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Old 06-20-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Steering wheel cover?

My newly acquired 98 TJ has a sticky steering wheel. Just age, I hope. Rather than replace the whole thing, I'll cover it with something. I know I can get any number of steering wheel covers, but how do they hold up in the elements? Do the slipover ones catch the rain along the bottom edge? Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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When I pulled mine off my YJ when I had bought it it was really nasty, full if dirt, I don't like wheel covers. Seems like they get nasty tho.

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Old 06-21-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Don't get the slipover kind. They are crap and do what the name suggests - slip. I spent a bit more and got a leather one that laces on. Only took about an hour to lace up and I love it. You can check it out here.
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Thanks for the link. Will have a look. :-)
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:13 AM   #5
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Wipe the existing wheel down with paper towels wet with alcohol -- that should get rid of the stickiness. X3 on the slipover wheelcovers.

Back in the day, people who drove English two-seaters used to wrap the wheel with twisted twine (which you can get at Home Despot for about $3).

Takes a while and a bit of patience, but looks very cool until it gets dirty. I suppose you could dye it black, or spray-paint it after you got it wrapped. Come to think of it, Home Despot has a synthetic twisted line (I think they call it "mason's twine") that comes in all sorts of hot colors.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:41 PM   #6
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Thanks Pete.
I'm considering various solvents but I'm worried they'll melt the rubbery wheel rather than cleanse it. Might try to just paint it. Or spray it with bedliner. Also thinking of wrapping the wheel with nylon webbing, or using one of those steering wheel wrap kits.
Keep the ideas coming.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:59 AM   #7
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I guess alcohol might work, but I wonder if it'll do any good or if the wheel material is just decomposing due to uv exposure. The only sticky part is the top edge where it gets the most sun. I've been reading about various wraps and they all look kinda cool, but seem pretty labor-intensive. Nw I'm leaning more toward a coating of some kind. Bedliner, maybe? I dries rubbery, right?
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #8
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. Nw I'm leaning more toward a coating of some kind. Bedliner, maybe? I dries rubbery, right?
and so the bedlining insanity finds another use.
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LOL. I know. Seems like it might be a good application for it, though.
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Don't get the slipover kind. They are crap and do what the name suggests - slip. I spent a bit more and got a leather one that laces on. Only took about an hour to lace up and I love it. You can check it out here.
thanks for the link. I ordered dark brown leather for my jeep. My steering wheel is really worn and this sounds like a good solution.
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Wow hope the Stickyness was due to an old wrap being on it rather than man DNA from chicks loving the dude who owned it before you and he made it his love shack! LOL! Bug n Tar remover will work too just let it soak for a little while then remove with a kitchen sponge.
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Ooh. Bug and tar remover. Good idea. It's pretty tough stuff though. Might melt the rubbery wheel.
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Just got my jeep back from mechanic.
The wheel is really sticky. Feels like an eraser that's been left in the sun. UV seems to have broken down the wheel material itself.
Gonna use cheapo slip on cover for now and probly do wrap with 550 eventually.
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I'm reviving a 4yr old thread. I just installed a leather cover direct from China ($45)and I like it a lot. Here is the run down
Removed (2) 10mm bolts back of steering controls.
(2) T20 screws back side of steering
Pulled horn piece with wires still connected out and sat it on top of steering wheel. Removed (4) T20 screws inside where the horn assembly would be. (2) on the left & (2) on the right. Pulled the steering controls out and disconnected them. Unscrew (2) PHILLIPS screws on the back at the 6 o' clock position. Lastly, pull the plastic piece that holds the controls toward you. There snapped in.
The kit came with a tool to tuck the excess leather under the control trim but the disassembly makes it look cleaner. 2 sided tape came with the kit but I used Loctite adhesive spray because I'm going over the existing factory leather and didn't want bulk. Quality of cover is nice and the wheel feels a bit thicker which suits large hands like mine. What I didn't like about the wrap was the thread to sew with. They gave me white instead of black and it's not waxy like wheelskins provides with there's. The white stitching you see is a foe look which is the color I wanted and I was referring to the actual sew string. Now, my sewing skills are trash and I did a terrible job but overall, I'm very happy with the cover. I had to go back and double stitch to close some gaps.
I also used beeswax and ran it all over the stitching to avoid fraying and it will tone down over time. Here is my new wrap.
Here is the link. http://m.aliexpress.com/item/2034803...bilesitedetail
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