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So... for the uninitiated, I've been sharing images of my cab with the forum, to demonstrate possibilities of dash configurations and technology installation. I've got under-dash gauges, a touch-screen head unit, a chip, a tablet with Torque up and running, and a pretty nice aftermarket cup holder, milkshake-catching floor mats (long story), etc... which should draw all the attention - but that's not the case.
The beloved brotherhood notices not the hundreds of dollars worth of gee-whiz and fireworks - but they instead thoroughly flog me over the condition of my steering wheel. I must have at least ten grand worth of gofast under the hood that can turn knuckles white - but everybody's sweating what's under my knuckles. The condition of the freaking steering wheel adds (or subtracts, in this case) nothing to the drivability, performance, economy, or functionality of the truck - nor does it augment (or take away from) the features or creature comforts. It's freaking bling.
So... I've flipped the Buck$Zooka to full-auto lately, and I figured I'd throw a little bling in there while I was in that mode. I have a whole host of very boring-looking stuff going in the truck (can you say fuel line check valves?), but I'm going to share this as I take breaks from my weekend of wrenching.
Pull the plastic circles off the back of the steering wheel, and this is what's in there.
From time to time I miss having leather interior. Then another picture of your steering wheel makes it's way into another thread. I'm with you on the cost of a new steering wheel when it functions just as good as the day it was brand new. I'd probably opt for a cover and call it a day.
Well... as with anything else I do to Stinky, things got complicated.
Removal was fine, I used the 'ol Chinese-Irish steering wheel puller (about 12 bucks) and the wheel popped right off. The airbag didn't explode in my face either - I was almost disappointed how easy this was going.
I removed all the covers from the steering column, and this is when I find all the souvenirs from my milkshake adventure a couple of years back. The Key in Ignition switch failed somehow, and I couldn't figure out how it broke - so I wrapped in shrink-tube and zip-tied it inside the column cover. I was putting in the last screw, and it disappeared from the end of the Torx driver. After spending about 15 minutes looking for a black screw on asphalt, I hatched a fool-proof plan: I was going to go through all the trouble to fetch the magnet rake out of the garage, and I just knew I'd find the screw in plain sight. The plan worked.
I knew you guys would want to see what it looks like, so I had to do some additional cleaning to make the cab photogenic.
I cleaned the dash and gauges, so I could circumvent the ire of the Gaugestapo.
I thought about spray painting the fabric ceiling in case you could see the water stains in the reflection of the gauges (P.O. schlocky antenna install).
I Rain-Xed the floor mat. This makes the pedals too slippery to drive, but it looks nice (gotta have that bling).
Turn the wheel to hide the square hole in my dash from my old tuner control.
I color-coordinated the zip ties in the steering wheel to keep the Hue Police from blowing snot bubbles.
Well... after all that trouble, the sun is just too bright and the images looked like my grand daughter ran amok with the camera. I'll try again when Stinky is in the shade.
*Edit* This is the glamour shot. I confess, this is one time where I had to use Photoshop: I forgot to take all my excess keys off the ring, and that's all I need - everybody busting my chops with "Geez Tug, what are you, a Janitor?" With the time it would take to get the shot set, it was easier to "hide the keys from the guys".
Wheel wraps are like the girl with the missing tooth not smiling, because that's the easiest way to close her mouth.
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