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Ronnie Ringding

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PostSubject: 15" Steering Wheel   Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:56 pm

Hello All,
My wife finds Bluebell difficult to drive. She struggles to reach the pedals so the seat is fully forward meaning she makes contact with the original 17" wheel.

So, I want to find a 15" replacement (I know it will make turning harder, maybe power steering later if I can get her to a good driving position). A lower seat will be next on the list.

Anyhoot, most wheels are either large like the classics or tiny like sports wheels.
I read on here that a Mk1/2 Golf wheel fits but most are all tiny or dated styling.

I see Limebug are doing a 15" Wheel.
Has anyone tried them?
Do you know if I will need their T2 classic boss (£75 Shocked ) or a golf mk1 boss (£35)?
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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:06 am

No experience of them I'm afraid.

This no good for you?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-Golf-Mk2-Steering-Wheel-From-65-000mile-CL-Model-/151220502874?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&fits=Model%3AGolf&hash=item233571c15a

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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:30 am

Hi I have a golf gti wheel in my bay fits straight on you just need to bend horn connection up a bit
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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:49 am

Thanks guys.
I might buy that one and try it out to see how it feels before splashing out too much.
No point if it make the steering too heavy.
Dazdub, did you find the steering heavy with a 15" wheel?
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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:55 pm

Ronnie Ringding wrote:
Thanks guys.
I might buy that one and try it out to see how it feels before splashing out too much.
No point if it make the steering too heavy.
Dazdub, did you find the steering heavy with a 15" wheel?
Cheers.
a bit slow moving but not to bad and it helps to take out free play
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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:53 pm

Well, I went for the white 15" wheel at Limebug with the Golf mk1 boss.
I'll let you know how it fits.
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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:37 pm

Ok, So the 15" Grant White 15 hole wheel from Limebay is great.
My wife can now sit closer to it, which means she can reach the pedals better and can reach over it as it is less of a stretch.
It really doesn't feel much heavier on the steering.
She managed to maneuver at slow speeds to (keep it rolling) so it looks for now that power steering wont be needed.

Now the bad news. The Grant Mk1 Golf Boss is not long enough.
So it doesn't reach the horn spring (bent spring now reaches) and the indicator cancel pins don't reach.
Had I known this I wouldn't of hammered in the pins. I would have used longer pins.
Also, the cover leaves a 10mm gap which needs a skirt to fix.
Better still, a Boss that fits. Crap, can't find one.
Lymebay also informed me that aftermarket Bosses don't come with cancelling pins as older dubs didnt have that feature anyway.
So, I will need to manufacture something. Watch this space.



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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:48 pm

That was a bit cheeky of Limebug to not tell you about the indicator cancelling. I think Dazdub will confirm that the Mk1 Golf wheel that he has, does.

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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:56 pm

Tim,
I read elsewhere that there is a difference in the early & late MK1/2 Golf variants that makes a difference.

I would have gone with MCJ or other manufacturer, but I couldn't find a 15".
They all seemed to be 17" or larger.


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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:56 am

TimV wrote:
I think Dazdub will confirm that the Mk1 Golf wheel that he has, does.
I just cancel it my self  Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:59 pm

Ok, Limebug Grant 15" wheel with MK1 Golf Boss all fitted and works a treat.

From the series of pictures I will attempt to put below you will see the problems and solutions.
Firstly, despite how carefully I tried to line up the wheel straight before starting, marking it and then fitting the new wheel, it was still out by one spline.
The Golf Mk1 Boss does not reach down the shaft sufficiently to:
  a) reach the horn spring
  b) reach the indicator cancellation point
  c) close the gap (about 10mm)

The solution, firstly manufacture a puller to get the Golf Boss off of the steering column. Done!
  a) bend the horn spring up (before fitting the Boss)
  b) Remove the supplied pins (difficult, just don't fit them in the first place like I did).
      Screw in long M3.5 screws where the pins go (use household light switch mounting screws)
      Cut off the screws so that there is 20mm of exposed thread.
      Refit the Boss (with the correct alignment so the steering wheel is straight).
      Turn the wheel 360 degrees ensuring the M3.5 screws do not foul anything.
  c) To close the gap, I cut off the top of a 2 litre coke bottle and sprayed it black inside.
      I then glued it into the black metal cap they supplied (I used a hot glue gun).

Feel free to contact me if you need help with yours 07884268253 or PM me.








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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:45 pm

Looks great, and very creative!

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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:13 pm

Top Job Ronnie

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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:39 pm

Well the important thing is the wife can now get far enough forward to reach the pedals and actually drive her now.  Smile 

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PostSubject: Re: 15" Steering Wheel   Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:10 pm

Top job !looks great
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