Introduction: Paracord Steering Wheel Wrap

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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.

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

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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.

Step 4: Compress Stitches Together

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Step 5: Finishing Off

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i didnt get many good pictures of this step but i basically used the same method as starting off. i pasted the end under the previous knot so it was "locked in" so to speak. then just cut and melt the ends.


Riggerrigo made it! (author)2017-02-07

1999 Ford F-150, Red White and Blue paracord. Did a roll under on the last warp then cut and burn. Looks pretty cool. Thanks for the post.

gdubrobb (author)2014-01-19

where can I buy paracord?

your local Walmart or sporting goods shop should carry the stuff, if it doesn't, Amazon carries 1,000 foot rolls!

Lowes, Michaels or Hobby Lobby too.

Race0721 (author)gdubrobb2016-08-22

here in Texas, they have it at Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Target, and even craft places such as Michaels and probably Joann's

sconner1 (author)gdubrobb2014-01-30

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 (author)gdubrobb2014-01-22

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 (author)gdubrobb2014-01-21

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 (author)gdubrobb2014-01-21

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

DMoeller (author)2014-01-22

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).

I've got a '99 4Runner, don't even have all or 4 wheel drive, and I live in iowa!! this should come in handy, I'll make a black or camo one soon and give updates on how driving improves from hands not being frozen to the wheel after 5 minutes of driving (yes that has happened... Twice!!) All of the leather has worn off and just the adhesive is showing now so it's all gooey and sticky, and it rubs off and it's gross. This should be a warmth and sanitary improvement!

jhudgel (author)2014-03-03

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

looks, (*3*)... spiraly....

the guy11 (author)jhudgel2014-03-04

That looks sweet!!

jdcord (author)2014-01-18

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

the guy11 (author)jdcord2014-01-19

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

jmcorti422 (author)the guy112015-03-16


Holy balls, that's really pink

yrralguthrie (author)2016-08-30

Just a note: many driving schools no longer advocate driving with the hands at 10:00 and 2:00. In fact they teach holding the steering wheel at 7:00 and 5:00 where your paracord is. The reason is that the steering on many (most) new vehicles is very sensitive and if startled a person holding at 10 and 2 will severely over correct. It's significantly harder to turn the wheel quickly when holding at 7 and 5. Much less tendency to over correct.

pzcshc made it! (author)2015-02-13

Great instructions...thanks for putting them up.

georgewastaken (author)pzcshc2016-06-15

I have the same steering wheel! But in an xj haha. Can you tell me how much cord you needed for the whole wheel?

rasher75 (author)2014-02-02

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.

brandta1 (author)rasher752015-04-19

How'd you do it I can't figure out how to start on my mustang

the guy11 (author)rasher752014-02-15

looks great!

Dustymylo (author)2014-12-11

I did it to my golf cart

Bonecaya (author)2014-11-20

I'm solo gonna do this. Great idea & instruct able!!!

darkinertia (author)2014-09-17

1996 grand Cherokee laredo? looks exactly like my jeep :P

jcowan7 (author)2014-09-13

turned out the way I wanted. thanks!

zappenfusen (author)2014-01-21

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 and in colors!

odiekokee (author)zappenfusen2014-01-21

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

sconner1 (author)odiekokee2014-01-30

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.

jackson42 (author)sconner12014-08-21

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...

zappenfusen (author)odiekokee2014-01-24

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

msteele5 (author)2014-08-08

Awesome idea. Only the instructions are a tad vague for me, any chance this could be shown in a video?

jcolee made it! (author)2014-03-19

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!

RENONSNAKE (author)2014-02-22

Very good!I like it.

Tex Arcana (author)2014-02-12

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 Arcana (author)2014-02-12

AWESOME IDEA! well done, sir!

akagoldminer (author)2014-01-23

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.

Ev (author)2014-01-23

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

Trelligan (author)2014-01-22

Nice use of picture hints, and nice pictures.

rayleb (author)2014-01-22

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

Good idea

angelleah1981 (author)2014-01-22

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?

Horef (author)2014-01-21

that is a great idea! thanks for sharing!

oilitright (author)2014-01-21

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?

maka (author)2014-01-21

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.

DconBlueZ (author)2014-01-19

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)DconBlueZ2014-01-19

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

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