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Old 03-02-2010, 02:36 AM   #1
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What do racers/track ****** run?

Is there really that big of a difference between a $300 Momo wheel and a $30 eBay wheel?


We all know it's best to spend money on a quality hub.
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NRG slim hub, $7 ebay adapter hub.
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Standard nardi wheel and gloves

Really comfy, grippy and flameproof glove, I love it. The white version.

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Sweet Manufacturing QR Hub with Sparco Monza wheel...
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NRG Slim Hub
NRG QR
NRG 15mm spacer
Ebay 30mm spacer
Sparco Mugello steering wheel

I tried a friend's ebay wheel and it was floppy. The wheel would flex if you pushed/pulled on it.
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Sparco 383 wheel, only used with gloves

Best wheel I have tried yet, and yes it does make a difference. Especially leather wheels with gloves = fail
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Sparco 383 is what I have in both my cars. Awesome wheel. One car has a really nice SPA quick disconnect (weld on) and the other has a replica of an NRG that I actually like more then the NRG itself.
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Pretty sure it's the other way around, ebay hubs are ok, but the wheels are flexible garbage.

That being said, I have a Momo hub and Competition wheel, LTB motorsports quick release.
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Sparco 383 wheel, only used with gloves

Best wheel I have tried yet, and yes it does make a difference. Especially leather wheels with gloves = fail
I have this wheel and love it in my Auto-X mr2. Try to only use with same kind of gloves. The grip is so good I catch myself using one hand sometimes in the middle of a run (yeah I know it's not good)

Had an ebay hub on the miata that cracked in like 2 weeks. Got a Momo hub and it's fine now. Have a Momo 350mm race wheel on it....I don't hate it.
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Ebay NRG knockoff, cheap EBay wheel. Working fine so far except for the POS horn setup which is an easy fix. Yanked on it pretty hard after I installed it and it feels stout enough.

Hub looks exactly like this one, except the brand is "JDM" mad tyte yo.
WHEEL QUICK ADAPTER RELEASE HUB CHROME MAZDA RX7 MIATA : eBay Motors (item 320420545012 end time Mar-03-10 18:24:08 PST)
Wheel looks exactly like this one
90-97 95 MAZDA MIATA QUICK RELEASE+HUB+STEERING WHEEL : eBay Motors (item 170435276822 end time Mar-21-10 17:17:18 PDT)
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My egay wheel has not bended or flexed is rather sturdy, and yes I ********** it.
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Ebay adapter hub, Ebay NRG knockoff quick release, and a Sparco Ring. I'm happy with it. No play or flex in any of the parts.
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Everyone likes pictures:

Momo hub, nrg quick release with a nardi deep corn in leather. Had i known my car would eventually be a track car i would have gotten suede.

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I have a MOMO steering wheel with a grant spacer and NRG quick release and for a daily it is amazing I would recommend suede or gloves for track use.
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After test fitting my new seat i know I'm going to need a new steering wheel. Ebay might be in my future. Done spent too many monies lately.
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For the track car, I prefer a quick release hub. Even better, one that has pass-through connections for buttons (horn, radio, timer, etc).

I've had a few different quick-release hubs. Here's my list of must-have features:
  • Ball-bearing locking mechanism - NOT splined or hex. The ball-bearing fit in my quick release has always been very tight and slop-free. I've had a top-of-the-line splined hub that loosened and developed some slop over time. Another benefit of a ball-bearing type locking mechanism is that there is only ONE way to lock the wheel into position, you cannot be a tooth off, upside down, or whatever.
  • Bolt-in, not weld-in. Welds can fatigue and break, and are more of a permanent change to the steering shaft.
  • Pass-through wiring for at least one button. This is a very nice feature. Allows the use of a horn, radio comm button, etc.
  • Solidly built release mechanism. I prefer the ring type, where you put your palms on the center of the steering wheel, then pull the release ring forward with your fingertips.
I paid ~$80 for my bolt-in quick release hub. The hub was made by SPWUSA.com a.k.a. SPWindustries.com, and I bought it from xperformance.com. Seems the SPW website is under revamp, and XPerformance doesn't have an online store anymore (they were also selling them through Ebay). SPW's site has a contact number to call them, they are in Cali.

For a track-specific car, a suede or alcantara covered steering wheel is a must. Nice and grippy. I've had leather wheels, they slip, even with suede or alcantara-palmed gloves. The Momos are great in my experience. I have a Model 78, and would buy another one tomorrow if I needed a steering wheel. I would like it to have a yellow hash mark at 12 o'clock, but that isn't a deal-breaker for me.


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holy hell, I can't believe I made this two years ago.

I'm FINALLY getting around to choosing a steering wheel.

Have any opinions changed?

Hustler, what do you use?
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Sparco 383 here.
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My friend has an Ebay Sparco and it's not flexy at all. The wheel material is like a hard rubber or plastic though.
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Same parts I mentioned above 2 years ago, still no slop in them. My <$40 ebay quick release is identical to the $80 one wildo posted, and identical to others listed on ebay for $60 with fake sparco logos. Most likely they are all made at the same factory in China.

The Sparco Ring wheel is D-shaped. I chose it for the extra knee/thigh clearance (I'm 6'3") otherwise I would have gone with a 383 or similar round wheel.
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