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jeepinAl 01-09-2012 06:46 AM

Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
For those that own a WK2, what do you think about the style of the steering wheel?

I just rented a Laredo X for a 2 day "test drive" and the only thing I wasn't too excited about was the steering wheel style. The bottom (6 o'clock position) plastic part seemed too wide for resting one hand/ gripping onto the steering wheel.

Anyone completed a mode on this (drill a hole through it)...........or do I need to worry about other things:D? (like I said it's my only complaint)

Al

p.s. just looked at the "SRT8 steering swap" thread, it appears the SRT8 steering wheel has a nice gap in between the 2 plastic parts...that's what I'm talking about

aphexafx 01-09-2012 01:24 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
I like the new steering wheels. This is the kind of thing to which you will simply adapt and probably never think about again. Kind of like new shoes and rearview mirrors. Or you could buy an SRT8. :) Or hang out and see what happens here http://www.jeepgarage.org/f176/srt8-steering-wheel-into-2011s-23185.html as you mention.

As far as the standard steering wheels, I prefer the Laredo's all leather wheel to the exposed wood versions by thousands of degrees.

armoredsaint 01-09-2012 01:40 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aphexafx (Post 548971)
I like the new steering wheels. This is the kind of thing to which you will simply adapt and probably never think about again. Kind of like new shoes and rearview mirrors. Or you could buy an SRT8. :) Or hang out and see what happens here http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=23185 as you mention.

As far as the standard steering wheels, I prefer the Laredo's all leather wheel to the exposed wood versions by thousands of degrees.


same here, the wood on top looks too fake and cheesy for an SUV. Perforated leather would be nice, like wheel on my BMW.

http://images50.fotki.com/v1529/phot...MG_0007-vi.jpg

SixZeroFour 01-09-2012 01:48 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
The SRT8 wheel does have the perforated leather very similar to your BMW wheel and considering someone has already figured out how to make it upshift with the paddles I cant imagine downshift is too far behind. Even without the paddles its a sweet upgrade.

On a side note if anyone is looking for either a stock overland steering wheel or an all black heated limited wheel I now have one of each for sale :D

bilex 01-09-2012 04:12 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
Let me know if you'll have that one from SRT8 :)

BobsWK2 01-09-2012 07:53 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by armoredsaint (Post 548980)
same here, the wood on top looks too fake and cheesy for an SUV. Perforated leather would be nice, like wheel on my BMW.


Not when you know its real wood like the Overland and Summit use.

armoredsaint 01-09-2012 08:04 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BobsWK2 (Post 549261)
Not when you know its real wood like the Overland and Summit use.

i agree, but when others see it first thing they all ask...is that plastic, not is that real wood.;)

iVerne 01-10-2012 08:45 AM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BobsWK2 (Post 549261)
Not when you know its real wood like the Overland and Summit use.

I agree. Love the wood. Love the look and feel. Had it in my GX470 and missed it. Something about the feel. And, In my Overland I think it looks very real.

hammer1234 01-10-2012 09:07 AM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
I know that the WK2 gets positive reviews on materials quality but the plastics on the steering wheel (and in a few other areas) are a bit cheap IMO.

Redboots 01-10-2012 09:10 AM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
It's NOT plastic !!

BobsWK2 01-10-2012 06:28 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by iVerne (Post 549588)
I agree. Love the wood. Love the look and feel. Had it in my GX470 and missed it. Something about the feel. And, In my Overland I think it looks very real.

I also had a GX470. So yes, I also like the look and feel of the real wood used on the steering wheel and dash/doors. Gives the GC a real upscale look.

WoodyCanuck 01-10-2012 07:40 PM

Re: Steering wheel ergonomics?
 
When others are admiring my Overland, I do tend to gush about the quality of materials including the leather dash, and REAL WOOD in the wheel, and trim pieces.
My Pacifica had the imitation wood variety, and now when I look at it in comparison to my Jeep, it now looks cheesy.

I have also grown to love the heft (thickness) of the Jeep wheel.
It feels solid, and I wouldn't change it, even for the SRT wheel.
(but thats me)


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