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I have never liked the plastic feel of the XP1K steering wheel or how it did not make my grip any better with gloves on. Considered a new wheel every season...the $$$ and needing to get a special tool to remove the stock wheel just did not seem worth the effort. On a whim, I started searching for steering wheel covers that are stitched on, as I have used these with great satisfaction on my vehicles.

Have now used it on two Glamis trips with about 8 days of riding...and it not only feels good...looks good...it works excellent. Much better feel and grip.

For $9 and 45 minutes of my garage/music/beer time....a no brainier. Size small 14.1 in blue. If you want a perfectly tight fit, add one layer of grip tape or similar on wheel first, otherwise, just pull the needle good and tight and it is pretty darn good.

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I like this... but worry about mud, dust, water and sweat intrusion getting between the wheel and cover. Then potential of mold or yucky smells? I'm in the desert but still see water being a problem and not drying out completely or in a timely manner. Any comment on this?

ETA: These things weren't intended to be used on vehicles open to the elements, I don't believe. I could be wrong?
 

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I like this... but worry about mud, dust, water and sweat intrusion getting between the wheel and cover. Then potential of mold or yucky smells? I'm in the desert but still see water being a problem and not drying out completely or in a timely manner. Any comment on this?

ETA: These things weren't intended to be used on vehicles open to the elements, I don't believe. I could be wrong?
You make so good points that I did not even consider, likely as I only ride dunes and never when it is raining, rather just chill in the trailer. I guess it could get wet while sitting outside while I wait for weather to pass, but not much different than my seats getting wet. I just towel them off and I'm good to go.

I have obviously never experienced mold issues out here in very dry southern CA.
 

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I got me one on order so I'll find out soon enough if there are any issues... Thanks for the heads up. I think this may just work. I'm gonna try without grip tape and just the cover alone. We'll see...
 

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I ordered one up for testing in the humid and wet Midwest. I avoid mud but it will get wet with rain and washing. I imagine it will dry out fine. For $9 you can't go wrong.
 

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Just wondering if a leather waterproofing or seam sealer would help in protecting from the elements.
 

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Looks really nice. How hard is to take off and put on to clean in out ?

Never mind. Just looked at the rest of the pictures and you have sew it on. Looks pretty tight though. Still looks really cool.
 

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...Considered a new wheel every season...the $$$ and needing to get a special tool to remove the stock wheel just did not seem worth the effort....
Nice job, but no special puller needed. I got my factory wheel off with a makeshift puller fabbed by drilling 3 holes in a piece of angle iron, 2 - M6 screws, and an old bolt & nut I had laying around.... including the fab work, it took about 15 minutes total. I can’t beat $9 for the replacement, but I went with a alcantera/micro-suede wheel, and couldn’t be happier.
 

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Anyone going this route be sure to draw the strings very taught because I got 3 inches from being done and ran out of thread. I unthreaded it and could have gotten it done but found I liked the bare steering wheel better anyway and decided not to use the cover.
 

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Anyone going this route be sure to draw the strings very taught because I got 3 inches from being done and ran out of thread. I unthreaded it and could have gotten it done but found I liked the bare steering wheel better anyway and decided not to use the cover.
Did you thread continuous all the way around or stop and restart between each spoke?
 

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Continuous. Just followed the threading on one side on the backside when hitting the spokes. I double threaded, pull two pieces of thread at the same time.
 

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A puller is 20$ and you can get steering wheels for 40 to 100$ lol you are in the wrong hobby if that much money scares you.


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A puller is 20$ and you can get steering wheels for 40 to 100$ lol you are in the wrong hobby if that much money scares you.


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It's all about individual perspectives, priorities, time investments, and ultimately whatever brings self enjoyment/accomplishment/happiness. Me, I can go to the biggest off road show....and not buy a thing, and not because I cannot afford it. Many don't bother with forums like this, they find it a waste of time and have the perspective that if you cannot afford to have a certified professional work/modify your SXS/Boat/motorcyclist/etc, then you are in the wrong motor-sport. The great thing is, there is something for everyone in the U.S.A.
 

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Saw this and ordered the kit. I've tossed around the idea of a new steering wheel or even a heated unit, but this is exactly what I wanted.

Thanks for the heads up!
 

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Got mine installed this weekend. Here's some tips that might help you that I had to figure out on my own.

1. Start the installation and THEN start the beer drinking. NOT vice versa!
2. You're allowed to actually turn the steering wheel so you don't have to stand on your head in the floorboard to see under it. Also see number 1.
3. Make sure you're putting the string in from the same direction you just pulled it from to avoid it wrapping around the steering wheel multiple times during installation. Also see number 1.
4. Just go ahead and move anything you can out of the way such as harnesses and what not as to avoid having the loose string get caught on them multiple times during installation. Also see number 1.
5. Try to do it during the day and not at night so that you have plenty of light and you're not having to use one eye and squint to see where the thread needs to go next. Probably should see tip 1 on this.
6. Make sure to tie a good knot to the needle coming off the thread and falling through the drain hole in the floor board multiple times. Or you could just put the drain cover back in. See number 1. (Also, see tip 5 on how to restring the needle after it comes loose multiple times.)

I don't know how long it took me, but you should definitely be able to shorten the install time by just following tip 1. Have Fun!
 

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