dimensions. They came out perfect. Remove the wheel. Took my time to do the sewing using the cross-lace method. I had and still do have a a whole roll of wax strings and I did the double stitching. The wheels are now real thick. Pics were taken right after install. Leather has since tightened after lather with leather conditioner and no more wrinkles.
That looks good!

What were those specific dimensions, if I may ask? I'd like to do my M3 with a Wheelskin if for no other reason than to spare the original leather from exposure to the SoCal sun.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:16 AM   #11
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That looks good!

What were those specific dimensions, if I may ask? I'd like to do my M3 with a Wheelskin if for no other reason than to spare the original leather from exposure to the SoCal sun.
There are instructions on their website on how to properly do the measurements before placing your orders online. They will custom make the leather wrap to your specific wheel.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:19 AM   #12
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I did the wheelskin on my sport wheel and was very happy with the result. Installed it with the wheel on and my one tip is pull the thread tight. Your feeling is that the thread will break or the leather will rip if you pull to hard, it won't. Looks good, feels great, cheaper...but of course you are always going to get some elitist with a stick up their bum poo pooing it.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:30 AM   #13
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Take your time to do the lacing. You will definitely get great results. Request to send you an extra loop and needle of their wax strings. That way you can use the cross lacing like you would lace a shoe. You will get better results instead of the single lace.

I agree with MrMojorisin. Although I removed the wheel for better manuverability and accessability to both sides. Don't be afraid of pulling them tight. The leather would settle down better with manageable wrinkles when they are tight. You will definitely appreciate your own handy work.
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This is a cheap eBay cover I sewed on. I think the way you stitch it matters the most. I replicated the OEM diamond stitch.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:30 PM   #15
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i bought this cover from redline goods. it came with the tri stitch and I stitched it myself, took about 3 hours. little more expensive (130) but looks awesome. It is nappa leather and feels amazing.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:49 PM   #16
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Man! I tried searching for the same steering wheel cover like on your photo but couldn't find it on redlinegoods.com, they redirect to some other website that doesn't have it. Could you point me to the right direction where I can buy the same thing?
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:49 PM   #17
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Yeah I got this a couple months ago and looks like they don't do it anymore. Too bad, it really is nice. Good luck though finding something.
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:36 AM   #19
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http://redlinegoods.com/SteeringWheelCover.php

they are moving their BMW stuff to UUC but it isnt posted yet. You can contact them and get a quote while you wait.
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