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Unread 04-30-2007, 04:59 PM   #1
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Leather Steering Wheel Issues

Just checking to see if others are having the same problem. I've got an '05 GC with a leather steering wheel cover. After a little less than 2 years and 25k miles the leather surface is shot. I've got a '97 XJ with 86k and the wheel is in great shape. It appears that there's something wrong with the quality of leather currently being used. If I'm the only guy with the problem, so be it. If others are having the same problem it might become a factory warranty issue. As I understand it now, Jeep says its not something covered by the warranty.

I'd appreciate any input.

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Unread 04-30-2007, 06:33 PM   #2
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Well , I bought my 05 WK with 18K miles but there was a "Burn" spot in the top of the leather when I bought it. I purchased a "Wheelskin" brand cover and it covers the wheel perfectly. If you decide to buy one let me know, I have a few tips for you about installation.
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Unread 05-01-2007, 10:14 PM   #3
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I thought the leather on the wheel of my 91 Wrangler was damaged - like the top layer was worn off. Turns out that with a little elbow grease and windex, it cleaned right off.
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Unread 05-01-2007, 10:49 PM   #4
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Yes its just cheap leather that is used on the wheel. My 2001 Wj has the same problem it started around 40k I bought a wheelskins cover at 60k and it is so much higher quality than what they use at the factory. I don't think it is just DC though all newer cars seem to have cheaper thinner materials used in the interiors than cars from the early and mid 90's. I mean feel a leather wheel in a zj and then feel a wj or wk and you can tell a huge difference on the quality. Yeah so maybe the newer interiors look better but if they don't hold up as long as the old then who cares. Thats why I don't want a wk because the seats are so much cheaper feeling then the leather seats in my 01 limited wj. No offence wk owners
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Unread 05-02-2007, 02:49 AM   #5
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The feel of mine is fine, but there is a tiny spot right by one of the seams where the color has rubbed off. I had scuffed it with the sharp edge of a ring right there once, so I think that's why. Really tiny though so it's no big deal.

I clean the seats and steering wheel leather about once every three months using a damp rag, then follow that up with a leather conditioner. Keeps the seats and steering wheel feeling and looking pretty good.
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Unread 05-02-2007, 09:19 AM   #6
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yet another example of "quality' parts being used in $35K+ vehicle. it makes me sick.
there is a guy who makes covers for the arm rests ($125) and also will re-cover your steering wheel ($300).

Contact info:
James DeCuir
jamesdecuir@fabricsandframes.com
www.22elite.com

PICS OF HIS WORK...
http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...d.php?t=806608
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Unread 05-02-2007, 01:02 PM   #7
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Does the guy make covers for the wj center console armrest? Or just the wk?
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Unread 05-05-2007, 05:47 AM   #8
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Wheelskin installation tips.

(1)As your installing it be sure that you roll the seam back, away from the drives view, makes a much cleaner look.

(2) Get something like a large paperclip and bend a hook in the end of it. After lacing 5 or 6 inches, use your fingers to pinch the gap closed and while holding it that way use the hook to pull the laces tight. This will ensure that the wheelskin is good and tight.

(3) keep a very careful count on the holes as you stitch it on. It is really important that the holes line up or the thread will pull a wrinkle in the wheel skin. Those connection points on the steering wheel are tricky and you will have to use "Dummy" stitches in the front (see instructions). Dont stop your stitches flush with the wheel support, instead lace in two extra holes and let the thread kind of wrap around the support. You will have to leave the lacing pretty loose to get behind the support but this will make a much better installation. When you are installing the "Dummy" threads you will think that that floopy section will be a problem but if you draw the two extra laces on each side tight, it will not raise up while driving.
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Unread 05-05-2007, 05:57 AM   #9
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Does anyone have pictures of an installed wheelskin? Im going to be doing one and just wanted to see what the finished product looked like!!
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Unread 05-05-2007, 04:25 PM   #10
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Took a few for you. Should give you a pretty good idea what it will look like. This is my second one in a year. Learned a few tricks on the first one. This one is a lot better than the first.





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Unread 05-06-2007, 05:55 AM   #11
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Thanks for the pic's it looks really nice........ Ive seen a lot of wheel covers that look super cheap so Im doing a little research before I buy one!!!
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