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Old 11-22-2012, 11:08 PM
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steering wheels

Anybody know of any affordable aftermarket wooden steering wheels that will fit a w123?? Something smaller than the stock semi tractor trailer sized wheel, being a tall person it's hard getting in and out and what not.

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Old 11-22-2012, 11:24 PM
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I'm looking for exactly the same thing. Can't wait to find a nice classy wooden steering wheel to replace the dirty looking (though very clean) old plastic/rubber wheel the car has had for the last 34 years.

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:34 AM
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I have a Nardi I bought used here. It needs a little refinishing but it is a lovely piece. Its not for sale though.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:29 AM
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the 124 wheels fit perfectly, they are smaller, and many are leather, and some have wood sections.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:56 PM
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Smaller wheels also tend to obscure the instrument cluster. Something to think about when changing steering wheels.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:13 PM
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No adapters needed for the w124 wheel?
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:55 PM
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I had a european-market w124 no-airbag wheel on my last w126. Very nice wheel.

But it's news to me if w124 wheels will fit w123.

I was under the impression you can interchange:
- w116 < -- > w123
- w126 < --> w124

But not mix between those.
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I have a Nardi I want to install also, just needs a little spiffing up. got it off a w108 in the yards for $12. not for sale.

I read about the big Buss or Semi truck steering wheels in our MB`s. don`t seem that big to me, and I have driven the large trucks and there is no comparison between the 2 type wheels.

I removed a steering wheel off 84 300SD last week, and it seems like the 123 wheel. maybe the 2nd gen 126 is different?

I always wonder if some of the tall guys, are also on the Fluffy side?

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Old 11-23-2012, 02:29 PM
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wheel of fortune

Likewise I replaced my w123 steering wheel with a leather wrap classic NARDI and corresponding hub many years ago.

I end up using the KM markings for easy speedo reading since the MPH is slightly obscured along the top.

Bought mine on ebay long time ago.

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Old 11-23-2012, 02:45 PM
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What is the diameter of the W124 steering wheel? Do all years fit?
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:24 PM
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the 124 wheels fit perfectly, they are smaller, and many are leather, and some have wood sections.
As do the 140 and 210 wheels with some modification. I have a nice leather 210 wheel in my 124 I paid 30 for.
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Looks like I should try making a wood steering wheel out of the stock 123 steering wheel. A new project for my 2 month furlough time off work.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:21 PM
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OMP monza steering wheel and momo adapter? I used to own one of the nardi wheels mentioned, and it was nice, but would have been another ~$350 to install in my car and I didnt care for the feel of it, so Im glad someone else will be getting some use out of it.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:35 PM
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:59 AM
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An early w201 steering wheels look like the stock wheel with no air bag, but are about an inch smaller in diameter and fit a w123.


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