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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

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I'm thinking it has to do with the heating feature. Maybe the trim was already decided upon in regards to the dash and when they moved to the wheel the type of wood wasn't perfect for heating..and then to cost save they just used the one similar to the tan interior since its not a dramatic difference.
I can think of several vehicles with matte wood on the steering wheel and a heated steering wheel. The Lexus LS, Mercedes S Class, certain Range Rover trims. So on and so forth.

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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

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I can think of several vehicles with matte wood on the steering wheel and a heated steering wheel. The Lexus LS, Mercedes S Class, certain Range Rover trims. So on and so forth.
I wonder how small of a set of termites you'd have to let at the shiny area to get enough micro pit marks to make it look more like satin?
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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

Sounds like a test we should run for the good of the JG population lol
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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

On a more serious note, with a good preclean, a clear satin finish coating followed by very careful rubdown with superfine steel wool after it has thoroughly dried might match the rest of the interior better.

The satin finish coating over a high gloss might require more than one coat to get enough "flattening" of the surface, plus it offers a bit of protection for the original finish in case you've not done any woodworking. Mask off the rest of the bits, and try it. Or, buy a spare wheel and do so... then swap.

It might be a trivial complaint to some, but it is YOUR steering wheel...not ours.
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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

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On a more serious note, with a good preclean, a clear satin finish coating followed by very careful rubdown with superfine steel wool after it has thoroughly dried might match the rest of the interior better.

The satin finish coating over a high gloss might require more than one coat to get enough "flattening" of the surface, plus it offers a bit of protection for the original finish in case you've not done any woodworking. Mask off the rest of the bits, and try it. Or, buy a spare wheel and do so... then swap.

It might be a trivial complaint to some, but it is YOUR steering wheel...not ours.
I may piddle with this if I don't like the SRT wheel(and shifter... have to have matching control surfaces you know) once installed. I just ordered what I hope is all I'll need - wheel, 3 bezels, one bezel filler, 2 pads of some sort and a new bolt. Oh and the matching shifter top. I'm planning on keeping the silver paddles and the blue airbag and backing plate for now. I'll swap the airbag and plate out if it looks too crappy two-tone but I just didn't want to get another airbag if I didn't have to.

I'll post up pics when everything is here... hopefully before the weekend.
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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

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I agree. To me the steering wheel is perfect, looks good, is functional and maintainable. I have a Summit so not sure if different than Overland.


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I have an Overland and the wheel has glossy wood. First thing I notice when I looked inside was the wheel and the second thing notice was the wheel when I test drove it. I think being glossy gives it a good grip and the leather slips just enough to allow it to go back to straight. I play guitar and always sand off the glossy lacquer finish on the back of the neck and give it a satin feel so my hand slides easier. Love my big fat steering wheel just the way it is.
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SRT Wheel and Shifter top installed.

I still have an Airbag Service light I need to see if I can scan on and reset but other than that it wasn't too bad to install. There are two gotchas on this setup that others haven't mentioned yet:

(1) Heating plug/harness between the Overland and SRT are different at the wheel i.e. Overland has two power lead pairs(one is tapped to the other, clock ring only has one pair of leads) and then a different pair of (what I'm guessing is some sort of) limiter leads for temperature max/turn-off. I unwrapped the wire harnesses and this made sense seeing everything "raw" so I snapped two of the three harness plugs off my Overland wheel and spliced them into my SRT wheel to plug the heat and sensor leads up.

(2) The SRT airbag must be different from the others as the bottom of my Overland airbag/cover has about 3/4" exposed around the trim spokes(see pic). You don't see this sitting in the car but its something that no one has mentioned(that I have found anyway). Something to note for future conversions.

The Overland Blue and SRT Black are not far off in colors... my switch pods on the back of the wheel are still trimmed in blue, no way to swap that without $$$ I'm afraid, something you'd likely never notice though.

Other than my Airbag light that I need to figure out or get the dealer to clear it was a pretty easy mod.
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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

How much was the SRT wheel?
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Re: Interior Materials Complaint - Gloss Steering wheel w/ satin trim? WTF?

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How much was the SRT wheel?
I have just over $1K in the wheel, trim pieces(4), and the matching shifter.
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Re: SRT Wheel and Shifter top installed. - UPDATE

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I still have an Airbag Service light I need to see if I can scan on and reset but other than that it wasn't too bad to install. There are two gotchas on this setup that others haven't mentioned yet:

(1) Heating plug/harness between the Overland and SRT are different at the wheel i.e. Overland has two power lead pairs(one is tapped to the other, clock ring only has one pair of leads) and then a different pair of (what I'm guessing is some sort of) limiter leads for temperature max/turn-off. I unwrapped the wire harnesses and this made sense seeing everything "raw" so I snapped two of the three harness plugs off my Overland wheel and spliced them into my SRT wheel to plug the heat and sensor leads up.

(2) The SRT airbag must be different from the others as the bottom of my Overland airbag/cover has about 3/4" exposed around the trim spokes(see pic). You don't see this sitting in the car but its something that no one has mentioned(that I have found anyway). Something to note for future conversions.

The Overland Blue and SRT Black are not far off in colors... my switch pods on the back of the wheel are still trimmed in blue, no way to swap that without $$$ I'm afraid, something you'd likely never notice though.

Other than my Airbag light that I need to figure out or get the dealer to clear it was a pretty easy mod.
Quick update - so in reinstalling the airbag I (apparently) didn't get one of the airbag snap locks all the way snapped in and that was the reasoning for my light(I also owe my dealership service manager and tech a gift certificate or some other thank you as they patiently worked with me for about 3hrs gratis trying to figure this out - will repay their time soon...) which leads to another issue with this swap: the wheel/airbag mounts differ between the stock wheel and the SRTs. You won't notice this(other than the small gap at the bottom of the wheel(see pics) until its time to remove the airbag. My tech told me what I was going to have to do to check the airbag light issue and I didn't want to cut a slit/window to find the airbag release pins in the stock-bag/SRT combo. After piddling with this for two separate days with numerous dentist-style pics and small screwdrivers I finally had to cut a small section away from the wheel moulding to get to the pins.

With the airbag finally off yesterday I immediately saw my problem - snapped the lock tab in on the lower airbag harness, reattached the battery and *tadaa* light is gone just like my tech told me would happen. I'm going to work on this some more this afternoon but am thinking I'll play with some satin clear or maybe a light matte vinyl to cover the wood portion of the stock wheel at this point. There are things I like about the SRT wheel but just not enough to keep it I think. If there's any interest in this wheel/shifter combo at a reduced price let me know. I'll likely put this setup in the for-sale section or eBay by the end of the month, maybe one too many trade-offs for me on this mod.

Anyway - more knowledge for the forums if anything I hope.
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