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      12-31-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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Homemade flat bottom carbon fiber steering wheel

Wanted to switch up my wheel, and wanted carbon fiber, but could find better things to spend $1k on. Never messed with a steering wheel before so I didn't really know what to expect going into this project but I was able to pick up an oem sport wheel pretty cheap and went to town on it. LOVE it so far, the extra thickness is amazing! And the carbon is some nice eye candy. Ill let the pictures do the explaining. Running my stock trim at the moment but have a custom center piece in the works. Also wrapped all my wood grain in suede

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oem wheel de-leathered


forming the flat bottom


fiberglass to smooth it out


carbon layed out before resin


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custom wheel vs oem wheel


stock side thickness


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wanted to do some custom padded diamond stitched wrap but the padding made it impossible to wrap cleanly around the trim so i only ended up with a shift boot :/





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Nice! Make me one.

How long did it take start to finish?
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FYI - I don't drive hard at all. So I'm not interested in more clamping force when I won't use it. Even on my car, I take it easy. It's just too loud to be enjoyable.
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Nice! Make me one.

How long did it take start to finish?

i worked on it after work and finished it up over a weekend. Took about 4-5 days, although now that i've done it and now what works and what doesn't i'm sure i could do it a lot quicker.

thinking about taking my stock wheel and making another one to try and recoupe my money for materials and the 2nd wheel and everything but we'll see
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i worked on it after work and finished it up over a weekend. Took about 4-5 days, although now that i've done it and now what works and what doesn't i'm sure i could do it a lot quicker.

thinking about taking my stock wheel and making another one to try and recoupe my money for materials and the 2nd wheel and everything but we'll see
Let me know!
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FYI - I don't drive hard at all. So I'm not interested in more clamping force when I won't use it. Even on my car, I take it easy. It's just too loud to be enjoyable.
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Nicely done man, now get some cool floormats!
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This is obviously not something you just winged together. Nice work!
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did you the aerosol fabric glue and suede fabric on the trim or suede vinyl wrap?
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amazing wheel man, nice job!
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This is obviously not something you just winged together. Nice work!
ehh.. it kinda was lol but thank you!

i was hesitant to spend the money on buying a wheel and attempting this cause i had no idea how it was going to turn out. It's not PERFECT, but i'm extremely happy with it and definitely makes driving the car more fun

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did you the aerosol fabric glue and suede fabric on the trim or suede vinyl wrap?
thanks
I used 3M spray adhesive and sprayed the trim and the back of the fabric. i did have to unwrap the small left side dash piece, it was on there pretty good but it did come off and was able to completely remove all the adhesive so it's definitely a reversible mod with a little effort

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Nice job man! Very impressive.
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Awesome work man, the wheel is a bit thick for me but looks good!!
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From your expertise, do you think heating could be retained? I'm trying to convert a heated sport wheel with paddles into a heated performance flat bottom with paddles. Some of the custom wheels out there are so beautiful and are a fraction of OEM cost. But I haven't been able to find someone who can retain the heating option in the steering wheel. A heated sport is hard to come by, maybe I'll buy a heated non-sport to tear up just to see how the heating wrap works.
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