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Thread: Steering wheel question

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    Default Steering wheel question

    I took the car for a nice drive on some windy roads this evening. As I pulled into the driveway at home I noticed that I had bits of leather from the steering wheel on my hands. Some of the outer coating is cracking and slowly rubbing off. Its only an annoyance right now, but still worth me asking about it.

    Is there an easy/cheap way to clean up the wheel?

    If I opted to replace it, what do I need to look for and be careful about? I know I'd need a newer '91 and up wheel(b/c of airbag). I'm under the impression that I could use my existing airbag which would lower the cost for the actual wheel if I find one where the bag did explode-- right?

    I know I could get aftermarket wheels, or retrofit an E46 wheel, which all sound interesting but I like the feel of the OEM wheel and at this point don't feel the need to "upgrade".
    '94 540I 6spd/205000 miles

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    i got a steering wheel cover for mine, the good kind where you spend 2 hours sewing it over the old one. turned out very nice.
    Alusil, Dinan DME | ITG Air Filter | Eibach/Bilstein HD | 26/20 Swaybars | Iridium plugs | Depo/ProLumen HID | Optima batt. | no AC | Stoptech brake lines, Frozen rotors, brass bushings, Superblue

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    do you have a name or link for what you used?
    '94 540I 6spd/205000 miles

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    I did a wheelskins on my E30 and it turned out very well.
    1995 525iT
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    E28 528e - gone

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    thats the one! wheelskins, got it from BAV on clearance.
    Alusil, Dinan DME | ITG Air Filter | Eibach/Bilstein HD | 26/20 Swaybars | Iridium plugs | Depo/ProLumen HID | Optima batt. | no AC | Stoptech brake lines, Frozen rotors, brass bushings, Superblue

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    thanks guys, I'll check that out.
    '94 540I 6spd/205000 miles

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    Checked out wheelskins-- looks like what I need and seems like those on the forum who have used them, like them.

    Its obvious that these can go over the existing wheel/leather, but what if I wanted to remove the original(cracked) leather on the wheel and install a wheelskin there?
    '94 540I 6spd/205000 miles

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    the diameter of the wheelskin is to fit directly over the old wheel. its not very thick, but give yourself some patience before installing, and get some rubber tipped mechanics gloves to avoid marks on your hands from pulling the thread for 2 hours.
    Alusil, Dinan DME | ITG Air Filter | Eibach/Bilstein HD | 26/20 Swaybars | Iridium plugs | Depo/ProLumen HID | Optima batt. | no AC | Stoptech brake lines, Frozen rotors, brass bushings, Superblue

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    There's also another company that makes a product similar to wheelskins - The benefit is that they come in faux alcantara, which is pretty cool. Will try to find/post link, but whichever you use make sure you have a few hours & take your time.
    1989 325iX 5spd Coupe Koni Adjustable/H&R
    1989 535i 5spd Bilstein Sports/H&R, Tri-Flo, Conforti, UUC SSK

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    hell, i have an mtech II wheel that i want to get rid of!


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