MK2 Golf: Retrimming Leather Steering Wheel

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  1. Peter Forum Member

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    I am looking to have a standard MK2 Golf GTI wheel (large spline PAS wheel) retrimmed in Alcantara. I want it to be the same style and thickness as the OE leather wheel.

    Question is if you were to remove the leather covering is a leather wheel the same as a plastic wheel? (rim thickness, cutouts etc)

    The leather wheels seem to carry a large premium over the plastic wheel so if I could use a plastic wheel as a base that would save quite a lot.

    Thanks

    Pete
     
  2. rubjonny

    rubjonny Administrator Admin

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    it would end up a little thicker than a leather one and the joins between the leather and plastic sections wouldn't be flush if you get me but if that doesnt bother you and the job is done well they look fine.

    the corrado vr6 wheels can be had a fair bit cheaper they seem to be popping up quite regular these days if they are any interest to you
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    I've got one that needs re-trimmed I was planning to have a go myself but I found another for a great price and a friend is giving it a leather refurb for me. So I'll probably be getting rid of the other one since it's not like I'm short of things to do :lol:
     
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    heres a genuine leather wheel:
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    vs non-leather with a decent trim job (ignore the obvious aftermarket textured section, look at the joins to the spokes):
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  4. cupracraig

    cupracraig Paid Member Paid Member

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    for the cost of a retrim you can pick up a genuine lether one but the leather will be old and probably need some care
     
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    Thanks gents, the pics you kindly posted illustrate the issue I was wondering about, I'm really keen to get the look of the factory wheel (no step up in thickness from the inside of the spoke to the outside of the spoke) but in alcantara.

    I do have a leather wheel in the car currently which is in excellent order but it seems wrong to chop it up, the annoying part is this is the 2nd one I bought as the 1st one's leather was too worn (they were quite inexpensive 10+ years ago) , I'm sure I kept hold of it but I cant find it for the life of me.

    Slightly OT but the diagonal pattern on the horn push, I always had it in my mind that this was unique to the 16V and G60 but not sure that is correct? I had a 1989 8 valve gti in my teens and that had the plain horn push
     
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    its an age thing, the diagonal pattern type 191419669K is listed up to 89 then they switched to 191419669G smooth type according to ETKA. If you look at the 90 G60 brochure it still has the diagonal pattern push on there so its definitely not trim specific :)
     
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    Thanks again, that’s interesting to know. I prefer the plain one
     

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