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Hello all! New to the forum and a fresh Hyundai owner. Just purchased a SE elantra with a 6 speed. I have always wanted a aftermarket steering wheel but all my cars have always had lots of buttons. I have been searching the internet on the hub size and what I am going to need. Has anybody searched or looked into doing one on your car? Appreciate it everyone


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Assuming your SE doesn't already have one, an alternative you might want to look into would be a leather wrapped steering wheel. Not one of those cheesy covers, but one you stitch on yourself.

Wheelskins makes really high quality leather wraps. It will also make your wheel feel a little thicker. They are thick, quality leather - not like the cheap kits you'll find in auto parts stores.

I actually prefer the feel of my 2008 Sonata's Wheelskin leather wrapped steering wheel over the leather wheel that came with my Elantra.
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Hello all! New to the forum and a fresh Hyundai owner. Just purchased a SE elantra with a 6 speed. I have always wanted a aftermarket steering wheel but all my cars have always had lots of buttons. I have been searching the internet on the hub size and what I am going to need. Has anybody searched or looked into doing one on your car? Appreciate it everyone


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If considering a professionally re-wrapped leather wheel is your choice, @lovemysantafe removed his and sent it off to Dallas for a custom-wrapped wheel. And I DO MEAN "professionally-wrapped." By real leather craftsmen. About a 4-5 day turnaround from removal to return receipt. It looked as good as any high-end wheel you will ever see. By high-end, I'm talking Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley. That wheel belongs in that class of neighborhood. They offer a variety of leathers, colors, stitch design, stitch coloring, etc.

He will get this post alert and hopefully respond with the shop's link in a day, or so.

Until then, here's your homework; questions you have to ask yourself:

1. Do I want to invest $200-300+ in a professional rewrap?
2. Can I do without my ride for 4-5 days?
3. Do I know someone that can remove/reinstall my wheel w/o damage?
4. Lastly, this question will be a resounding "No!" -> Will Hyundai warrant the rewrap? Can you live with that?

EDIT: I found the link: http://dallassteeringwheel.com/

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Hey OP....

I'll settle this topic real fast. No! It's unlawful for a steering wheel replacement without an airbag when the car was produced to have one. You're looking for an aftermarket steering wheel which clearly that fits the profile of one.

If you're looking to wrap the steering wheel in some other type of leather/ material, then the mentioned help listed in the others posts will suffice. It would appear that's not what you were asking.

Just to drop a reference, these guys do some of the best work I've seen when it comes to wrapping a truly custom steering wheel wrap --->

Shift boot store - RedlineGoods leather shift boots

Dude, I bet you were looking into a Momo steering wheel. Eh...there's other companies out there that create more of a...eh, custom wheel. I've thought about doing it myself through a professional in terms of a carbon fiber wheel...but keeping within the rules of the law.
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I'll settle this topic real fast. No! It's unlawful for a steering wheel replacement without an airbag when the car was produced to have one. You're looking for an aftermarket steering wheel which clearly that fits the profile of one.
^ this, unless you're using this car exclusively off-road (race track vehicle only).


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I was going to mention the airbag concerns ...

Once and for all - is air bag removal illegal? - Honda-Tech

https://www.thirdgen.org/forums/inte...-steering.html

Personally, I thought is was legal for YOU to remove the airbag on YOUR personal vehicle if you wanted to. Now, you are talking about potential liability issues if you sell the car, allow someone else to drive it without informing them, or even if you yourself are injured in an accident and try to collect damage either from your or the other parties insurance.

READ: It's a bad idea, but I'm not positive whether or not it is illegal.


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READ: It's a bad idea, but I'm not positive whether or not it is illegal.
Hmm, you're right. Bad idea, indeed. But illegal? Not sure. Some states have safety inspections (NJ comes to mind) and the car absolutely would never pass without air bags.


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Illegal has different connotations as well - i.e. it's illegal for me to remove the catalytic converter, it's likely illegal for me to replace the headlights or taillights with LED's (non-DOT certified), it's illegal for me to live in Kennesaw and NOT own a gun, but ...

And it probably IS legal for me to drive after being awake for 30 hours, but it's also a bad idea ...


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Hmm, you're right. Bad idea, indeed. But illegal? Not sure. Some states have safety inspections (NJ comes to mind) and the car absolutely would never pass without air bags.
In the end game, this is something I won't be screwing around with. It's obvious which state I reside in. Cali is heavy on laws with motor vehicles...yet lane splitting is legal with motorcycles...wtf?

I've read a few places stating it's a felony. I really doubt the law goes that far. This would certainly suck to search for a new career all while explaining to a potential employer there's a felony on record al b/c of removing a device that held an airbag. ~silly laws~ again...I doubt it's a felony even though there's some online through a google search that were told something.

At one point I thought about replacing the front seats with bucket racing seats. Here we go again with the whole airbag laws considering the side bolster has a seat airbag in the OEM product. Geeez....

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Illegal has different connotations as well - i.e. it's illegal for me to remove the catalytic converter, it's likely illegal for me to replace the headlights or taillights with LED's (non-DOT certified), it's illegal for me to live in Kennesaw and NOT own a gun, but ...

And it probably IS legal for me to drive after being awake for 30 hours, but it's also a bad idea ...
Dude...I'm going to start calling you Analytical Tiger. I kid! I knew at some point you would give this topic consideration. It was awhile I read up on the airbag laws. The link below comes to mind even though the standards are different.

http://media.npr.org/documents/2008/oct/airbag.pdf

Still...if that is the law/statute considering those circumstances, I wouldn't be surprised the situation (consequences) considering the willingness to remove the airbag by means of replacing with an aftermarket product. It's better to stay clear of the idea as a whole.

As I said earlier, it's a better idea just to tweak the factory one cosmetically. <-- this is my intent for a future project.

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In the end game, this is something I won't be screwing around with. It's obvious which state I reside in. Cali is heavy on laws with motor vehicles...yet lane splitting is legal with motorcycles...wtf?
Not to drag this topic off-topic, but I'm absolutely stunned that's legal over there. Everything else seems to be illegal in terms of cars, but that's just downright dangerous IMO. People do it on the freeways here and get hit all of the time.

Anyway... interesting point about the seats. I've always wanted to bolt a set of Sparco's, Corbeau's or Recaro's into a car, but the airbag thing would stop me. I personally would just hate having that light illuminated on the dash. I hate any light being illuminated on the dash (aside from headlights/fog lights, other normal stuff, etc). I see so many Honda's with the air bag light on and it drives me nuts.


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