A rethorical question, of course... But the answer is: not much in an R/T, and even less in the backseat (only the seating surfaces, if that). And if my steering wheel IS leather, I'd like to see the animal it came from!
Ideally, I'd want the feel from those old vynil covers with the cord wrapped around them like every cab has.
I had one in my '73 Challenger back in the day and it was awesome feeling and I thought very cool looking. I have actually given it some thought as I still remember the feel of that vinyl and the cord buzzing my hand on return to center. Yeah that first one still lives in my heart.
OK, Nancy moment over.
2010 Challenger R/T 27F
Tremec six speed w/Track Pack and SSE
Mopar cold air kit
Mopar long IAT sensor
Mopar functional hood scoops
Mopar strut tower brace
Mopar performance sway bars
Mopar hood struts
Mopar door sills
Mopar splash guards
Mopar Challenger-R/T emblems-grill, rear spoiler
Custom dash emblem by Nate
Ziebarted and undercoated
Mopar big smile on face
At this point I would tend to agree with deranged because I used that stupid 'Superior' cover in 2 cars back in the day and it did work like a charm in terms of control and comfort. Oh, it conjures up images of middle eastern taxicabs today, but I don't really care and miss the ability to steer one-handed so easily. The Challenger's steering is light enough for that - I just need a little more traction is all.
That's an awesome wheel, 2011Cuda, and probably great for the track. I initially looked into this kinda swap when I was only researching the R/T. How's the feel (without gloves and besides the straight line hold)?
After just buying the car last week I'm too broke and have too long a list of mods to consider spending hundreds right now on something that could be so easily fixed, though. I'm really looking for a simple cover, to be honest.
this is going to sound stupid.. and I personally wouldn't do it to my new Challenger once I get it but I did a "string wrapped" steering wheel in my Chevy Pick-Up and I really like it. very easy to hold on to, I got the idea from my 78 Z28 with a "simulated string wrapped steering wheel". done right it might look cool in a Challenger.
I wouldn't exactly do that, but it's far from stupid. Looks-wise I think it would work better with a round cover like the SRT's than with the modern (minivan) one I have in the R/T, but it reminds me of the rubber bands wrapped around gun butts so the pieces stay put in the waistband. Ghetto and nobody does that today, but it worked. Steering with two hands is good for the track or the driver's license exam. In the real world and in traffic, one of the guilty pleasures of driving RWD cars for me is steering with the throttle while correcting at the wheel with very light effort and great precision. I find my hands to slip when doing that with stock rims. Too hard and slick.
I told someone I "string wrapped" my steering wheel and I sure got some funny looks.. but then again I'm just old enough to remember some of the old "Rods" back in the 60's and this was a common practice at one time.
I updated it with color coordinated string, charcoal in fact. it sure makes it grippy. costs $8 for the string.
Looks like a lot of work, diver88! Probably very effective, though. Another aspect I haven't mentioned is that I have germaphobic tendencies and regularly wipe down seats, steering wheel, handles, etc. with rubbing alcohol. This makes me prefer vinyl to leather, obviously, and I stay away from cloth, foam, and cords because that'll get funky. I know, I know...
I just ordered 2 of those Superior covers from Amazon: they're disappearing fast from stores and so cheap that it's worth a try. If I decide that I can't do this to my Challenger I think I'll pay a visit to my local upholstery shop for suggestions. But some Amazon reviewers (presumably older) have used them on many cars (including muscle cars) and swear by them, like deranged and I do, so I'll give it a shot. I think it's one of those things that have nothing wrong with them, but just fall out of favor and get replaced by inferior products as time goes by. I may raise eyebrows with that one, but I'm used to that.
Last edited by USRWDV8; 11-29-2012 at 11:33 AM.
hopefully those will work for you, like I said... I couldn't do the string thing to a new Challenger myself but it works great on my daily driver, and yes it was about 2 hours of torture getting it straight and tight, and clearcoated.
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