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    IMO The Best/Def Cheapest Interior Mod for Driving XP: Wheel Knob

    Anyone try a wheel knob? If not, I highly suggest it.

    Yes, it'll prob deform your steering wheel from clamping it down. Worth it.

    Edit: If anyone does get one - You don't have to tighten it down as much as you will think you need to.

    I first put it in my last Civic and found out, at the trade-in, that I cranked it to the metal. Didn't go near as far on the Fiat and just, you know, tried it as I went and stopped way sooner.
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    LOL!! They used to call these "necker's knobs" because it left your right hand free for other uses. Like fondling.

    Real J.C. Whitney stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mp4guy View Post
    LOL!! They used to call these "necker's knobs" because it left your right hand free for other uses. Like fondling.

    Real J.C. Whitney stuff.
    Fondling with a necker's knob: Hell yeah ;-) lol

    JC Whitney: Yeah for sure! Great call.

    Growing up I only saw them in older cars, but always wanted one. Then I saw Jeff Bridges using one in RIPD and he looked so GD relaxed that I had to pull the trigger.r-i-p-d-6.jpg

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    I don't think I've seen one in a car since the 70's.

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    What is the supposed advantage? When I'm not driving for performance I hold the wheel with one hand at bottom, slightly to the left of the center spoke (holding the wheel at the bottom was common in Italy, hence the wheel position). What would a knob do other than wreck the nice wheel?

    On a US car from the 60's with 32 turns lock to lock it may have made sense.
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    It's fun, makes quicker turns/don't have to take my hand off the shift when turning, etc. You can pop a quick u-turn and be off like a dream.

    I rest my elbow on the doorsill and only have to move my hand/a finger around. Very relaxed driving/cruising.

    Yeah, those 70s cars were the ones where I fell in love. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boese Ritter View Post
    It's fun, makes quicker turns/don't have to take my hand off the shift when turning, etc. You can pop a quick u-turn and be off like a dream.

    I rest my elbow on the doorsill and only have to move my hand/a finger around. Very relaxed driving/cruising.

    Yeah, those 70s cars were the ones where I fell in love. ;-)
    get yourself a pair of nifty looking leather driving gloves too. more grip on the knob for faster turning & u-turns, PLUS you'll look super cool(er)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsnapz View Post
    get yourself a pair of nifty looking leather driving gloves too. more grip on the knob for faster turning & u-turns, PLUS you'll look super cool(er)
    Lol Fingerless?? Done.

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    I remember my Dad had one of those, on his 53 straight 6 Buick. No power steering. Gigantic steering wheel. It made sense then. You had to muscle that steering wheel. When men were real men. Really don’t see the purpose on any modern vehicle, with a electric power rack steering. For one, I wouldn’t want to destroy my leather steering. I’ll just palm my steering wheel.

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    The suicide knobs were a lot of fun and useful on the older cars and trucks, especially at slow speed. My '60 Chevrolet had a 17" steering wheel and it took 2.5 turns to get it to turn in a 42 foot radius. vs the Fiat's 15" wheel, 1.5 turns and half the turning radius... roughly 1/4 the travel of old cars' steering. It was more exaggerated on older pickups.

    The suicide knob also helped with the slop steering boxes had, 1/2 to 3" depending on age/wear. (You can still see old people who wiggle the wheel, side to side, while driving... taking up that now imaginary slack.) They were known as suicide knobs because drivers would palm the knob; hit a pot hole and the knob popped out of your hand. Not to mention the knobs were rumored to fail and pop off in your hand. They were illegal in many states, but seldom enforced.

    I have one on my 1994 Ranger. Its steering is 2 1/4 turns each direction and the knob is helpful backing my trailer into a space 1' wider than its fenders. On a bad day, I have to jockey it 15 times to get it lined up, when loaded. Unloaded, I use the trailer dolly.
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