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Old 05-14-2010, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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wood steering wheel for 450sl

Hi, I have a 77 450sl and i would like to replace the stock wheel with a wood wheel (grant,Nardi, etc). I would like to know what the best way is to go with this as far as availability of adapters and wheels. Thanks Bob
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No direct experience, but Nardi's are popular, and they seem to be on ebay for the SL all the time.
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Old 05-14-2010, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I put a Grant 1170 classic on my Oldsmobile 88 Convertible 25 years ago to emulate the Nardi's on the Benzes of all the mobsters in my neighborhood. I never regretted that, the wheel still looks great. So when I got my own SL last month I set out shopping and decided to save a few hundred off a Nardi and go for a Grant again. With the adaptor kit 6551, the whole setup was 211$ US from Performance Parts Auto Accessories Car Parts Truck Performance Parts USA Canada .

I have not installed it yet, but will likely get to it this weekend. I'll report back with some pics. HEre's a pic of the 1170, clearly a Nardi Classic inspired design.

On ebay there are lots of used Nardis, odd almost all selling from the Far East. There is one new big new seller there who is a genuine Nardi representative, Crowley's costom or something like that. Note that the Nardi adaptor kits are over 100$ and also note that I have been told by the tech guy at Grant that certain Mercedes adaptors are no longer made for the SL. THere were a couple of shaft sizes, apparently, only the thicker one is still made.
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Thanks for that bit of info Chris ~ very interested in doing the same thing. But first things first...under the hood first
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Im looking for something like that, but with black spokes, not chrome/steel.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Beautiful wheel. Please update with pictures after installation as I am thinking of one also. Thanks.
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The information Chris was given is correct. There are 2 shaft sizes. The early models had the smaller shaft diameter. If you have the 10mm allen bolt securing your wheel it is the larger shaft.
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I found mine at Adsit. It comes with the hub. One word of caution... It's a little smaller, so it blocks the view of the top of the speedometer.
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I'd go with the Nardi. Its period correct and just plain looks and feels like it belongs!

Hey - you could buy my 5.0 SLC it has a Nardi wheel...

Seriously though Adsit does have a fair price on the Nardi wheel and the warning that Jim mentioned is true but for me the stock wheel also gets in the way of the gauges so its a wash for me.

Good luck with your wheel hunt.

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Hi, I have a 77 450sl and i would like to replace the stock wheel with a wood wheel (grant,Nardi, etc). I would like to know what the best way is to go with this as far as availability of adapters and wheels. Thanks Bob

Bob you probably want to remove your email address from your posts or you'll get indexed with the thread and you'll start getting all kinds of junk mail. Just ask people to PM you.

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