Has anyone found a smaller 4 spoke steering wheel suitable for a 140? I am using an E type wheel now for some gain but really want one that looks more correct. I have heard of people having the whole wheel remade smaller but no idea where it was done.
There are many on the market that fit on the original hub, guiybroad is one of the (no affiliation), Limora and SNG.
I have a 4 spoke, leather wrapped wheel from Motolita. Similar to the one in the picture.
you can order direct from www. moto-lita.co.uk They a number of options… including wood. 14, 15 and 16 in wheels available. Might be a little bit cheaper than from one of the suppliers.
This is the 2 inch smaller wheel on my XK120, I recall getting it from Welsh. Much more leg room, certainly harder to turn at parking speeds.
simple…classic…the Moto Lita, either in 4 spoke , or 3 spoke. Was available similar in period. It will take some fiddling t o use the dome horn button and to have it hooked up, and same if you wish to include the turn signals , I just put both on the dash, discreetly. It also mounts closer to the dash. Add the shorter brake and clutch pedal rods from Bassett and your are comfy.
How heavy is the steering with the smaller wheel?
This one looks most correct. I like the thinner rim and overall it copies the original look. I think the splines in the hub might not be the same for 120 and 140. How long ago did Welsh offer them?
My photo has a date stamp of 2018. But I think I’ve seen these at other suppliers. Its a common “problem”.
The steering is OK, my wife struggles with it if parking.
Our XK120 is Lavender Gray. We are the second owners and it had original paint so the color match is exact…
I’ve had the smaller diameter Mota-Lita wood rim 4 spoke wheel and extended boss kit on my car since 2015. The only time I have noticed an increase in steering effort is backing up my driveway and into the garage if I have to negotiate around a parked car. Other than that, once mobile, it’s fine.
steering effort has never ever crossed my mind…with either steering wheel…if I am now forced to think of it…ok…a little heavy in very slow tight maneuvers…I guess it depends if you frequently lift a few dumbel weights or not…or have had arm/shoulder injuries…if so, put the tire pressure at 34 cold. I have never ever, nor will…park where I have to be that close to other cars…except in car show line up.
That one would certainly be my choice, and in an XK! That’s a nice looking wheel.
to me…the 4 spoke seems the one for the XK, the 3 spoke for E type and later, other cars.