When checking boxes to add options to your performance car, it can get quite expensive. Even things like a steering wheel stripe can get expensive — so expensive that Porsche owners came up with a unique remedy.
I personally recently upgraded the steering wheel in my BMW E92 M3 to the alcantara M Performance steering wheel. I am a big fan of alcantara steering wheels — but for the E92/E90 generation of BMW, the only options are a blue striped steering wheel and a yellow striped steering wheel, with the stripe fixed at top to let you know where the center of the wheel is when you’re on the track.
I wanted a different-colored stripe — and that meant I would have to go to the aftermarket. Getting a custom stitched stripe on a BMW steering wheel can cost anywhere from $25 to $100 — and some aftermarket options have you deal with core charges, forcing you to send your steering wheel while you get a new steering wheel with the stripe you want.
I know what you’re thinking: if it’s that annoying, just put a piece of electric tape over the stripe and the color is changed. But while I don’t want to spend up to $100, electric tape would look to cheap for my taste. So I searched the web for alternative and the Porsche 911 GT3 guys are the ones who came to the rescue.
Porsche 911 GT3 owners — and owners of really any Porsche — must deal with some high-priced options on their high-priced driving machines. I have seen owners complaining about the cost of stripes on their alcantara steering wheels. I have seen prices quoted from $300 to $3,000 — more than they (and I) want to spend.
The 911 GT3 owners came up with the idea to use an unique stage stape used in theater and movie productions, essentially a gaffer like tape. It provides all the stick you need to stay on your steering wheel, while not leaving residue. The best part is it has texture and blends in nicely with your steering wheel, looking like you paid the $300 for a new wheel — and, in my opinion, it doesn’t look as cheap as electric tape.
The tape comes in many color options, but I chose red to match my Melbourne Red-painted M3. It goes nicely with the red paint, my aftermarket red ///M button, and the red Stop/Start button.
Did I over think it? You have another idea? Did I just save you $300? Let me know in the comments.
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