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Old 05-21-2019, 05:55 PM #16
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Don't bother with the wheelskins, while they are decently priced they don't hold up well and don't particularly look amazing.

I'd also not bother re-wrapping your steering wheel or a junkyard one for 300+.

The best solution is to just pull a steering wheel out of a 2000+ Sienna, Camry or etc. (which is probably not going to be leather) and just be ok with it. Probably can pull one of them out of a junkyard for under 30 dollars and it'll provide a clean factory look. Perhaps its just a southern california thing but every steering wheel I found in a 3rd gen 4runner was trash out here (along with the front seats). The steering in the 96-97 4runner is significantly different than the one from 98-2002 though.
This feels a bit generalized. A lot of great options came up in this thread. Hard to say what option is best for an individual. The Camry junkyard approach is one option but not one that would fit me. Iím not much for the junkyard and I really hate PO boogers. And Camrys.
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This feels a bit generalized. A lot of great options came up in this thread. Hard to say what option is best for an individual. The Camry junkyard approach is one option but not one that would fit me. Iím not much for the junkyard and I really hate PO boogers. And Camrys.
What's wrong with using the junkyard? Clean the thing off? I'm sure you bought the car used anyways. Disinfect it, clean the heck out of a with a de-greaser, and continue on.

I don't see or understand the point of spending 300 dollars on a steering wheel to re-wrap it in leather when there's significantly cheaper options out there that are available. I'm not a fan of the wheelskin since it doesn't look that great and mine was already rough looking after a few years. That 300 dollars can easily go towards replacing your worn out driver's seat instead.

The reality is these 4runners probably aren't going to be worth a lot for a long time, they are a dime a dozen and I doubt people are going to spend 10-20k on a 200k+ mile plus one in 10 years from now.
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Anyone has a picture of the steering wheel with the leather removed?
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Anyone has a picture of the steering wheel with the leather removed?
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What's wrong with using the junkyard? Clean the thing off? I'm sure you bought the car used anyways. Disinfect it, clean the heck out of a with a de-greaser, and continue on.

I don't see or understand the point of spending 300 dollars on a steering wheel to re-wrap it in leather when there's significantly cheaper options out there that are available. I'm not a fan of the wheelskin since it doesn't look that great and mine was already rough looking after a few years. That 300 dollars can easily go towards replacing your worn out driver's seat instead.

The reality is these 4runners probably aren't going to be worth a lot for a long time, they are a dime a dozen and I doubt people are going to spend 10-20k on a 200k+ mile plus one in 10 years from now.
I was mostly being funny about the boogers. But some people want to pay for a full restoration and be proud of that, for me I clicked away $10 at Amazon from my sofa for a wrap which I'm very happy about. You went to the junkyard and you're stoked. My only point is there is a bunch of ways to get it done, hard to say there is a best way.
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I was mostly being funny about the boogers. But some people want to pay for a full restoration and be proud of that, for me I clicked away $10 at Amazon from my sofa for a wrap which I'm very happy about. You went to the junkyard and you're stoked. My only point is there is a bunch of ways to get it done, hard to say there is a best way.
I disagree, there's a level of fit and finish one should desire. It is also significantly more work to sew the needle through those things rather than swap the steering wheel.

If you want to throw a wheel cover on you're just better off going the cheap and easy route.

I had one of those wheelskins cover like you have and mine fell apart after about a 1 1/2 years and was significantly more expensive than the ebay one.

End up with Toyota quality and proper fit and finish for marginally more money.
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I think I will just remove the leather on the steering wheel and be happy with it and spend my money on other upgrades.
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I disagree, there's a level of fit and finish one should desire.
Well I agree with you there. I desired mine, you desired yours, they desired theirs. On some things I desire to not desire lol. Or even a desire to pull the cover off and be on their way like OP has decided. But no, a Camry wheel from junkyard is not best way for everyone because it worked for you. Disagree here, and that is okay. Iím not here to change your mind, but just as a reminder to those that contributed their ideas, itís all valuable information.

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It is also significantly more work to sew the needle through those things rather than swap the steering wheel.

If you want to throw a wheel cover on you're just better off going the cheap and easy route.

I had one of those wheelskins cover like you have and mine fell apart after about a 1 1/2 years and was significantly more expensive than the ebay one.

End up with Toyota quality and proper fit and finish for marginally more money.
I like mine, and if I get to sew another one on in 1.5 years, maybe Iíll try a new color. Or leave it. Maybe Iíll try better quality. Or throw down for full restoration in the spirit of fit n finish. Who knows maybe head for the junkyard and pull a used Camry wheel, but I doubt it. And no judgement to you for your choices. Nice to see you shared that option. My point for those that seek information, is that may not be best for everyone. Or maybe it is - thatís why I did not share my disagreement as a matter of fact.

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Anyone has a picture of the steering wheel with the leather removed?
This was a San Diego truck not garaged. The reptilian surface was under the factor cover that lost it's finish. Didn't expect that.

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This was a San Diego truck not garaged. The reptilian surface was under the factor cover that lost it's finish. Didn't expect that.

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Here is the Wheelskin after about 6 years. I got some harsh window cleaner on it not long after I installed it which started a chain reaction of the shiny top finish peeling off. I like it better matte tbh so I dont care. I took my time lacing it up and it is still super solid. No complaints.



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I don't see or understand the point of spending 300 dollars on a steering wheel to re-wrap it in leather when there's significantly cheaper options out there that are available.
That 300 dollars can easily go towards replacing your worn out driver's seat instead. .
It's my money I'll spend it to suit me!! as you do. I did the seats before wheel, ha.
3 of us mentioned craft customs proof it's a good place to do business is all that amounts to if OP chooses to go that route.
The OP was not asking to be told what to do, asking about options.
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It's my money I'll spend it to suit me!! as you do. I did the seats before wheel, ha.
3 of us mentioned craft customs proof it's a good place to do business is all that amounts to if OP chooses to go that route.
The OP was not asking to be told what to do, asking about options.
Sure by all means waste your money.

Frankly I don't understand why anyone wants to spend 300+ dollars to re-wrap a steering wheel in leather for a car that isn't going to increase its value for a long time if ever.

This isn't like replacing your seats where there's some level of comfort one can improve by doing so. Re-wrapping your steering wheel in leather doesn't benefit the driver in any real aspect and just costs money.
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@APhelps , all about quality of life. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a waste of money is in the hand of who's holding the wallet.
I budgeted so much for this ride I'm under budget so I get to splurge, thats called disposable income some have it some don't.
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Looks like I should get in the business of re-wrapping steering wheels.
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