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      10-08-2020 11:52 AM #551
      I decided that I don't have the room to keep the stock wheels and tires, so I put them up on Craigslist. I haven't gotten any hits on them yet, so if you know anyone, please send them my way.



      I finally got around to installing the audio system over the past few days. Everything works and sounds great, I'm very pleased. The amp is 4 channel, powering both the front and rear speakers. Thankfully there is no distortion from the front speakers, as the Pioneer amp has a switch on it to cut all low frequencies from those speakers. I'm letting the rear boxes produce the lows. Overall not bad for a budget system of that period, which I think I have just over $200(current dollars) invested in.

      The Pioneer GM-X304 Amp:







      The Pioneer TS-TRX40's











      I wasn't able to use the elusive mounting brackets for the rear speaker boxes because of the size limitations in the Samurai, between the rear seat belt retractors. I velcro'd them to the carpets and I think they will be OK like that. I was also on the fence on whether I should mount them where I did or to the tailgate instead. Mounting to the tailgate might have been a bit cooler, but would have required a lot more wiring and removal of interior panels that I didn't want to deal with at the present time. I can always do that at a later date, if I wanna get fancy.

      Overall, this system replicates what I had in my old Samurai quite well and also, with the addition of the amp, enhances it greatly. Listening to the same vintage hip hop cassettes I used to listen to 30 years ago, in my old Samurai, while driving this thing down the road, really hits me in the nostalgia feels.
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      10-15-2020 03:43 PM #552
      I'm currently in search of a MOMO steering wheel like this. Shooting for 380mm, but 360mm might work if I can get one without loose stitching, which seems to be an issue. I guess they came on early-90's Jimnys as part of an upgrade package. All the ones I've found on ebay look like they've been driven by people with sandpaper gloves on their whole lives. If anyone sees one in their travels, please let me know:



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      10-16-2020 08:15 AM #553
      That's a nice looking wheel.

      Just a thought: How much does a quality recovering job cost?

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      10-16-2020 08:43 AM #554
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      That's a nice looking wheel.

      Just a thought: How much does a quality recovering job cost?
      Unsure, but I'd imagine with the average price of the used wheel being $300 shipped to me, it puts it in the "not worth the money" category once you factor in a recovering.

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      10-17-2020 01:53 AM #555

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      10-17-2020 05:25 PM #556
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6GURU View Post
      That looks about as good as it gets!

      Hope OP snags this before it's gone.

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      10-19-2020 08:51 AM #557
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      That's a nice looking wheel.

      Just a thought: How much does a quality recovering job cost?
      Received a quote on a re-wrap.....$299.

      I don't want a MOMO bad enough to pay $600 for it.

      Quote Originally Posted by VR6GURU View Post
      Believe me, I've been eyeing that one for a while. The stitching is fraying out around a good amount of the circumference. I fear that with my luck, it will unravel on my maiden voyage with it, so I've held off.

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      10-19-2020 11:39 AM #558
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      That's a nice looking wheel.

      Just a thought: How much does a quality recovering job cost?
      i had looked into this for another project previously (and ended up buying a new nardi due to the cost) but there was a large wheel refinishing shop in texas that always came up in my searches. i chatted with them quite a bit on a half wood half leather refinish and those were running something like 500-600 once they had their hands on the wheel. a leather refinish was around 400 if i recall

      any new aftermarket options that might be a close fit? or is the issue also getting the right hub for the 6 screw aftermarket wheels?

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      10-19-2020 12:19 PM #559
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      i had looked into this for another project previously (and ended up buying a new nardi due to the cost) but there was a large wheel refinishing shop in texas that always came up in my searches. i chatted with them quite a bit on a half wood half leather refinish and those were running something like 500-600 once they had their hands on the wheel. a leather refinish was around 400 if i recall

      any new aftermarket options that might be a close fit? or is the issue also getting the right hub for the 6 screw aftermarket wheels?
      That's the place where I got the $300 re-wrapping quote from.

      This wheel, in the 380mm size, seems fairly uncommon. The used ones all seem to include the Suzuki sized hub, which is great and will same me money in the log run. The same style wheel in 360mm is much more commonly available (and cheaper) on ebay and the like, but that size will cover a good amount of gauge visibility on the Samurai, which doesn't have a tilting option. Plus, no power steering, so leverage is key.

      Honestly, I'm in no rush for a wheel, especially since the Samurai is going to be going into winter hibernation shortly. I will probably wait out a nicer one for similar money, but I'm definitely set on this model.

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