Diy steering wheel refurb

Discussion in 'Interior and Audio' started by jimmybeattie, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. jimmybeattie

    jimmybeattie Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to share my experience and review of a steering wheel retrim I done.

    My steering wheel was like most 197's, peeling, worn leather and just looking awful. I looked into getting a pro retrim which would be about £150 and then while I was searching online I came across a post on a bmw forum about a company that supply custom fit covers that you sow on yourself. They were raving about them on that forum so I decided to give them a look.

    The site was steeringcover. Com and after I had sent a couple of questions I placed my order. Communication was excellent from them and the package arrived quite quickly.

    Now I have never done anything like this before and am certainly not a sower but after just a couple of hours I had a steering wheel that looked almost better than new. I am seriously impressed with the quality/price/ease of it all. Its never going to be as good as a pro retrim but for less than £20 is dam good

    Just thought I'd share incase it helps someone else out.

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  2. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    Location:
    Southampton
    Car:
    Racing Blue Clio 197
    Looks awesome mate fair play!

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  3. suj

    suj Paid Member

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    Location:
    Birmingham / Warwick
    Car:
    Nimbus Grey 197
    I've heard about these, but ones I seen didn't cover properly, yours looks really good and covers well.

    I am very tempted.

    A few questions
    * Did you use all the tape it says it comes with?
    * Was it extra for the stripe at the top?
    * Did you take the wheel off to do it, as some vids do it in situ?
    * Does the lower insert fit, do you know?

    Thanks
     
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  4. Mossy

    Mossy Paid Member

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    Too many
    That is brilliant mate :smile:

    Have you a direct link?
     
  5. suj

    suj Paid Member

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    Location:
    Birmingham / Warwick
    Car:
    Nimbus Grey 197
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  6. Phenom

    Phenom Paid Member

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    Location:
    West Sussex
    Car:
    Glacier White FF 200 Cup
    The most important question :laughing:
    Looking at it though I'm very tempted as already planning to go down retrim route
     
  7. jimmybeattie

    jimmybeattie Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Hi,
    I didn't use the tape at all. I had read reviews saying it made installing it more difficult and I can see why as the further round you sow you need to do some pulling/manouvering to get it right.

    Stripe at the top didn't cost any extra. I just placed my order then emailed them to say I would like it with the top stripe and the colour for it and the colour for the thread. You can choose between 4 colours I think.

    I just did it with the wheel still on the car. It might be easier off the car but it wasn't much of a hassle to be honest. Only needed to rotate the wheel round a couple of times.

    Not sure about the lower insert because I don't have one. How tight is it normally on the wheel?

    Cheers
     
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  8. jimmybeattie

    jimmybeattie Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    If anyone has a spare lying about that they want to send me I can easily try it
     
  9. suj

    suj Paid Member

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    842
    Location:
    Birmingham / Warwick
    Car:
    Nimbus Grey 197
    Thanks for the reply, yeah I just placed an order, I went red stitching and red band, so I'll also update once I fit mine, thanks for suggesting it, as it's not going to be as good as a Royal Steering Wheel refurb, but at 7.5x less, I don't expect it to be, I just am sick of my old wheel lol.
     
  10. jimmybeattie

    jimmybeattie Paid Member

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    Car:
    Clio 197
    Yeh that was my thinking exactly. For £20 it looks and feels a hell of a lot better than it was
     
  11. wootwoot

    wootwoot

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    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Car:
    Clio 197
    Where did you have to sew?

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  12. suj

    suj Paid Member

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    Location:
    Birmingham / Warwick
    Car:
    Nimbus Grey 197
    Go on the link and click installation from the menu, it has a video.
     
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