Steering wheel options

Started by Mr2highpeak, July 9, 2022, 22:11

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Mr2highpeak

Hi all I'm looking for a steering wheel smaller in diameter than the original one. This is because I'm quite tall and I'm finding it difficult to drive the car without catching my legs with the steering wheel. My question is what do I need to change it and where's my best bet finding a suitable replacement.


SuperArt

I am not that tall at 5'11" and also despair at the lack of knee room.
The worst part is the non-telescopic steering wheel which means once I get my legs the right distance away from the pedals so they are neither too bowed nor too stretched, I'm having to sit bolt upright so I'm not having to drive with my fingertips.

Go knows how six footers get around this problem, I'd like to know as this is one of the most fun cars on a short drive but also one of the worst cars to drive anywhere for longer than 30mins.

1979scotte

Somebody paid to have the stock wheel flattened. On the bottom. Supposedly helps the taller folk.
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Alex Knight

350mm wheel in mine is perfect.

IIRC, the standard wheel is 360mm.

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Mr2highpeak

Quote from: SuperArt on July  9, 2022, 23:33I am not that tall at 5'11" and also despair at the lack of knee room.
The worst part is the non-telescopic steering wheel which means once I get my legs the right distance away from the pedals so they are neither too bowed nor too stretched, I'm having to sit bolt upright so I'm not having to drive with my fingertips.

Go knows how six footers get around this problem, I'd like to know as this is one of the most fun cars on a short drive but also one of the worst cars to drive anywhere for longer than 30mins.
well I'm 6'4 and I love the car but unfortunately struggling to drive it longer than 30 minutes before my back hurts and lack of leg room. The last throw of the dice is to change the steering wheel for a smaller on to see if that helps.

Mr2highpeak

Some nice options above, but too expensive for me and they are not smaller in diameter. When I turn the steering wheel my hands will still catch my legs.

Topdownman

I have heard people take off the door handle to give more room, you could take off the door card and see if this works for you before spending time trying to design a new handle?
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Petrus

#9
I am 185 and have no issues despite not sitting all that far backwards. My steering wheel is Sparco San Remo (355 mm) on a (standard hight) Momo hub.
Depending on your preferred seating position; if you sit a bit backwards, it may help to get a steering wheel which protrudes a bit closer towards you.


Iain

Momo steering boss, comes with horn and airbag resistor wiring. Most aftermarket wheels will fit it.

I went down to a 330mm, perfect for me.

Be aware it does make the steering heavier the smaller you go.

Petrus

Quote from: Iain on July 10, 2022, 10:18Be aware it does make the steering heavier the smaller you go.

Try delete the p.a.s.  ;D

Gibla

Quote from: Iain on July 10, 2022, 10:18Momo steering boss, comes with horn and airbag resistor wiring. Most aftermarket wheels will fit it.

I went down to a 330mm, perfect for me.

Be aware it does make the steering heavier the smaller you go.

Snap to the above, what I did find though is that I was unable to see the top of the instrument panel especially the indicators. As our cars seem to have a particularly silent indicator warning buzzer I installed something along these lines to augment that
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252651891201 < works perfectly,such that a smaller tactile steering wheel complements the driving experience (I have a combo of Momo, Nardi, Personal wheels in use)
stock 2001 green MR-S
stock 2003 solar yellow(currently for Sale, but ....)

SuperArt

#13
Have a read of this. You can gain leg room a different way.
http://www.eatsleeptinker.com/2013/05/25/lotus-elise-seats-in-a-toyota-mr2-spyder/

Iain

Quote from: Gibla on July 10, 2022, 11:31Snap to the above, what I did find though is that I was unable to see the top of the instrument panel especially the indicators.

This is a very valid point. Not being able to see speedo/revs etc on a daily would be a problem or annoyance. Mine is just for track work and i can see the red line which is all that matters 😃

Bossworld

I went 300mm, was a beautiful weighted feel albeit a little like an old arcade cabinet. I'm 6' 2" and a (lazy) triathlete and the MR2 + running was absolutely killing my hip flexors, if that's the right muscle name, because the need to tilt your foot to brake.

If you're going to swap, usual caveats about removing a safety device like an airbag, although at ~20 years old it's debatable as to whether it'll still fire as expected.

Please buy a proper branded boss, not the cheap crap from AliExpress or similar, you want something that would collapse in a crash.

Momo boss and OMP Trecento Uno wheel



Hmm my IMGBB links aren't showing, try https://i.ibb.co/jyftgy1/IMG-0327.jpg

Mr2highpeak

Quote from: Bossworld on July 11, 2022, 15:35I went 300mm, was a beautiful weighted feel albeit a little like an old arcade cabinet. I'm 6' 2" and a (lazy) triathlete and the MR2 + running was absolutely killing my hip flexors, if that's the right muscle name, because the need to tilt your foot to brake.

If you're going to swap, usual caveats about removing a safety device like an airbag, although at ~20 years old it's debatable as to whether it'll still fire as expected.

Please buy a proper branded boss, not the cheap crap from AliExpress or similar, you want something that would collapse in a crash.

Momo boss and OMP Trecento Uno wheel



Hmm my IMGBB links aren't showing, try https://i.ibb.co/jyftgy1/IMG-0327.jpg
Now that looks good.
Dont suppose you could send me a link for that particular steering wheel?

Ardent

Have bought a hkb boss. A wheel is on its way.

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Bossworld

Quote from: Mr2highpeak on July 11, 2022, 16:22Now that looks good.
Dont suppose you could send me a link for that particular steering wheel?

My review appears on this page but it looks like Amazon may have updated the enlisting to accommodate several models. Model name is in my post above though, might be worth shopping around to see if it's cheaper elsewhere

OMP OMPOD/1989/NN Steering Wheel, Black https://amzn.eu/d/7SQMTyu

Petrus

Quote from: Ardent on July 11, 2022, 16:46Have bought a hkb boss. A wheel is on its way.

Which one did you pounce on in the end?

Ardent


Petrus

#22
Quote from: Ardent on July 11, 2022, 21:36I prefer yours but have gone with this.
(For now)
https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/14-wood-rim-steering-wheel-70mm-pcd

NICE!!! Jason  8)
I really REALLY like the wooden steering wheel in the Spyder.

Here´s another snap of mine with the chrome accents and tonneau dash studs; does not get more classic no?!




Looked at those you link to (and other wood ones) as well. Just about same diameter as the stock one.
Very attractively priced but the thinner rim and higher placed spokes on these ´classics´ had me spend the extra on the San Remo. The perspective is that I deleted the p.a.s. so am a tiny bit more demanding on the feel of the rim  :-*

Hope you like it!

Ardent

HAve gone for the 14" option. Nearly ordered both 13 and 14.

It's the rim diameter that is the biggest ???

This is where online fails.
What does it feel like in the hand.

Same with cameras.

Petrus

Quote from: Ardent on July 12, 2022, 08:41What does it feel like in the hand.

Fingers crossed. Figuratively  ;)