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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, Another shot of the interior in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Originally Posted by b4z Still not sure if I like the suede on the steering wheel rim. The steering wheel ...
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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by b4z View Post
    Still not sure if I like the suede on the steering wheel rim.
    The steering wheel has the matte looking suede, then the ultra gloss spokes, then the textured center. It doesn't look OE to me. Almost like somebody went to Pep Boys and bought a steering wheel rap and cut it to fit.
    My concern with the suede would be sweaty hands at the race track or how dirty it'd get from day to day driving.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

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    My concern with the suede would be sweaty hands at the race track or how dirty it'd get from day to day driving.
    Are you kidding? That steering wheel will be AWESOME for the track...

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

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    Are you kidding? That steering wheel will be AWESOME for the track...
    I think everyone will think differently of the steering wheel after their first track day/AutoX event with it.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    It's not actual suede, but a synthetic suede that doesn't stain when it gets wet and is a lot more durable. The most common "brand name" synthetic suede is Alcantara, but I'm not sure if that's the brand that's being used.

    Ferraris and Lamborghinis come with Alcantara steering wheels for a reason- better grip.
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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Are you kidding? That steering wheel will be AWESOME for the track...
    I have no doubts it'd be great for tracking. My worry is how it's gonna smell or look after lots of driving and it gets dirty from sweat on your hands.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by b4z View Post
    Still not sure if I like the suede on the steering wheel rim.
    The steering wheel has the matte looking suede, then the ultra gloss spokes, then the textured center. It doesn't look OE to me. Almost like somebody went to Pep Boys and bought a steering wheel rap and cut it to fit.
    ^^ Referred to as the "JimmyH Mod" in performance car circles.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Hrmmm either one right now sounds fine LOL

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Tony View Post
    It's not actual suede, but a synthetic suede that doesn't stain when it gets wet and is a lot more durable. The most common "brand name" synthetic suede is Alcantara, but I'm not sure if that's the brand that's being used.

    Ferraris and Lamborghinis come with Alcantara steering wheels for a reason- better grip.
    Tony,

    You've obviously not done your homework here. Alcantara first debuted on American vehicles in the 2004 GTO. It is actually made from dyed and stitched kangaroo ball sacks. And no I'm not kidding. Kangaroo ball sacks are apparently very supple, yet durable. There is one drawback though from early pre-production models. During cold weather testing the material suffers from excessive shrinking and may turn a shade of blue. BigJim shared with me that this was corrected through a process known as T-Bagging. Where the ball sacks are impregnated with teflon. Science is amazing.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

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    I just bought a set of accessory wheels. I'm not sure if I'll use them for summer or mount my winters on them. I'll put them on and see. I have a feeling I'll end up using my stockers for summer and the accessory ones for winter.

    Been thinking the same thing last couple days.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Tony View Post
    It's not actual suede, but a synthetic suede that doesn't stain when it gets wet and is a lot more durable. The most common "brand name" synthetic suede is Alcantara, but I'm not sure if that's the brand that's being used.

    Ferraris and Lamborghinis come with Alcantara steering wheels for a reason- better grip.
    Boy is it both funny and true that "what was once old is now new again."

    Alcantara (a brand name) is a synthetic polyester fiber manufactured primarily by Dupont Industries for the textile industries as a level cut and brushed polyester fiber known as micro-fiber.

    It is sold under such well known brand names in the automotive industry as "Alcantara" and "Novasuede".

    It was very popular in the early 1970's along with black velvet painting of Elvis; anyway it was sold by Dupont to the clothing textile manufacturing industry under the brand name, "Ultra-Suede".

    My grandfather had quite a number of "leisure suits" in various colors of the rainbow made from Dupont microfiber; aka: Ultra-Suede.

    This is the identical material that is used for the seat inserts on the current generation CTSV's and on furniture world wide and is now being called "Novasuede or Alcantara".

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Are my eyes seeing things??? That looks like a suede covered steeering wheel???

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    That dash is finally quality. It's not a benefit that I can clean my dash board with a hose.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by CVP33 View Post
    Tony,

    You've obviously not done your homework here. Alcantara first debuted on American vehicles in the 2004 GTO. It is actually made from dyed and stitched kangaroo ball sacks. And no I'm not kidding. Kangaroo ball sacks are apparently very supple, yet durable. There is one drawback though from early pre-production models. During cold weather testing the material suffers from excessive shrinking and may turn a shade of blue. BigJim shared with me that this was corrected through a process known as T-Bagging. Where the ball sacks are impregnated with teflon. Science is amazing.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by CVP33 View Post
    Tony,

    You've obviously not done your homework here. Alcantara first debuted on American vehicles in the 2004 GTO. It is actually made from dyed and stitched kangaroo ball sacks. And no I'm not kidding. Kangaroo ball sacks are apparently very supple, yet durable. There is one drawback though from early pre-production models. During cold weather testing the material suffers from excessive shrinking and may turn a shade of blue. BigJim shared with me that this was corrected through a process known as T-Bagging. Where the ball sacks are impregnated with teflon. Science is amazing.

    Sir, I am truly impressed with that explanation. I like you already.

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    Re: Another shot of the interior

    Quote Originally Posted by CVP33 View Post
    Tony,

    You've obviously not done your homework here. Alcantara first debuted on American vehicles in the 2004 GTO. It is actually made from dyed and stitched kangaroo ball sacks. And no I'm not kidding. Kangaroo ball sacks are apparently very supple, yet durable. There is one drawback though from early pre-production models. During cold weather testing the material suffers from excessive shrinking and may turn a shade of blue. BigJim shared with me that this was corrected through a process known as T-Bagging. Where the ball sacks are impregnated with teflon. Science is amazing.
    That's some funny schit CVP33....good one.

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