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post #1 of 16 Old 10-23-2017, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Replacement Steering Wheels?

Both my 2001 Wrangler and 1997 XJ have the same issue, with the factory 'leather' steering wheel.


It's worn down pretty good, past the finish I suppose. If my hands are wet, I get black gunk on them and the wheel turns sticky.


Armor-all helps, a lot. Until it gets wet again.


Is there any decent covers that you guys have found?


I really would like to keep my airbag since I drive a lot on the interstate and people drive like crazies. So I don't want to replace my wheel.


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post #2 of 16 Old 10-23-2017, 11:19 AM
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I put on a "jeep" steering wheel cover I picked up from Autozone for cheap. Been on 3 years and has held up well being a DD.

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Both my 2001 Wrangler and 1997 XJ have the same issue, with the factory 'leather' steering wheel.


It's worn down pretty good, past the finish I suppose. If my hands are wet, I get black gunk on them and the wheel turns sticky.
Just lace on a good quality leather steering wheel cover. Not one of the cheap vinyl (or so-called "pleather") covers like Autozone sells, find a good quality leather cover online. They're easily found.

I've installed them on several vehicles over the years and they both look and feel good. They actually all felt better than the OE leather cover they go over the top of. All lasted long enough that I don't think I ever had to replace one.

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It's a bit of work but I re wrapped the steering wheel.

http://www.redlinegoods.com/Wrangler9702shiftboot.php

Also, stop using armor all.
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Purchase a quality leather cover you stitch over your existing wheel. The wheel will be meatier, and it will last much longer and look worlds better than those AutoZone specials, as Jerry alluded to. I put on a duo-tone Wheelskins last winter to match both exterior and interior and seats and love the look and feel. Redline makes some good stuff, too, but it takes several weeks and ships from Poland.
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It's a bit of work but I re wrapped the steering wheel.

http://www.redlinegoods.com/Wrangler9702shiftboot.php

Also, stop using armor all.
You got a pic of the finished result? How hard was it to sew that thing on? I would love to get one of those covers, but am terrified of stitching it on. I have their leather shift boot and armrest cover, great quality.
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I would love to get one of those covers, but am terrified of stitching it on. I have their leather shift boot and armrest cover, great quality.
Such covers aren't stitched on, they're laced on... like lacing a shoe.

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Such covers aren't stitched on, they're laced on... like lacing a shoe.
My bad, poor choice of words, i have seen videos of this, still don't think i could do it! You are right, laced not stitched, not sure why i said that. Could possibly have been a drunken post
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You got a pic of the finished result? How hard was it to sew that thing on? I would love to get one of those covers, but am terrified of stitching it on. I have their leather shift boot and armrest cover, great quality.
Sorry no pics but I can try to remember to take a couple.

It's really pretty easy, it's a simple pattern. Seriously, if you can lace your shoes you can do this. It's just really time consuming since you have to remove the steering wheel and it takes a while to get it stretched over the wheel.
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Sorry no pics but I can try to remember to take a couple.

It's really pretty easy, it's a simple pattern. Seriously, if you can lace your shoes you can do this. It's just really time consuming since you have to remove the steering wheel and it takes a while to get it stretched over the wheel.
No need to remove the steering wheel, I've installed several over the years.

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No need to remove the steering wheel, I've installed several over the years.
We aren't talking about the same thing, although they are similar.

What I linked to is an actual re-wrap, not a laced cover. You remove the steering wheel, cut off the original factory leather wrap, and install the new one.
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I prefer to cover mine with something appropriate, before they get into bad shape.
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I'd rather knock myself unconscious, cut a finger off, poke my eye out with a sharp stick or be forced to go back to work than install anything made by Rusty's.
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How fitting for a man of your "profession".
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