Anyone Wrapped a Sport Wheel?

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by knucklebusted, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I've got a 15" sport wheel that is not terrible but it definitely has some age on it.

    I'd like to maybe wrap it in black leather, possibly stitch it in red to make it look a little better. I'd consider padding it if I knew a good way of doing it.

    I actually have a 14" three-spoke wheel in my other car. It was listed as a Vette wheel but it bolts up nice to our style of center and the Buick horn works with it.

    First pic is factory wheel, skinny.


    Second pic is Vette wheel, fat and leather-wrapped.

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  2. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    I've done a few in the past few decades. . Used the auto parts store ones... maybe Wheelskins?
    Wrapped them with some generic foam before putting the leather on to thicken the grip.
    It was a great way to do a color change on a $25 junkyard find and also not have to deal with the funky slime issues on the old plastic.
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    BUQUICK I'm your huckleberry.

    Whatever you decide to use please post your feedback about it because I've got a wheel I'd like to wrap too (a stick rally wheel). I have looked at the website before but just never ordered anything. Hoping to read someone else's review first.
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  4. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    I have had a wheelskins leather wrap on my wheel for 15 + years.

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  5. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Based on this chart, I'm going to see what size I come up with when I find a suitable wrap. I'm tempted to try a thin pipe wrap from Lowes if it isn't too thick. It is already circular and is easy to work with.

    For $15, I figure it is worth a shot. Anyone have any ideas for a good foam wrapping underlayment? I'm thinking carpet foam would probably work unless there is a really dense version.

  6. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking of wrapping the wheel in this foam before I wrap it in leather covering. It is a 1/8" thick so it would make the wheel 1/4" thicker in diameter.

    The wheel measures .8" diameter without the thumb nubs, almost an inch with the thumb nubs. Add .250" and I get between 1.15" to 1.25" diameter. Circumference would be min of 3.6" to max of 3.9" so I'm thinking the above chart is looking like a stretch for M2 and a little slack for M3? I'm going to order and M2 and the foam wrap and assume I can compress it slightly as needed.

    Yah or nay?

  7. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    My Rim Blow orig wheel fell apart from age. Had to do the old style wrap years ago. Never liked J.C. Whitney-ing it up.
    I put a 87 SS Monte Carlo wheel on and I'm happy. Thin tri shield stick on emblem fits perfectly over the red SS horn emblem. Fat new car feel.

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  8. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Greg, Wheelskins is the drop dead, best cover out there. Don't buy anything else. They make most of the factory covers. You have to pull them really tight 'til they pucker. You should do it on the car it's easier and you get better leverage. They make a lot of different sizes, so read how to measure for one and make sure you order the right one. If you are going to add more padding, make sure to account for it in the sizing. Go to their website. Wheelskins is not JC Whitney crap. It's very high quality. It's nothing like the old "Formula 500" covers you wrapped with gimp in the 60's , 70's and 80's. Larry's looks about right. It should be puckered like at the bottom, right of the spoke. You have to wear gloves to pull them really tight. I've done a LOT of them.
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  9. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    I used Wheelskins to wrap mine. It turned out okay, not "factory like" but it's presentable and feels comfortable. Here is the only pic I have that shows a glimpse of it...........

  10. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Well Nick, I can't see the pic. My 442 has one, but the car is 2 hours away. Maybe I have a pic here, I'll look. It's just killer, you have to follow the directions, it's got to be pulled tight. It's got to be puckered all around, you have to use every hole, you have to tie it inside so it looks factory. It has to be the right size width and diameter. If you use the foam, you would have to go around the wheel spiral fashion like a candy cane. The ones I've put on look the same as a factory install. I think Duane has done some, too. You can't rush it in 30 minutes, it's like a 2 hour job, believe it or not.
  11. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    I sent mine off to Dallas custom steering wheel and they wrapped it. Turned out great
  12. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    Pics from Dallas Custom Steering Wheels

    Rally wheel with thick pad.......


    Looks good!
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  13. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    That is a good looking wheel. What does that cost to have done?
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  14. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    OK, I bought the stuff I listed. I had some Amazon gift cards to burn so we will see how it goes. I will post pictures as I go so we can judge if the product or I am the problem. LOL
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  15. charlierogers

    charlierogers GSX stage 1 4 speed #149

    ohhh, that looks nice!
  16. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Do it on the car Greg, it's much easier.

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block. Platinum Member.

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  18. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    I screwed mine to the end of a short piece of 4x4 wood and cinched the whole rig down in my bench vise. I kept rotating it so I was always working at the "bottom" of the wheel. Worked like a charm!
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  19. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    The dense foam rubber to wrap it and the cover arrived. I'll start on it tomorrow and take lots of pictures.
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  20. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    The before pictures of it starts.


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