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Unread 12-03-2010, 03:07 PM   #1
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Overland Wood Steering Wheel?

What do you guys think of the wood on the steering wheel on the Overland model? I know it looks good, but I am use to a heated leather wheel and I think the transition from leather to a hard surface during use would be irritating.

Anyone know if the wood steering wheel on the Overland model can be deleted and replaced with an all leather steering wheel?

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Unread 12-03-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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What do you guys think of the wood on the steering wheel on the Overland model? I know it looks good, but I am use to a heated leather wheel and I think the transition from leather to a hard surface during use would be irritating.

Anyone know if the wood steering wheel on the Overland model can be deleted and replaced with an all leather steering wheel?
I came from an all leather steering wheel and REALLY love the wood steering wheel in the Overland. The whole wheel is heated. Also the wood is hard, but seems to have some give like the leather steering wheel. It is very smooth and feels good when you drive
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Unread 12-03-2010, 03:47 PM   #3
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I don't have a Overland yet I have only test driven them. I do however have a wood steering wheel in my Lexus and I actually really like the feel of them. My only gripe about the WK2 wheel is I think they went just a tad overboard with how thick it is. Don't get me wrong I like thick steering wheels, but the new Jeep steering wheel is darn right huge. This is super minor and I like it either way and I'm sure once I buy an Overland I will end up loving the thick steering wheel.
As for the wood though, they are great. Love the feel of it.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 04:47 PM   #4
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I first thought the wheel was thick as well, now that I'm used to it I like it a lot and everything else seems too skinny. The leather is a little slick at times and I find the wood portion of the wheel provides a great grip. Honestly, I'd like to see an all wood steering wheel, I like it that much.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 11:13 PM   #5
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never liked wood steering wheels, they look good good obviously,
but the feel of them unfortunately way too slippery for my taste...
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Unread 12-03-2010, 11:54 PM   #6
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I too thought the wheel was too large - we have had the Overland for a month and it actually feels better than all leather. The clear seal over the wood feels great to the touch, and the heat is perfect.
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Unread 12-04-2010, 02:55 AM   #7
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i've never owned one, but i dont like any wood in the interior of the grand cherokee, i wish we were offered a version of the Overland or Limited w/o any wood whatsoever in the interior. but i understand why jeep uses wood trim, it's what the consumer insists on for any high end vehicle.

that being said, i'd put up with wood trim on the 10-2 location on the wheel because i place my hand mainly on other areas of the steering wheel.
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Unread 12-04-2010, 03:42 PM   #8
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that being said, i'd put up with wood trim on the 10-2 location on the wheel because i place my hand mainly on other areas of the steering wheel.
Unfortunately I am a 10 and 2 location person when using a steering wheel, thats why I have reservations on the wood.
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Unread 12-06-2010, 03:17 PM   #9
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I can take or leave the wood steering wheel, it's nice to look at but I have my doubts about it's long-term durability. I like it so far I guess, just wish the damn wheel wasn't so huge. Big is good, huge is overkill...
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Unread 12-21-2010, 02:30 PM   #10
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I had a wood steering wheel in my '06 ML500. I drive with my left hand (habit after years of owning a manual transmission) and I loved it until I got married. After the additon of the wedding ring the wood wheel just became annoying. I opted for a 2011 JGC Limited because of the leather wheel.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 02:39 PM   #11
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I can take or leave the wood steering wheel, it's nice to look at but I have my doubts about it's long-term durability. I like it so far I guess, just wish the damn wheel wasn't so huge. Big is good, huge is overkill...
Why would you have doubts about long term durability?!?! High end luxury cars have been using real wood trim and steering wheels in cars for as long as I can remember. The wood steering wheel in my 00 Lexus with 115,000 miles looks like the day it rolled off the assembly line. Its the leather that you need to be worried about not a high quality sealed piece of wood. What im saying is the leather on the bottom half will be long gone before you see any issues whatsoever with the wood portion.

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Unread 12-21-2010, 04:10 PM   #12
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Why would you have doubts about long term durability?!?! High end luxury cars have been using real wood trim and steering wheels in cars for as long as I can remember. The wood steering wheel in my 00 Lexus with 115,000 miles looks like the day it rolled off the assembly line. Its the leather that you need to be worried about not a high quality sealed piece of wood. What im saying is the leather on the bottom half will be long gone before you see any issues whatsoever with the wood portion.

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Unread 01-12-2011, 08:54 PM   #13
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the advantage of the wood piece for me is the fact that I sometimes have dirty hands and can steer the car before I can mess up the leather portion and or have my hands cleaned
I know ... I also have the alcohol gel soap
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Unread 01-13-2011, 12:26 AM   #14
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Why would you have doubts about long term durability?!?! High end luxury cars have been using real wood trim and steering wheels in cars for as long as I can remember. The wood steering wheel in my 00 Lexus with 115,000 miles looks like the day it rolled off the assembly line. Its the leather that you need to be worried about not a high quality sealed piece of wood. What im saying is the leather on the bottom half will be long gone before you see any issues whatsoever with the wood portion.

James
Agreed! I actually prefer when the wheel isnt leather covered and is just whatever they are made out of (Plastic?). I got really lucky when I went shopping for my explorer that I could find an XLT V8 with every option but a leather covered wheel. People thought it seemed weird I wanted leather interior but not leather seats.
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Unread 01-14-2011, 01:44 PM   #15
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I actually prefer the wood... looks good and goes well with the rest of the wood trim in the cabin... the durability factor is also a plus, and I never thought the wheel felt too big, but I do have large hands
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