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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:
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.
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.
As an example, in the picture at the top of the page you can see the MOMO MOD. 11 Steering Wheel 260mm Diameter MOM-R1920-26S Add to Cart , MOMO MOD. 78 Steering Wheel 320mm Diameter Leather MOM-R1909-33L Add to Cart & MOMO MOD. 69 Steering Wheel MOM-R1913-35S Add to Cart (350mm) steering wheels.
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.
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.
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.
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.