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Waaaaaaah!
After an hour of pulling thread tightly and carefully aligning at the beginning, my two color green/black leather steering wheel cover is installed. Hmm, looks a little off...but it's perfect at the bottom, why is the top uneven???

Ah ha, the left black section is one inch longer than the right black section. :?

Well, now for the returns ringamarole (sp?). Maybe it'll go faster the second time.
 

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Thanks TMac. I'm actually a little worried as hondacuraworld's site says they wont accept returns on defective merchandise or on items which have been installed. I sent them an email to see if I can get an RMA, but the policy worries me. I'm not sure what I can do since it's defective.
 

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That really is bad. All that time spent goes wasted. I wish you not having problem exchanging/returning the cover and better luck with the next one.
 

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Staggie - Bummer to hear about your wheel cover woes. hope you can get a replacement quickly. I spent about 45 minutes sewing mine on and it was most definitely worth the work.
 

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I did a crap job sewing mine on. I need to do it over. Any idea where I can pick up that waxy thread?
 

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Stores like Tandy leather co. that specialise in leather goods have the waxed thread and the large needles. When i restore leather steering wheels, i always go there for my materials.
 

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Is this why I should pay the Honda TECH $90 to install ?
Let me know how to proceed.

(for an ELEMENT SC).

Cheers! Merry Xmas everyone.
Bill.;-)
 

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My dealer told me (when I picked up the SC after it was done) they send out the steering wheel to have the covers installed.
I wondered a bit about them dealing with the airbag and all, but wherever they sent it too did a fab job on mine.

You might ask the dealer if they outsource it and go directly to the place they use - might save a few bucks.
 

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Waaaaaaah!
After an hour of pulling thread tightly and carefully aligning at the beginning, my two color green/black leather steering wheel cover is installed. Hmm, looks a little off...but it's perfect at the bottom, why is the top uneven???

Ah ha, the left black section is one inch longer than the right black section. :?

Well, now for the returns ringamarole (sp?). Maybe it'll go faster the second time.
Before you write off the thing, you might want to make sure that you've got the sections aligned up right. I had a similar situation when installing mine, but upon looking at it I realized I had it turned 90 degrees incorrectly.

Of course, with your two-tone cover it's probably harder to make that mistake--mine is all black, so the only way to tell the sections apart are by the perfs.
 

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I did a crap job sewing mine on. I need to do it over. Any idea where I can pick up that waxy thread?
You can also get the thread and needle from HandA, if you're looking for actual OEM thread. I think it's like seven bucks before shipping.
 

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I did a crap job sewing mine on. I need to do it over. Any idea where I can pick up that waxy thread?

Trevor at HandA sells the waxy thread for the steering wheel cover, as a seperate item in case someone messes it up of gets knots in it and can't get them out. Pretty sure it comes with the needle as well.

I did a fairly nice job on mine, but it is a bear to do.
 

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I thought it was closer to 3 bucks.

To help make sure all the colored sections stay aligned, make sure you use even pressure when pulling all your stitches tight. Take your time, and pull firmly and evenly.

I had to undo a few stitches a few times because I got the order wrong when going around the spokes, but eventually got it right. It makes a big difference for me, as I have long fingers and found the stock steering wheel a little skinny feeling - not to mention I don't care for the cheesy plastic feeling. (I've come from a long line of using nice steering wheels - RX-7, S2000, Miata, other leather wraps, etc.)

good luck!

You can also get the thread and needle from HandA, if you're looking for actual OEM thread. I think it's like seven bucks before shipping.
 

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I know this is a decade late but I recently got the Honda Element Steering wheel cover and am pretty nervous about putting this thing on.

What about the areas where they skip the holes? Do you have to tie off at that point and start again? Or is there a spot you hide the string? I've seen some videos on youtube but they all have holes where they just put the dummy string through the holes.

I'm considering asking the dealer to do it, which really makes me ashamed because I've done lots of projects on my E that would make a lot of people nervous. But this is more of an art than it is taking apart a nut and bolt and replacing it.

If anyone has a video or has some close up pictures of the spoke area of the Element or if you've just taken it to the dealer, please let me know?
 

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when i installed leather cover on my CR-V i just continued around the wheel spokes. that was like 15 years ago and it still looks OK today.
 
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