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Old 02-14-2007, 12:45 PM
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Aftermarket Steering Wheels

Has anyone taken out the airbag steering wheel of the 164 and replaced it with an aftermarket one like the ones offered by Centerline? I'm looking at the Forza and Volante in particular.

I have a 164S with the red stitching. I thought the red wood Forza might make the stitching pop more, but may look out of place being the only piece of wood in the car. It is a very sexy steering wheel though.

The Volante is also a nice wheel, but looks a little sedate. Can you get the leather on the steering wheel restitched using red thread (just a shot in the dark)? That would be really sweet.

Post some pictures if you have an aftermarket wheel installed.

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Safety first.

Keep the airbag. Imagine your head hitting that piece of woof at 55 mph. Now I would look on ebay italy and englant and see if any airbag steering wheels in wood first if they would fit and if they do you have the best of both worlds. Beauty and safety. In my GTV6 I have no choice but to go with a non airbag steering wheel. So of course must choose a good looking one.
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I agree that the airbag is a good feature. But I do not look at my seatbelt as an option. This may just be an urban legend, but I thought airbags were designed/developed to protect the lives of the drivers who elected not to wear their seatbelt. Now in a world of "better safe than sorry" every vehicle has to have one.

My curiosity still stands. I would still like to see some alternate steering wheel installations in the 164. I'll tackle the safety dilemma later.

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I agree that the airbag is a good feature. But I do not look at my seatbelt as an option. This may just be an urban legend, but I thought airbags were designed/developed to protect the lives of the drivers who elected not to wear their seatbelt. Now in a world of "better safe than sorry" every vehicle has to have one.

My curiosity still stands. I would still like to see some alternate steering wheel installations in the 164. I'll tackle the safety dilemma later.

Cheers,
Neil
NO! Airbags were always designed to be used in WITH a seatbelt. The seat belt insures you stay directly behind the airbag in the event of a collision, otherwise you can end up anywhere else in you car but in your seat, and you can end up sliding right around the deployed airbag and getting absolutely zero benefit from the airbag. Keep the airbag, please, for your own safety, they do save lives, why remove the safety they offer for the sake of aesthetics?
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I agree that the airbag is a good feature. But I do not look at my seatbelt as an option. This may just be an urban legend, but I thought airbags were designed/developed to protect the lives of the drivers who elected not to wear their seatbelt. Now in a world of "better safe than sorry" every vehicle has to have one.

My curiosity still stands. I would still like to see some alternate steering wheel installations in the 164. I'll tackle the safety dilemma later.

Cheers,
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I have a factory Euro 164 steering wheel with no airbag.



Asking: $250.00

I think you may be disappointed in the results of those wheels. They tend to look just that aftermarket. They looks kinds skinny for the rest of the interior. Just don't fit.

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This may just be an urban legend, but I thought airbags were designed/developed to protect the lives of the drivers who elected not to wear their seatbelt.
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No no no. There is a reason airbag is called "Supplement Restrain System" aka SRS. It is specifically designed to supplement the seat belt system and not to replace it. You could actualy killed by an airbag if you don't wear seatbelt. There is a mandated warning lable on sunvisor.

Seatbelt saves live but airbag certainly improves your chance of survivor.
I would keep it.

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Ok ok ok. I will stick with the boring SAFE factory steering wheel. I get it, really I do.

I guess I was lured by the pretty steering wheels on Centerline.

But if my Grandma wants to knit me some seatbelts, I'm not going to say no.

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No no no. There is a reason airbag is called "Supplement Restrain System" aka SRS. It is specifically designed to supplement the seat belt system and not to replace it. You could actualy killed by an airbag if you don't wear seatbelt. There is a mandated warning lable on sunvisor.

Seatbelt saves live but airbag certainly improves your chance of survivor.
I would keep it.

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I agree 100%
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It was not my choice as that is how the vehicle came. But I have decided to leave it as is.

But you can remain safe and still be stylish. As previously mentioned, find a used one on German, Italian, or English/UK Ebay such as this. And look at how it makes your interior look
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Agree

Those european steering wheels in both wood and leather. Just nice.
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By "red stitching" do you have a Recaro interior? Is there red thread all over the place?
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Old 02-14-2007, 06:35 PM
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Jeff, not everyone has your nice RECARO interior The red stitching should have been present in all S models, though I'm uncertain about on the seats of tan interior models...
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:57 AM
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Here's the wheel I have in my S. It is from a euro QV. Much thicker rim than the stock wheel. I like more of a 'stock, but not stock' look.
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Ryan, that looks great!
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:50 PM
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Those european steering wheels in both wood and leather. Just nice.
Yes. It does look good.
The momo/ 80's Ferrari style metal spoke wheels however, do NOT go well in the 164, IMHO. The bare bones sports car look is out of character with the rest of the more plush, modern interior.
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