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Steering Wheel Size

Post by KCMO_68 » 19 Jun 2014 13:27

What is an optimal steering wheel size? I'm looking at two Nardi wheels, one is 330mm the other is 360mm. Just curious what everyone else uses.

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Re: Steering Wheel Size

Post by Chadsinto510s » 19 Jun 2014 13:36

KCMO_68 wrote:What is an optimal steering wheel size? I'm looking at two Nardi wheels, one is 330mm the other is 360mm. Just curious what everyone else uses.
I like 350mm. I had a 320 and hated it. Felt too small. And hard to steer in my wagon. I'm no slouch I have plenty of arm strength. Not AHNALD arm strength but still...

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Re: Steering Wheel Size

Post by KCMO_68 » 19 Jun 2014 13:51

Ok. So you don't think a 360mm wheel will take up too much real estate then? I'm a relatively thin guy so it's not like I'm trying to squeeze into the car. And as being a thin guy I am a weakling, so I don't really want to strain to turn the car. Just worried that 360 will be too big.

Anyone else have an opinion? (and yes I realize everyone's opinion will differ slightly).

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Post by okayfine » 19 Jun 2014 13:56

I had the 360mm Nardi. A previous 510 had a 350mm Momo. I wouldn't go 330mm.

Partially depends on caster settings, partially on rim/tire combo...but if it were me, I'd err on the side of bigger than smaller.
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Post by KCMO_68 » 19 Jun 2014 14:06

Thanks for the quick responses. Glad I asked before I ran the order.

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Post by okayfine » 19 Jun 2014 14:16

350mm Momo, 1st-gen USDM WRX seats, which sit pretty high:
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360mm Nardi, E30 BMW seats with the seat dropped 1.25":
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I'm 6'1" so need room to get in and out. The 350mm Momo in the blue car was a bit of a PITA, but that was as much due to seat height as wheel diameter, and a 330mm wheel would have only afforded 10mm more clearance.
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Re: Steering Wheel Size

Post by KCMO_68 » 19 Jun 2014 15:04

Wow... you guys are awesome. Ok. Purchased a 360mm wheel. Will see about mounting seats a tad bit lower to make it easier to get in. Thanks again everyone.

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Post by JordanTr » 19 Jun 2014 15:34

FWIW I run a 350mm wheel with 16x8 rims, 205/40 rubber and 6+ degrees of caster. Zero speed turning involves effort but aside from that it's good. Like Julian said, I'd err larger rather than smaller so good call on 360mm! :)
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Post by okayfine » 19 Jun 2014 15:47

380mm :lol:
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Re: Steering Wheel Size

Post by KCMO_68 » 20 Jun 2014 07:29

JordanTr wrote:FWIW I run a 350mm wheel with 16x8 rims, 205/40 rubber and 6+ degrees of caster. Zero speed turning involves effort but aside from that it's good. Like Julian said, I'd err larger rather than smaller so good call on 360mm! :)
Yeah, my car will have 15x7.5 205's. Not sure on the alignment specs yet. The only other option I found was a 340mm, but it seemed that the overriding suggestion was just to make sure I didn't go too small. From the pics it looks like 360 will work, maybe look a little big, but function over style is probably the smart route.

Once again, thanks for the help. I don't post often, but I lurk quite a bit.

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