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    Hi , it seems getting a new wheel for my Ds 21 is out of the question as the column is part & parcel of the wheel making shipping too expensive .
    Anyone have any tricks , I was going to cut my missing section of foam neatly & square then build up foam bicycle handlebar tape to size then fit a leather cover from eBay UK ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim37 View Post
    Hi , it seems getting a new wheel for my Ds 21 is out of the question as the column is part & parcel of the wheel making shipping too expensive .
    Anyone have any tricks , I was going to cut my missing section of foam neatly & square then build up foam bicycle handlebar tape to size then fit a leather cover from eBay UK ...
    Check into eBay seller Sylvain1230_0. He has a DS parts store and occasionally has reconditioned 'safety' steering wheels for sale. Prices from him normally aren't stupid expensive. Loads of other stuff, too.
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    The rebuild using a stitched on leather cover may not be original but it makes a good useable wheel.

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    Whilst it is not going to get you over the line at the concourse judging I like Michael's suggestion. A very usable daily tiller.
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    Tim, what area are you in as the AF members may offer suggestions local to you.
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    No need for a motor trimmer. Mine is done as Tim37 suggested: A bit of foam repair and an Ebay leather cover. As an intermediate layer I also fitted a cheap fabric/foam "clip over" cover to add a little bulk and firm up the feel before hand stitching on the leather.

    I was fortunate that whilst my wheel rim was badly rotted the spoke and logo were good.

    Frankly i don't like the feel of any of the properly restored foam wheels I have seen as they all seem to be a bit hard.
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    Michael you are right in that the DIY approach is best as the end result can be more 'tuned'. All of my 504's have had after market steering wheels as the early versions are 'thin and hard' and the later ones 'gross' ie sun burnt rubber/shed snake skin and both way too big diameter wise.
    I only advise a trimmer as I don't have the patience to stitch a steering wheel, the skill yes but it drives me to distraction...SWMBO is a dab hand at the craft endeavors so I my subcontract to her (Now looking for 'flying pig' smiley.)
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    Thanks Chaps , mines only gone on one small section of the rim so it's on with the leather ( so to speak ) ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim37 View Post
    Thanks Chaps , mines only gone on one small section of the rim so it's on with the leather ( so to speak ) ....
    So what's the plan? Cut out the bad area all around the rim section and then build it back up?
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    You can get new steering wheel from Arpad in Germany for 200 euro plus about 65 euro for shipping and you don't need to send your old part

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim37 View Post
    Hi , it seems getting a new wheel for my Ds 21 is out of the question as the column is part & parcel of the wheel making shipping too expensive .
    Anyone have any tricks , I was going to cut my missing section of foam neatly & square then build up foam bicycle handlebar tape to size then fit a leather cover from eBay UK ...
    I have a 71ds and the steering wheel has the tape not foam which doesn't deteriorate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    The rebuild using a stitched on leather cover may not be original but it makes a good useable wheel.

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    Nicely done Michael,

    I agree that the repro wheels are a little hard and slightly thinner than the original, I have managed to locate a NOS foam wheel at great expense but feel it was worthwhile, it is definitely has a softer feel which will add to the total driving experience. Having said that the repro wheel would no doubt outlast the original in our climate. I'll have to be careful about sun exposure and use a wheel cover when parked outside.

    This is another nice option, especially if the centre spoke has also started to deteriorate. . .



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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    Nicely done Michael,

    This is another nice option, especially if the centre spoke has also started to deteriorate. . .



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