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Old 06-01-2014, 04:19 AM   #1
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Wheelskin - anyone use this product?

I decided to add a Wheelskin to my wife's car. I knew that installing this thing was going to be tricky. Took me 2.5 hours. Would have been done sooner but I ran into a few snags. When I got to the end, I had too much material on one side, not enough on the other. The challenge is in ensuring that the holes on the front of the cover line up with the ones on the back with every stitch. Also, I pulled too hard at one point and the leather gave way. So much for "tight is right." I back tracked a few times, persisted and here's the finished product. Not perfect but pretty good. I ordered the solid black, they sent me the perforated cover.

Can you spot the mistakes?

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Old 06-01-2014, 07:09 AM   #2
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I still have two of these laying around. Probably from the '80s. Unfortunately, they don't fit any of the cars I need them on.

You missed one of the holes at the bottom?
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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Good eye. There is also little bump where it got bunched up at the bottom. Ah well. Feels good to the touch, overall not bad.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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Last wheelskin I used was a 1979 Mustang. I'm surprised you just didn't go down to the local salvage yard and grab an original leather wrapped; the whole thing is modular and it's an easy swap.
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Old 06-01-2014, 11:14 AM   #5
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I put one on my Titan. After a year it still looks great. I had worn the leather on the stock stearing wheel.

Mine ended up about 1/4 inch off from centered. not enough to re-do it, but enough that sometimes at a stoplight I'll notice it
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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Had those things on many cars over the years. They last a really long time.

My favorite was the brown one I put on my '73 Beetle. went on perfectly too.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:45 PM   #7
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The factory leather (pleather??) on my dodge wheel is starting to fall apart. It has 100K miles, so I'm not all that surprised.

How difficult is it to put these on?? I'd like to re-do my Dodge wheel.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:54 PM   #8
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Put one on my jeep cherokee to cover the ickiness the old wheel had become.

Pretty painful to get on, but that is because they are so snug. once on, they look great and continue looking great for a very long time. I'd say mine has been on for 6 or 7 years, still looks good.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:00 PM   #9
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I can remember putting one of those on my old truck. I took my time, and did some complicated stitching pattern, and it took f o r e v e r to do, but really made the truck a lot nicer to drive. I hate skinny steering wheels. I'd do it again.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:01 AM   #10
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The factory leather (pleather??) on my dodge wheel is starting to fall apart. It has 100K miles, so I'm not all that surprised.

How difficult is it to put these on?? I'd like to re-do my Dodge wheel.
Let both the skin and the car sit in the sun for a few hours before trying.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:12 AM   #11
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WheelSkins are excellent... I put them on all plastic Steering wheels.

Night and Day different than a wheel cover you'd buy at an autoparts store. Use Gloves when installing and cinch it up like a baseball seam!

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Old 06-02-2014, 11:19 AM   #12
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Another tip when installing is to wrap your fingertips with tape to help pull the strings.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:23 PM   #13
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Last wheelskin I used was a 1979 Mustang. I'm surprised you just didn't go down to the local salvage yard and grab an original leather wrapped; the whole thing is modular and it's an easy swap.
Yeah. I have a new Accord and almost went the Wheelskin route. Then I found out I could buy a brand new factory leather wheel rim from Honda for about $140. It was a 15 min job to swap the rims.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:42 AM   #15
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I've been on the search for a good while for a naturally-tanned leather steering wheel cover - something along the lines of saddle-tanned or like the leather in the older King's Ranch Ford trucks.

Every time I see the Wheelskin site I get disappointed by their offerings of only solid, non-natural colors. I want leather, and I want to see that I have leather.

Anyone know of a leather steering wheel cover that is more like saddle leather?
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