eBay Carbon Fiber/Leather Heated Steering Wheel

I'm not really in the market for this as I love the alcantara wheel so far but I was perusing the mentioned vendors and I'm just going to come right out and say it... I hate companies that can't figure out that Ram is not part of Dodge.
I mean, in fairness, it makes it more complicated having Pre-2009 Dodge Rams in one section, and post-2009 Ram Trucks in another. (Granted: some of these companies don’t cater to the Dodge Ram Models)
 
I'm not really in the market for this as I love the alcantara wheel so far but I was perusing the mentioned vendors and I'm just going to come right out and say it... I hate companies that can't figure out that Ram is not part of Dodge.
Bravo...I wholheartedly agree! Ram has been a separate brand since 2011 and I cringe whenever I see or here Ram trucks referred to as "Dodge Ram". I've even sent emails to companies that refer to the trucks as "Dodge Ram" telling them to stop doing so.
 
@JBTRXNJ ,

Have you received your wheel from ZenCarbon?

I just received confirmation mine is done and should be shipping in 12 days or so.
Ordered it 1/17 so not too bad. Looking forward to the install
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@JBTRXNJ ,

Have you received your wheel from ZenCarbon?

I just received confirmation mine is done and should be shipping in 12 days or so.
Ordered it 1/17 so not too bad. Looking forward to the install
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Beautiful wheel!!! How much did it cost and is it an easy bolt on replacement?
 
I have details and options on the previous page for more info.
Zencarbon says these TRX wheels are a straight swap.
 
So I took a chance on eBay with a Chinese steering wheel that stated it was for the TRX. I was very hopeful since the seller asked if I wanted to retain heating (yes) and whether it had paddle shifters. They even had me send pictures of the wheel to confirm everything.

It took about 2 months to receive the wheel because the seller got covid, and I think China was forcing lockdowns anyway, but they were great with communication. They notified me twice it was delayed and then contacted me to let me know when it shipped. Shipping was surprisingly quick. It only took about 4 business days with FedEx.

It arrived today and I pulled the old wheel off with the help of Tyler Potter’s Adaptive Cruise Control YouTube video (I don’t remember his forum name or I’d tag him), and the Vicrez Ram 1500 steering wheel swap video. I didn’t even have to disconnect the battery, I just pulled the horn fuse, like Tyler’s video.

The swap was pretty straight forward and easy to do, just making sure you get the connectors all pulled at the right times.

When I pulled the old wheel off, I flipped it over to compare it to the new wheel core before I did the full swap. I’d seen some horror stories of people buying aftermarket wheels that didn’t quite fit right, or caused clicking with the clock spring, and had to be ground a bit to seat right. This wheel matched perfectly.

Figment of the new wheel was pretty good. I did have to work the back cover quite a bit, especially over the bottom pegs. One small complaint was one of the heated wheel wires was a little short, so I couldn’t keep the left connector on the slot of the back of the case. I had to leave it loose so it would reach. No big deal, it’s out of the way.

The quality is really nice. It’s also substantially thicker than the OEM wheel. The pictures really don’t do it Justice on how thick it is. Overall, I’m really very happy with a “cheap” eBay knockoff.

I’ve put a picture of the seller if anyone is interested.

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I was wondering if you have the link for your steering wheel purchase. I cant seem to find it on E bay,
 
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I was wondering if you have the link for your steering wheel purchase. I cant seem to find it on E bay,
Here is the link to the same wheel I purchased. Seller is auto-lighting18. I contacted them prior to purchase to ensure it was heated, and that it fit a TRX with paddle shifters. They asked me to send pictures of the OEM wheel to confirm it had paddle shifters. I was also able to let them know the style carbon fiber, leather and thread color I wanted. It took about 3 months to make because China kept getting locked down due to covid, but they messaged me every couple of weeks to let me know new potential ship dates. Overall, I was very happy with the seller, and I'm very happy with the wheel.

Let me know if you have any other questions about it I can help out on.

 
Here is the link to the same wheel I purchased. Seller is auto-lighting18. I contacted them prior to purchase to ensure it was heated, and that it fit a TRX with paddle shifters. They asked me to send pictures of the OEM wheel to confirm it had paddle shifters. I was also able to let them know the style carbon fiber, leather and thread color I wanted. It took about 3 months to make because China kept getting locked down due to covid, but they messaged me every couple of weeks to let me know new potential ship dates. Overall, I was very happy with the seller, and I'm very happy with the wheel.

Let me know if you have any other questions about it I can help out on.

I think im going to buy this also. I hate the alcantera. Its hard to keep clean, and when you clean it with sonax it looks worse. I find myself only holding the side of the wheel to avoid it. Sucks. My only complaint about the truck. I just ordered something similar for my jeep, from MHF, thats just plug and play as it has the controls also, but the factory jeep steering wheel is oddly thin and large like a fire truck.

Did the heated portion come ready to plug in or did you have to solder or anything?

I did notice zencarbon has one now that you can configure, similar to the folks that had it above, not to much more. I dont know if the red stripe is worth another $300 https://zencarbonfiber.com/collections/dodge/products/dodge-ram-trx-carbon-fiber-steering-wheel
 
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Here is the link to the same wheel I purchased. Seller is auto-lighting18. I contacted them prior to purchase to ensure it was heated, and that it fit a TRX with paddle shifters. They asked me to send pictures of the OEM wheel to confirm it had paddle shifters. I was also able to let them know the style carbon fiber, leather and thread color I wanted. It took about 3 months to make because China kept getting locked down due to covid, but they messaged me every couple of weeks to let me know new potential ship dates. Overall, I was very happy with the seller, and I'm very happy with the wheel.

Let me know if you have any other questions about it I can help out on.

Thks for info.
 
Ok might be worth finding out. Not to be that guy, but the steering wheel is an important piece to 'break right' in a crash. You don't want it to do anything it shouldn't if the worst happens.
For that reason alone, I'd pass on anything from China for my truck, except maybe stickers... And I don't do stickers.

Now that I think about it, My steering wheel cover was most likely made in China.... So... steering wheel covers and stickers.
:p
 
Here is the link to the same wheel I purchased. Seller is auto-lighting18. I contacted them prior to purchase to ensure it was heated, and that it fit a TRX with paddle shifters. They asked me to send pictures of the OEM wheel to confirm it had paddle shifters. I was also able to let them know the style carbon fiber, leather and thread color I wanted. It took about 3 months to make because China kept getting locked down due to covid, but they messaged me every couple of weeks to let me know new potential ship dates. Overall, I was very happy with the seller, and I'm very happy with the wheel.

Let me know if you have any other questions about it I can help out on.

I do have a few questions:
How well does the red stitching match our trucks red stitching?
How well does the heated work on it to OEM?
How is filament to OEM?
Anything you don't like about it and would you purchase again ?

Thks again
 
For that reason alone, I'd pass on anything from China for my truck, except maybe stickers... And I don't do stickers.

Now that I think about it, My steering wheel cover was most likely made in China.... So... steering wheel covers and stickers.
:p
You mean except for the exploding airbags from china? Sorry had to say it haha.
 
Is it me or does the zencarbon and china one have the exact same packaging ?
Any videos of the "custom" US vendors actually making the wheels or are they just alibaba repackaged units?
 
Is it me or does the zencarbon and china one have the exact same packaging ?
Any videos of the "custom" US vendors actually making the wheels or are they just alibaba repackaged units?
Most likely the same factory.

I ordered a wheel for my Jeep from MHF, and found like 4 more retailers selling the same thing just different configuration (colors and stuff) turns out it’s the same factory.
 
You mean except for the exploding airbags from china? Sorry had to say it haha.
lol.... I never said millions of parts on my truck weren't manufactured in China... I just don't want to knowingly reduce my odds. :ROFLMAO:
 
I think im going to buy this also. I hate the alcantera. Its hard to keep clean, and when you clean it with sonax it looks worse. I find myself only holding the side of the wheel to avoid it. Sucks. My only complaint about the truck. I just ordered something similar for my jeep, from MHF, thats just plug and play as it has the controls also, but the factory jeep steering wheel is oddly thin and large like a fire truck.

Did the heated portion come ready to plug in or did you have to solder or anything?

I did notice zencarbon has one now that you can configure, similar to the folks that had it above, not to much more. I dont know if the red stripe is worth another $300 https://zencarbonfiber.com/collections/dodge/products/dodge-ram-trx-carbon-fiber-steering-wheel
The heat option was plug and play. No splicing or soldering. My ONLY complaint on the heat option was that one of the wired connectors was a little short; where the OEM heat plug adapters sit is on a guide on the back cover of the wheel. Since the wire was short, I couldn't plug it into the adapter on the back cover. I simply slid the adapter off the guide, connected it, and left it loose inside the wheel.
 
I do have a few questions:
How well does the red stitching match our trucks red stitching?
How well does the heated work on it to OEM?
How is filament to OEM?
Anything you don't like about it and would you purchase again ?

Thks again
-The red stitching IMO is very close to OEM. I'll see if I can get a picture of both to compare.
-The heating works better than OEM. It heats very fast, and gets warmer. However, you have to keep in mind ONLY the leather portion is heated, not the CF.
-Everything swapped over from my OEM wheel to this core very easily. I did have to work the back cover a bit to line everything up when I was putting it back together, but I don't think that's out of the norm. Also, one of the heat wires was a little short, so I had to pull the connector off the guide on the back cover and leave it loose inside the wheel to get it connected on one side. No big deal to me.
-The ONLY thing I didn't think about was how slick the CF can be. Now and then I use my legs to hold the wheel, and that is near impossible with how slick the CF is (I'm getting nit-picky on this one). The upper portion has finger grooves on the back side, so it's not so bad for your hands. I like the look and feel of this wheel better than stock, so I'd do this again. I just wasn't ever a fan of the suede on the OEM, and I like the thickness and grooves on the new wheel better too.
 
-The red stitching IMO is very close to OEM. I'll see if I can get a picture of both to compare.
-The heating works better than OEM. It heats very fast, and gets warmer. However, you have to keep in mind ONLY the leather portion is heated, not the CF.
-Everything swapped over from my OEM wheel to this core very easily. I did have to work the back cover a bit to line everything up when I was putting it back together, but I don't think that's out of the norm. Also, one of the heat wires was a little short, so I had to pull the connector off the guide on the back cover and leave it loose inside the wheel to get it connected on one side. No big deal to me.
-The ONLY thing I didn't think about was how slick the CF can be. Now and then I use my legs to hold the wheel, and that is near impossible with how slick the CF is (I'm getting nit-picky on this one). The upper portion has finger grooves on the back side, so it's not so bad for your hands. I like the look and feel of this wheel better than stock, so I'd do this again. I just wasn't ever a fan of the suede on the OEM, and I like the thickness and grooves on the new wheel better too.
sold thanks.
 

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