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Cipher steering wheel for 1999-03

Silver stitching
Cipher steering wheel for 1999-03
$364.00
You hold it all the time. Why not make it feel like a treat?

Availability:
Cipher steering wheel for NB - Red: 10 in stock
Cipher steering wheel for NB - Grey: 1 in stock
Cipher steering wheel for NB - Silver: dropship

Description

Details

The steering wheel is one of your primary points of contact with your car. It's amazing what a difference you feel by changing it out - especially if your stock one is getting ratty. Unfortunately, that usually means losing the air bag and that's more than most people are willing to do.

Enter Cipher wheels! These quality wheels are a direct bolt-in replacement for your stock unit and retain your stock airbag. They're not just stock replacements, either - the wheel is contoured to be exceptionally comfortable and has a slightly flattened bottom for a bit more leg room. The real leather feels great under your hands and the cross-section of the wheel is slightly thicker for better grip. The overall diameter is the same as stock other than the flat bottom.

Available with three different stiching colors: red/maroon (we'd call it red), silver and grey. The last two are pretty hard to tell apart, honestly.

Fitment note: The airbag bracket on 1999-03 models attaches to the wheel using four bolts. MSM and possibly other 2004-05 models have a bracket that uses three bolts - that is not compatible with this wheel. Please do not purchase this wheel for a 2004-05 model without confirming what type of airbag bracket it uses. If you can source a salvage bracket from a 1999-03, you can use that to bolt any NB airbag into this wheel.

Made from all new parts, not reworked old wheels. No core charge.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Part number 21-41105
TÜV approval available No
Fits: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Manufacturer Cipher
Flyin' Miata exclusive No
Fits Exocet? Yes
Proposition 65 Warning: Cancer and reproductive harm
California emissions Emissions regulations do not apply
Reviews

Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

Perfection
This is what should have been installed from the Factory new. This wheel perfectly fits the car and your airbag, but better yet it perfectly fits your hands. When you hold the wheel your thumbs naturally rest on the 2 pads for a super comfortable feel. I love the look when other Miata owners check out my car as that is the first piece they notice and say “Nice”.

Who would have thought a steering wheel would make such a difference, but it does
Rating
Review by Chris / (Posted on 6/29/2019)
Great replacement for the OEM wheel
I picked this up because my OEM wheel was starting to shed leather and was generally depressing, and because this wheel retains the factory airbag - something I wasn't willing to part with for a street car.

It's amazing how much replacing the primary interface with the car rejuvenates the experience of driving it. The wheel is a bit thicker than stock, and the leather is quite nice. There's a decent gap between the wheel and airbag at the interfaces, but the OEM wheel had that same gap.

Installation is easy. Two bolts to remove the airbag, then unclip the harness connector from the airbag, then separate the halves of the connector. The release button for the connector is up against the airbag, so you have to slide the connector off the airbag first to disconnect it. Then just the one nut holding the wheel on and pull the old wheel off. Swap the horn assembly and rear plastic cover over to the new wheel and reinstall.

Only one minor complaint: The OEM wheel allows you to drive comfortably with your hands at 9 and 3 with your thumbs "hooked in". Admittedly, this isn't the best practice, but my guess is most drive that way. This wheel has pads such that it's only really comfortable to drive with your hands more like 9:30 and 2:30 with thumbs on the pads. Down at 9 and 3 the pads dig into your palms. It just takes some getting used to.

Also, the flat bottom really only shaves about 0.25" off the diameter of the OEM wheel. So don't expect a ton of improvement there, but it's a tight cockpit, so maybe every bit helps.
Rating
Review by Joe B. / (Posted on 1/21/2018)
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