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#1 Posted: 12/19/2010 22:24:24

Looking to put a leather wrap/covering over my stick grip simular to those found on high end auto shift knobs.  Does anyone know who does this or how to go about making the patterns/stitching etc?  I love the leather wrap on my steering wheel and woul like to have a simular feel and texture that absorbs moisture.  Thanks.



John Owens
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#2 Posted: 12/19/2010 23:19:29

Almost any good auto upholstery shop should be able to take care of that for you.



Frank Giger
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#3 Posted: 12/20/2010 01:40:37

You might want to look into leather golf club grips.  They're a long tape that wraps around with self stickum, which is what is used in many steering wheels.



Tom Hackel
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#4 Posted: 12/20/2010 20:55:20

With test fittings and time it can be hand stitched with a great deal of self pride.

goat skin is extremely tough and thin, (All feel no padding)

Deer, Elk, Buffalo increase in thickness and grip / give as listed.

Cow hide can be purchased in small pieces, and hundreds of pressed in patterns.

Shaved to most any thickness and color and softness.

 

http://leatherunltd.com/blackpowder/patterns/patterns_men.html

 

http://www.4hides.com/Home.html

 

http://www.eleathersupply.com/

 

Good luck, Have fun, Tom



#5 Posted: 12/21/2010 19:09:51

Thanks guys.  My grip is a custom moulded, so the leather golf wrap wouldn't work. There is a bicycle handlebar leather wrap that would work for round grips.

I figured I would have to do it myself, but didn't know if there were specific ways to do the more techincal areas.  Like the lower part of the grip at the palm or the openings for the HAT and PPT switches.  And heat or pressing techniques to get the shape needed.  Thanks for the links. 



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#6 Posted: 12/21/2010 23:13:58

 When I'm buying a hide, I like to look at it first, so I get my hides from Tandy Leather in a nearby city.

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/



Frank Giger
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#7 Posted: 12/22/2010 02:02:43

This is why I love homebuilding - one gets to learn about a zillion skills.