Having a custom steering wheel is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your vehicle both visually and functionally, and at Kezr Automotive, we offer fully customisable carbon fibre steering wheels, designed by you and custom-made by us.
But if you’re not sure where to begin, we’re here to help! In the following guide, we’re going to go over everything you need to know before buying a custom steering wheel, so you can make an informed, smart, and stylish purchase for your vehicle. Let’s take a look!
BMW Custom Steering Wheels
When it comes to creating a custom steering wheel, there are a couple of important factors to take into consideration: grip material, colours, wheel shape and more. At Kezr Automotive, we offer carbon fibre BMW custom steering wheels, made with the highest-quality leather imported from Italy, as well as carbon fibres imported from Japan. But when it comes to those all-important finishing touches, we let you handle the rest!
Here’s how you can customise your steering wheel with us:
- Grip material
- Wheel shape
- 12 o’clock stripe
- Stitching colour
- Airbag cover
- LED Display
- Carbon Paddle Shifters
What else should you take into consideration when picking a steering wheel?
If you’re not looking for a custom option but simply want to know how best to pick a steering wheel, here are some points to take into consideration:
Diameter and size
The diameter of your steering wheel is perhaps the most important factor to consider when making a purchase. The diameter of your steering wheel can impact everything from your own ease of use to the effort required to manipulate it – so it’s incredibly important to get the size right.
Before settling on a size, consider the following:
- Visibility. While you might want to opt for a larger steering wheel for comfort purposes, you’ll also want to consider visibility; a steering wheel that is too large might impair your visibility on the road, making it dangerous for you to drive.
- Strength. While it might feel second nature to some, manipulating and guiding a steering wheel does still require some effort, and a larger steering wheel will naturally demand a bit more upper body strength than something smaller. Always consider your own capabilities and strengths honestly before settling on a model.
- Your driving seat. You’ll want to be able to leave and enter your car with ease, so don’t forget to take comfort into account when choosing a steering wheel; larger wheels can make it more difficult to get in and out of your car, especially if your driving seat is already on the larger side.
The shape of your steering wheel is also another key concern, and the shape you choose can end up influencing other factors such as your visibility when driving, as well as your ability to get in and out of your car with ease. If you’re opting for a large wheel but want to maintain optimal visibility, you can opt for a cut or open top wheel that won’t restrict your vision when on the road. Similarly, if you’re worried that a larger steering wheel might make it difficult for you to get in and out of your vehicle easily, a flat bottom steering wheel takes up less space.
If you’re wondering what “dish” means when referring to car steering wheels, it refers to the distance between the mounting surface and the centre line of the steering wheel grip. Your steering wheel’s dish impacts the distance from driver to wheel, as well as the distance between the driver’s hands from any signal stalks, so it’s an important factor to take into consideration.
Make sure to consider your own use for your car before settling on a specific model; if you use your car for everyday purposes, it can end up being frustrating (or even dangerous) if your signal stalks aren’t easily reachable when on the road. Also, consider the size of your car itself; while a deep dish means that your wheel is closer to you, it can make it difficult to get in and out of smaller vehicles.
You’ll also want to consider the grip of your wheel, although do note that personal preference plays a significant role when it comes to grip thickness. You’ll ideally want something that works for your own needs; many everyday drivers prefer thicker wheels while racing drivers often find that a thinner wheel works best for their needs. Ultimately, this one is up to you.
When it comes to compatibility with quick releases, you’ll also want to consider a steering wheel’s bolt pattern; if your steering wheel is undrilled, you won’t be able to interchange hubs and spacers. While most steering wheels are drilled, some racing models are not.