[xj] Steering wheel covers

The steering wheel on my '85 XJ6 is getting shabby, plus its too thin for my
liking. Since I can’t afford a real wood wheel (my first choice), I would
like to put a leather cover on it, hopefully with some padding if this can
be accomplished correctly. Common covers in auto stores are not the right
size (the Jag wheel is 16" in diameter); I can order the correct size from
Wheelskins (in any diameter AND grip size); but they’re hesitant on the
padding issue. Has anyone done this successfully? (I don’t want a safety
issue!)

Thanks,
Bruce Paladino===================================================
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One thing you could do is to wrap the wheel in bandages before putting the
cover on. Get the Ace stretchable bandage that’s non slip. One of our
members used the bandage as a cover on the wheel of her S-type for running
a slalom and it worked fine. Very non-slip and I’d wager that the
wheelskins cover will go over it directly. Then you’d have a bit of padding
under the cover.
-Steve A.
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40-----------------

At 8:21 PM -0400 10/2/00, V-10 wrote:

The steering wheel on my '85 XJ6 is getting shabby, plus its too thin for my
liking. Since I can’t afford a real wood wheel (my first choice), I would
like to put a leather cover on it, hopefully with some padding if this can
be accomplished correctly. Common covers in auto stores are not the right
size (the Jag wheel is 16" in diameter); I can order the correct size from
Wheelskins (in any diameter AND grip size); but they’re hesitant on the
padding issue. Has anyone done this successfully? (I don’t want a safety
issue!)

Thanks,
Bruce Paladino

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Bruce-

I had the same situation on my black 85’ S3 XJ6 when I bought it in Aug
99-i.e., shabby steering wheel, and too thin for my grip (and I don’t have
especially large hands [and no comments from any of you comedians out
there-besides, I don’t need big hands-I have a Jaguar!]). I first bought a
nice black, leather cover at Kragens (I think it was in the $12-$15 range)
w/o my car there. It was the type that laced on; with the lacing NOT going
around the entire grip area of the wheel, but just thru the cover lacing
holes in the material at the rear of the steering wheel so they are not
visible. I didn’t want them to show if possible. It was not padded. Got it
home and found it was too small for the wheel, and that no matter how hard I
tried, it wouldn’t fit properly. Returned it to the store and got one of the
less expensive “holey” vinyl ones in black ($10 range), that laces around the
grip area of the wheel. I bought the more expensive, more highly padded
version (a couple of $$ more than the “regular version”), because I wanted
the extra grip size. At first I thought I wouldn’t like the lacing to show,
but have found that it hasn’t mattered to me. Since doing this over a year
ago, I have been very satisfied. The grip has been perfect for me, and if I
were faced with the same decision again, I would do the same thing again.
Now, however, thanks to a recent posting by a fellow lister, I’m in love with
the idea of redoing the center area of the steering wheel in wood (he posted
PICS to jag-lovers a while back-see if you can find them-very cool). Hope
you find this helpful.

Richard
Central Cal
85’ XJ6/S3/4.2

In a message dated 10/2/00 5:34:32 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
V-10@email.msn.com writes:> The steering wheel on my '85 XJ6 is getting shabby, plus its too thin for my

liking. Since I can’t afford a real wood wheel (my first choice), I would
like to put a leather cover on it, hopefully with some padding if this can
be accomplished correctly. Common covers in auto stores are not the right
size (the Jag wheel is 16" in diameter); I can order the correct size from
Wheelskins (in any diameter AND grip size); but they’re hesitant on the
padding issue. Has anyone done this successfully? (I don’t want a safety
issue!)

Thanks,
Bruce Paladino

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Bruce Paladino wrote:

The steering wheel on my '85 XJ6 is getting shabby, plus its too thin for
my
liking. Since I can’t afford a real wood wheel (my first choice), I would
like to put a leather cover on it, hopefully with some padding if this can
be accomplished correctly. Common covers in auto stores are not the right
size (the Jag wheel is 16" in diameter); I can order the correct size from
Wheelskins (in any diameter AND grip size); but they’re hesitant on the
padding issue. Has anyone done this successfully? (I don’t want a safety
issue!)

Thanks,
Bruce Paladino

Bruce - I used two inexpensive ($3) covers underneath a wider Wheelskins
cover. The inexpensive ones were trimmed with scissors such that they left
about a quarter inch gap on the inside diameter of the wheel. I stretched
them over the wheel without laces of any kind. Finally, the Wheelskin cover
was laced over the others. The laces fit into the groove and don’t protude
too much, giving the wheel a smoother feel. I used black which matches the
dash cover quite well - there are several colors available, including two
tones like black & tan (if you wanted to, I guess).

Walt Chrush
Kent, Washington USA
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the excellent ideas. I’ll make one of these work!
It’s great being able to use the ‘gray matter’ on this list…

Bruce Paladino
'85 XJ6----- Original Message -----
From: “V-10” <@V-10>
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Monday, October 02, 2000 8:21 PM
Subject: [xj] Steering wheel covers

The steering wheel on my '85 XJ6 is getting shabby, plus its too thin for
my
liking. Since I can’t afford a real wood wheel (my first choice), I would
like to put a leather cover on it, hopefully with some padding if this can
be accomplished correctly. Common covers in auto stores are not the right
size (the Jag wheel is 16" in diameter); I can order the correct size from
Wheelskins (in any diameter AND grip size); but they’re hesitant on the
padding issue. Has anyone done this successfully? (I don’t want a safety
issue!)

Thanks,
Bruce Paladino

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