I have an 18'' steering wheel and would love to reduce it to 15''. I know there are companies that do this, but anyone pull it off on their own?
08-09-2011 02:44 PM
There are tons of aftermarket remedies for this. The problem is whether or not it's legal in your area or will even be noticed. In Texas, the books state "If the wheel is "visually" smaller" it fails.
Secondly, I rarely see any of the aftermarket hack jobs worth the effort. Sorry it wasn't what you wanted to hear.
08-11-2011 12:24 PM
I take it you want to retain the looks of the stock wheel? Depending on what the wheel is constructed off I would think a home built wheel would be hard to pull off....and still look decent. At 18" it sounds like an old timer, can you post a picture of it?
As a side note and as a retired Police ofcr. ....not from Texas mind you, I never heard of a smaller steering wheel infraction. I did cite a guy once for unsafe veh. section driving (???) his car with no steering wheel but had a pair of vise grips on his shaft. Made him park it until a tow rig came and picked it up.
08-11-2011 01:48 PM
I suppose the smaller wheel legality depends on which state, plus even though it's in our regs, I've never seen it enforced. It's still something to consider, though, as too many folks do mods uninformed and have to redo them to get an inspection. Of course, as an inspector, our regs don't always line up with DPS regs. Until a few months ago, window tint was a double standard - 20% for state inspection, 25% gets a ticket from DPS... :nono: And I was 1 to get one of those tickets after passing the state inspection at 22%.
08-11-2011 01:54 PM
I have a tiddly, 12" Grant wheel, at inspection time I swap it for the same style but two inches larger, quick swap with the Grant anti-theft hub. :thumbup:
08-11-2011 02:09 PM
I can't imagine those laws are for anything other busting guys with tiny steering wheels made with gold chains. I too would like to see a picture of the steering wheel in question though. Is it out of an old dumptruck or something? :P
08-11-2011 03:59 PM
reducing your steering wheel
I just built a 1938 chevrolet coupe. The original banjo steering wheel measured in at a truck like diameter of 17". I bought a 1974 Firebird steering wheel with a diameter of 15", then cut my old large rim off and laid the center banjo section on top of the firebird rim. The Firebird rim has a stiff rubber injected cover over the internal steel rim. I cut away enough of the rubber to expose the steel ring, and then using my cutoff wheel I cut deep slots in the rims so that the spokes fit in at correct spacing. I then mig welded across these three areas with four nice passes to secure it all together, then melted rubber to fill in the gaps that remained. My upholsterer then covered the wheel with leather. Original banjo wheel with a modern diameter and feel. Works and looks perfect!