Fugly floormats, cheapo seat covers, goofy gauge locations—a lot of little things can screw up an otherwise nice interior. There is one part that stands out as the worst place to miss the mark, though: the steering wheel.
That’s because despite its relatively small size, the steering wheel dominates the interior and is the biggest thing your eye is drawn to. From a practical standpoint, you want a wheel that feels good in your hands for hours on end, or when gripped tightly while cornering. But it also needs to flow with the style and look of the rest of the interior.
Hundreds of choices are out there, but to help you zero in on the right wheel for your ride, we pulled together some of our favorite designs from 16 different sources. All of these companies have far more styles than we could possibly show you here, so if you’re not immediately in love with one of these, check out their websites for many more options!
There is one part that stands out as the worst place to miss the mark, though: the steering wheel.
Style: Formula Contrast
The 6061-T6 aluminum Formula Contrast is made in the United States and is available in either polish or black hard coat anodized finish. The steering wheels, leather Half-Wrap, horn button, and adapter are sold separately; check out the steering wheel visualizer on Billet Specialties’ website to build yours before you buy!
Diameter: 14 inches
Grip material: leather and billet aluminum
Contact: Billet Specialties; 800-245-5382; www.BilletSpecialties.com
Classic Performance Products (CPP)
The Tracker is machined from billet aluminum and then chromed for a beautiful shine. A black half wrap is standard. CPP also has 20 other wheels to choose from.
Diameter: 14 inches
Grip material: leather half wrap
Contact: Classic Performance Products (CPP); 714-522-2000; www.ClassicPerform.com
Style: Fiber Force
The subtle “D” shape of the billet aluminum Fiber Force wheel maximizes driver clearance for ingress and egress, especially with highly bolstered seats, while retaining an elegant look. Available in polished and satin finish.
Diameter: 13.4 inches
Grip material: leather and woven fiber
Contact: Flaming River; 800-648-8022; www.FlamingRiver.com
The Dragon is Budnik’s take on the classic four-spoke design. It’s CNC-cut from a 6061-T6 aluminum forging and the grips are available in nine different colors.
Diameter: 13.75 and 15.5 inches
Grip material: leather
Contact: Budnik Wheels; 714-892-1932; www.Budnik.com
Style: GT Competition
The retro-styled, polished 6061-T6 aluminum Competition wheel is available in two versions; 91-5142 is a 15-inch diameter wheel with a shallow 1-inch dish, 91-5342 has a 15-inch diameter with a deeper 3.125-inch dish. Custom logo horn buttons are available, including licensed GM and Ford.
Diameter: 15 inches
Grip Material: black foam cushion
Contact: GT Performance Products; 818-847-9611; www.GTPerformanceProducts.com
Style: Low Life
Each CNC-cut billet aluminum Low Life wheel is unique since it is hand-pinstriped over anodized ebony. Leather wraps are available in many custom colors.
Diameter: 14, 16, and 18 inches
Grip material: solid billet aluminum, Split Grip, and full leather wrap
Contact: Colorado Custom; 714-441-2498; www.ColoradoCustom.com
Eddie Motorsports’ 6061-T6 billet aluminum steering wheels are all CNC machined at their Southern California shop and can be purchased with a raw, highly polished, or in a variety of their Fusioncoat colors. GM adapters and horn buttons are available separately.
Diameter: 13.5 inches
Grip material: synthetic leather half wrap available in black, gray, tan, red, yellow, or custom leather or vinyl to match your interior
Contact: Eddie Motorsports; 888-813-1293; www.EddieMotorsports.com
Style: GT Rally
Patterned after the most popular rally car style, this subtle, solid three-spoke design works well for any performance-oriented car. A Grant installation kit is required.
Diameter: 14 inches
Grip material: molded cushion grip with a leather grained finish
Contact: Grant; 800-952-694; www.GrantProducts.com
…to help you zero in on the right wheel for your ride, we pulled together some of our favorite designs from 16 different sources.