For the past month I have been trying to come up with something to blend the bland silvery area on the bottom the steering wheel with the rest of the interior. The Sti has a good thing going with the small badging in that area but none such for the WRX. The GTI wheel is even betterer than that because there is nothing to fill in!
I wanted to darken that part of the wheel mostly because it was the area of the entire interior, that had the most light-shaded material all in one place. It was the only part of the interior I felt looked ugly too. I even got past the faux carbon fiber panels on the dash. I've seen others use vinyl overlays that also do a pretty good job at toning down the contrast.
I made a few mockups with different materials to see what I thought looked best. I wanted to find a leatherette material that matched the dash pad but, I couldn't find anything close enough. What I liked most was the look of pre-laminated carbon fiber. It looks similar enough to the dash interts and has a nice reflection to it. I made a small filler with the material and applied it directly to the steering wheel. It seems to belong there after having it for a couple weeks. I approve!
[IMG]photo 2 by awduh1, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]photo by awduh1, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]photo 5 by awduh1, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]photo 3 by awduh1, on Flickr[/IMG]
I also wanted to put a WRX badge in there somewhere (CVT does not have one on the shifter panel like the 6-spd) so, I made one out of stainless steel to fill the gap. I know I used the older WRX insignia but, I think the new one would look too generic in the same place. The new logo seems to be missing some speed. Also, please ignore the exposed tape, it's only temporarily holding the badge in place.
Anyways, I'm posting this because I want to see if any other 2015 owners have had similar ideas with their wheel. And I'd like to see what you did about it!