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Picture of paracord steering wheel wrap
i have an older Jeep Grand Cherokee. its gotten quite a bit of use over the years. The steering wheel is now very smooth and slippery especially if I'm wearing gloves (since i live in Michigan this is pretty common). i am hoping the grip that i added will be warmer on bare hands too. I know your supposed to drive with your hands at 10 and 2 or 9 and 3 or whatever but i usually just hold on to the bottom holes on my steering wheel so that is all i wanted to cover with paracord (if i really like the bottom parts i might end up doing the rest too). it would be the same technique to do the whole thing

you could use this same technique to wrap basically anything i know i've wrapped flashlights and also rolls of paracord to keep them from getting tangled.
 
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Step 1: Starting off

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i did this 2 different ways. i changed the first way i did it because i couldn't keep anything tight. the way i used on the left side is what i changed the first way to. where the tag end goes under the working end (very hard to explain in words)

Step 2: Wraping

now that the paracord is tied off at where your going to start you can start the very repetitive process of single knots.

Step 3: Continue

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continue these knots. the threads part will resemble the ends of a cobra stitch bracelet.
zappenfusen7 months ago

Having an old Cherokee also (217,780 miles on odometer) I really like this and don't like the store bought offerings. My wife's Mazda may end up with same upgrade if she likes mine. I inherited a 1000' roll of paracord from my father only problem being it's Army green but has allowed me to make many of the projects on the site. This may lead to experiments in attempting to alter the color through dieing, painting?, or any suggestions fellow instructable lover's can offer. Anybody out there? I'm a scout leader and still have at least 600' of the green stuff and we use it for everything except the occasional necessary disciplinary hangings. (Just kidding!) I wouldn't hang a Boy Scout, Scout parents maybe, but not my Scouts.

Appreciate the Instructable, easy to understand.

Zapp

http://www.surplusnation.com/collections//paracord and in colors!

217K, that's not an old Cherokee, that's barely broken in!......if it has the 4.0L i-6 anyway.

True. You can't kill them even with neglect. I've seen them running with oil levels not even showing on the dipstick. The 4.0L was originally a Mitsubishi design from what I hear.

I loved my Cherokee 4.0L. All it needed was a cap+rotor every 30-40k.

I hated to sell it at only 270k. I just couldn't afford the gas for a suburb commute.

yep, that 4.0L, I-6 was an AWESOME engine. I had 275K on my YJ when I traded it in (got a 2K TJ), and it STILL ran like a sewing machine... and I got lucky with the Borg-Warner and AX-15 manual trans, too. I've heard some horror stories about random Peugot transmission that came from the factory...

I have the 4.0L and pray you're absolutely correct! Thanks.

msteele523 days ago
Awesome idea. Only the instructions are a tad vague for me, any chance this could be shown in a video?
jcolee made it!5 months ago

I was finally able to do it to the ZJ, I kept a continuous run of the paracord, knotting when I transitioned to another part to keep it held more securely. It definitely took longer than I expected it would. Great write up, and thanks for the idea!

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jhudgel6 months ago

this is what I managed yesterday. not great but what do you think?

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the guy11 (author)  jhudgel6 months ago
That looks sweet!!
RENONSNAKE6 months ago

Very good!I like it.

rasher757 months ago
I just wrapped all of my gmc Sierra wheel. I decided to transition from section to section instead of breaking in four sections. I think the transitions turned out good, time will tell. This took about 98.5 foot of cord.
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the guy11 (author)  rasher756 months ago

looks great!

Tex Arcana6 months ago
rasher75: not to ruin your day or great job on the wrapping, but you could've used the transitions to anchor the wraps around those sections, I think it would look even better, and be more uniform and functional.
Tex Arcana6 months ago
AWESOME IDEA! well done, sir!
gdubrobb7 months ago
where can I buy paracord?
sconner1 gdubrobb7 months ago

Unless you feel you need it for emergencies, this project doesn't require paracord. Find a cheaper nylon or even a rustic jute or manila cord for your steering wheel. Paracord is so popular now, I've see it in Lowes/Home Depot.

flhtom gdubrobb7 months ago

Here in Calif., both Walmart and Big 5 sell it, in the 550 lb. and 350 lb. strengths; red, OD grn, and black, about $6 for 100 ft

crkalino gdubrobb7 months ago

The internet is a wonderful thing, too. I have a few sporting goods stores around here that sell it as well as department stores, etc. Often times, due to a busy schedule, I just end up on Amazon for supplies. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding paracord there.

n0klu gdubrobb7 months ago

Army Surplus store nearest you will have several colors (at least mine does).

akagoldminer7 months ago

My Jeep is considerably older than your's. I have a 1948 Willys Jeep pickup truck. The steering wheel is considerably thinner than a modern steering wheel. This will be the ideal solution for me to thicken the girth of the entire steering wheel while also giving it a comfortable surface to get a grip on it. Thanks for posting and giving me a good idea for my old Jeep stering wheel to spiff it up a little bit too at the same time.

Ev7 months ago

If you wrap it tightly it will not loosen, but to make sure use a strip of non-slip mesh under the cord.

Trelligan7 months ago

Nice use of picture hints, and nice pictures.

rayleb7 months ago

as fat as my steering wheel is, I think I'll gut mine so that it lies flatter.

Good idea

angelleah19817 months ago

Cool. I used to have to drive a small truck with a small steering wheel that was slippery from use. This would have solved my problem. It drove me crazy. Is there any chance of it slipping and causing a safety issue?

DMoeller7 months ago

Awesome. I'm going to ditch the leather cover on my Toyota's wheel and do this. Perfect for an older truck (and someone who's got thousands of feet of 550 cord).

Horef7 months ago

that is a great idea! thanks for sharing!

oilitright7 months ago

This looks like a very practical solution. I wear out those cheap steering wheel covers from the auto parts in exactly the same position about 8 and 5. Only I am baffled by the instructions and pictures. Any chance you might do a video?

maka7 months ago

My reaction when I saw this in the featured I'bles email was "HELL YES!" I don't know why I've never thought of this. I bought a used Maxima a couple of years ago and the steering wheel has a stickiness to it that no amount of multiple different cleaning solutions and solvents has fixed. It feels AWFUL on my hands. I dislike most of the commercial steering wheel covers out there, though. This is a perfect idea. I don't know why I never thought of it, but I'm absolutely going to do it! I'll share a photo when it's done. I don't quite have enough paracord on hand right now, so I'll have to pick up some more cord first.

DconBlueZ7 months ago

Looks good, how long since you did it? I'd like to try it but would like to know how well it holds up to actual driving.

the guy11 (author)  DconBlueZ7 months ago

i did just do it but i will try to update this instructable in a few weeks with some more use

jdcord7 months ago

Very nice, how many feet did you use per inch of wrap?

the guy11 (author)  jdcord7 months ago

i think it would depend on the circumference of the part your wrapping it around mine was about 4 in of paracord for every wrap. i did about 7-8 wraps per inch so a little over 2 feet per inch