I picked this 2005 STi steering wheel up from a friend that had it lying around. I wanted to use it for mock-up purposes for the telescoping steering column retrofit. I forgot that the STi steering wheel is 10mm smaller than the Bugeye wheel, and it sits a little closer to the driver (I forget the measurement). I put an Impreza/WRX airbag on it to avoid STi badges on my WRX.
I picked this cover up from East Detailing last year on Black Friday and I finally got around to installing it. I’m not big on interior mods as I prefer to keep things simple or minimalist. However, the steering wheel was pretty beat up, and after putting all that work into upgrading the steering system, I wanted a better steering wheel.
The first attempt to install was over the winter. I don’t know if it was because of the cold temperatures or what, but the cover was really tight, and we couldn’t get it to fit. So, we cut off the old leather cover, and that was a mistake.
You can clearly see that it is way too loose now. After that debacle, I threw the cover on a shelf and practically forgot about it. I was still working on the BRZ EPAS retrofit.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I decide to give this another shot. I put the old cover back on loosely.
I tried installing the new cover on the car, but my garage is 90-degrees in the summer and I’d rather do tedious things in a more comfortable setting.
So I pulled the steering wheel off and worked on it at my desk. It is possible to install it on the car, but the process was far less stressful for me with the steering wheel removed. I have removed this steering wheel a million times at this point. I also used every stitch versus every other stitch like in the instructions. Had I re-stitched the old cover back on, I probably could have closed the gap better with every other stitch.
It is still a little loose in places; I probably could have used tape to make some of the edges tighter. This wheel is a temporary solution, and I had already spent two days on it, mostly trying different patterns and techniques. Terminating a line was the hardest part; I eventually just gave up on trying to make it look perfect, and I got it done.
Overall, I am happy with this setup. The steering wheel feels 100% better than it did before. And it was only $40, whereas the DAMD-D or FactionFab wheels are around $500. Eventually, I will pick up one of those two wheels, but this works well enough for now.