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    185 New Steering Wheel

    I am looking to replace the OEM steering wheel on my 2012 185. Probably will do my "hunt" over winter layup. I want something with more "pizzazz" maybe in red and black with chrome spokes. Anyway, is there any "trick" to buying a special one, does it have to be a "marine" steering wheel. How do I find what size I need? I will probably remove the current steering wheel prior to winter storage. I assume it is pretty straight forward....remove the center cap, probably a nut there that needs to be removed and slide the wheel off...

    As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and any pics of wheels that others have swapped out,
    Last edited by Jim_Gandee; 10-31-2018, 06:20 AM.
    Lake Hartwell, GA
    2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
    1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
    1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
    1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
    1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
    1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
    1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
    1996 SeaDoo GTX
    1999 SeaDoo GTX

    #2
    I have been looking at steering wheels for an old boat that my son and I are going to restore From what I see there is only one size for boats. But there are different diameters and different offsets. Not sure how this effects shopping for an automotive steering wheel.
    QuickChek over Wawa
    Taylor Ham not Pork Roll


    2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
    Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP MPI Alpha 1 Gen II

    Sold 2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
    Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

    Sold 1988 Sunbird 170 Bowrider
    Evinrude 88 Special

    Restoring 1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
    1992 Johnson 40HP

    40°55'22.9"N 74°39'11.9"W

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      #3
      So my hunt continues for a new steering wheel. I think I have ruled out the black, red is still in the mix, but I think white is leading the pack right now...


      Lake Hartwell, GA
      2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
      1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
      1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
      1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
      1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
      1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
      1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
      1996 SeaDoo GTX
      1999 SeaDoo GTX

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        #4
        Thoughts...

        Lake Hartwell, GA
        2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
        1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
        1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
        1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
        1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
        1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
        1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
        1996 SeaDoo GTX
        1999 SeaDoo GTX

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          #5
          The RED one! That would look slick with the red on white you've got going in your boat. Assuming the shades aren't too far off.

          The white one looks good by itself but I personally wouldn't go for it because 1) I think it would look too plain and 2) on something you handle as much as the wheel it's bound to look grimy fast. Or maybe I just don't wash my hands often enough?
          2017 Bayliner 175.
          Portland, OR

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            #6
            That's my concern.....thatbthe red doesn't match....it would either look awesome or like sh_t..., sake goes for the white too I suppose as far as matching...not too worried about it getting dirty, got stuff for that...
            Lake Hartwell, GA
            2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
            1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
            1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
            1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
            1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
            1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
            1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
            1996 SeaDoo GTX
            1999 SeaDoo GTX

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              #7
              What about getting the wheel wrapped in matching red leather/vinyl/etc? Start with a wheel with the spokes you want in black or white and then have an option to change it. Seen places that do that for car wheels, would imagine it would work here too.
              2017 Bayliner 175.
              Portland, OR

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                #8
                Funny how as another season passes, you revert back to the same winter layup projects...I think I have narrowed my search for a new steering wheel down to a nice black and polished stainless steel spoked wheel rather than taking a chance on the red not matching the boat and the white being too white and prone to getting dirty. Can anyone with access to their 175/185/195 or similar size, please measure the diameter of your steering wheel? Possibly also the offset if that is even possible to do? My 185 is already in the barn for the winter and I do t have access to her. As always thanks for the reply
                Lake Hartwell, GA
                2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
                1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
                1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
                1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
                1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
                1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
                1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
                1996 SeaDoo GTX
                1999 SeaDoo GTX

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                  #9
                  I think white is the usual go to, because of black absorbing so much more heat and becoming uncomfortably hot to handle!

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                    #10
                    My Bayliner came stock with a Black Steering wheeling and surprisingly it does not get hot. Being black it always looks clean,
                    QuickChek over Wawa
                    Taylor Ham not Pork Roll


                    2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
                    Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP MPI Alpha 1 Gen II

                    Sold 2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
                    Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

                    Sold 1988 Sunbird 170 Bowrider
                    Evinrude 88 Special

                    Restoring 1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
                    1992 Johnson 40HP

                    40°55'22.9"N 74°39'11.9"W

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                      #11
                      Update....I made a corporate decision and went with a darker gray abs polished stainless steel wheel by Uflexx.....got 25% off at Great Lakes Skipper...the gray matches the carpeting, the polished spokes match and enhance the bezels of the gauges...I just couldn’t chance the red one that I was looking at to not match the red of the boat and the more I thought about the white, the more I figured that was not a good, long term choice...
                      Lake Hartwell, GA
                      2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
                      1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
                      1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
                      1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
                      1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
                      1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
                      1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
                      1996 SeaDoo GTX
                      1999 SeaDoo GTX

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                        Lake Hartwell, GA
                        2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
                        1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
                        1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
                        1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
                        1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
                        1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
                        1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
                        1996 SeaDoo GTX
                        1999 SeaDoo GTX

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                          #13
                          In my “yanking” on line on these wheels, I learned that the Uflexx wheels are made by Morisini in Italy, and that Uflexx is a line of wheels that they offer. It is leather wrapped not synthetic, actual polished stainless steel spokes and not polished aluminum ....so that and $.25 will get me a cup of water..not even coffee anymore. Including shipping which wasn’t cheap cost $127 delivered.
                          Lake Hartwell, GA
                          2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
                          1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
                          1987 SeaRay 300 - Twin 454’s
                          1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
                          1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
                          1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
                          1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO
                          1996 SeaDoo GTX
                          1999 SeaDoo GTX

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                            #14
                            Looks sharps
                            QuickChek over Wawa
                            Taylor Ham not Pork Roll


                            2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
                            Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP MPI Alpha 1 Gen II

                            Sold 2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
                            Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

                            Sold 1988 Sunbird 170 Bowrider
                            Evinrude 88 Special

                            Restoring 1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
                            1992 Johnson 40HP

                            40°55'22.9"N 74°39'11.9"W

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