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I'm running out of ideas, it seems.

My wooden steering wheel is finally finished but has gone out of my possession immediately after it came back from painting. So I've already started to make another one that has made some progress:




It's a current sport-three-spoker with black painted spokes, holes polished inside and wood on the rim. I'm considering mahagony color. Now I'm looking for the next wheel's design.


Here's the core of a bavaria or NK stock wheel. These ones are dished what I like better than flat:




Now I could add two more upper spokes, insert an oval profile between them and try to fake the tisa. But the spokes have 7mm diameter what I guess is not easily available, they're shaped quite complicated and I don't know how to fix them on the aluminium hub. I also don't know how to polish the current spokes and remove remaining welding points and scratches without a trace. The rim is not running fine, it's tumbling. The tisas maybe pretty, yes, but they don't fit to 02s and there are still prettier ones. So I cancelled to upgrade this core to the tisa.


Locating a flat design, I would use a Raid hub or similar as a base, but let's keep to dished. I decided that the NK core was no base because of what's mentioned above, so I subtracted spokes and rim:




Thanks the Almighty my lathe is in order again. Now, basing on this remaining hub, I'd like to know about your proposals and suggestions. Only dished is already defined because flat is flat.


How many spokes? (In case of just one a wooden rim will be risky because of the elasticity except it covers 180° or more. Besides, it's meant for a BMW and not for a Citroen or a golf cart.)


Spokes holed, slotted or solid? Their shape? One-piece or two or more? If holed, how many holes? Which diameters? The color? Black, chromed or anodized? All spokes pointing to a common center or the upper ones kinda in-line? The black one above has spokes with common center, the NK has a seperate center for the upper ones above the fixing nut.


Which diameter for the rim? Wooden, leather or a combi of both? If combi, which sections where? The color? Of wood, leather and yarn? What kind and size of the rim profile? How many finger recesses and their width?


What about the horn button? Buttons instead of the outside holes in the spokes? Or a center one? A big one like the E21 series have or a small one with visible screws? Brass screws, galvanized or stainless steel? Slot-, cross-, inhex- or torx drive? BMW badge or none?


Hmm... If some metal tube could be pressed to an oval profile, the tisa copy joins the game again. Got some age-old ash wood from a friend yesterday. A real bona-fide tisa wheel wouldn't be attractive in a '74 02 with crosshair and brown fake wood cluster, but let's keep this in mind.


No, seriously: I'm not kidding yer. I know that there are numberless pics of wheels cruising in the net but just a small number of them is good enough for a BMW 02. And now we have the freedom to create something that fits to this car and is really something new.


So please let me know your ideas, mine are too many or too little. I need input.


Thanks in advance,






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