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DIY Steering Wheel Wrap (3rd Gen)

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by GAknight, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Aug 9, 2018 at 11:24 PM
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    GAknight

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    I posted some of this in the 3rd Gen threads.
    I didn't see any threads on this mod, so I figured I share the write-up I put together.
    @csuviper feel free to add to the DIY section.

    About the cover:
    Best one I found after years of searching, is from Loncky on Amazon.
    The cover comes in a kit, complete with double-sided tape, needle and thread, and a trim tool.
    I also used Weldwood Contact Cement (3 oz. bottle w/ brush lid), available at most any hardware.

    Few points before getting started:
    • Get beer.
    • Get radio, Spotify on phone, etc.
    • Put on your patience britches.
    • Put truck in A/C garage, or wait until it's cooler.
    Getting started:
    1. Disconnect battery!!!
    2. Disassemble steering wheel. I left the airbag plugged in and just set it up on top of the column. (Here is a great thread for painting the trim pieces, with pics of steering wheel disassembly)
    3. Wipe down steering wheel several times with 70% alcohol. I used blue shop towels.
    4. This video is what I used for reference. It's a good guide for getting started and demonstrates the stitching technique.

    Here's a bit more of a play by play of what I did.

    Positioning the cover:
    1. As is demo'd in the vid, I positioned the cover and initially put the double sided tape all over, front and back.
      • I put the tape close to the center of the cover such that I left about 1/4 - 1/2" from the seam, which is what I glued as I stitched.
    2. I removed the backing and first stuck the tape to the wheel at the 6 o'clock position.
    3. I then removed the backing and stuck tape at the 12 o'clock position, then 9, 3.
    4. I then removed the rest of the tape as I worked my way around.
    5. I made sure the position was correct, removed the tape backing then set it. Applied the glue (waited a few mins), then stitched/pulled it together, and so on and so on.
    For the contact cement:
    The directions say to wait 15 mins - 2 hrs. I found that as long as the wheel is cleaned/ degreased really good (with the alcohol), 5 mins or less is fine. The 3 oz bottle comes with a brush attached to the lid (part of the reason I went with it).
    • I brushed a little on the wheel and a little on the cover. Wait a few minutes until its tacky and then position it like you want it.
    • I used the glue in 3-4" sections as I worked around. As noted, removed the tape, positioned, applied the glue, then ran the stitching.
    • I left the corner/ end pieces unglued initially, where you'll start the thread (as you'll see in the vid).
      • Once you complete the stitching, you can go back and glue the ends/ edges and thread know down.
    For the thread/stitching:
    The kit I used comes with a shit-ton of thread. Just like the video, I doubled the thread. Each piece was about 3 feet for the lower sections. For the upper part, I used about a 5 foot length piece. I started at the bottom and worked my way around. I stitched it together in the following order.
    1. In between the vertical arms (at the bottom of the wheel)
    2. From the 5 o'clock, up and around the under-side of the right arm.
    3. From the top of the right arm, back out to the steering wheel (at 3 o'clock), up and around and across the top of the left arm.
    4. Back of the left arm, down to the 7 o'clock.
    As noted, just add a little contact cement 3 -4" ahead of where you're about to stitch. Wait a few minutes, then pull together and touch the seams together. Don't over-tighten the thread to prevent the edges wrinkling (pay attention to the technique in the video). You want to pull it tight, but not to hard. Again, take your time.

    Few Final Notes:
    Make sure you get some contact cement on the back of the arms at 3 and 9, where they meet the wheel...It's the largest surface area of the wheel in between stitch points.

    While apart, it's a good time to paint or wrap the vertical trim pieces.

    Few pics of mine, all done and back together.
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  2. Aug 9, 2018 at 11:49 PM
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    Can you do a 12 o’clock strip stitched in?
     
  3. Aug 9, 2018 at 11:50 PM
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    Looks great btw!
     
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  4. Aug 9, 2018 at 11:57 PM
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    You mean like a race car steering wheel, with the usual red strip?
    If so, I don't know. Seems like I saw a version somewhere like that. I just can't remember if it was the Loncky brand on Amazon. They do have several styles to choose from.
     
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  5. Aug 10, 2018 at 3:41 AM
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    Looks great! Has me tempted to try it
     
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    Looks awesome. I have a similar kit from Meiwei that I’m waiting to install when it’s cooler. I was considering removing the wheel entirely to install. Sounds like you left it on and just worked your way around without turning the wheel (airbag still attached so you must not have turned it much).

    Really great job man.

    Is the carbon fiber a wrap? Can you give some details on that?
     
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  7. Aug 10, 2018 at 5:24 AM
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    Man you are a saint for typing this up! This is probably my next project.
     
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  8. Aug 10, 2018 at 5:29 AM
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    Nice write-up! I'm looking at one of these right now as well. Waiting to hear back from them ATM.
     
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  9. Aug 10, 2018 at 11:07 AM
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    Do it! Just make sure you take your time.

    Thanks bud! I did leave the wheel on. If you look at the link for painting the trim pieces, there's pics of the airbag on top of the steering column. That's exactly what I did. I did turn the wheel a bit when I was working on the undersides of the arms at 3 and 9, and the top from 10 - 2. I just turned the wheel until it locked, then turn key over to 'On', to release the steering lock and turn it the other way until it locks again.
    The carbon fiber is 5D vinyl. I've used several brands and 3D, 4D, etc. Of what is available on the market right now for a clear/gloss carbon, IMO the 5D looks the best. The issue is that it doesn't lay as well when stretched as some of the higher quality brands like Oracal and 3M. So you have to be careful stretching it around the smaller corners and openings (like the volume switch) where you don't have a lot of material to wrap around to the back side.
    IMO the Oracal and 3M vinyls lay, stick and stay the best. The 3M, 3D vinyl is a textured, matte finish. It does look good, but the zig-zag weave is apparent no matter the angle you look at it. With the 5D, as you move your viewing angle, the weave pattern seems to shift just like real carbon fiber, if you've ever seen it up close.
    That was my thing...I want it to look good up close, not just far away.

    You bet man! It's what we're all here for...connect, learn and share!

    :rofl:
    By ATM, can I assume that means the wife?
    Their covers are less than $60. A new steering wheel is minimum, $250....
    There are some of the options that say "Only 2 left"... Just tell her they're hard to come by and its a great deal, and you need to take advantage...:D
     
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  10. Aug 10, 2018 at 11:13 AM
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    lol... At The Moment. I sent them a message asking if they could add a marker on one of their patterns.
     
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