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Need new steering wheel for my 66 GTO


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My GTO has an old aftermarket wheel in it that needs replacing. My question is about the depth of steering wheels. When I adjust my seat so I can comfortably reach the pedals, I feel like I'm too close to the wheel, I feel a bit crowded. I'm looking to get the wheel a little farther away from me. Are the Pontiac wheels you can get from OPG or Ames deep or are they on the shallower side? I'm open to a non-Pontiac wheel as well. I attached a pic of the wheel I have now (I know I need to clean up some of my wiring).

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3 hours ago, Wfin73 said:

My GTO has an old aftermarket wheel in it that needs replacing. My question is about the depth of steering wheels. When I adjust my seat so I can comfortably reach the pedals, I feel like I'm too close to the wheel, I feel a bit crowded. I'm looking to get the wheel a little farther away from me. Are the Pontiac wheels you can get from OPG or Ames deep or are they on the shallower side? I'm open to a non-Pontiac wheel as well. I attached a pic of the wheel I have now (I know I need to clean up some of my wiring).

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Well that doesn’t appear to be a very deep dished wheel, so you won’t gain much in room if that’s true! 
You need to be comfortable in your position of driving that’s for sure! So a couple things to consider. If you go aftermarket a smaller wheel will I’ve you more room, but it won’t change arm positioning as far as how your arms extend out or bend. Adding blocks under the front or back legs of the seat will change the angle of the seat, which can help with positioning. Last, changing pedal position by changing the angle of the pedals. Which requires cut and welding can effectively move the pedals out or in depending on what you do!

I would suggest try the seat angle idea first that may be the least intrusive!

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As an alternative to your steering wheel, might I suggest you look for relocation brackets for your bucket seats. There are kits available that relocate the mounting brackets of the driver and passenger seat two inches further back - away from the steering wheel.

 Universal kit from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/YearOne-Wheels-Universal-relocation-brackets/dp/B01H611QTE

 

Kit speciific to GM A-bodys from JEGS

https://www.jegs.com/i/Golden-Star/189/SB03-64S/10002/-1

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I still have plenty of room to put my seat back, but if I do, I’m reaching for the pedals. I have my seat where I want it, I just feel cramped by the wheel. I’m 5’11”  so it’s not that I’m short, maybe it just is what it is and I’m Just spoiled by modern cars where you can push the wheel farther away if you need to. 

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Would you suggest putting the blocks under the front or the back to make more room?

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