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The other thread about aftermarket steering wheels is awesome. Instead of cluttering that one up about stock, from the factory wheels, I decided to start one here. What are your favorite factory-issued wheels? What have you plucked from the junkyard and plopped on something else?
To me, a few wheels come to mind right away:
2002-03 Subaru WRX Momo wheel:
Loved this one. A little big, but fit my big hands and sausage fingers well.
Early 1990's Cavalier "Sport" wheel:
This one was an easy swap into the G-Body, A-Body, X-Body, and F-Body cars. Cheap at the junkyards and the right size!
1970-81 Pontiac Formula wheel:
The earlier ones are fatter and I like them better, but they are all cool. Lecarra now makes a really nice reproduction that's leather wrapped. I can't wait to get one for my Trans Am when the time comes, as mine is getting gross.
What are your favorites?
1962 Pontiac Catalina.
Terrible picture, but J-Spec MX6 M-Edition wheel.
Doesn't look terribly special, but leather wrapped, big fat "rim," and the humps things on the side where your hand is supposed to go.
For sheer opulence: Imperial
One of these would complement my Valiant's interior: '72 or so Dodge Rallye:
In the same vein of the Trans Am wheel above... Only problem I have with this wheel is no horn button. Horn operates by pushing the turn signal lever into the column....
1968 Chevrolet SS wheels.
Audi sport steering wheel. 1997 vintage from an A4.
I am a fan of the 60's Chevy wood wheels:
Not the best wheel, but they sure are purdy'
Oddly enough, the VW Passat. Also appears in Audi trim in the S6.
2013 focus wheel.....
EVO 9. my fav.
Really liked the wheel out of the recent GTI
Gotta put a vote in for the Citroen wheel.
Always thought the late 80's Bonneville was funky.
Subie XT too...
Personal favorite that I owned was probably my Mini Cooper S.
I like the wheel that Honda used across a good portion of their line-up in the early 00's
The wheel in the S2000, Insight, RSX, Civic, and whatever else.
There's just something about that wheel that was super comfy for distance driving.
I liked the steering wheel feel in our '05 Saab 92x (Saabaru) a lot, but this one is my favorite:
1964 Chrysler New Yorker
We had one when I was a kid and I loved the oval/rectangular wheel (and the symmetric dash behind it).
Mopar Tuff Wheel: I put one in my wife's Challenger, and our Road Runner came with one.
My Shelby Dak has the same wheel as the CSX above. Haven't had that truck roadworthy yet, but I'm sure I'll like the wheel.
The Malibu I had in high school had that same Chevy wheel as what Bobzilla posted. I pulled it and installed a Vega GT wheel: I really liked that wheel, but the horn button was causing problems. Like shorting itself while pulling into a church parking lot. As if all the old people didn't already think I was trouble...
Citroen as posted above, but older.
crappy pic of the reproduction early 70's wheel that a few different Chevies got.. this was in my 71 Nova:
i don't have a pic, but that wheel replaced one out of an 80ish Chevette that also looked pretty cool and was comfy. i think the same wheel was put in Monzas and what not.
but my favorite is the Lumina Euro/Z34 wheel. it's similar to- but not identical to- the wheels put in Z24 Cavvies in the early 90's. here's the one i've had in several vehicles, as it looked when driving my 74 Monte Carlo:
i once had a 79 Mustang Ghia steering wheel in my 66 Ford truck... that was a pretty cool wheel, too.
I have always loved the four spoke SA/FB RX-7 steering wheels. The two spoke S model ones on the 79-80 models were pretty lame looking, but the 4-spoke ones are great. Very simple, but elegant.
I've been pretty happy with this one.
Ford T-Bird SC.
Ford fr500 wheel for the 99-04 mustang. Great feel and kept the factory airbag.
it is a shame that car makers don't seem to offer optional wheels anymore
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