How to upgrade a steering wheel in (an undetermined number) easy steps

The leather on my 1993 Miata wheel was starting to feel less than satisfying to grip. Let me tell you a story in Instagram pictures.

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Pictured above “final” product after $52.

The first step was a product of my cheapness and fit attitude. I went to a national fabric store where they gave me free 4" samples of marine grade vinyl.

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Then I spent 8+ hours hand sewing it over the old wheel.

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This was...fine...but not the tactile experience I wanted. I would use real leather or suede if I were to go to the trouble of doing it again. (I probably won’t but it cost me no dollars and I learned something)

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So I bought a $40 wheel and $12 dollar hub adapter on Amazon and enlisted my 5 year old to install it.

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Grabbed an old license plate to make a horn delete.

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Cleaned it up.

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And now I have Tavarish’s favorite. A suede wheel.

We'll see how I like it in time.

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