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Old 09-09-2016, 11:13 PM   #1
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DIY Sport Steering Wheel Re-wrap / re-skin

Hi Folks,

My wheel was looking really shabby, and I didn't want to spend $300+ on a new steering wheel for a 13yr old car. So I bought a quality genuine leather wrap on Amazon for ten bucks, and the results have me impressed:

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Old 09-09-2016, 11:48 PM   #2
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send the amazon link please, i might do this on my badly beaten M3 steering wheel.
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:51 PM   #3
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This is it. Non-perforated and really decent leather. Nice and thick. Wheel has a better grip now:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:09 AM   #4
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what size you used? M?
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Old 09-10-2016, 02:49 AM   #5
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Good job, looks good
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:48 AM   #6
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Yep, M
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:45 AM   #7
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Finally a fix! What kind of alterations did you have to make to the leather before applying it to the steering wheel (I.e. Cutting or stretching). Did you use any kind of glue or heat?
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:47 AM   #8
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Nope, and nope. I did generic install with the directions. Only exception is that I put the leather under the plastic cover on the bottom. Looks much cleaner.
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:18 AM   #9
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Omg my dream solution! forever grateful
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:51 AM   #10
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Think this would work on a M steering wheel?

Any tips or tricks for doing the stitching?

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Old 09-15-2016, 06:03 PM   #11
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M wheel is slightly different diameter I believe. You'll need to find the dimensions and order the right size. If I wanted to do a better job than I did, I'd have got a wider leather strip so as to completely cover all points of the wheel, then trimmed inward on the non-spoke areas. But this would mean poking my own holes, and I didn't want to do that. If you look at picture two, you can see what I mean as it doesn't cover the entire spoke. But to make it nice, I just back-stitched it.

I did "dumb stitch" on open areas, and "back stitch" on the front parts of the spokes so it doesn't look like it's unfinished. I don't like most DIY implementations leaving the holes exposed, and back-stitch gives it a nicer look IMO. They gave me two threads and two needles. I made it all the way around on a single thread with roughly 12 inches to spare, so if you wanted, you could likely fit dumb stitch, and reverse dumb stitch to give it a nice X thread. I personally didn't want to spend the time as it's already a 100% improvement over the weathered wheel .
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Just tried doing it on my M wheel however it definitely did not work. Whilst the diameter/length of the material was fine, the width wasn't enough and no amount of heating or stretching solved my issue. Trying to see if I can find one that works, will post if successful.
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Old 11-09-2016, 02:31 PM   #13
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A bit off topic but why does your tachometer redlines at 6000? Mine does that at 6500 and is a 330ci.
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A bit off topic but why does your tachometer redlines at 6000? Mine does that at 6500 and is a 330ci.
You probably can't see it in this photo, but the red starts out as a gradient from 6k to 7k. It doesn't actually physically rev limit until nearly 7k. FWIW, I always take customer-facing instruments as a grain of salt. I mean, the max speed on the speedometer, for example, means nothing at all. Also, you may have found that BMW NA pads all the results, speed, gas, whatever to keep you in safe limits. I find my speedometer is actually 1-2mph faster than any GPS at consistent speed, and I have stock tire and wheel sizes.
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