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Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby nc4me » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:35 am

When looking for a wheel, do I need to consider anything when it comes to installation or are they universal and all wheels will mount to steering column?

Also, are there any wheels that allow you to retain the horn? I don't care about the airbag, but I'd like to keep the horn if possible and what is the stock size wheel? Do most guys run the stock size or a little smaller and what are the advantages and disadvantages of either choice?

Finally, If you currently run an aftermarket wheel, can you please post what kind and where you purchased it from.

Thanks for any replies.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby rpmchris » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:02 pm

I have the Sparco 383 and LOVE IT. My car is prepped for CSP autocross, so I can lose the airbag AND the horn, which I did. The horn button I have (although not required for CSP) is not connected...I just drive it very carefully and am super defensive.

I also installed a Sparco hub extension in addition to the Sparco hub.

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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby Brian » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:34 pm

That's a HOT interior Chris!
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby MX-5 Track Dog » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:19 pm

Chris,

Where did you get the Sparco hub and extension? Looks like the Sparco is about $100 cheaper than the OMP wheel.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby nc4me » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:36 pm

rpmchris wrote:I have the Sparco 383 and LOVE IT. My car is prepped for CSP autocross, so I can lose the airbag AND the horn, which I did. The horn button I have (although not required for CSP) is not connected...I just drive it very carefully and am super defensive.

I also installed a Sparco hub extension in addition to the Sparco hub.

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New stainless steel shift knob by rpmchris, on Flickr

So with this wheel, you can use the factory horn if you want to?

Also, where did you get the hub and extension from? I love the look and want one of these.

One last thing. Can you please give part numbers if you have them handy.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby papdoc » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:24 am

Here is the illustrated DIY installation of my OMP steering wheel:

http://blog.trackmiata.gr/?p=132

Google translate will help with Greek:

http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... 32&act=url

The horn is functional, and the specific cone came with a resistor plug, to keep the airbag warning light off.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby rpmchris » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:47 pm

My codriver last year at Nats said this was the best mod I'd done! It's the perfect shape, and the suede feels so good.

Don't remember where I got it - I just shopped for the best prices on Amazon. The horn button can be made to work with a little effort. And, I thought I'd miss the cruise control, but I don't that much. Getting closer to a race car every day.

Sparco 383 - 015R383P
Steering wheel hub adaptor - 01502095
Spacer - 01595ANR (black - also available in silver, blue, red, and chrome)

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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby rpmchris » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:53 pm

Brian wrote:That's a HOT interior Chris!

Thanks! I'm thinking the silver roll bar might look really good in there.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby mitchman » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:15 pm

Are those doors without speakers? It looks like there are no speaker grills. How did you do that?
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby jboemler » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:30 pm

The grilles are right there in the photos. Yours may have the silver rings, Chris' don't.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby rpmchris » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:35 am

Only the GT came with silver rings around the speakers, IIRC.

BTW - there are no speakers behind those grills. I had installed a really nice (and powerful) Alpine system with component speakers and crossovers, a HUGE (and heavy) amp, and an iPod-controlling head unit. It's all gone now, except for the factory wiring (which must stay according to *SP rules).
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby mauro.luca » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:23 pm

rpmchris wrote:My codriver last year at Nats said this was the best mod I'd done! It's the perfect shape, and the suede feels so good.

Don't remember where I got it - I just shopped for the best prices on Amazon. The horn button can be made to work with a little effort. And, I thought I'd miss the cruise control, but I don't that much. Getting closer to a race car every day.

Sparco 383 - 015R383P
Steering wheel hub adaptor - 01502095
Spacer - 01595ANR (black - also available in silver, blue, red, and chrome)

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Hello, sorry I wanted to ask if the return system of turn signals work?, And I can tell the measure of the length of the hub and the extension, separated.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby nc4me » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:12 am

rpmchris wrote:My codriver last year at Nats said this was the best mod I'd done! It's the perfect shape, and the suede feels so good.

Don't remember where I got it - I just shopped for the best prices on Amazon. The horn button can be made to work with a little effort. And, I thought I'd miss the cruise control, but I don't that much. Getting closer to a race car every day.

Sparco 383 - 015R383P
Steering wheel hub adaptor - 01502095
Spacer - 01595ANR (black - also available in silver, blue, red, and chrome)

:D

One last thing. Were you able to swap over the clock spring for the turn signals to function normally with this hub adapter?
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby rpmchris » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:25 am

Yes, and the signals work fine.

Also, I got the spacer because the wheel (with only the Sparco hub) was a little farther forward than stock and I was fearful I'd "foul" the turn signal/lights and windshield wiper stalks during autocross runs. With the spacer, no issues. It's a bit more of a reach to signal now, but totally do-able in everyday driving.

On a side note, I now have the Sparco 300 wheel, which is smaller in diameter (but not less thick). The 383 is better for all-around driving, but the 300 minimizes hand/arm motions in autocross.
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Re: Questions about aftermarket steering wheels for NC

Postby jboemler » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:00 pm

The turn signal wires don't go through the clock spring anyway.
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