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Hi Guys, could anyone tell me if another year, model of mercedes steering wheel would fit on my 79 r107? I have a original 17" and sure would like a smaller one. Original feels like I'm on the tractor! Any input would help. A 15" or so would be nice. Can't afford a nice nardi and adaptor etc.
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Well, a smaller wheel means your gages will be obstructed--mostly the top of the speedo and the RPM gage. What most people do is find a Nardi steering wheel. They go with the car and they are quite beautiful.
 

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+1 on the Nardi. It does obstruct the gauges a little, but I think it's well worth it.
 

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15" Mercedes R107 Steering Wheel

Hi Guys, could anyone tell me if another year, model of mercedes steering wheel would fit on my 79 r107? I have a original 17" and sure would like a smaller one. Original feels like I'm on the tractor! Any input would help. A 15" or so would be nice. Can't afford a nice nardi and adaptor etc.
Thanks again

Most all of the 1970-80 era MB steering wheels will be BIG. The oversized steering wheels were considered a safety feature which, in the unlikely event that the power steering went away, the driver would be better able to control the car. You probably will not find an oem Mercedes steering wheel that is substantially smaller that will bolt up to your SL.

The Nardi wood wheels are beautiful and as you mentioned, very expensive. There are several on eBay right now in the 4-5 hundred dollar range, and you need the correct adapter for $75 more.

As RobertinMn and dickz explained, if you go with a smaller steering wheel you will not be able to view the speedo and tach as well as with the OEM that you have now. You can't have both.

A few European companies in the '80s offered smaller 380mm (15") sport steering wheels with an adapter (nabe) to fit our cars. Nardi of course and and Atiwa were two of the main players. Many of the early AMG steering wheels were made by Atiwe. Atiwe made a number of versions of these smaller sport wheels and they called them Silberpfeil (Silver Arrow).

Like you I didn't care for the large wheel and after some searching found this Silberpfeil I for my SL. Like the Nardi, an adapter will be needed. (I spent nearly three months searching on eBay to find both)

I prefer this sport style because not only is it thicker padded leather, but also it is period correct.

I'm sure that other members on this forum have their favorite steering wheel and hopefully they will also share information to help you make a decision.
 

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I should have added that the Nardis will show up used, in good shape and much cheaper than that guy on Ebay is selling them for. I got mine, in excellent shape, from the original owner who had it on the same year 450SL as I own--he kept it after he got rid of the car many moons ago. It is an excellent shape and I paid 275.00 for it and that included the adapter and shipping.
 

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I added a wheel from a c class [cannot remember the model] to reduce the contortion required getting in and out and it worked out fine. The gauges are a little hidden but comfort and feel makes up for it.:thumbsup:

 

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My Nardi.

I traded my OEM bus steering wheel for it with the adapter from a very generous member here on the forum.

I got lucky but there are deals out there.

As far as FFF (fit, form, function) I love it. It tightens up the steering, allows more room and looks great.

The drawbacks? I have to duck my head to see the speedo. So what. I can see my tach just fine and I know how fast I'm going at 3000 rpms.
 

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madcow, be aware A&L's fine solution will probably NOT work for your car. I believe your '79 has a retainer nut for the steering wheel. The later cars had a different spline size and were retained with an allen head bolt.
 

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My Nardi.

I traded my OEM bus steering wheel for it with the adapter from a very generous member here on the forum.

I got lucky but there are deals out there.

As far as FFF (fit, form, function) I love it. It tightens up the steering, allows more room and looks great.

The drawbacks? I have to duck my head to see the speedo. So what. I can see my tach just fine and I know how fast I'm going at 3000 rpms.
As I stated previously I really like this wheel.
 

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Hi there,
I really need to say Thank You to the people who manage this site and every one who participates in it. For the average person to own one of these cars is a passion. This site helps make it possible to survive the journey.

I have a 1985 380sl. I am very interested in many of the 6 bolt steering wheels, but the hub adapter has me stumped. I'm willing to forego the air bag feature. I have the steering wheel on my bench and noted the yoke is not held in place mechanically. The wheel is fused to the yoke by 4 brass strips, no bolts. To move forward I'll need to cut the brass strips. That means there is no going back to standard. The yoke is the key. It holds down the race plate that transfers the horn and air bag power. The yoke's hub connection is a spline held down buy a 10mm hex bolt, which took a major amount of force to break lose.

So, does anyone out there have an adapter that will work?

Thank you! Joe D.
 

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I know this doesn't address your question, but in looking through the old replies to this thread, I noticed A&L's fitment of a non-airbag wheel that was used across the line from '92 to '95. I did the same in my 380 years ago. That was one thing I liked about it. Had to order a "lenkrad ohne Airbag" off eBay.de because by then all Benz wheels stateside had airbags. But it looked good and at least seemed to improve handling.
 

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Well, a smaller wheel means your gages will be obstructed--mostly the top of the speedo and the RPM gage. What most people do is find a Nardi steering wheel. They go with the car and they are quite beautiful.
What diameter nard wheel is this, 390mm or smaller?
 

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Let me try again. Nard guys, what diameter wheel did you install?
 

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Not ignoring your post. I just don't remember and haven't had time to check.

Sunday morning.
 

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Let me try again. Nard guys, what diameter wheel did you install?
The black spoke Nardi is 390MM, it is the wheel I ran on the 280Sl this summer. It blocks out a little bit of the cluster, but I can live with that.

The silver Nardi is 360MM it blocks out a bit more of the cluster. Was going to swap out between the two this summer, and see which I liked better, but never got around to it.
 

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The PIG's Nardi is 14" or 355 mm.
 

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Joe...I have an extra NIB Nardi hub....# 2804..Late 70s to '89..I bought my wheel from Crowders Customizing. They are a dealer..PM me if you have ??.
 

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Looks nice. Are those late model 124 seats in there as well?
 
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