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    Steering wheels... My airbag went off for no reason and now I need to replace the steering wheel. I am open for suggestions / advice. Any help on do's and don'ts are appreciated.
    Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
    TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

  • #2
    Were you in the car?

    Yikes.
    ~1992 240SX, SR20/Koni track day car
    ~2016 M3, daily driver

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    • #3
      Yes, I started an autocross run and boom! My arms have minor abrasions and burns on them. My thumb has a cut and bruise. It was extremely loud, smelled super nasty and jacked up the dash.
      Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
      TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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      • #4
        YouTube Video
        ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.


        A video from the guy behind me's gopro. It doesn't do the sound it made justice.
        Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
        TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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        • #5
          Are you looking for a new wheel with an airbag or an aftermarket one? I have an S15 wheel in my car I'd be willing to part with (more so now after seeing that video) if I could find a decent leather 330mm wheel with some dish.

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          • #6
            I have the stocker and a spare airbag if you want to stick with stock... color is the dark grey that I think was in 99% of these cars..

            I wonder about hazmat shipping though...

            But first, I'd try to figure out what happened so it doesn't happen again!
            Originally posted by SoSideways
            I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
            '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
            '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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            • #7
              I'm definitely looking for an aftermarket one. Interested in quick release. I'd like to quicken up the steering a bit so I was thinking a smaller diameter than stock. I know it isn't rocket science but there are always those little things that you don't think about till after you experience them.
              Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
              TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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              • #8
                How did you like the OE steering wheel placement depth? That is something to consider when shopping for wheels/hubs/QRs. The depth may change for better or worse depending on what you end up with. For instance if you get a dished wheel with a normal thickness hub, add on a QR, the wheel will be much closer to your body than OE spacing.

                If you liked the original depth, you probably want a slim hub, QR, and a flat or close to flat wheel.

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                • #9
                  Yeah, what he said. I had a OMP wheel in my car for a while, but it was completely flat. Used a MOMO hub adapater (non-quick release). I still have the hub adapter if you want it. I sell you good price.

                  Even with the ~3" hub adapter, the flat wheel sat farther from me, and I routinely bumped the turn signal and wiper stalk under quick movement situations like autoX

                  If you want a quick release, then remember it's about 1.5" thick, but depending on the type you get, they may be a lot less.

                  Cliff's notes: pay close attention to the dish/depth/thickness of all the parts you're looking to buy.
                  Originally posted by SoSideways
                  I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                  '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                  '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gawdzilla View Post
                    How did you like the OE steering wheel placement depth? That is something to consider when shopping for wheels/hubs/QRs. The depth may change for better or worse depending on what you end up with. For instance if you get a dished wheel with a normal thickness hub, add on a QR, the wheel will be much closer to your body than OE spacing.

                    If you liked the original depth, you probably want a slim hub, QR, and a flat or close to flat wheel.
                    This.

                    I went with an NRG short hub and qr and a momo corsa (practically flat) and it's a bit too far for me but I have long ass monkey arms.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Beejis60 View Post
                      This.

                      I went with an NRG short hub and qr and a momo corsa (practically flat) and it's a bit too far for me but I have long ass monkey arms.
                      Thanks! This is what I was looking for. Anyone happy with a particular set up? I wouldn't mind it being slightly closer than the stock one. I have monkey arms as well but have to move the seat back further than I'd like.


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                      Chicago Region SCCA SM # 688 http://www.scca-chicago.com
                      TSSCC SM # 688 http://www.tsscc.org

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                      • #12
                        I tried to find a good reference point to take a measurement from... But on my S14 i hooked my measuring tape into the bottom of the clear plastic of the gauge cluster and extended it out to the wheel. When i look through the front windshield and square up the wheel top and bottom i am at 12.75". Not a scientific measurement but u get an idea. I guess that also changes if you tilt the wheel.

                        A second reference measurement from the starting top of the steering column plastic OEM clamshell to the end of the steering wheel measured at just about 11".

                        My steering wheel is spaced closer to the driver by a decent bit, but I can still barely keep my left hand on the wheel and flip the turn signal. Distance from wheel to center of the tip of the turn signal stalk (lol does that even make sense?) is 5 3/8"


                        My setup is NRG slim hub, NRG QR, and sparco wheel with a 63mm dish. Hope that helps! I like my setup and it keeps my hands from whacking the wipers or turn signal when i get a nice tank slapper, haha.
                        Last edited by gawdzilla; 08-05-2013, 08:21 PM.

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                        • #13
                          I have some Momo wheel on a car that I am building that wont be done for a while. It is pretty much flat, but a bit ricey looking. It also has a hub on it, but I'm not sure if it will work on your s14. If it all does work, and you want it its yours, just put some other wheel on there for me so I can steer the car when moving it around.

                          I also have a non stock steering wheel set up in my current S13 that's quite a bit closer than the stock set up. You can sit in the car and see how you like the feel if you would like to get a starting point or something. (I am local to you)

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                          • #14
                            I run momo hubs, nrg regular length qr and sparco 345 steering wheels in both of my s13s. I'm tall enough that it's about the only way to get comfortable and I like a close steering wheel.

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                            • #15
                              I tried momo hub, nrq regular QR, and the same wheel with 63mm dish. It was too close for my liking. The cheapest thing to replace was the hub, so I bought the nrg slim hub to solve the problem. IMO if you go with a momo hub, regular nrg QR, and a flat wheel you will probably be ok with spacing.

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