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    thicker custom steering wheel

    just redid my steering wheel to make it thicker and add some perforated leather.
    Tell me what you guys think.

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    one more

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    What is that line down the center of your airbag? I've seen that on some others as well. The rims looks great! Very similiar to Techart's design.

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    Nice job, how does it feel?

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    Looks great. Where did you have it done. The only thing I don't like on my Porsche is the thin hard wheel. How much was it?

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    I believe the line is present in most if not all non-full leather 997 airbags. I have heard that porsche has usually denied a warranty exchange. My car is an it may be more pronounced than the newer ones. I dont even notice it except for with flash in pictures.

    neil,
    The steering wheel feels great, my hands were way to big for the standard wheel, also the leather feels much better whereas the original almost had a vinyl feel.

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    jamesf9217 said:
    Looks great. Where did you have it done. The only thing I don't like on my Porsche is the thin hard wheel. How much was it?



    I had it done locally in Los Angeles.

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    Do you mind share with us on the price?

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    I was quoted anywhere from 400-600 by all the local shops in LA, there are tons of them.
    I ended up getting it done for $450.
    It takes a few days.

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    here is another pic

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    The line is where the center of the wheel splits apart for the airbag to come out. you'll notice that it's a straight line at the top & bottow with a half circle in the middle.

    The back side of the piece of vinyl is cut almost all the way through, the airbag is probably just pushing against it more than it should and is pushing the center hub out making it more convex and allowing you to see the weak point.

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    Could someone explain to me why the thicker wheel is needed?

    Perhaps then I would know why it is wanted.

    I thought the delicate, precise, surgical steering of the 997/S would be better appreciated with a more refined, slimmer wheel grip diameter.

    My currently uninformed opinion is that the thicker wheel has looks in contrast to the rest of the interior of the car.

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    I drove from Ohio to Florida and after about 5 of the 16 hours, the small grip of my stock wheel had my hands cramping up. The only thing I like better than my Porsche on a Z4M is their fat steering wheel feel.

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    I'm a big fan of the factory thick wheel (XPA). Slightly thicker, great feel. I used to like the BMW wheels a lot, but find them too fat and soft now.

    I also used to have a thick Gambella wheel. Good feel (contoured, hard, not marshmallowy like the BMW wheels) but too thick IMO.

    It's very personal though.

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    Raffi,

    Do you play in the NBA?

    Yeah, big hands require a thicker wheel for comfort/feel.

    LOVE the XPA wheel too!

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    I do not like my XPA option... I find that it has the wrong shape. I would not order it again and if I would go for a thiker steering wheel I would get the Tech Art

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    A lot of it depends on HOW you hold the wheel too.

    Many people hold the wheel in a clench with their fingers facing them too much. If you do this, you need a thinker wheel. It also hinders quick actions IMHO and allows you to hold the wheel too tight (NOT a good thing, you should hold a steering wheel like a golf club, firm but not anything close to hard).

    If you hold your hands like you were reading a newspaper (thumbs facing straight up, index finders at about a 30-45 degree angle up, fingers on each hand facing each other and not your body you will find you don't need such a thick wheel as you are using a greater length of it top to bottom (getting the same amount of contact/surface area as holding it the other way with a thicker wheel). This also forces you to pull you hand down on the wheel into a turn instead of lifting your hand outside of the turn (pushing up on the wheel). Pulling the wheel into a turn versus "lifting" the wheel with the outside hand allows greater fine control and tires you out less (on a right hand turn, pull down with your right hand, the left is just along for the ride. Reverse for left turns). And remember to NEVER ever ever hook your thumbs in the wheel!

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    SVNSVN said:


    Yeah, big hands require a thicker wheel for comfort/feel.





    Thanks SVNSVN and Mithras.

    If you have big hands you get the thicker wheel, makes sense.

    Somebody..., there's a funny joke in there..., I'm too tired to figure it out.



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    Hey guys, I change the look and add alcantara on the wheel to match the car.
    If anyone wants to trade for the thicker wheel you can have it for $400 shipped. it will cost around $20 to ship me yours.

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    raffi, I would recommend AGAINST going with alcantara. It doesn't wear too well. I saw a car recently with heavy usage and there were black marks all over the alcantara material especially around the 9 and 3 positions. Keep the leather one, it wears better.

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    Mithras said:
    A lot of it depends on HOW you hold the wheel too.

    Many people hold the wheel in a clench with their fingers facing them too much. If you do this, you need a thinker wheel. It also hinders quick actions IMHO and allows you to hold the wheel too tight (NOT a good thing, you should hold a steering wheel like a golf club, firm but not anything close to hard).

    If you hold your hands like you were reading a newspaper (thumbs facing straight up, index finders at about a 30-45 degree angle up, fingers on each hand facing each other and not your body you will find you don't need such a thick wheel as you are using a greater length of it top to bottom (getting the same amount of contact/surface area as holding it the other way with a thicker wheel). This also forces you to pull you hand down on the wheel into a turn instead of lifting your hand outside of the turn (pushing up on the wheel). Pulling the wheel into a turn versus "lifting" the wheel with the outside hand allows greater fine control and tires you out less (on a right hand turn, pull down with your right hand, the left is just along for the ride. Reverse for left turns). And remember to NEVER ever ever hook your thumbs in the wheel!



    Wonderful explanation. I never even realised there were different ways to hold a steering wheel. I just assumed that everyone does it the same way. I have always done it in the second way you describe. I have big hands and have no difficulty at all with the standard sports steering wheel in my 997S. I can make the finest steering adjustments with total 'feel' for what I'm doing. My sensation is enhanced further by the fact that I have -20mm sports suspension. The steering continuously 'talks' to me. I have never understood how/why people need such thick steering wheels. Now I understand why. However, I would suggest adopting the second technique which I use. It gives much greater feel. Thanks again for putting this into words

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    Hey guys, I decided to go with the smaller diameter 340mm fvd wheel so I put up my steering wheel on ebay.
    the reserve is $320

     
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