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  • Ratco steering wheel

    I know these are pretty new, has anyone tried one yet?
    https://www.rat-co.com/tr-4a-5-250-6...steering-wheel

    Not the cheapest, but seems like a solid option for smaller replacement wheel.
    Bill Connell
    1969 TR6 CC28790
    TR6 project log
    St. Paul MN

  • #2
    Interesting company. I'm really intrigued by their fuel injection product they are working on.


    Do you think a 13" wheel would be too small? Require too much effort without power steering?

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    • #3
      I have a 13" Mountney leather wheel now, its great

      72 Pimento w/overdrive - Lilred
      67 4A Royal Blue - Lilblue

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DanB360 View Post
        Interesting company. I'm really intrigued by their fuel injection product they are working on.


        Do you think a 13" wheel would be too small? Require too much effort without power steering?
        I'm wondering the same thing?
        CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
        2nd owner, since 1975
        Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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        • #5
          Originally posted by baws View Post

          I'm wondering the same thing?
          I haven't noticed any more effort but it does require less input or turning and its a lot easier to get in and out of the car.
          72 Pimento w/overdrive - Lilred
          67 4A Royal Blue - Lilblue

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          • baws
            baws commented
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            Thanks Lou, that's what I wanted to hear.

        • #6
          Interesting. I had an '83 Porsche 944 that I put a 13" momo steering wheel on. I had power steering but it leaked so bad I ended up removing it and converted it to manual steering. It wasn't terrible, but that car had much wider tires too. I remember it being quite a pain if you had to do a 3 point turn or parallel park. But again, different car and wider contact patch.

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          • #7
            I learned a long time ago (before power steering) that the trick is to turn the wheel as the tires are rolling, this minimizes the contact patch friction and is not only easier for the driver but also the steering components and tires.
            72 Pimento w/overdrive - Lilred
            67 4A Royal Blue - Lilblue

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            • #8
              I appreciate the info, I've been thinking about a smaller wheel to get some more leg room (I'm 6'4"), but I also really like the style of my '69 steering wheel. I emailed Ratco asking if they would make a TR6 wheel with the drilled pattern they show for the MG version, and ideally with a little dish rather than flat. I'll update the thread if/when I get an answer.
              Bill Connell
              1969 TR6 CC28790
              TR6 project log
              St. Paul MN

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              • #9
                That's what my Mountney looks like. Have you tried looking for that just in case? They also sell the bosses for TR6
                Traditional (mountneyltd.com) Look at 33SPVBR/RS
                72 Pimento w/overdrive - Lilred
                67 4A Royal Blue - Lilblue

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                • #10
                  I'm interested in the Ratco wheel but my arm strength is not what it used to be, for various reasons. That's why I was curious about more effort being required.
                  Plus, if I go that route, I'll have to pony up for a stock style horn button and "fake stitched leather" surround pad. My old TRF repro wheel and necessarry bits were traded fpr 15" wood rim wheel a few years ago.
                  My tyres are 195's, so not too meaty.
                  CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                  2nd owner, since 1975
                  Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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                  • #11
                    I got the Ratco and like it. Turning effort is slightly harder. Just get the car to roll a tiny bit and it makes it a lot easier. I have a spare pad and horn button if you want to try, they are just collecting dust.
                    1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                    Frame off resto started May 2015
                    Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                    Diff braced and reinforced
                    Engine and head rebuilt
                    Header and Intake ported
                    SS exhaust
                    Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                    New Rockers
                    AAW wiring - GM alternator
                    Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Anthony View Post
                      I got the Ratco and like it. Turning effort is slightly harder. Just get the car to roll a tiny bit and it makes it a lot easier. I have a spare pad and horn button if you want to try, they are just collecting dust.
                      Yes, I am interested. I'll send you a PM.
                      CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                      2nd owner, since 1975
                      Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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                      • #13
                        I just responded, I can't believe I let work get in the way of my hobby. Priorities!
                        1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                        Frame off resto started May 2015
                        Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                        Diff braced and reinforced
                        Engine and head rebuilt
                        Header and Intake ported
                        SS exhaust
                        Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                        New Rockers
                        AAW wiring - GM alternator
                        Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings

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                        • #14
                          I have gobs of room getting in and out. OEM hub. Mine is Koa, extra one is quilted maple. Go to ez steering and check out Nardi’s original wheel in his racer. Or check out the offset wheels offered by them and others. Personally, I would have to drive a offset one first because I’m not sure my brain could process a ever changing radius.
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                          • #15
                            Any issues seeing the gauges with a 13" wheel?

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