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Anyone using a detachable steering wheel?

This thread might not end well, but I thought I would ask. Are any of you using a detachable steering wheel? And if so, how does it look in your car? Also which ones are you using? I'm only just curious.

My steering wheel isn't looking it's best and I was wondering if any of you changed out your wheels to the simple black 3 spoke'd chrome one, or any other commonly designed ones. If I go that route I'd like for it to be detachable just so I don't have to use the club on the steering wheel.
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You do realize that the club can be removed without a key in less then 5 seconds don't you?

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I wouldn't doubt it. That's why I don't want to use one. However I'd rather use something other than NOTHING at all. Besides, most of the people who live around me are too lazy to do anything if there's more than one step involved.
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Well there is only 1 step involved! They take a pair of bolt cutters and cut the ring on the steering wheel and then bend it open and pull the club off. Takes about 5 seconds. We have sold many steering wheels over the years because of this. LOL!

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This is why I'm looking for a detachable steering wheel.
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This is why I'm looking for a detachable steering wheel.
As Mike shared, the club is pretty useless. You can also take a Hacksaw and cut through the Wheel Ring pretty quick.

I have converted over to an Aftermarket wheel and you will need to do this as well if you wish to use an adapter that allows you to remove the wheel. If you don't want to get rid of the stock wheel, then this "may" not be an option due to the AirBag setup on the stocker.

If you are okay going with an Aftermarket wheel, then this offered by Grant should be exactly what you are looking for. I have not got one of these but instead have a Fuel cutoff along with my Alarm.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/gr...FckWHwod1iMPcA

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I had a Corvette wheel but did the Monty Carlo / Lumina radio wheel.(95-99)

You could get the non radio wheel. I think it would still have the leather wrap and the air bag can be used. I only looked for the black radio wheel but there were other colors for the non radio ones.

I think it is just me but most aftermarket wheels look out of place in the 91-96 cars.

I think the "no wheel" will stop the joyriders but a vice grip or a clamp may get a pro on his way. A cordless drill, two self-tapping screws, and a piece of wood or metal would probably work on a removable wheel hub as a "wheel".

My philosophy of the club is that most thieves are not pros. They carry a hammer and a screwdriver. They are out for a joyride. A club and a blinking light will send the message "This is not the car you want" they will grab the next one that does not have any protection. The pros will have bolt cutters and other tools and are very hard to stop if they want a particular car. If they do not take the "hint" a hidden fuel cutoff is the best way to slow them down.

Movie theaters are the worst to park at because thieves have a good idea how much time they have to break in or steal the car. They get 90 minutes of piece and quiet between shows with very few witnesses.

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Thanks SS. This is perfect. What wheel did you choose? Do you have a photo of it with the interior? I don't mind losing the airbag at all. I'm trying to visualize a wheel that isn't too intrusive to the already "quality" styling of the OCC. It doesn't have to look exactly stock per say- but it shouldn't stick out and scream as well.

I've got a hidden fuel pump kill switch already installed. I just wanted something a little more visible as a deterrent- while at the same time getting rid of my ugly wheel.
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I had a Corvette wheel but did the Monty Carlo / Lumina radio wheel.(95-99)

You could get the non radio wheel. I think it would still have the leather wrap and the air bag can be used. I only looked for the black radio wheel but there were other colors for the non radio ones.

I think it is just me but most aftermarket wheels look out of place in the 91-96 cars.

I think the "no wheel" will stop the joyriders but a vice grip or a clamp may get a pro on his way. A cordless drill, two self-tapping screws, and a piece of wood or metal would probably work on a removable wheel hub as a "wheel".

My philosophy of the club is that most thieves are not pros. They carry a hammer and a screwdriver. They are out for a joyride. A club and a blinking light will send the message "This is not the car you want" they will grab the next one that does not have any protection. The pros will have bolt cutters and other tools and are very hard to stop if they want a particular car. If they do not take the "hint" a hidden fuel cutoff is the best way to slow them down.

Movie theaters are the worst to park at because thieves have a good idea how much time they have to break in or steal the car. They get 90 minutes of piece and quiet between shows with very few witnesses.

This is pretty much my thought process as well. I think of the club as a deterrent- not a means to an end to prevent your car from being stolen. Most of the people who live around me are too wasted/high to try an break into a car that already has another obstacle in their way. They're looking for a more direct route- as in you left your car running with the keys in it while you went to grab something.

Good point about the movie theater. I'd never even thought about it. The club was something that was bought 5 years ago, and shouldn't have been the main point of this discussion.
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Thanks SS. This is perfect. What wheel did you choose? Do you have a photo of it with the interior? I don't mind losing the airbag at all. I'm trying to visualize a wheel that isn't too intrusive to the already "quality" styling of the OCC. It doesn't have to look exactly stock per say- but it shouldn't stick out and scream as well.

I've got a hidden fuel pump kill switch already installed. I just wanted something a little more visible as a deterrent- while at the same time getting rid of my ugly wheel.
Post 25 of this thread will show you what I used and how I went about it.

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...+wheel+install

I'm also not a big fan of the stock wheel/airbag setup on the B-body. I like this look so much better on an otherwise stock interior. Also having the Airbags go off when I hit a Deer made a bad deal even worse with the damage they caused. See post 21 of same thread.

Be sure to take a close look at all the posts in that thread as there is lots of info and pics of other wheels. I believe Fred also has a wago and went with some nice wood wheels on his cars. But really, once you decide to get rid of the stock wheel and use a hub, you have limitless options in the aftermarket. The only thing holding you back is your wallet and imagination. Would love to see what you come up with so post some pics here and/or in the thread I linked.

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