Sparco steering wheel refurb

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Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:37 pm

Well I've wanted a nicer steering wheel than the ugly airbag wheel I was blessed with, but I've never been able to justify spending $300+ on one when the stock one works fine. As a racer that's a couple tires or brake pads, so it never happened. I was browsing the forums a couple weeks ago and came across a deal I couldn't pass up.

The seller was asking around $50 for it, and I ended up paying $38. Definitely needs some love, but a solid start.
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The suede has seen better days...
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Time to get down to business. Pulled the worn out suede off, but I was careful since I need it as a template.
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I ordered up some black microfiber (fake suede) - $11 shipped. So now I'm $49 into the wheel. The microfiber suede was 48"x46" so I'll have plenty left for other projects like shift boots or whatever.

I traced the old piece, and cut out the new piece, leaving plenty extra material.
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All pinned up and ready to get my sew on. Side note: I've never done any kind of sewing, so this was a learning experience for me. Thankfully my Wife is pretty handy with this stuff so I had a good teacher.
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All sewed up and trimmed down to final size. I test fit it and it's pretty darn good IMO.
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I need to get some contact adhesive later today to install it, so I moved on to the next project.

One of the POs decided to hand paint the Sparco logo, and didn't do the best job.
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I soaked a paper towel in brake fluid, wrapped it around the spoke, and let it sit overnight. Then I just had to lightly brush it with a stiff nylon brush and it came nice and clean.
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I have a pretty neat plan for the logo, but I'll hold my tongue on that for now.

This just because I'm a dork.
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I need to take some leather conditioner to the rest of the wheel, and pick up the adhesive for the wrap later today, stay tuned for updates.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby Yoshi » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:28 pm

How do you put the new fabric back on? I've always been curious how to redo steering wheels.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:42 pm

I'll document it when I do it. Basically glue it on, and hand stitch the seam. I'll need to tuck the ends in too. We'll see how it turns out.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby Yoshi » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:44 pm

so like fabric glue and stitching? The stitching sounds difficult to do to keep it tight.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:49 pm

I'm just going to use contact cement. I made the new piece so it will be tight when I stitch it up, shouldn't have to do much besides keep the stitches tight. Again, this is totally new for m so it could be a major fail, lol.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby Ryki » Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:16 pm

I say hell of a job such far! Looking forward to your first attempts at steering wheel sewing! Let's say mine ended up being my first and second :P
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:51 am

ok, changed my plan after getting started. I JUST used contact cement to put the fabric on. Worked pretty well IMO. Why you say? Because I got three stitches in over about an hour, and they looked like poop.

I did about 2" at a time starting along the top, then repeated the same on each side. Took a few hours with 15min flash times on the adhesive, but it was worth the wait I think.
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Added a centering stripe because race car.
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All done!
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Actually, I still have something special for the Sparco logo, but I have to wait for it so I painted it for now.
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I think it turned out pretty good, and I only have $58 invested so I'm pretty stoked.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby ivprodigy » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:54 am

That looks fantastic!
I cheaped out on the steering wheel and got an eBay replica suede steering wheel which I may regret but I'm not brave enough to do what you achieved here
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:17 am

Thanks! Be careful with the ebay wheels:
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby ivprodigy » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:38 am

I'm already regretting it. It has more flex than I think it should.
The funny thing is I spent quite a bit on the hub (nrg) and quick release(don't remember the brand) yet I went with the cheap part for thine thing my hands will be holding the most...
Regardless it looks like the wheel is ready to go
Can't wait for the logo
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby Yoshi » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:49 am

Loled
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:44 pm

Jealous, I really want a quick release hub. It sucks having to slide the seat back every time I get in the car forcing me to readjust my harnesses.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby ivprodigy » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:16 pm

Yoshi wrote:Loled


Yep, it's been a learning experience from day one to say the least.
I have to say, though, if it wasn't for all the things I found on this forum (as well as one or two others) I couldn't have been able to get to where I am today (which may still be a bit of ways away from being a successful project).

As far as the quick release, the previous owner had left me with a stock four spoke steering wheel and a seat that seemed permanently planted to the floor, too close to the wheel even for me (only 5'10''),.
This "twisted" my arm to get an after market setup while we sorted out the seat's adjustable railing.
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby M20_fever » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:58 pm

Yeah fixed seats are no fun. I'll get a quick release eventually. In Tue mean time the small dia of this wheel should make it easier to shimmy in the car without moving the seat (I hope).
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Re: Sparco steering wheel refurb

Postby Nsquared97 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:26 am

Wow Tony, that looks great! Very curious to see how well it holds up.
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