ahmed24

Steering wheel stitch-on perforated leather & F emblem

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It's been a while since I did any mods on my IS250. I've owned it for just over 12 years. I've recently completely resprayed the car to Ultrasonic Blue and have quite a few mods planned in the coming weeks/months.

I purchased a stitch-on leather wrap for my IS250 steering wheel. I purchased my leather wrap from AliExpress directly from China. Cost was $26 with FREE delivery and with a extra $4 off coupon. Making total $22 which converted in GBP to around £17. You can get them as cheap as $12 with free shipping. But most of them are synthetic leather. I went for the slightly more expensive one that said genuine cowhide leather.

I went for perforated leather with blue stitching. I wanted to add an F Emblem at the bottom of the steering wheel to give the re-trim some uniqueness. F emblems small enough for the steering wheel are hard to find and Lexus don't seem to sell them as replacements. So I designed and printed my own in 3D resin. I cut-out a recess in the original steering wheel and used contact adhesive to form this recess shape on the new leather. The result in my opinion is great. I also re-wrapped my steering switch covers in gloss carbon.

The key to a perfect fit is to make sure you stick down the leather and stretch and tightly stitch it together.

Cost for project was £17 for leather, £3 for contact adhesive and about £10 for printing a sheet of F emblem and £0.99 for the carbon wrap. Making the total £30.99

Below are some pics and a video of the project including my F emblem design in Adobe Illustrator.

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Nice job, congratulations, and well done 👍

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Looks amazing! Nothing better than doing things yourself! 

How do you get the steering wheel controls off? Wouldn't mind wrapping mine in carbon wrap to match everything else

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That does look extremely good. I've bought a stitch on cover for my GS and if I can make it look half as good as that I'll be chuffed.

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1 hour ago, Matt1280 said:

Looks amazing! Nothing better than doing things yourself! 

How do you get the steering wheel controls off? Wouldn't mind wrapping mine in carbon wrap to match everything else

Thanks.

I wrote a detailed guide on how to wrap those steering wheel controls back in September 2010. It's posted on here and my blog too but I think the pictures may not be working on here. My blog post here: https://is-250.blogspot.com/2010/09/diy-carbonfibre-wrapping-steering-wheel.html 

Apologies about the blog, it's not been update in a long time, it's very outdated (i've been lazy 🙁) Hopefully soon 😄 

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1 hour ago, rich1068 said:

That does look extremely good. I've bought a stitch on cover for my GS and if I can make it look half as good as that I'll be chuffed.

Thank you. If you need any help or advice feel free to PM me.

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I did another steering wheel wrap for someone with custom orange stitching and had the interior trims hydropdipped orange carbon weave to match his orange colour theme. Also added in paddle-shifters to his car as he's original steering wheel didn't have paddle shifters. Thought i'd share some pics of that project below. Remember this isn't my car.

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Well done Ahmed,looks cool 😉👍

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wow! like the look! excellent work.

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