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Old 12-14-2005, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Your thoughts on small steering wheels (13" and less) for full hydro?

Been thinking about steering wheels for my buggy build, i want something small since im pretty tall (6'3") and my buggy (styled after a flatfender) is gonna be fairly small. yeah im gonna run a quick disconnect on the wheel for entry/exit, but i want the wheel to be pretty small so i can carry it with me when i park the buggy (it will be street driven sometimes) and so my knees dont get too friendly with it.

so those who have run small wheels, where did u get them? what size? do you like it? any unexpected problems or gripes with how it drives, handles, etc?
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Old 12-14-2005, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i got a 14 inch on my full hydro no problems. You could drive it without it if ya wanted
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe mines 10", its the smallest aftermarket wheel I could find...

No problems.... except people sometimes make fun of it....

I have done a section of trail with no-power steering belt, and full hydro... it was tough, but I made it... co-pilot only had to help me with the wheel once!
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Old 12-14-2005, 11:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an 8'' grant with full hydro does fine. one of my favorite things on the buggy.
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Old 12-15-2005, 05:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am pretty tall as well, 6'4''. I originally had a 15'' wheel and it hit my knees. I switched to a 13'' and it's much better. You can buy the small wheels at any sand car shop.
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I put a 10.25" grant on my buggy and I love it, some of the small wheels are kinda price, but I found this one from summit for $20
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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im running a 10 inch wheel out of a go kart magazine
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You can find 10+ inch blanks at almost any VW or sandrail shop.
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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You can find 10+ inch blanks at almost any VW or sandrail shop.
what exactly do you mean by blanks?
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Been thinking about steering wheels for my buggy build, i want something small since im pretty tall (6'3") and my buggy (styled after a flatfender) is gonna be fairly small. yeah im gonna run a quick disconnect on the wheel for entry/exit, but i want the wheel to be pretty small so i can carry it with me when i park the buggy (it will be street driven sometimes) and so my knees dont get too friendly with it.

so those who have run small wheels, where did u get them? what size? do you like it? any unexpected problems or gripes with how it drives, handles, etc?

The big factor with how it drives with that small a wheel is how many turns lock to lock you have. Since you want to drive it on the street sometimes - with that small a wheel you would want probably over 4 turns lock to lock.

I have about four turns with my stock steering wheel(pretty big) and is fine on the freeway.
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im at about 4-1/2 turns now, thinkin about getting a new orbital that will get me around 3 turns.
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im at about 4-1/2 turns now, thinkin about getting a new orbital that will get me around 3 turns.
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im at about 4-1/2 turns now, thinkin about getting a new orbital that will get me around 3 turns.
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im at about 4-1/2 turns now, thinkin about getting a new orbital that will get me around 3 turns.

I had 3 turns and switched to more. One little movement at freeway speeds was scary - hit a bump and your arm moves a little and you nearly swap it around. Shifting at speed is another scary thing. It is much more stable now at about 4 turns and still having the big wheel.

The small steering wheel would only compound the problems described.
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Old 12-16-2005, 07:30 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Shifting at speed is another scary thing.
im runnin an auto so not an issue for me. i didnt think about the suspension bumps with the small wheel, thats a good point.

maybe i will stick with the orbital valve i have now and just go to a wheel in the 10 inch range, and see how that acts before i try changing to a faster valve.


8" would feel too much like an arcade game to me, but it would buy me some valuable knee room.




hmm, maybe i should have a "road" wheel thats like 10-12" and a 8" for the rough stuff. nah.
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