One thing I missed in my Unlimited was the leather wrapped steering wheel and when this topic came up the other day, I decided I would order up a leather cover for mine. I had used WheelSkins
products in the past and went to them once again. They’re a little more expensive than others out there, but well worth it IMHO. The cover is made of high-quality leather and the AXX size fits the TJ steering wheel like a glove. Stretching it over the wheel takes a little patience as you want to try and land the seam at the bottom center of the wheel which sounds easy enough, but once the cover is stretched over the wheel, sliding the cover side to side is pretty tough.
Once you get the cover centered on the wheel, it’s time to start stitching on the leather. Take out the included needle and thread and stretch out the entire length of thread out across the floor. The thread is sort of a wax coated material and sticks well once threaded through the leather. You pick a spot to start and begin threading your way around the wheel. The instructions are illustrated and very well done to keep you in check through the rather tedious process of lacing up the leather cover. The manufacturer makes a point of saying ‘tight is right’ in reference to sewing the cover one and they mean it. Give each stitch a tug as you go along as it’s about impossible to back and tighten any one stitch without completely undoing everything up until that point.
After getting everything buttoned up, the new cover looks more like an OEM style cover than most other aftermarket steering wheel covers and you're only out about 45-minutes of your time. It feels much better than the cheapo plasticy feeling steering wheel. It seems to stay cooler when driving and cools off much quicker after the Jeep has been sitting in the sun for a while – the uncover wheel would stay scorching hot for an easy 30-minutes in the desert heat, so this is a welcome change. The covered wheel is noticeably more comfortable in your hands when going down the road and there is definitely more grip for an overall better tactile experience (can you tell I hated the stock wheel?). I know this isn’t the most hardcore of mods, but for a DD that sees some long miles, it’s a worthy upgrade