Looking for a super tough steering wheel wrap for under 10 bucks? Paracord is a great option for a couple of reasons… First. Because you are knotting the cord on to the wheel in sections doesn’t slip around like most of the covers that are available commercially. Second, it doesn’t get too hot in summer or too cold in winter so its comfortable all year round. Third the texture of the knots make for a solid grip, giving you confident handling on road and off! and finally its widely available in a huge variety of colors so you can go crazy customizing to your liking!! (just be aware that light colors will show dirt quicker).
Now for the instructions! Doing the wrap is very simple it involves just two knots that you alternate back and forth and when your finished you simply melt the tag end of the cord and your good to go!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
(1.) PARACORD ( 100 feet was just enough for my 5th gen outback depending on the size and shape of your wheel you may need more or less.)
(2.) LONG NECK GRILL LIGHTER
(4.) 2 HAIR TIES ( non rubbery kind)
(5.) GLOVES ( I’d recommend wearing gloves if you aren’t used to handling paracord on a regular basis. you want to get the rope as tight as you can and that can lead to nasty rope burn!!)
Unwind your Paracord and make a loop in the middle you should have 50 feet on each side (DO NOT CUT THE CORD) then center that on the largest section of your wheel put the loop behind the wheel pointing toward the floor.
Tie a cow hitch knot, by passing the two tag ends up and around the wheel and through the loop you made.
Pull the knot tight it should look like this. !! Make sure the knot is to the inside of the wheel!!
Take a a tag end of rope and spool a small amount of it up like this.
Wind the cord around the spool like you would a kite string until you have it all wound up with foot or so slack from the wheel. (Be careful not to twist the cord while winding).
Place a hair tie in an X pattern around the spool this way you can unwind the bundle as you go and not have to pull 50 feel of cord through each knot!!
Repeat for both sides.
Grab one spool to start knotting with and put the other to the side. You will be working from the center, once you get the steering wheel pillar on one side you will come back and use the other spool to do the other half of that section.
Bring the spool in front of the wheel and up towards the roof of the vehicle, making a loop that hangs toward the floor.
Now bring the spool up and around behind the wheel, passing it through the loop.
It should look like this.
Pull very tight.
Now make a loop in front of the wheel but this time the loop should point towards the roof.
Now bring the spool down and around behind the wheel, passing it up through the loop.
Pull very tight. It should look like this.
Alternate back and forth with these knots (keeping the knots as straight as you can) till you reach the steering wheel pillar for that section. repeat on other half of this section.
Once you finish both halves of the top section its time to cut the cord leaving a small amount (1/4inch) of extra.
Grab your grill lighter and melt the cord till it looks like this. !! Being careful not to melt anything else on your car !! If you have never worked with melting paracord ends you might want to practice on a scrap piece first.
Once the cord is pliable take your finger and push the melted cord back on the knot sealing it up. (!!CAREFUL HOT wait a few seconds for the cord to cool slightly before touching!!)
Now un spool the remaining cord melt the cut end to prevent fraying and tie to the next section of your wheel repeating all steps above!
Now you know how to wrap just about anything in paracord! I’ve used this method for many projects, wrapping grab handles, making D-ring shackle isolators, on my roof rack to eliminate faring tapping at highway speed, just to name a few! so let your creativity run wild and you’ll be surprised how many useful mods you can come up with using humble paracord!
Happy Wrapping 🙂