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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-03-03, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else hate the new BA steering wheels?

None of the BA steering wheels I've tried so far (standard XR, Optional Sports AND Momo) come anywhere near the old Momo I have on my AUII XR8. For me, the new wheels' spokes are set too high and it's awkward to place the thumb around the spoke. Any other sporting drivers out there feel short-changed? The new FPV wheel on the GT looks better, but don't XRs and GTs deserve a proper 3-spoke design?

Also, does anyone out there know any legal remifications involved in fitting an aftermarket wheel and disconnecting the Airbag?

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I think the steering wheels are pretty good actually. Got the grippy stuff. Comfortable to hold. But i can't say that I have driven an AUII XR8 to compare it to. As for afermarket, not sure exactly whats out there.

As for legal ramifications, I wouldn't concern myself too much about it. It's more the safety ramifications that I would concern myself about. You may lose your warranty if you do.

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I don't mind them actually... I find the feel of the hand brake is very.. um ... cheap though


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The only airbag steering wheels I've ever liked is the little 3spoke Nardi ones Mazda use but I don't think the BA is too bad certainly not as bad as the Holdens
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I first thought the steering wheel looked a bit weird

but after seeing one and having a good "feel" :) i found it to be much nicer looking than the pictures show it and had a good grip.

But i guess if you dont like it im sure you could put on another wheel if you must.

im sure nothing as small as a person not liking the wheel will stop them from buying an awesome BA :)

p.s Maybe worth giving ford a call or seeing a dealer about disconnecting the airbag when moding the wheel :)

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I actually quite like the BA steering wheel. It's chunkier feel is great and it looks good, especially the FPV ones with the brushed metal accents.
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-03-03, 05:19 AM
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Nah I love the BA steering wheels. At first I didn't like them, well I thought the horn pad looked to big but seeing a sports wheel and MOMO wheels they feel great and the design has grown on me.

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i love the wheel its great its comfortable, suits the driving position perfectly!

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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-03-03, 02:34 PM
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I read this topic, and thought, Oh Shit another pointless thread, but I was wrong..

Spoke to a couple of insurance people this morning, disconect the air bag... NO INSURANCE...

Now if your prepared to spend at least a grand on a new steering wheel, ring up a momo reseller and have a chat to them, you can have a top notch momo steering wheel fitted which has provisions for air bags to be fitted, but remeber the cost of air bag replacement every 3 years can be very expensive!
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-03-03, 05:00 PM
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When i first sat in a BA i really didn't like the driving position (found it a little high) and I also found the steering wheel a bit fat and small.

With time tho ive grown to love it. It has a nice meaty feel, and the smaller diameter makes it feel far more sporty. And after spending longer in the drivers seat, the seating position is also very good.
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