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Saturday, March 14, 2009

 

The WheelSkins steering wheel cover


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A while ago, I mentioned I'd ordered a WheelSkins steering wheel cover. Here are some pictures from installing it. Their directions really underestimated how long it would take, thanks largely to a waxed string that wanted to tie itself in knots. It took me three hours to get this sewn on to the wheel. But the results are pretty good - only the way it wraps around the spokes and the riceboy-red inserts give it away that it wasn't a factory item. And it definitely feels a lot better than the worn out factory wheel (chunks of plastic were coming off the top) or the cheap slip on cover I had been using. Note that I'm wearing gloves to install it in the top photo - that thread is murderous on your hands!

The mod on deck is a lighting upgrade kit from Dan Stern Lighting - I'm going to see if I can give the Civic some more lighting power without using HID lights. While HID conversions are the rage in some circles, to get a HID upgrade that actually puts light where you need it instead of throwing out light in semi-random directions is pretty expensive, usually involving grafting factory lights off an Acura of one sort or another into stock housings. I just want more useful light, not gratuitous technology here.

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