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    Has anyone had any experience in re-covering a steering wheel in leather? My 205gti wheel is as slippery as a greasy pole! If not a re-cover, any recommendations for a new wheel and approximate cost?

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    The guys on a Porsche forum I used to hang out on used to get them re-covered in Bali. I have no details, but apparently the work was very good - a particularly discerning bunch of customers - and cheap. The trouble, without an established contact, is having to go there to research it. I'm available.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekA View Post
    Has anyone had any experience in re-covering a steering wheel in leather? My 205gti wheel is as slippery as a greasy pole! If not a re-cover, any recommendations for a new wheel and approximate cost?

    New wheels from Peugeot [if still available now ] were going for around $300+ just a couple of years ago. Series ones may be even harder to get from them.
    Try an upholsterer Derek they may still do them but the last time i got quoted i fell out of my car crying :{
    I do have a spare one if the upholsterer is Ned Kelly :}
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekA View Post
    Has anyone had any experience in re-covering a steering wheel in leather? My 205gti wheel is as slippery as a greasy pole! If not a re-cover, any recommendations for a new wheel and approximate cost?
    Yes.
    I did my fuego wheel myself.
    Not perfect but it will be next time. I under sized the blank, but next time will over size it and shrink with water if need be.

    If you have about as much craft skill as a six grader, and a stash of old leather, and awl and some thick needle and twine, some gloves and a bit of boot polish, you should be able to DIY.


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    Hi Guys,
    Redoing Steering wheels is not very difficult. I have done a few now, and every time they get better.

    One thing I have learned is not just try to sew leather to leather edges at the joint that you wrap around the wheel. It needs to be sown and a piece of cord put down in the sleeve you have made along the edge. This means when you sew together you are pulling on the cord, and can pull real hard to bring the 2 edges together, I also use 2 needles and thread at the same time.

    The picture is of a R5 G/A wheel done for my Dauphine. Made it a period look of "being done by hand" and with course grain leather, and light grey cord.
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    Don't know if this is of any help but came across this link a while ago ......
    http://www.uticolor.com.au/carpet.htm#3

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    I have recently done two myself with success.
    I buy a 1m x 20cm length of high grade, thin soft, stretchy black leather from an upholsterer ($30). Get a can of spray on contact adhesive, razor blade, sharp scissors. ensure the leather will go around the whole wheel and have the width for the inner sections too. Stretch the leather over, using the spray glue in sections, trim the inside join so that the leather meets. I then mix up araldite and mask that join up, then dab it in so that the join is sealed up. This way there is no fiddly sewing and its looks neat. If you are interested I can take a photo.

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    Thanks everyone for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isis View Post
    I have recently done two myself with success.
    I buy a 1m x 20cm length of high grade, thin soft, stretchy black leather from an upholsterer ($30). Get a can of spray on contact adhesive, razor blade, sharp scissors. ensure the leather will go around the whole wheel and have the width for the inner sections too. Stretch the leather over, using the spray glue in sections, trim the inside join so that the leather meets. I then mix up araldite and mask that join up, then dab it in so that the join is sealed up. This way there is no fiddly sewing and its looks neat. If you are interested I can take a photo.

    cheers
    "I will show you mine if you will show me yours"
    sounds interesting, lets have a photo, please
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    Brilliant!!!
    Added grip when it gets sun on it.


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    G'day,

    Pinky206cc had her steering wheel recovered in pink leather.

    I haven't seen her online for a while, but I'm sure she is still around.
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    Just buy a wheel off ebay.uk for around $100bucks ish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGRR View Post
    "I will show you mine if you will show me yours"
    sounds interesting, lets have a photo, please

    that must have taken you ages! did you run out of tape ?

    I will take photo for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isis View Post
    that must have taken you ages! did you run out of tape ?

    I will take photo for you.

    No I did not run out, it is great stuff, comes in all colours, can be mixed and the wheel gets "grippier" as the temperature increases (& it is cheap!).

    I await your pics
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    Peugeot 73' 504 Ti from new
    Peugeot 08' 407 Hdi Coupe from new

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    Peugeot 92' 205 Gti
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    Here are some pictures of a BX wheel I found on flickr a while ago, Looks professionally done. Good inspiration though.





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    I have done two R 5 G/A wheels & just took the wheel in to an upholstery firm and they measured & cut (fold-over tube at edges) and I punched some holes in the tube & sewed the cover on with thread I got from a boot repair guy. There is indeed an art to tensioning the threat & I just copied the system I learned from an after-market steering wheel glove instruction sheet years ago. cheers! Peter

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