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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

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^^ Thanks to you both.


Rush: Did you go with the SRT steering wheel as well? I'm loving your viper reps and will prob pick up a set this summer. Is the wheel/tire combo working well for you so far... How are the Coopers in the snow?

Milous: any chance you might know when these covers will become available thru parts?

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604: I did not go with the SRT8 steering wheel (yet). I had not thought much about it - that is until I saw your post about having installed it. I share many of the same thoughts/opinions about the wood interior and the reason(s) you didn't go with an SRT8. I have another very fun Italian car and the Jeep is my daily driver (I sometimes put over 20,000 miles a year on cars and I'd hate to see the depreciation of an SRT8 with those miles and the cost of the gas...) so those were 2 other reasons for me not to get an SRT8.

I'm not trying to make an SRT8 clone out of mine - as I know you aren't either - but did get the shift knob which I like much better than the one which came on my Overland and I am seriously thinking about getting an SRT8 front grill. I don't care for the chrome at all. I was going to paint my grill but am concerned about rick chips and having to clear bra the grill. And while I don't care for the chrome, it does need a little bit of contrast as all black doesn't look great. To me, the SRT8 grill looks good as it just has thin chrome trim around the openings. And now you have me thinking about the steering wheel. I'm hoping someone can figure out how to get the paddle shifters to work. I have to agree with moosehead's wife: you are the devil. LOL

Now to your question about the wheel/tire combo:

The wheel/tire combo is working great! I like the looks (I have posted a couple of pics here: Show me your Jeep in the white stuff?) and the handling. I also get lots of compliments on them. I was at the dealer today picking up my plates and a prospective JGC buyer talked to me for a few minutes and took a pic. The factory Overland wheels 20X8 looked too narrow to me and seemed tucked in under the fenders. The Factory Reproduction Viper reps (which I found out about in this site) look and fit great. I had spent way way too many hours looking for wheels and then found some pictures of them here from a Google search. I chose to go with the 20X9 front and rear. The offset is great as the wheels stick out to the edge of the fenders now. The Coopers are great in the snow. I first found out about them in January 2008 when I had purchased a used 2006 Range Rover Sport. The factory installed Continental 4X4 tires had worn down quite a bit in 20K miles and when I drove through the snow and slush on them, they sucked. I went to a Range Rover forum and found that some members had installed the Coopers. I immediately called up the guys at Discount Tire (at the time they were the only store you could buy them at) and ordered a set in. The look of the tire is much more aggressive than most stock tires and it has a nice looking squared off edge with the "hills and velleys" for gaining traction. We had 3-4 weeks of snow in December 2008 to January 2009. I never got stuck once or lost control. In fact at one point I started turning off snow mode and traction control so I could slide around a little bit. I ended up putting 50,000 miles on the first set that I purchased. To be fair, I did lose one to a nail and another to some weird air leak which was probably from a slightly bent wheel, but even with replacements at some point in those miles they did last a fairly long time. In 2010, I traded the 2006 RRS Supercharged in for a 2008 RRS Supercharged that I found in Cali with 7200 miles on it. As soon as I got it back to Washington, I had a new set of Cooper Zeon LTZ tires ordered in. My wife stole the Rover from me and really likes the tires. It now has about 25,000 miles on it and the tires don't show much wear. At the end of February 2011 I had to replace my S4 daily driver and purchased a 2005 Cayenne Turbo (which had the off-road package - slight fender flares and locking rear diff) and when I bought some 20" wheels also put on another set of the Coopers. I got tired of some of the extra maintenance on the Cayenne and had put 19,000 miles on it from February to December 2011. I ordered my 2012 JGC Overland in November and picked it up in December. The wheels and tires were waiting for it to arrive. We just had a few days of snow last week and the Jeep and the tires did great!

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Old 01-24-2012, 08:15 PM
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

Is that really a lambo in your garage?
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Is that really a lambo in your garage?
Yes.
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

Wow, that's sick. We need more pics of the viper reps. They look fantastic on the 1k2, better then on the older wk.
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

Man, pretty sure that's not just a Gallardo either, looks to be a Murcielago. Very very nice Not that I wouldn't take a Gallardo but ya know, Lambo's should come with a full serving of 12 cylinders, leave the 10 cylinders for the Viper owners
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Wow, that's sick. We need more pics of the viper reps. They look fantastic on the 1k2, better then on the older wk.
Thanks! I do have to say it is pretty sick. Stupid fun, stupid fast, and stupid amazing.

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Man, pretty sure that's not just a Gallardo either, looks to be a Murcielago. Very very nice Not that I wouldn't take a Gallardo but ya know, Lambo's should come with a full serving of 12 cylinders, leave the 10 cylinders for the Viper owners
Yes, it is a 2007 Murcielago LP640. I previously had a 2003 Murci, a 2002 Murci, another 2002 Murci, a 1993 512TR, a 1991 911 Turbo (which I seriously miss and should not have sold), a 1991 928 GT, and a 1987 911 Turbo (930). I think I have a car problem. Maybe I need a 12 step program. LOL. Yes, Lambo's should be V12 - the exhaust note is amazing, I hardly ever turn the stereo on. I think Chrysler took the 10 cylinder motor from Lamborghini when they owned the company...
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:21 AM
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

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And now you have me thinking about the steering wheel. I'm hoping someone can figure out how to get the paddle shifters to work. I have to agree with moosehead's wife: you are the devil. LOL
Thanks for the reply Rush and yes lol apparently wives are starting to hate me

Honestly for someone who enjoys cars as much as you do I think you would love the SRT wheel. When I ordered mine I was going on aesthetics alone and never even considered what it would feel like in your hands while driving and boy was I in for a surprise. The shape is fantastic to hold and the thickness of both the upper and lower portions of the wheel are just perfect. It pushes the already great interior of the WK2 into a whole other class - it now feels very Audi'esq behind the wheel and the interior feels even more refined.

Speaking of which what year S4 did you have? I had an 01.5 for a few years that I also really enjoyed. Great traction/handling and loads of power with a tune and some goodies. Unfortunatley it was also quite expensive to maintain so we ended up selling it.
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

sixzerofour - would it be fairly easy to swap out the button from the overland wheel if all do not apply? i do not have the adaptive cruise option, so rather then having a labled button that is false, I'd prefer to have it blank like it currently sits with my overland wheel.


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It appears the button panel is the same on both wheels so there probably is a way to swap that piece over if you dissasemble part of the wheel but I never opened it up to try myself.
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Thanks for the reply Rush and yes lol apparently wives are starting to hate me
That might change if they get a look at your upgraded knob.
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

lol - priceless

Hopefully the "upgrade" will help her forget the $200 speeding ticket I just earned myself. &!#^!*#... first one in years... I'm normally much better at spotting them down the road!
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Re: SRT8 Steering Wheel Installed

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It appears the button panel is the same on both wheels so there probably is a way to swap that piece over if you dissasemble part of the wheel but I never opened it up to try myself.

Does the adaptive cruise button still light up even though it's "false" ?
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