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Steering wheel size by stashu11
Started on: 06-18-2018 08:35 PM
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Last post by: stashu11 on 06-21-2018 11:47 AM
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Report this Post06-18-2018 08:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for stashu11Click Here to Email stashu11Send a Private Message to stashu11Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm thinking about replacing my 88 Formula steering wheel with Momo. My question is whether I should get a 320mm, or a 350mm. Would a 320mm make it harder to steer without power steering? Thanks for any thoughts.
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Report this Post06-18-2018 10:00 PM Click Here to See the Profile for theogreClick Here to visit theogre's HomePageSend a Private Message to theogreEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
w/o PS...
Smaller SW then OE will make harder to steer, more so at low speeds, backing up or parking.
Can be easier to get ripped out of your hand(s) hitting a pothole etc too.

Smaller you get the bigger problems.

350 is ~13.8
320 is ~12.6
Difference is ~1.2" diameter so could be noticeable for extra effort needed to many but others won't care.
I had 11" SW many years ago and very hard to park but Not nearly as bad as 10" or 8" SW. (Those are illegal in some places.)

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Report this Post06-18-2018 10:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for viperineClick Here to Email viperineSend a Private Message to viperineEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
320mm = 12.59 inches
350mm = 13.77 inches

Both will add considerably tougher steering effort in comparison to the stock wheel (15" I believe?)

The driving feels sportier, but you will soon tire of parking the car.

I ditched the smaller grant wheel my 87 GT came with, in favor of a freshly recovered GT factory wheel. I'll never bother with aftermarket wheels again.

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On the opposite side of the spectrum from above......
I put a Firebird steering wheel in my Fiero. It is about 1.5" larger in diameter. When I took it for the first drive, and was backing out of the driveway it felt as if I had power steering I May be exaggerating a little bit.... but it made a BIG difference in how easy it is to turn the wheel while stopped or at very low speeds.

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Report this Post06-19-2018 12:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for pmbrunelleClick Here to Email pmbrunelleSend a Private Message to pmbrunelleEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Don't forget that a smaller steering wheel may obstruct your view of the gauges.

You can simulate this easily; perhaps tape some paper strips to the inside of your stock steering wheel.
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Report this Post06-19-2018 02:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for La fieraSend a Private Message to La fieraEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have a 13' Grant in mine now and the one thing I like the most is that I don't have to put that much circumference distance when crossing my hands while turning. With the stock steering wheel my shoulders were involved more, now is more of my elbows and wrists. Granted, I have to put a bit of more effort at lower speeds but at higher speeds for fast corrections and sports car feel the smaller wheel is desirable.
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Report this Post06-21-2018 11:47 AM Click Here to See the Profile for stashu11Click Here to Email stashu11Send a Private Message to stashu11Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for all the feedback. I ended up going with Momo 350mm. I haven't installed it yet, but I'm sure I'll be happy with it.
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