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Will a late 80's Corvette steering wheel fit our cars? I have searched but haven't come up with anything solid. The wheels I am finding for sale are a bit pricey and just want to verify fitment before I go on a crusade to find one.


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Can not help you with fitment.

I seem to remember seeing a s-10 wheel that was very similar on a Caprice. The s-10 would be cheaper and have the Chevy bow tie.

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Can not help you with fitment.

I seem to remember seeing a s-10 wheel that was very similar on a Caprice. The s-10 would be cheaper and have the Chevy bow tie.
Thanks. I may just end up going with a Cavalier or Lumina wheel. I saw the Corvette wheel and thought it would be a good option as well if it would work.
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If you look at Grant steering wheel adapters You will see that it will fit all Chevys in in the years you're considering.

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If you look at Grant steering wheel adapters You will see that it will fit all Chevys in in the years you're considering.

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I may just end up going with a Cavalier or Lumina wheel.
I am confused as to what you want. Air Bag or not?

Not sure about cavalier fitment.

Trans Am, Camaro, Corvette, Lumina, and Monti Carlo depending on years are easy swaps.

I had a Corvette leather with air bag that looked very much like my Monty wheel that I installed.
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I am confused as to what you want. Air Bag or not?

Not sure about cavalier fitment.

Trans Am, Camaro, Corvette, Lumina, and Monti Carlo depending on years are easy swaps.

I had a Corvette leather with air bag that looked very much like my Monty wheel that I installed.

Sorry, I am going with no air bag. I saw some very old threads where the Cavalier wheel will swap over. For some reason they dont show up when searching forum on laptop but show up using tapatalk on phone.
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If you can find one in good condition, most of the wheels on mid to high end GM cars from the late 70s to mid 90s will fit. The trick is finding one in good condition, and in the color you want. The earlier wheels may have a thinner rim. The wheels from the cars with a telescoping column may not fit, so check for that function on the donor. Are you looking for vinyl, leather or wood?

I have purchased a few wheels on ebay when people were sleeping. I also sniped them. I currently have a wood wheel on my 91, that I picked up from a guy in Australia. I only paid $60 delivered to my door. It took 3 months by Seamail (slow boat to and from China), but it finally got here. I also have a low production MOMO wheel I picked up on ebay as well. My 92 has an old discontinued Motolita wood rim with black spokes, and rivets from a Lancia Fulvia, that I refinished with spar varnish (the wheel is still produced in England with polished spokes).

The stock wheel is 15 inches in diameter, and you do not want to go smaller than about 14 inches. Smaller than 14 looks odd in the car, and your steering effort will increase by a factor.

If you use an aftermarket wheel you need to make a couple of modifications to the column trim, unless you use the NRG adapter. You also must make sure the signal stalk is the correct distance from the wheel. If you do not, it will feel awkward using the stalk, and may cause interference between the wheel and stalk.

If you use the Grant adapter, there are numerous intermediate adapters for Nardi (center top bolt), MOMO (splits center with 2 bolts), and Motolita (9 bolt center top bolt). Most of the intermediate adapters need modification to fit, and be able to use the horn connector. There are other styles of adapters for most wheel bolt patterns.

Grant makes some wood rim wheels, some riveted, that are deep dish with three bolts for the base adapter as well.

Horn buttons are another thing to look at. I believe that Grant makes horn buttons for most American brands. The Grant buttons can be adapted to the Nardi and MOMO wheels, by making a ring from black plastic to cover the gap between the grant button, and the inside of the wheel. There are not many for the Motolita, except for billet, chrome, and black. There may be some with the Chevy bowtie.

It can get a little expensive when you put a new wheel in your car, but a used one in very good condition can be purchased for a reasonable price. You may have some refinishing to do on the wood, but clear urethane spar varnish is not expensive. You could even use 2 part urethane clear coat like that used on the outside of a 2 step paint job. 8-10 coats will make it look nice (about 1 1/2 cans of clear spar varnish sanding between coats). If there are some small cracks, you can sand it then use super glue in the crack to repair it. Sand it and start varnishing. You could even brush the varnish, and after sanding, make the last coat a spray coat.

You can expect between $75 and $125 for adapter(s) and spacers to attach an aftermarket wheel at the correct height.

Remember to remove the clockspring, and put a 2-2 1/2 Ohm 10 Watt resistor across the yellow airbag connector under the dash to turn the light out.
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
And there you have it all. I knew Dr. Fred (PhD of B bodies) would have the answer.

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Thanks Fred, great post. I will most likely go with the Cavalier wheel for now. I did find a few on Ebay that seem to be in good shape.
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