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Steering Wheels - why so expensive?

Steering Wheels - why so expensive?

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993kimbo

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1,718 posts

94 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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Looking to replace my 4-spoke 993 airbag steering wheel (manual car) with a black 3-spoke from a 996 and I'm surprised at the prices being asked from even the breakers on ebay.

Do secondhand worn ones really sell for £325, £350, £389, £399 plus postage?

If that's the case, does anyone have one they could sell me or are there any reasonably priced alternatives? I've looked at new ones and those prices seem mental too, some of them over a grand.


I know it's a Porsche, but it's still only a steering wheel.


Thanks.


Rednose330

2,039 posts

149 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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If u want a blue steering wheel .
Almost unused from '94 993 c2 i have one ........just pm me

MogulBoy

2,269 posts

132 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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The airbags seem to be more expensive than the actual steering wheels for some reason. I recently bought a brand new 996 3-spoke wheel online for about £300 to replace mine but I was able to re-use my original airbag.

MrTickle

1,814 posts

148 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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Rednose330 said:
If u want a blue steering wheel .
Almost unused from '94 993 c2 i have one ........just pm me
Would have thought the cost of an upholsterer re-finishing in black leather would not be significant. Although not sure on the airbag front for 993 wheels?

sundayjumper

246 posts

191 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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I struck lucky on ebay and got an RS wheel for an absolute steal.



Loses the airbag though, if that's important to you.

I'm keeping the original wheel in stock as I'll need it for resale.


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Klippie

1,032 posts

54 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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I was quoted an eye watering £2000 for one of the sport design three spoke wheels from the OPC for my Cayman S.

cmoose

35,871 posts

138 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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I would suggest this is plain and simple Porsche tax. It's not like these things are rare. But would imagine outfits who choose to break Porsches or offer other Porsche related services do so because they think Porsche owners will put up with / expect high prices.

So Porsche indies charge more than BMW indies despite the fact that they're no more expert in Porsche than BMW indies are in BMW and despite Porsche engineering being entirely conventional. And breakers charge a fortune for parts. Etc. Pretty annoying.

Jim1556

951 posts

65 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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Klippie said:
I was quoted an eye watering £2000 for one of the sport design three spoke wheels from the OPC for my Cayman S.
I was told about £1k from Leeds OPC...

Design 911 have it listed at £765 + max 1 hour labour at an OPC that doesn't rip you off!

rog007

4,196 posts

133 months

Thursday 11th October 2012
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sundayjumper said:
I struck lucky on ebay and got an RS wheel for an absolute steal.



Loses the airbag though, if that's important to you.

I'm keeping the original wheel in stock as I'll need it for resale.
That is the spitting image of a Momo wheel I had fitted to a previous car...

Klippie

1,032 posts

54 months

Sunday 14th October 2012
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Jim1556 said:
I was told about £1k from Leeds OPC...

Design 911 have it listed at £765 + max 1 hour labour at an OPC that doesn't rip you off!
The price I was quoted was the wheel + airbag + fitting, my car cars original wheel is the triangular type so the airbag couldn't be re-used.

RobIpswichUK

192 posts

70 months

Sunday 14th October 2012
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Kim, try the Atiwe/Raid ones that Gert does. Sam (cyruspower) has one on his and looks great. Much cheaper than Porsche branded wheels.

993kimbo

Original Poster:

1,718 posts

94 months

Sunday 14th October 2012
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Hi Rob,thanks, I've had one of those and find the grip too big. Good value though compared to a £1200 version.

sundayjumper

246 posts

191 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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rog007 said:
That is the spitting image of a Momo wheel I had fitted to a previous car...
Made by Momo for Porsche, yes.

There's another on ebay atm: CLICK


rog007

4,196 posts

133 months

Monday 15th October 2012
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I see, thanks. I stuck it on a Golf; it was lovely to hold.