Anyone Wrapped a Sport Wheel?

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

  1. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    Very nice job Greg.
    It's nice to have that fat new car wheel feel isn't it....
    Never did like the original skinnys....
     
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  2. RoseBud68

    RoseBud68 Well-Known Member

    Your getting better at it Greg...
     
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  3. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I hope so. Mostly, I'm getting faster, especially around the spokes with the fake stitches.
     
  4. bigdavesstg1

    bigdavesstg1 Well-Known Member

    I got steering wheel today look great very good work. Highly recommend. Much more comfortable
     
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  5. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words.
     
  6. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    For anyone interested in the furthering education of steering wheel wRapper knucklebusted, a client sent me a wheel but wanted something a little less bulky. I've just received a padding that is half as thick. Instead of 1/8" it is 1/16" thick.

    You can see in the pics it is thinner and will obviously be a firmer feeling wheel. I suspect I'll have to order a smaller sized leather steering wheel cover but I'll update once I've measured and tested a normal cover I have on hand.

    Pictures for your enjoyment.
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  7. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I have wrapped the thinner padding around the wheel but the standard Wheelskins AXX is going to be too big. It overlaps the leather so I'm going to have to try the AX cover to get a better fit. For the best looking fit, the ends need to have a small gap of no more than 1/16" so the lace will pull it snug.

    Picture with just padding and second one is overlapped cover.
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  8. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Got the minimal padding wheel wrapped last night. It went pretty well and here's some pictures along with comparisons with measurements.

    Pictures for your viewing pleasure. NOTE: Google is jerking my pictures around. I deleted some off my phone but they should have stayed in my google pictures but they went away there as well. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    A sunny outside picture of well worn standard wheel with the minimal padding wheel on top.

    The regular padding is on top/behind, the lighter padding is bottom/front.

    Left to right: Left - Standard Padding, Middle - Minimal Padding, Right - Standard Wheel

    Standard wheel measures 2 11/16 inches at the thick of the nub.

    Minimal padded wheel (1/16th inch padding) measures 3 1/2 inches at the nubs.

    Normal padding (1/8th inch) measures about 3 7/8 inches at the nubs.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2021
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  9. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    Nice job, I like the heavy padded one.. If I could find a steering wheel I would be sending it to you...:)
     
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  10. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Yep, I would have thought these old sticky wheels would be available all over the place by now. Perhaps, I've had the Barrett-Jackson effect on old sticky wheels and everyone now thinks they have a $300 wheel. LOL
     
  11. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    The rational behind the thinner padding was to get as close to a GSX type feel/ diameter wheel..
     
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  12. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Anyone have an accurate measurement of the actual GSX wheels? I've never handled one but have seen them plenty of times.
     
  13. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I did another fat and another skinny padding. Skinny on left, fat on right. Subtle but more noticeable in person than it appears in pictures.
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    Skinny on top, fat on bottom.
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  14. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    The latest. A Corvette wheel that was pretty sad and now in sea blue.
    Before:
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    After:
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    Last edited: Jul 28, 2021
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  15. hwprouty

    hwprouty Platinum Level Contributor

    Post #73, those are my wheels.
    Fantastic. Way To Go.
    Good job knucklebusted!
     
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  16. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    After having stripped a wheel to the metal hoop and recovered it, I think I can successfully strip off the plastic ring and make a nice wheel if anyone has a broken one they want to get rid of.

    I took this wheel down to bare metal before I wrapped it to become that blue wheel above in post 174.

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  17. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Finished recovering a 61 Biscayne (not sure if it is the original or not) 16" wheel without padding in charcoal with charcoal thread for a local buddy.

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  18. RoseBud68

    RoseBud68 Well-Known Member

    Sticky skinny wheel sucks....Sending my wheel to you to fix it.
     
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  19. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Finished another one. This one started out as one much like the white silicone type wheel I had to completely rebuild but this one was in much better shape.
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  20. jannhall

    jannhall Member

    You did a great job with this steering wheel. What will be your next plan? By the way, if you're looking for aftermarket accessories, I recommend that you check out 4WheelOnline.
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2021 at 10:31 PM
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