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I'm thinking about replacing the steering wheel on my 88 560SL. How did the R129 wheel workout! You pleased with the fit? Does it block the view of dash guages? Any horn grounding issue?

I would appreciate your opinion and any advice.

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I'm thinking about replacing the steering wheel on my 88 560SL. How did the R129 wheel workout! You pleased with the fit? Does it block the view of dash guages? Any horn grounding issue?

I would appreciate your opinion and any advice.

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Best modification I did to the car. Perfect fit. It does block the gauges a bit. See post 10 in this thread.
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Best modification I did to the car. Perfect fit. It does block the gauges a bit. See post 10 in this thread.
Thank you. I'm looking to make a buy on a black steering wheel that I am told is in excellent condition. It does appear to be in very good condition in photos. Sounds from your comment that the color shade might need to be dyed as you have done to make it a good match. Any advice based on your experience will be appreciated.

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Thank you. I'm looking to make a buy on a black steering wheel that I am told is in excellent condition. It does appear to be in very good condition in photos. Sounds from your comment that the color shade might need to be dyed as you have done to make it a good match. Any advice based on your experience will be appreciated.
The airbag that came with the R129 wheel was a little lighter shade than the steering wheel. It does not appear these two parts came off the same car, but that’s eBay for you. I ended up refinished the sterring wheel to fix scratches and nicks using leather refinishing product left over from a previous project. The color of the refinished wheel was a perfect match with the color of the R107 airbag, so I used it.
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The airbag that came with the R129 wheel was a little lighter shade than the steering wheel. It does not appear these two parts came off the same car, but that’s eBay for you. I ended up refinished the sterring wheel to fix scratches and nicks using leather refinishing product left over from a previous project. The color of the refinished wheel was a perfect match with the color of the R107 airbag, so I used it.
Good to know. I appreciate the info you shared. I have a two color wheel (Polomino/black) that shows typical wear for it age. Could restore that wheel of course. But I am considering dyeing all black (a better look I'm sure), or going with a smaller 129 wheel that I understand improves the driving experience. Also looking at Nardi wood wheel.

Having a tough time making a decision. Thanks again for sharing.

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My goal is to keep my car as original looking as possible but make “improvements” not noticeable to the casual observer. The R129 steering wheel was the perfect solution to an issue that bothered me since the first time I sat behind the wheel of a R107.
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My goal is to keep my car as original looking as possible but make “improvements” not noticeable to the casual observer. The R129 steering wheel was the perfect solution to an issue that bothered me since the first time I sat behind the wheel of a R107.
I too am trying to keep my car looking original as possible. I'll probably end up with the R129 wheel.

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RLT61,
Greetings from the west coast!
This is what I wanted to do to my '87 560sl years ago. Your project has given me the inspirational kick in the arse I needed. So I just purchased a 90-92 R129 steering wheel. It seems to be in good enough condition that I'll forgo restoration job you did on yours (as nice as it is). What size socket did you use to get the wheel off? I like the idea it's pretty much plug n play and I can use the 107 air bag to boot!
I'll let you know how it all works out.
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Greetings from the west coast!
This is what I wanted to do to my '87 560sl years ago. Your project has given me the inspirational kick in the arse I needed. So I just purchased a 90-92 R129 steering wheel. It seems to be in good enough condition that I'll forgo restoration job you did on yours (as nice as it is). What size socket did you use to get the wheel off? I like the idea it's pretty much plug n play and I can use the 107 air bag to boot!
I'll let you know how it all works out.
It requires a 10mm Allen socket with an extension so the socket wrench clears the steering wheel. The Allen bolt might be pretty tight, make sure your steering lock is not engaged. The pic. below shows the couple pieces of 2x4 I used to keep the wheel from turning when loosening and tightening the bolt.
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I replaced mine with a 400mm wooden wheel from Bulgaria ($220 with adapter). This smaller wheel changes the who,e experience of driving this car. The smaller wheel does inhibit seeing parts of the dash, but who cares. The driving experience more than makes up for this. Highly recommend this mod.
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