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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 20, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

My 68 Camaro came with a smaller modern steering wheel which I don't care for (the color, trivial I know). I know things like this are based upon preference, but I like the larger walnut steering wheel original look. Either way I am replacing the steering wheel.

Being new to the community I was wondering if there was a draw back that I did not know about the older larger wooden steering wheels that I could be educated on. Safety issues? Size benefits?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 20, 09:02 PM
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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

I like the factory stainless and walnut clad three spoke steering wheel. I don't like my dimmer on a stalk either. The only modern concession I will make is for pulse wipers (but that can be a sliding switch on the dash and still work as well). I hate padded horn buttons that won't blow the horn until you hit it hard enough to knock out George Foreman then the air bag goes off. That is my opinion on the subject.

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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

Originals were 17" *IIRC*. Sometimes there can be clearance issues getting in & out if you're a husky type or with aftermarket seats. Like these TMI "Sport Seats" with the extra side bolstering, I shortened the legs of the seats as it was too cramped sliding between the wheel and seat bolster. Of course a tilt column would solve that problem as well.


The aftermarket now offers a 16" reproduction of the wood wheels for 67-9. You can see it at Rick.s https://www.rickscamaros.com/camaro-...1967-1968.html , part # 33-180072-1.

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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

X2. Yes, if the wheel is oem it makes for a tight squeeze with your legs. On top of that, if you go with new seat foams I have seen many owners complain about the seating being higher up which reduces the space between the wheel and seat. A tilt column is almost a necessity in this modern time. Assess your "Leg Gap" with your current wheel, especially if you do not have a tilt column.

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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

I had to switch out to a 14" wheel myself. Ol' Thunder Thighs here just couldn't comfortably deal with the the large "old fashioned" wheel.
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I have a 15" wood wheel from Forever Sharpe. Absolutely love it. Great fit and finish and came with everything for the install.
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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

The new wood wheel from Ricks, and other vendors is really nice. Doesn't have the rivets like many do and it looks original. Great quality
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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

X3 Yeah same here. I have original seats and wheel. It's a pain getting in and out. Also while driving the wheel hits my thighs and is way too close for comfort. I feel like I'm in a NASCAR driver position.
I've been shopping for a replacement and will check out those at Rick's.
BTW, there is absolutely 0% wood in the original "wood" steering wheels.

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My original "walnut wheel" was way too big too. When I put in power steering I got this is a new Grant 930 steering wheel, stripped and re-finished to color match the '68 walnut interior parts, it fits the original mount hub and horn button The diameter is about 15" and has a shallower dish than the original.
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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

Certainly a preference on what style steering wheel so get what you like. Standard size steering wheel and larger driver can make getting in/out of the car awkward. Seat track extenders can help in that area and also using a smaller diameter steering wheel. My car came with a Grant wheel which I personally prefer over the stock wheel.

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I like the factory stainless and walnut clad three spoke steering wheel. I don't like my dimmer on a stalk either. The only modern concession I will make is for pulse wipers (but that can be a sliding switch on the dash and still work as well). I hate padded horn buttons that won't blow the horn until you hit it hard enough to knock out George Foreman then the air bag goes off. That is my opinion on the subject.

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I have a 15" wood wheel from Forever Sharpe. Absolutely love it. Great fit and finish and came with everything for the install.

Matt.....4am??? Really? Get some sleep....LOL. I saw the time date stamp on your photos. hahahhah

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Matt.....4am??? Really? Get some sleep....LOL. I saw the time date stamp on your photos. hahahhah
I'm posting at 3am. It's because 8pm is my bedtime.

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Re: wooden steering wheel vs modern steering wheel

Only thing I ran into on a 68 is the dish of the wheel. I did a Budnick wheel that had no dish and it was like my knuckles were hitting the dash. I ended up putting a factory three spoke wood wheel back in. Was way better.

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My original "walnut wheel" was way too big too. When I put in power steering I got this is a new Grant 930 steering wheel, stripped and re-finished to color match the '68 walnut interior parts, it fits the original mount hub and horn button The diameter is about 15" and has a shallower dish than the original.
Really like the looks of that and about the right diameter. Nice job on matching the wood grain. Was looking it up and seemed to be reasonably priced. About how much shallower than original ? You've got a tilt column there too, right ?

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