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Old 04-10-2008, 08:31 AM   #1
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Question leather-wrapped steering wheel

steering wheel..that is

My Aura isn't equipped with the leather-wrapped steeting wheel. The steering wheel feels kind of funny to me because I had a leather wrapped steering wheel in my traded-in truck. Does anyone know if it's possible to get a leather cover, maybe aftermarket?

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Old 04-10-2008, 08:42 AM   #2
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Hey all,

I just found this:

www.wheelskins.com

$44.95 or $49.95 for two colors.

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:41 AM   #3
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don't know if they're leather or not, but Schram's Auto (yard) has a couple of steering wheels for only $65

And then Harry and Sons Auto in Warren has a leather one for $75

www.car-part.com is where I searched

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:00 PM   #4
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Thanks snobrdrdan. I just realized that you're a fellow Michigander. We should start a Michigan Aura club or something...

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Old 04-12-2008, 06:23 AM   #5
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Yes sir!

I'm in Walled Lake, right by Novi


I see TONS of Auras on the road around here, but I doubt many come on here (the forum) though

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Old 04-14-2008, 07:16 AM   #6
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Hey all,

I just found this:

www.wheelskins.com

$44.95 or $49.95 for two colors.
I installed one of these on my '06 Impala about a month ago. I ordered the kit from them on a Friday morning, and had it Monday morning cross-country. It is basically a leather cover that stretches over the steering wheel. They provide a needle and waxed nylon thread to stitch it on to the wheel. The stitches are made through pre-cut holes on the inside of the cover, so you get a niced stitched look around the inside when you are done. They claim installation takes about an hour, but it took me 3. I had never done anything like it before, so I was taking my time. If I did another one, it would probably take me an hour or so. Quality is very good and the fit is very tight. It has no cushioning, so if you are looking for something "padded and squishy" this isn't for you. However if you simply want to cover the plastic steering wheel with real leather, it is a very good product.

Here is a picture of my Impala's steering wheel with the completed wheelskin on it:

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That's neat, but it looks kind of weird that it's not notched out for the spokes and/or it doesn't cover part of the 4 spokes

I'm sure it's better than the plastic feeling though

nice info

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Old 04-15-2008, 06:45 AM   #8
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Thanks Ryster for the pic. Looks pretty good. I'm waiting for my free color swatches so I can decide what colors to get. I have grey interior so I'll probably go with the grey top and bottom and charcoal sides. My wife said she'll do the stitching for me... I'll post some pics when it's done.

P.S. Thanks Charlie for correcting my typo in the title...

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That's neat, but it looks kind of weird that it's not notched out for the spokes and/or it doesn't cover part of the 4 spokes

I'm sure it's better than the plastic feeling though

nice info

Dealing with the spokes is the hardest part when installing it. You have to use "dummy" stitches through the front holes to give the appearance that it is stitched around the spokes. You could theoretically not use the dummy stitches, but then the cover would lack support around the spokes and be loose.

The wheelskin is definitely better than the plastic wheel.

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