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Old 13 Dec 2018, 08:48 pm
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Default It's a roundtoit project. I need to know how to remove steering wheel spoke covers?

How do you get those plastic steering wheel spoke covers off with out breaking them?
I haven't ventured into it yet as I don't want to bust them if I do it incorrectly.

It's no biggy, just a small project I'd liked to get around to doing on SOOO BIG. Take 'm off, prep 'em, repaint get them back on without breaking them. The previous owner must have continually scratched the paint off them like a set of worry beads.

Pleased advise, thanks, Happy PTin', ptprice

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Old 13 Dec 2018, 09:15 pm
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Default Re: It's a roundtoit project. I need to know how to remove steering wheel spoke cover

I don't know if yours are the same, but bubba_1952 just happens to have a set for sale:

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It looks like you should be able to take a plastic or wood stick (something non-marring) and put it at the seams and pop the two halves apart.

If you do happen to break yours, you could get the set from bubba_1952, and paint them before you reinstall them.
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Old 14 Dec 2018, 06:56 am
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I don't know if yours are the same, but bubba_1952 just happens to have a set for sale:

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It's a roundtoit project. I need to know how to remove steering wheel spoke covers?


It looks like you should be able to take a plastic or wood stick (something non-marring) and put it at the seams and pop the two halves apart.

If you do happen to break yours, you could get the set from bubba_1952, and paint them before you reinstall them.
Thanks, I know Dewayne has a set but that'd be my last option as some PTer whose steering wheel spoke covers are cracked or even more badly damage than SOOO BIG's might need that set more than I do.
As I looked them over I thought a manicure orange stick might work. I thought it best to ask before prying and breaking 'em.
In my physical condition, it's not worth a long walk through the salvage yard for a self taught tutorial to figure it out.
If I can, I'd rather restore these and not make it an embroiled, break one buy another project. That's why I asked.
Maybe Bubba_1952'll see the thread. He might know how to do it.
It was on my mind last evening before I retired and thus the thread.
I'll get around to a PM to Bubba_1952 this AM and ask him. He may know how to take 'em off w/o damage.
If I find out before an answer comes from the thread, I'll post it.
Thanks, happy PTin', ptprice
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Default Re: It's a roundtoit project. I need to know how to remove steering wheel spoke cover

Price, I sent you an email with removal pics and you should be able to take them off with out too much trouble. You are welcome to these spokes if you will just spring for postage. I am not going to use them.

Let me know and I will get them out to you. Send me your mailing address by pm.

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Here is the roundtoit version of removing the spokes with no damage (still is a tedious process to avoid damage). A lot of pics but wanted to be clear...








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Christmas day I removed one spoke cover and broke two of the attachment tangs off the top unit. Beyond repair. I discovered you don't get proper access to remove the spoke covers unless you lift the air bag assembly located in the center of the steering wheel. I didn't want to do that. As hard as it was I eventually remove one spoke cover (but I broke it!), it was touch and go re-installing one from the set Bubba sent me. Thanks Bubba.
I finally replace the broken one this morning but it was like brain surgery. I thought for a while I'd have to settle for a NECKED STEERING WHEEL SPOKE. I'd rather not take the chance and fool with the air bag as I don't know how to safely remove it for access. Maybe someone can explain how to do it.
I'm not as concerned with the appearance of the steering wheel spoke covers as I was. Replacing them doesn't improve fuel mileage or performance. From here on I'll consider the scraped off silver paint on the steering wheel spoke covers as the character and patina of age.
For those who'd like to know, below is an X rated photo of a "NECKED STEERING WHEEL SPOKE"
If any PTer needs a replacement steering wheel spoke cover just PM me. It's yours for the postage cost. Three of the tops aren't broken and all four bottoms are OK. Their all of varying degrees of finish.
Happy PTin' ptprice

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three good tops, four good bottoms.
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notice the patina of age on some of 'em.
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