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    Steering Wheel Ball?

    Hey Guys,
    I'm getting hand-controls installed and it's expensive as it is... the steering wheel ball is 110$

    I did a quick ebay search for "steering wheel ball" and came up with a bunch of results between 4$ and 10$ that look good enough...

    this being one; http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Ca...item3f1094c411


    Can I get them to install hand-controls minus the knob, then I order this on my own? is it the same thing? is it safe?

    anyone know?

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    also these look pretty cool;

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Suicide-...58114219862639

    and

    http://www.sunsky-online.com/product...ject.id=214729


    anyone have recommendations if I can go ahead with this type of stuff?
    any links to cool sites with custom ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diaspora View Post
    Hey Guys,
    I'm getting hand-controls installed and it's expensive as it is... the steering wheel ball is 110$

    I did a quick ebay search for "steering wheel ball" and came up with a bunch of results between 4$ and 10$ that look good enough...

    this being one; http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Ca...item3f1094c411


    Can I get them to install hand-controls minus the knob, then I order this on my own? is it the same thing? is it safe?

    anyone know?
    All the spinner knobs you posted links to are cheap and won't stay in the same position.

    If its a quality brand $110 is really cheap we've been more than that for close to 25 years.

    I've reinstalled quality spinner knobs as many as 4 times and if i were to guess there close to 20 years old.
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Lightbulb From the deep recesses of the world of construction

    Dear diaspora,

    It has been quite some time since I saw it but there was a concrete truck driver whom tricked out his steering wheel with a hose clamp (around the wheel) with some type of bolt (going through the hose clamp) and a tennis ball to cover the bolt for a "steering wheel adaptation". When I saw this construction worker's office I thought "OH WOW... COOL.

    I have to agree, sometimes it is easier to surf eBay and get the Made in China alternative.

    Solutions Grasshopper,

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    I got my spinner at Sears for about $20. It's okay, but you get what you pay for. I searched for a link to post, but they don't seem to carry my style any more.
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    The links you provided may be great eye-candy but don't expect them to stay in place with any kind of regular/heavy use. The torque you'll be applying to turn the wheel with those will cause extra wear and eventual slippage.

    Also, I'm assuming you have the necessary licensing endorsements for your locale if required. Illegal where I live without the endorsement, unless you're driving a farm tractor.
    Every day deserves a little time off.

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    You really need to be careful here. I bought my second mini van used and it worked fine but my steering knob was loose and would twist on the steering wheel. Well one time I didn't tighten it and was driving into a gradual curve at about 45 mph. The company that mounted the device double nutted it to prevent it from loosening and it didn't work. As I approached the curve and turned the wheel the nuts wedged into the corner where the post meets the wheel. Needless to say I couldn't turn the wheel as far as needed and entered the other lane where a truck was approaching and hit head on. A broken right femur, fractured left ankle, hospital visit, totaled van, and a punctured lung on the guy I hit cost me more than $110. There is a reason why some knobs are illegal in some states and like it was said above you get what you pay for. Now that doesn't mean you can't find a used one for sale on here that qualifies.
    If your getting any help to pay for the modifications they are usually inspected before you get the car. If a steering knob is a requirement for you to drive they won't let you have it until a qualified knob is installed.

    Good luck but mostly stay safe.

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    Do you really need one?
    They told me once I had to have one, but I don't.

    If you're crafty you could probably go to Home Depot, spend $20, and make something just as good.

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    I imagine insurance is an issue, too. If you had a wreck using a home-made one, you could be exceptionally liable. Then $110 would seem like chicken feed.
    Chas
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    "I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but what I don't think you realize is that what you heard is not what I meant."
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    I used some of the cheap ones in the past. It seems like every time I needed to turn quickly, the sob would break loose in my hand. (I would just toss them out the window!) When I went to hand controls, my rehab specialist did not ask for my opinion. I am now glad I have the spinner as quick turns and parallel parking is extremely easy.

    Good luck.
    Millard
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