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4 Things to Consider When Buying a Steering Wheel

The steering wheel you choose for your car impacts everything from you your driving comfort and effectiveness to your safety, so you’ll want to choose wisely. To break it down, there are four major things to consider when buying a steering wheel:
  • Size (diameter)
  • Shape
  • Dish
  • Bolt pattern
There are many specifications to sort through, which can be a time-consuming process. On torqued.io, we offer über-specific filters to help you sort and drill down to what you’re looking for, fast.

1. Size

Steering wheel size, which is measured by diameter in mm, is a critical choice and there’s a very large range. Of the wheels we sell at Torqued, there are at least 10 different steering wheel diameters.To make the best choice for you, consider what type of driving you’ll be doing and your preferences for visibility and accessibility.
  • Is this primarily a road car or do you plan to mostly track it? The decision will be a tradeoff. Smaller wheels may be more comfortable and take up less space, but the smaller the wheel, the more steering effort required (more so on a car with no power steering). This is less important for a race car, where the most you may need to turn the wheel is somewhere short of 180 degrees.
  • Do you prefer to look through the wheel or above it? You’ll want to ensure you don’t impair your visibility with too large of a wheel.
  • What will be the impact of your wheel and seat type combination? For example, a large wheel and a deep seat may make it difficult to get out of the car without a quick release feature.
As an example, in the picture at the top of the page you can see the MOMO MOD. 11 Steering Wheel 260mm Diameter , MOMO MOD. 78 Steering Wheel 320mm Diameter Leather & MOMO MOD. 69 Steering Wheel (350mm) steering wheels.

2. Shape

Separate yet related from size is the shape consideration. Perhaps you prefer a larger wheel diameter but are concerned about visibility. In this case, you may consider a cut or open top wheel. Or, you may be concerned about easy exit from the car, in which case a flat bottom steering wheel may be your best choice, and could remove the need for a quick release.The quintessential formula car racing wheel shape is open top with a flat bottom. The open top frees up guage visibility without impact to driving capability (unlike road driving, you never shuffle steer on the track). The flat bottom ensures easier exit from the car.Here's an example of each, the MOMO MOD. 12/C Steering Wheel and MOMO MOD. 88 Steering Wheel :

3. Dish

So, what is dish exactly? Dish is the distance (measured in mm) from the mounting surface to the center line of the steering wheel grip. Dish matters in two ways: the distance from wheel to driver and the distance of your hands from signal stalks, if there are any.Again, you should consider how you plan to primarily use the car. In a road legal car, having your fingers too far away from the blinker can be annoying. In a race car, an especially deep dish will bring the wheel closer to you, but may make getting in and out the car more difficult. Accessories like spacers and features like quick release can help mitigate some of these dish tradeoffs.
As an example, the MOMO MOD. 08 Steering Wheel pictured above is a particularly deep dish steering wheel.

4. Bolt Pattern

Most high performance wheels including MOMO, Sparco and OMP are drilled as 6x 70mm, if they are drilled at all. This enables interchangeability with hubs, spacers and quick releases. We sell only this pattern or undrilled wheels and accessories. Generally speaking, only specialty wheels intended for formula or sim racing are undrilled.
Pictured above are the MOMO MOD. 31 Steering Wheel and MOMO MOD. 69 Steering Wheel wheels.

Other Considerations

While these four factors are the most important steering wheel specs to consider, you may encounter other options. One example is fabric, typically leather, suede or alcantara. The choice here is about comfort, texture preference and durability.Given the broad range of wheel options, sometimes you just need to experiment with a few different configurations. With our No BS Return Policy, you can order several wheels and we’ll give you 30 days to return the unused wheels for a full refund as long as they are in new condition. And we’ll never charge a restocking fee.
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It seems so simple: just find a wheel that looks good, fits the style of the car and is comfortable to grip. That’s all. Buy it, install it, done. Well, maybe that works out, but it’s better to consider the more nuanced factors when selecting a steering wheel. Not only will you save yourself unnecessary returns, but you’ll also get a better driving experience.

For example, we’ve had wheels that were the wrong dish. On a road car, it’s annoying to have your fingers not reach the signal stalk. Or for a road racing car with a deep racing seat, too large a wheel could necessitate removing the wheel with a quick release every time to get in and out.

These are just a few examples of what you need to think about, so we’ve put together a quick guide to explain the four things to consider when buying a new steering wheel.


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Autocross champ tackles a road course

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By: MazdaMotorsports.com | 11 hours ago While not a requirement, autocrossing can help a driver tackle a road course for the first time. Just ask Tamra Hunt.Tamra Hunt has been competing in autocross for five years, making four visits to Solo Nationals, where she has accumulated two championships and two second-place finishes.At each autocross event, track time is minimal compared to other racing verticals such as road racing. Most autocross runs last round 60 seconds. But according to Hunt, “Those 60 seconds are some of the most exhilarating moments of my life. Pure, raw driving with no fear of crashing. I get to push the car to its absolute limits… and it’s addicting.“However, when I tell people I race cars, their first question is usually. ‘Oh sweet; have you been to Lime Rock?’ (She lives in Connecticut, where Lime Rock Park racetrack resides.) Then I go into this awkward explanation of ‘No, I actually race in parking lots or abandoned airports on a course made of cones, and I’m racing against the clock, not wheel-to-wheel on a race track.’ In fact, I’ve never even been on a racetrack!”But Hunt decided to change that earlier this month, signing up for her first High Performance Driver’s Education (HPDE) day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a very low modified 2005 Mazda RX-8 Shinka.

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